UK Sailing

Is This the Best Way to Cruise the Greek Islands?

Mark Hodson | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

He pointed to the postcards. "This is how the island used to look." We peered at the sun-bleached images, their corners bending with age, then gazed back at the tiny square where half a dozen men nursed glasses of raki. The only sound was the slap of waves on the small fishing boats in the harbour.

Plain Sailing

Ceri Tinley | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

If you like the idea of spending your holiday at sea, but can't bear the thought of a crowded cruise ship, then chartering a yacht may just be the ideal solution. A yacht charter affords you the privacy and comfort of your own home, along with the freedom to explore a variety of exciting destinations at your will.

Five Holidays Where You Can Avoid the World Cup

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitmarsh

Where should you go if you want to avoid the mayhem of Rio 2014? What options are open to those who loathe football or just want to keep away from the final score? Here are a few ideas.

Facing the Waters: Competitive Sailing in La Route Des Princes

David J Constable | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
David J Constable

History has shown that like oil, I do not mix well with water. I can take a bath solo, I'm referring to the blummin' great ocean; resting place of suffered shipwrecks and pirates, home to the 200-ton whale.

'Captain Calamity' Tries Reach Ireland In Rubber Dinghy

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

A 40-year-old American has been rescued after attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in a 6ft inflatable dinghy, Coastguards said. The man had t...

Ready, Set, Sail!

Sarah Ayton | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ayton

Combine together 14.7˚C air temperature, 16.7˚C sea temperature, 99% humidity, 15.5 knots of speed, a 250 degree wind, and a wave height of 0.5 metres and what do you have? Well yes a lot of numbers but also the formula for a pretty decent day's sailing last Thursday in Southampton!

Setting Sail With Maths

Sarah Ayton | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ayton

My highest maths qualification is a GCSE and, like most people, I walked out of my final exam thinking that I wouldn't need most of the information I'd had to cram into my brain over the previous weeks and months. Little did I realise that this would be one of the most important subjects for my future career and success.

British Olympic Winner Andrew Simpson Dies In Capsize

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK

Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Andrew Simpson has died after his catamaran capsized during a training session for the America's Cup off the coast o...

10 of the Best Active Breaks in Britain

Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When summer finally arrives after a long, hard winter, it’s essential to make the most of it. And even within the confines of our own little island,...

11-Year-Old Saillor Honoured For'Courage and Fortitude'

PA | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK

An 11-year-old girl has been praised for her courage for taking the helm of a 24ft (7.3m) yacht and sailing it to safety after her father collapsed on...

Sticking Together Through the Strong Winds

Alex_Thomson | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

On Saturday I decided to change my course to stay with Jean-Pierre Dick, just until I knew that he was happy with the boat and had made his decision about what to.

A Shock as Jean-Pierre Dick Loses His Keel

Alex_Thomson | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

Enough is enough, the keels need to be made of solid steel and last the life of the boat, before someone gets hurt.

Exiting the Doldrums

Alex_Thomson | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

I had my easiest doldrum crossing ever Saturday with only two big black clouds and a slight slow down.

The Run Up to the Doldrums

Alex_Thomson | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

Really hot and humid inside the boat today but better than the freezing conditions at home!

Varying Winds Up to the Equator

Alex_Thomson | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

I got my batteries up to 100% on Sunday for the first time since the Indian Ocean and filled up my water supply to the max. I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race, true to my word I shaved it into the style voted for by my fans on Facebook.

Hydrogenerator Finally Back In Action!

Alex_Thomson | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

It has been a difficult month saving power but hopefully fingers crossed I won't have any more issues and can start running the boat normally again. I can't wait to make a load of water and get this beard off my face for one!

Some Final Rest Before The Last Stretch Home

Alex_Thomson | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

On Saturday morning I was in sight of the Falkland Islands, which is topical as I hear they have been in the news a lot this past week! From what I can see they're incredibly flat! Saturday was another sunny day, which is good, conditions are considerably better than they have been.

Good Morning From the Southern Ocean!

Alex_Thomson | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

I've got a bit more used to the lack of contact now, but it's still hard not being able to speak to my family or stay connected to the world as much as I would like to.

Passing A Milestone In The Vendee Globe

Alex_Thomson | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

At the moment it looks as though it's going to be a bit like this until we reach Cape Horn, which should be around the evening of the 3rd January, which while being tough on me also makes it difficult to find a good time to do any more work on my Hydro repairs.

Christmas in the Southern Ocean

Alex_Thomson | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

Today is another day of DIY. Hydrogenerator problems still plague me but I feel as though I am getting closer to the root of the problem and so hopefully I will get there finally.

Christmas in the Pacific Ocean

Alex_Thomson | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

Although Christmas is just another day in the race it still is hard to be out here with limited contact. My wife Kate and son Oscar are in Sweden with her family this Christmas. I have gifts from them onboard and I was also prepared this year and bought all my presents in November but I am going to miss spending my son's second Christmas with him.

Firmly Back in the South

Alex_Thomson | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

t is bitterly cold down here now, and I have several layers on even when in my sleeping bag. I have a heater onboard but it burns diesel so whilst I am in power saving mode and conserving fuel, using the heater is a no go therefore it is like some sort of torture having all the capabilities of making heat but not being able to use it.

The Whole World Turned On Its Side

Alex_Thomson | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

It is really rough out here. Very bumpy and really confused waves. I am trying not to go to fast at the moment as she starts to slam a bit.

Deep in the Waves

Alex_Thomson | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

I am currently sailing towards this low pressure system in westerly winds which will back to the south in half a day before eventually settling back to the west again. The southerly wind will be very cold and I have prepared all my winter clothes.

Update From the South of Australia

Alex_Thomson | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex_Thomson

I'm currently in fourth place as I sail past the south of Australia. I've slowed down slightly today as the wind is light this morning and will continue to get lighter as I sail into what is left of the ex cyclone Claudia and line up for the next system which will arrive quickly.