Round Britain and Ireland 2018

1,805 Nautical Miles

28 Teams 

200 Sailors

The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018 is underway, with the front of the fleet skirting the west coast of Ireland as we speak on Wednesday lunchtime.

We’re tracking the progress of Boatafloat director Richard, sailing Pata Negrathe 46ft performance race yacht that we also have listed for charter on boatafloat.com. You can follow his progress, and the rest of the fleet, here.

Established in 1995 by the RORC and taking place ever four years, the race is one of the toughest in the yachting world. Depending on conditions, sailors are racing non-stop for ten to twelve days from the start and finish point in Cowes.

The last race in 2014 set five new world records after an area of low pressure caught the boats on the downwind.

This year’s conditions are also predicted to become increasingly challenging, with strong winds and unpredictable gusts creating opportunities for dynamic position changes within the fleet.

RORC posted this update from Pata Negra‘s Chris Hanson – sent from the boat as they rounded the Fastnet Lighthouse:

“Things are pretty good on board now, we have been bounding around the Celtic Sea in a rather nasty chop and we have now cracked sheets at long last. It is so nice! Boat speed is up but we just found the chain locker and bow full of water, so there has been a big pumping job going on. Hopefully now the bow is on the rise.”

Onboard they’ve been reaching speeds of over 12 knots, and we’ll be watching closely as the wind strength is only set to increase as the boats head North.

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“Looking at the weather ahead with gale force winds forecast for the top of Scotland, good seamanship will be a big part of this race” commented Wouter Verbaak from sponsors of the event, Sevenstar Yacht Transport.

We’re wishing Pata Negra and all the boats the best of luck and look forward to following their progress through this week and next…

#boatafloat #yachtcharter #boathire #yachtracing #cowes #rbi

 

 

Best Sailing Apps 2018

We’ve got the low-down on five of the most recommended sailing apps:

Boatie 

Designed for cruising rather than racing, Boatie costs £6.99 and provides all the basic tidal, weather, navigation and port information for UK coastal waters. Not all features work offline though, and the developer suggests that the app works best for “meeting the crew in the pub for planning your weekend”.Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 12.22.14.png

Y & Y

The Yachts & Yachting Magazine app gives you online subscription access to the latest articles and features from across the sport. Options range from 1 issue (£2.99) to a year’s subscription of 12 issues (£39.99). Take your reading material with you for those light wind days or evenings on the mooring.

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Tides Planner 

Add favourite locations to access accurate tide times from their offline database – a major bonus for anyone on the water away from a decent connection. The free version gives you tides for one day, but the in-app purchase option enables tidal information for over further ahead, for over 8,000 locations.

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iRegatta Pro

This paid-for app (£19.99) is more focused on race tactics, tracking headings and wind shifts via GPS. It also includes features for setting your start line and measuring distance to the line and identifying line bias/favoured end. The developers are also in the process of adding a facility for tracking waypoints.

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TimeZero iBoat

Created by marine navigation experts MaxSea and Nobeltec, the TimeZero iBoat app combines traditional chart views with satellite photography. Raster and vector charts are available for route planning and tracking, as well as capturing COG (course) and SOG (speed) data.

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Affordable boat hire: 5 cheaper ways of getting afloat

 

Starting at £16 per person, this boat trip experience will have you out the beautiful Cornish coastline at very little cost. Cruising past golden beaches, keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, sun-fish and basking sharks who are seen daily on the way to Seal Island – the home of the Grey Atlantic Seals.

‘Little Mermaid’ also offer fishing trips starting from just £18 per person.

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From just £49, you get a two hour adrenaline rush from the UK’s only speed-boat experience where you do the driving. Each Honda 150 boat has identical power and weight, and the craft are checked prior to your event to ensure they are capable of achieving the same lap times. Your experience begins with a safety briefing and an introduction to the boat, after which you change into racing team kit and safety gear and then get going, fast!

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At an hourly rate of £29.00 or a day’s boat hire from £135.00, this could be a great and inexpensive day out shared between up to six people. Explore the Norfolk Broads, going down to the Nature Reserves, or visiting bustling Wroxham, in this little electric cruiser which is available for bareboat charter.

Take to the water from £40 as you hire stand-up paddleboards from the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Boscombe. Paddle along the coastline and maybe catch some mini-waves as you build your SUP-ing skills and get a workout at the same time. If you prefer, then the surf school has professional instructors on hand to give you some guidance or a one-to-one lesson.

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Up to 8 people can take to the water in this easy-to-operate Mystic boat, as you peacefully explore Britain’s largest lake from only £29 per hour. Lake Windermere is arguably the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District, with Bowness Bay as the perfect place to get afloat.