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 […]

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 […]


The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling. Designed to complement the modern style of Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays, each VHF is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception […]

Local shipwright skills assist in keeping traditional Solent Galleys afloat

Haines Boatyard, nestled on the foreshore at Itchenor, is well known for its highly skilled wooden keelboat and GRP dinghy repair and boatyard services. Recently the company has been undertaking some more unusual work in renovating and maintaining wooden and GRP rowing boats. The full range of skills and experience of the in-house shipwrights have […]


If you are in the market for a new chartplotter, Garmin’s GPSMAP® 8400/8400xsv series expands its flagship line of all-in-one chartplotters with new sizes, built-in sonar and more. The GPSMAP 8400/8400xsv series is actually an extension of its GPSMAP 8400 series that brings premium features like built-in sonar and extensive networking capabilities in more affordable […]

Alex’s Oarsome Dream

At a naming ceremony at Gosport’s Haslar Marina Oarsome Chance Patron and record-setting solo sailor Alex Thomson named the latest addition to the Dream Yacht Charter UK fleet Oarsome Dream in honour of the company’s charity partner. Oarsome Chance works with nine to 19-year-olds who are disengaged from mainstream education and at risk of exclusion, using a […]

The Marine Social Responsibility Consultancy launches

The Marine Social Responsibility Consultancy, has launched with the specific aim of helping brands, companies and organisations better connect with the issue of the world’s marine health – leveraging the success and reach of businesses to positively influence change. Agency co-founder, Matthew McKenna says: “For us, it’s all about communications with purpose, with a laser […]