Business growth leads to tenant property moves at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina

Two of MDL’s long-term tenants at Hamble Point Marina, Hyde Sails and Desty Marine, have moved to new onsite premises. The move by the international sailmaker Hyde Sails, into its new HQ building has been motivated by growth in the business and the desire to offer a new service to its customers.  Prominently situated at […]

Beat the Barton Block Clock Enjoyed by Hundreds at Southampton Boat Show

Over 300 visitors participated in the Beat the Barton Block Clock Competition to assemble a size three Barton single block quickest in the Manufacturer’s Showcase, at the entrance to Southampton Boat Show.  The overall winner with a remarkable time of 15.07 seconds was Robin S from Weymouth, who sails a Westerly Centaur.  His nimble fingers […]


Image: ASTO/Max Mudie Given that the remains of Storm Lorenzo were evident both before and after this race, it was always going to be a choice of too much wind or none at all: so the ASTO race committee, mindful of the young sailors in the fleet, let the tide do the work when the […]

Exploring Pulau Macan: The tropical island that thinks it’s a sailboat

We’ve anchored by lots of islands, many the epitome of everything a cruiser is searching for: remoteness, white beaches, coral reefs, coconuts and turtles. But we’ve never been on an island which reminded us so much of living on our own boatWe sailed into the deep bay next to Pulau Macan (aka ‘Tiger Island’) for […]

Heat Mapping updates improve accuracy of RYA’s UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating

Since 2004 the Royal Yachting Association has been collecting information about recreational boating to gain a better picture of the areas most utilised for general boating, racing and passage-making, as well as the distribution of clubs, training centres and marinas, to create the UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating. The Atlas provides vital data on […]

Followtheboat: What to do if you suddenly lose steering

A sudden loss of steering means that Jamie and Liz’s departure from Jakarta wasn’t as smooth as they’d hoped!With the beautiful islands of Sumatra and incredible Krakatoa behind us, we watched Jakarta fading on the horizon. But leaving Indonesia’s capital wasn’t without a big problem to overcome first. We were all set to leave Batavia […]