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Two Callouts & 120 Miles Covered By Oban Lifeboat This Weekend
It was a busy weekend for Oban RNLI in Western Scotland, with its lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald responding to two separate incidents, covering over 120 miles. The first call came Saturday afternoon (7 December) as the lifeboat launched in gale…
Prestigious Awards For Volunteering Go To Scottish Lifeboat Stations
Volunteers at Oban and Tobermory’s RNLI lifeboat stations in eastern Scotland have been recognised for their invaluable service in this year’s Excellence in Volunteering Awards. Oban’s four deputy coxswains — Mark Scott, Finlo Cottier, David Isaac and James Hardie —…
British Marine Report Success at Metstrade 2019

British Marine Report Success at Metstrade 2019

25 November 2019 Scottish Waters
Last week brought success for Britain’s thriving marine equipment sector with UK companies picking up a string of accolades and revelling in a flourish of business opportunities at the world’s largest trade marine equipment exhibition, METSTRADE 2019. The event kicked…
Invergordon Lifeboat Launches To RIB Drifting Towards Cromarty Firth Oil Rigs
Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 8.36pm last night (Saturday 23 November) to reports of a vessel with no power drifting towards oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth. The all-weather Trent class lifeboat Douglas Aikman Smith made best speed…
Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Pays Tribute To Late Former Chair Isabel Glasgow
The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) has paid tribute to former chair Isabel Glasgow, who died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer. Isabel, who was also chair of the Clyde 2020 initiative, “contributed so much of her valuable time, expertise…
Stonehaven RNLI Bids Farewell To Last Serving Atlantic 75 Lifeboat In Scotland
It was a sad day this week as Stonehaven RNLI said goodbye to the last Atlantic 75 lifeboat in service in Scotland. The volunteer crew in Aberdeenshire watched as Miss Berry was winched out of the water to be transported…
German 'Electrified' Sailing Club Sets Example Through Electric Coach Boat with Torqeedo Propulsion
From yacht clubs to sailing schools and non-profit associations – sailing organisations around the world are using Torqeedo electric outboard engines to modernise their fleets, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency. As a pioneer, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee…
Largs Yacht Haven Wins Fourth Yacht Harbour Award

Largs Yacht Haven Wins Fourth Yacht Harbour Award

21 November 2019 Scottish Waters
Largs Yacht Haven in Ayrshire has been awarded the marina industry’s top accreditation, the Five Gold Anchor award, for the fourth time in a row. The Gold Anchor award scheme rates the quality, level of service and overall standard of…
Wins for Spirit & Princess at IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards 2019
British Marine members, Spirit Yachts and Princess Yachts, had a fantastic night at the IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards 2019, which took place on Tuesday (19 November) at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Spirit Yachts’ innovative manufacturing process and yacht…
Lerwick Lifeboat Aids Crew Of Grounded Vessel

Lerwick Lifeboat Aids Crew Of Grounded Vessel

18 November 2019 Scottish Waters
Lerwick lifeboat launched late Friday night (15 November) to the aid of a fishing vessel which had grounded on rocks just north of the Shetland Islands harbour. The 26-metre, Inverness-registered trawler was stuck fast and was listing when the Severn-class…
Opening Ceremony Marks One Week to the Start of ARC 2019
With the majority of boats now docked in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crews busy making preparations for their 2,700 nm Atlantic ahead of start of the ARC next Sunday - 24th November - it was time to mark…
2019 RORC Season Points Championship Overall Winner is Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep
More than 5,000 sailors from around the world, racing in a dazzling variety of 570 yachts, took part in the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship. The world's largest offshore racing series comprised 14 testing races and every race had its…
Sailors Do A ‘Whiskey Run’ For Portrush & Islay Lifeboats
A group of seven men from the North Coast hatched a novel way to carry out some fundraising for the Portrush and Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews recently. As a group of keen sailors and avid supporters of the RNLI…
Rescue Shield Awarded To Shetland-Based Coastguard Teams
HM Coastguard rescue teams from Lerwick, Hillswick and Sumburgh, the search and rescue helicopter crew from Sumburgh and staff from the Coastguard Operations Centre in Shetland have been awarded the prestigious UK Department for Transport Rescue Shield by Brian Johnson,…
British Marine Scotland Members Show ‘Optimism & Confidence’ In Their Regional Marine Sector
A recent survey of British Marine members in Scotland “reveals an optimistic, confident sector”, the industry body says. More than half of respondents to the British Marine Scotland survey earlier this year reported increased business, while two thirds declared development…
Animal Secures Back to Back Scottish RC35 Championship Wins After GSS North Clyde Regatta
Jacob VII ends the RC35 season with another regatta victory but it's still not enough to unseat reigning champions Animal from securing back to back Scottish RC35 Championships writes Robin Young. The RC35 fleet, racing in the final round of…
Scottish Sigma 33 Crews Are 1,2,3 at Irish Championships
Scotland's Leaky Roof 2 sailed by Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson & Kirsty Robertson from Cove Sailing Club were winners of the Sigma 33 Irish Open Championships sailed as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. In fact, Scottish visitors took the top three…
Scottish Crews in Top Three at Sigma 33 Nationals at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Scottish crews are in command at the 20-boat Sigma 33 Irish National Championships hosted as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  After four races sailed and one discard, James Miller's Mayrise of Helensburgh Sailing Club leads Leaky Roof 2 (Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson &…
'Animal' Crowned Scottish RC35 Champion on Countback
After all the crews enjoyed a great night sampling the hospitality of Rothesay it was back to business for Day two of the Luddon Construction RC35 Scottish Championships last weekend. The first race began with a gusty 15 to 20 knots…
RC35 Scottish Championships Sees 'Banshee' Leading on Ascog Bay
The competitive eight boat fleet was treated to glorious conditions in Ascog Bay off the Isle of Bute on day one of the Luddon Construction RC35 Scottish Championships writes Robin Young. Day one of the annual championships held under the burgee…
Ireland’s IRC Success in Scotland Was No Flash in the Pan
The Clyde Cruising Club’s Scottish Series has long been a happy hunting ground for Irish boats and crews writes W M Nixon. We remember with particular fondness the great days of the Royal Cork YC’s Corby 36 Antix, with which…
Cork Week Day 2: Scotland's J/122 'El Gran Senor' Takes Class One Lead (Photo Gallery)
100 teams were competing inshore for the second day of Volvo Cork Week today. A long coastal race, in good breeze along the south coast, produced fantastic racing for classes IRC one, two and three.  Scroll down for Tim Wright photo…
MAPFRE Leads Volvo Ocean Race Fleet North Of Scotland
#VOR - Spanish team MAPFRE shot into the lead of the penultimate Volvo Ocean Race leg as the fleet rocketed round the coast of Scotland on Wednesday (13 June). The painfully light and fickle winds that dogged the seven teams…