Sailing Yacht A spotted in Italy, Bembridge RNLI gives a lift to "sailing royalty" and some of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race teams prepare for battle in the Rolex Fastnet Race. See this week's best pictures
Platinum accolade for Porto Montenegro, Dongfeng Volvo Ocean Race team prepare for the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race and Sir Ben Ainslie and his America’s Cup team mate Jono Macbeth hitch a lift!
26/07/17: Dongfeng prepares for the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race
Setting off from the Solent on 6th August in the 2017 @rolex Fastnet Race will be three of the most prestigious classes in offshore racing.
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Significantly it will be the first occasion the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race fleet of VO65 one design will line up on the race’s ‘Leg Zero’. This is the first occasion the VO65s will get to race against one another in anger, in the build up to the start of the race proper from Alicante on 22 October.
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The line-up includes three teams which competed in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel, second last time and again skippered by Bouwe Bekking; Dongfeng Race Team, third last time and fourth placed MAPFRE, the Spanish team hoping to make it fifth time lucky. In one designs, experience is everything, giving these teams the edge, yet crew from the last race have been distributed across all of the new teams too.
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24/07/17: Porto Montenegro gains Platinum status
Porto Montenegro has become the first marina in the world to be awarded the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and the Marina Industries Association (MIA). The accreditation has been designed to recognise a small but increasing number of marinas in the world which cater for a very discerning customer base. In many cases, these house facilities to cater for superyachts and importantly, owners and their crew
23/07/17: Sir Ben Ainslie receives RNLI escort
America’s Cup skipper Sir Ben Ainslie with fellow crew member Jono MacBeth visit Sea View Yacht Club onboard the Bembridge RNLI lifeboat. The pair held a Q&A for local children before Sir Ben took to the water, winning a race in the Seaview Mermaid class
Credit: RNLI/SVYC/Harriet Hadfield
19/07/17: Motor yacht Andreika is launched
The 32-metre Andreika, which has a specially developed hull, has been launched at ICT Yachts in Istanbul. The motor yacht features naval architecture and structural design by Laurent Giles Naval Architects, with exterior and interior design by the London-based H2 Yacht Design
18/07/17: SUVA gets a Toplac Pink makeover
Suva, a Channel pilot boat owned by pilot Neil Streeter, has been painted ‘Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds’ pink after Streeter challenged his team to raise £30,000 for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan charities. The team of Suva, which escorts solo swimmers and relay teams across the Channel, set up a Virgin Money Giving Page and raised £13,000 so far, plus £1,000 from a private donation. Streeter decided to go ahead and paint the boat pink. Yacht paint brand, International rose to the challenged and painted the boat. The shade didn’t exist in their Topac range, so they decided to create one. Click on the next picture to see what Suva looked like before….
14/07/17: Cristiano Ronaldo holidays like a celebrity on his yacht
Real Madrid’s superstar footballer takes a break from his busy schedule for a family and friends holiday in Ibiza. The Portuguese sportsman was seeing lounging on his yacht with his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez
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05/07/17: The Queen and Prince Philip unveil a plaque named after Elizabeth the II in Scotland
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh took a boat to visit The Kelpies sculpture near Falkirk and to unveil a plaque to name the Queen Elizabeth II Canal as part of the £43M Helix project
Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
03/07/17: Macif wins the Bridge 2017 Centennial Transat
Crossing the finish line under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, François Gabart and his Macif crew claim victory in the Bridge 2017 Centennial Transat – the transatlantic ‘race’ between the Queen Mary 2 and four of the world’s greatest trimarans
Credit: Tim Butt