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UKSA hoping to raise £35,000 at Cowes Week

Sailing charity UKSA are hoping to raise £35,000 at Cowes Week in order to get more young people into sailing. 

The youth charity based in Cowes is the official charity of this year’s regatta and they’ve organised a number of events throughout the week to raise funds. 

Speaking about being selected as the regatta’s official charity, UKSA’s Lori Little said: “It’s a really big deal, it’s quite immense for us as a charity. To raise the profile for us is amazing.” 

Some of the charity’s fundraising events include Try Sailing sessions where visitors to Cowes Week can pay a minimum donation of £5 and experience an hours worth of sailing off the coast of the island. 

More than 450 people have taken up the opportunity, being transported to keel boats offshore by high-speed RIB and enjoying everything sailing has to offer. 

Many of those taking part were sailing for the very first time and came back to shore with “big smiles on their faces”. 

Other fundraising events included Boss Up the Mast, which saw 15 executives climb a 100ft mast for the charity and then take a selfie of themselves at the top. 

A number of celebrities and members of the Royal family have also been out in support of UKSA with Princess Anne racing her husband Sir Timothy Laurence sailing on board one of the charity’s Farr 65s. 

Meanwhile Pippa Middleton, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip and Olympic hockey player Alex Danson all went out sailing with the charity. 

“For us as a charity it’s really raised our profile. It’s amazing to have a royal patron, it really adds creditability to the charity and to have her out sailing with us on Tuesday was really immense,” said Ms Little. 

The funds raised throughout Cowes Week will be put towards providing 1,600 Isle of Wight pupils with a water sports session.

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Sailor Zara a role model mother

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips has spoken of the importance of being an active role-model to her baby daughter as she takes part in a charity sailing race.

The 33-year-old equestrian, joined by her husband Mike Tindall, is participating in the Artemis Challenge, a 50-mile race around the Isle of Wight being held as part of Ladies Day at the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

She gave birth to her daughter Mia in January and is part of the crew of Artemis Ocean Racing II, skippered by Brian Thompson.

Ahead of the race, Phillips said that she enjoyed sailing as a different challenge to horse-riding.

She said: “We used to sail as kids, I didn’t come down last year but I have come down to Artemis, the race, probably three or four times. This is probably my fifth race.

“It’s nice to get back on the water and have some fun. Hopefully there will be some wind.”

Describing what she liked about sailing, the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year said: “Being out on the water, making the best decisions to get in front of everyone. It’s great to be part of a team where we can watch everyone working out on the water and using every advantage possible to get in the front of the race.”

Speaking of the importance of providing an active role-model to her daughter, she said: “I think we have got it off our parents and hopefully we can pass that on to Mia.

“We have always had sport in our lives and through our childhood. I think that really is important in every child’s life to have that opportunity.”

Her husband, a former England rugby team captain, said: “She will be whatever she wants to be, we will support that, but realistically we will have to wait and see on that one.”

Asked if she was competitive, Phillips answered: “Yeah, but obviously it’s a day for charity and the Artemis boat is probably heavier than all the other boats and we haven’t won yet. We will see what happens.

“We might be bobbing around sunbathing instead of sailing but it will be nice to get back on the water. Whether we manage enough wind to get round the island, we will see.”

Tindall, 35, said that although very different sports, sailing and rugby did have their similarities.

He said of sailing: “From what I know, getting on those grinders, it’s not that easy, it can be quite physical, it’s all about teamwork, listening to the skips, it’s one of those where it’s not directly physical but can be.

“I am excited about it, it’s a beautiful day, there’s a bit of wind but not a lot of wind, I am still waiting to race with wind.

“It’s very much a novelty for me, I haven’t really done any before. The only times I have been on a racing boat is when I have done it a couple of times when away with England in Australia and New Zealand. It’s very much a rare thing for me.”

The winner of the race will receive £10,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing. Phillips and Tindall have chosen Toe in the Water, which helps injured service personnel experience sailing, and the UK Sailing Academy which similarly helps children.

Among the competition are Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon and his wife Yasmin, who are on Azzam with the crew of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, one of the six current challengers for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15.

Azzam is skippered by one of Britain’s most successful sailors, double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker.

Tindall, who said he had not yet won a sailing race and he was keen to beat the Le Bons, said: “We haven’t won yet. I would like to get a win under my belt, that’s the competitive nature of myself.

“He (Le Bon) helped out a couple of times with my charity so I am sure we will meet up and if he beats me, I will throw him in the water.”

The Artemis Challenge has a history of celebrity names joining the crews of the fleet of offshore racing yachts, both monohulls and multihulls, taking part.

The race follows the classic America’s Cup route around the Isle of Wight, starting at the Royal Yacht Squadron Line at Cowes.

The boats will be divided into teams, and the winning team at the end of the 50-mile sprint will win the £10,000 charity prize.

The large ocean yachts will also be joined on the start line by the fleet of Artemis Figaro Beneteaus, skippered by some of the brightest future stars of British sailing currently racing as part of the Artemis Offshore Academy, a UK training programme of excellence for British short-handed sailors.

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SureShade reports significant growth in shade system sales

August 6, 2014
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SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, reports sales for their marine shade systems have more than doubled in the first half of 2014 with unit sales up 108% as compared to the same time period in 2013, putting 2014 on track to be the fifth consecutive year sales have at least doubled each year since the company’s commercial launch in 2009.

SureShade’s sustained growth has been fueled by the rapid adoption by builders and private boat owners of their innovative retractable sunshade systems as a must-have marine accessory. New boat models debuting with the shade are driving steady demand for aftermarket sales as well as the growth of more OEM clients.

SureShade also reports that 15 new OEMs have added their shade systems to new boat models as a factory installed option or standard feature since the start of 2014. New OEMs include 6 international boat builders, as SureShade capitalizes on recent patent approvals in Europe and China to further expand their global presence.

“We are thrilled that our market growth as a marine accessory is further evidenced by the overall uptick in the boating industry,” said Dana Russikoff, co-founder and business leader at SureShade. “Builders and dealers are telling us that boat models with our shade are selling at a faster pace than others in the same segment, and we’ve even seen dealers retrofit shades on floor models in order to help sell a boat.”

Sales have been boosted in 2014 by popular boat model launches like Sea Ray’s 350 SLX and L650 Fly, as well as SureShade’s growth in the high volume category of boats under 40 feet with recent model launches from builders like Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Cruisers Yachts and Formula Boats. Demand for the retractable shade systems is further evidenced by the increase in website traffic and inquiries, with first half 2014 traffic up 83% and leads up 81% from the same time last year.

SureShade is projecting to continue or exceed their growth pace throughout 2014 and is gearing up for another record presence of new and existing boat models on display at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.


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Harvey sails to the top of the world

Alfreton’s rising sailing talent, Harvey Martin, has been crowned World Champion with his sailing partner Bobby Hewitt at the Allen RS Feva World Championships in Carnac, France.

Ogston Sailing Club’s Harvey and Warrington-based Hewitt, both aged 15, add the World title to the European and National titles they won earlier in the year to make it a memorable 2014 golden hat-trick.

Competing against 188 other boats from 20 different countries, the pair posted a consistent set of scores across the 14 race series.

Picking up four race wins and nine top 10 finishes, the pair claimed the World title by 13 points in front of their GBR counterparts Piers Nicholls and Freddie Peters, who sealed silver.

“It feels brilliant to win a World title! Our main aim coming into the regatta was to finish on the podium so we are really happy to finish the event as World champions,” said Martin.

“It was a tough week both mentally and physically with 25 knots down to three knots at times so we had a big range of conditions to compete in.”

Having won the 2013 World title with former sailing partner Hannah Bristow, Bobby added: “It’s great to win the title for a second year and relief that we have finally done it. We had quite a big fleet this year with some big sailors so it was tough competition on the windy days but we really enjoyed it and had such a good time.”

Roy McCubbin, RYA double handed Pathway manager, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Harvey and Bobby to win the World title. It’s the perfect way to cap off not only what has been a successful year for the two but also a very successful time in the RS Feva XL dinghy.

“In such a highly competitive fleet, and after an starting penalty in the opening race of the regatta, the boys showed great professionalism to put that result to the back of their minds and go on and sail a consistent winning series.

“The duo have dominated the RS XL Feva class this year with some stand out performances across a number of regattas.”

The boys are now moving up into the 29er high performance double-handed Youth class and are heading to the 29er Nationals in North Berwick near Edinburgh next week, for what will be their very first event in their new class. They are hoping to be selected for the RYA 29er Transition Squad this winter.

As a member of the RYA talent pathway squads, Harvey receives training and coaching support, helping him to develop his racing skills, knowledge and techniques.

He has also received support from the Derbyshire Institute of Sport as well as Ogston SC’s own Harry Fisher Trust, which has provided him with new sails for both his previous Topper and Feva campaigns.

Harvey and his family were introduced to sailing through a try sailing for free Open Day at Ogston SC seven years ago, after the then eight-year-old had been inspired by the Swallows and Amazon books, read to him by his mum Sara.

Ogston Sailing Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality.

If you think you could follow in the Martins’ footsteps or would simply just like to know more about getting into sailing at Ogston SC visit

For all the latest news and full list of results from the Allen RS Feva World Championships visit and for more information on the RYA Youth Racing programme please visit

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