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On Saturday 5th November 2011, 6 teams of 11 professional sailors will depart from Alicante, Spain, to take part in one of the toughest races in sport and the longest professional sporting event in the world. The race will take overall nearly 9 months, ending in Galway, Ireland on 7th July 2012, by which time the teams will have raced their Vol...
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On Sunday 14th August yachts and crews will be hoisting their sails to take part in the 44th Fastnet Race. Here is the story behind the Rock and the Race.
The Fastnet Rock and lighthouse
Although just a small rocky islet in the Atlantic Ocean, rising to about 30m above low water mark, the Fastnet Rock has a fearsome reputation, not only...
Modern navigation relies on information from satellites - GPS. Thanks to modern technology, voyages can be planned in advance with the aid of electronic charting software. This allows sailors to lay out a course, determine cruising times and work out fuel levels. But there are other ways to navigate your boat…
Canal holidays are more popular then they’ve ever been - and with good reason. UK canals are in the best condition of their two hundred year history, and with the pinch we’re all feeling on our purse strings there’s never been a better time to give it a go.
Enjoy life in the slow lane
Canal holidays offer the peace of the ...
A hull is the body of a sailing boat. It provides the buoyancy that prevents the vessel from sinking.
Traditional sailboats are monohulls, but multi-hull catamarans and trimarans are becoming more and more popular.
All sailing boats have keels - it’s the backbone of the hull. Even multihulls have keels. On a sailboat the w...
Sailing is a wonderful hobby, but as with any sport it can be dangerous. From novices to the most experienced sailors, it's vital that you're safe on the water. With 54% of lifeboat services carried out for pleasure craft, you cannot afford to take risks on the water.
We've put together some basic rules, ideal if you are new to sailing:...
Nothing beats the fun and excitement of sailing as a hobby - but have you considered the impact of sailing on the environment?
Sailing is one of the most environmentally friendly pastimes, but it does have an impact on the sea.
We have put together a handy guide to help you think about Green Sailing. By taking a few simple steps, you can k...
The YachtMarket brings you the five essentials points when sailing. When sailing you should always check that all five are adjusted to your sailing direction.
If a yacht is allowed to heel away from the wind, it will tend to turn into the wind or luff up. If the boat is allowed to heel towards the wind, it will tend to turn dow...
Just for fun! TheYachtMarket brings you sailing terms that you may not be familiar with. Why not test yourself?
A is for...
Aft – Towards the stern
B is for...
Baggywrinkle – A soft covering for cables that prevents sail chafing from occurring.
C is for...
Chock-a-block – Rigging blocks that are so t...
For an exhilarating sailing experience which is easy to start and full of fun, there is no better way to enter the sport than with dinghy sailing.
Where to start
You'll find many dinghy sailing clubs around the lakes and rivers of the UK coast. Always keen to take on new members, especially families, you'll find them welcoming and frie...
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