Competition to find the best boat names

Boat insurance specialists MS Amlin (formerly Haven Knox-Johnston) have launched a competition to find the most interesting and creative boat names out there. The winners, selected on a monthly basis, will be awarded Southampton Boat Show tickets. The search started at this year’s London Boat Show, where leading figures in the boating…

VHF channel change advisory

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency is advising cruisers and racers that there will be a change to some of the VHF channel numbers used to contact the UK Coastguard. As of September 2017, VHF channels 23, 84 and 86 will be replaced with VHF 62, 63 and 64 respectively. The…

Training yacht introduced

MDL Marinas has announced it is to support Ocean Youth Trust South, as it introduces its new training yacht, Prolific, a 30m-long (98ft) ketch. The marina operator is offering six young sailors from its annual Sail Training Awards the chance to sail with the Hampshire-based charity, which specialises in using…

Broads toll approved

A new toll system for the Norfolk/Suffolk Broads has been approved, and is due to come into effect this spring. The fixed charge system, which is based on boat size alone, replaces the existing fixed plus variable cost system, which was deemed to be too confusing and often unfair to…

All change at LBS

The London Boat Show team has revealed seismic changes to the 2018 event. The once 10-day event has now been slashed to five, and organisers have decided to shake things up with new interactive entertainment and, rather intriguingly, themed catering. Next year will also see the addition of the Boating…

Dehler 34 – test and review

Sailing the Dehler 34 makes Sam Jefferson wonder why there aren’t more small cruiser-racers on the market When I was younger I hankered after a Sigma 33. As a modest man with modest means and needs the Swan 33 made a lot of sense. It was modestly quick, modestly good looking…

Sailing hits new high

Thousands across the UK answered the RYA’s call to ‘Push the Boat Out’ in May, with more clubs taking part in the event than ever before. The annual campaign, aimed at getting people of all ages and abilities out on the water, saw a record 380 sailing venues opening their…

Chichester’s Moth flies again

Sir Francis Chichester’s celebrated Gipsy Moth IV has set sail once again. The yacht, which successfully carried Chichester around the globe in 1966, breaking countless records along the way, is sailing around Britain to mark 50 years since the legendary voyage. This anniversary expedition is not just a celebration of…

Records fall Round the Island

1 July was a record-breaking day for sailors from across the globe, as they took part in the 81st edition of the Round The Island Race (RTIR). First up, the MOD70, Concise 10, which leapt out of the blocks at 05:40, crossed the line just 2 hours 22 minutes and…

Delphia 46 DS – tested and reviewed

Delphia Yachts’ new 46 DS, a Polish-built cruiser that’s taking on the bluewater market The development of the Delphia 46 DS is as confusing as any in the world of yachting. Her hull has its origins in the Delphia 47, first launched in 2008, while her deck layout is inherited…