• Tragic news from the 2015 Clipper Race

    The thoughts and prayers of all at First Port of Call are with the family and friends of Andrew Ashman. What follows is the official statement on the tragic accident. Further information is available at http://clipperroundtheworld.com We are deeply saddened to report the death of crew member Mr Andrew Ashman (49) [...]

  • TOWER BRIDGE LIFTS FOR TEAMS AS TENTH CLIPPER RACE GETS UNDERWAY

    The twelve teams made up of international amateur sailors competing in the Clipper 2015-16 Race have passed under Tower Bridge, London, at the start of the 40,000 nautical mile global race in front of thousands of spectators. Home team GREAT Britain led the fleet under Tower Bridge which lifted twice to salute [...]

  • Louis Vuitton returns to the America’s Cup – Why it matters

        After being a Cup sponsor since 1983, Louis Vuitton is back and will be the title sponsor of all stages of the competition: from the America’s Cup World Series to the qualifiers, challenger playoffs and the America’s Cup match itself. While the proclamation of a new event sponsor [...]

  • Cheeki Rafiki – How can the keel break off a CE Cat 1 yacht?

    Cheeki Rafiki: A UK production yacht builder speaks out by George Stead May 6, 2015, 11:08:00 (CEST) Cheeki Rafiki – close up of sheared keel bolts – including corroded after keel bolt George Stead operated the Southern Ocean Shipyard in Poole England for many years. They built the first large production yacht, [...]

  • Round The Island – Latest

    ENTRIES ON TARGET AS NEW SPONSOR IS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SEAMANSHIP AWARD Early Bird Entries close 7 February First entry news Haven Knox-Johnston sponsors Seamanship Award Ian Bowker’s take on the Race from his half-tonner The Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) opened entries to the 84th edition of the [...]

  • Google Earth Discovers Woman Trapped On Deserted Island For 7 YEARS

    In 2007, Gemma Sheridan and 2 friends set out on a voyage that was to take them from their home town of Liverpool, across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then onwards to the beautiful island of Hawaii. The first stage of the voyage went without incident. However, after [...]

  • Rory Mcllroy: “My admiration for Volvo Ocean Race Sailors”

    McIlroy: My admiration for Volvo Ocean Race sailors ABU DHABI, January 18 – Surf met turf when the world’s top-ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, swapped tales and compared lifestyles with Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing nearly 3,000 miles away via satellite link (watch the full [...]

  • Why Sailing Isn’t Just For The Wealthy

    Source – theboatinghub.com Posted on January 12, 2015 by Richard Shrubb  When you see the €10 million team Volvo Ocean Race boats going around the world at speed, or the America’s Cup foiling catamarans screaming around San Francisco Bay, you may be forgiven for assuming that sailing is for rich people with nothing [...]

  • Hugo Boss Dismasted in South Atlantic

      Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss has dismasted in the south Atlantic while leading Barcelona World Race   Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes, skippers of the IMOCA 60 HUGO BOSS, which was leading the Barcelona World Race, this evening lost their mast overboard at 21.02 GMT. The yacht was reaching in [...]

  • Bart’s Bash – It’s a world record

    Sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie has accepted an official Guinness World Record Certificate for Bart’s Bash, the charity global sailing race that took place on 21 September 2014. It is now officially the largest sailing race on one day in the world. Sir Ben is one of the founding trustees [...]