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Thu 10 Nov 2011 at 1116 GMT
Choosing new sailing clothing is always a difficult task; it's an expensive investment that usually has to be made without the chance to try out the kit before you take the plunge.
Wed 09 Nov 2011 at 1258 GMT
During research for my last book, I spent some considerable time trying to find a definitive guide to the sizes of superyachts, writes columnist Malcolm Alder-Smith.
Thu 06 Oct 2011 at 1133 BST
Photographer Guy Waites from North Yorkshire has single-handedly crossed the Atlantic ocean twice this summer, with only a 10 day stay in the USA, then raced hurricanes Irene and Katia and dodged tropical storms on his journey back to the UK.
Thu 29 Sep 2011 at 1156 BST
Steve Sleight visited Plymouth for the AC45 World Series to find out if this new America's Cup spin-off lives up to the hype.
Fri 23 Sep 2011 at 1933 BST
Back on Sunday, 11 September a group of ardent fast handicappers turned up at our home club on the Isle of Wight, the Brading Haven, for a weekend race, writes Jonathan Hoare.
Fri 08 Jul 2011 at 2100 BST
For a first timer, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race can seem a little daunting, yet I was ecstatic to learn I'd been given the last spot available on one of Pelican Racing's SB3s for the 80th Anniversary Race, writes Cowes Online editor Louisa Mamakou.
Tue 11 May 2010 at 0900 BST
Kia Motors UK offers some good advice to help take the heat out of summer driving and ensure a smooth journey whilst towing your boat.
Wed 27 Jan 2010 at 1244 GMT
Skandia Team GBR's sailing team nutritionist shares his advice on a healthy diet and shedding that holiday weight!
Wed 14 Oct 2009 at 1139 BST
With increases in theft and crime generally associated with times of recession, extra vigilance and careful planning is strongly recommended to all boat owners this year, leading pleasure-craft insurer Navigators and General has advised.
Fri 04 Sep 2009 at 1654 BST
This summer Cowes-based Lightning Reflex, renamed EADS Innovation Works for the event, won the PowerBar Three Peaks Yacht Race, one of the oldest multi-sport endurance races in the world, writes Geoff West.
Fri 04 Sep 2009 at 1133 BST
Back in August the weather was glorious in Cowes, which gave the crew a chance to get the varnish brushes out and touch up some of the places that were getting a bit worn, writes crewmember Oliver Cotterell of the Bermudan Ketch Halcyon.
Tue 25 Aug 2009 at 1523 BST
Volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are preparing themselves for what is traditionally their busiest weekend of rescues during the year as holidaymakers flock to the coast.
Wed 08 Jul 2009 at 1406 BST
Coastguards are promoting their 'Sea Smart' summer safety campaign as millions of us head to the coast this summer.
Wed 20 May 2009 at 1407 BST
Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson is helping the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to save lives this summer by presenting two new sailing safety video podcasts for their website.
Wed 04 Mar 2009 at 1500 GMT
With the coming of springtime and the new sailing season, boat owners are reminded to carry out a number of simple checks before they get back on the water following the winter lay-up period and avoid common insurance claims.
Fri 31 Oct 2008 at 1529 GMT
The RNLI's Sea Safety team are reminding people around the coast of the risk of firing distress flares as a source of entertainment this firework night, on 5 November, because it is not only illegal but also potentially dangerous.
Wed 10 Sep 2008 at 1658 BST
With the summer, what there was of it, now officially over boat owners may be turning their attention to the laying up and storage of their vessel over the winter months.
Thu 21 Aug 2008 at 1454 BST
RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards are ready for a busy Bank Holiday weekend as further Coastguard strike action looms.
Thu 29 May 2008 at 1533 BST
The RYA has revised its guidance on the use of buoyancy aids and lifejackets, in order to make it clearer and easier for beginners and less experienced water users to make a decision about when to wear one.
Fri 02 May 2008 at 1308 BST
RNLI lifeguards are now geared up for the start of the 2008 season, and the latest rescue statistics are a stark reminder to the public of the importance of being beach-wise.
Wed 28 Mar 2007 at 0021 BST
It's that time of year when Solent racers drag their sailing bag out of the cupboard, brush off the oilies and head out for the first races of the season. But that's just the time when danger lurks writes Jerry Freeman.
Thu 11 May 2006 at 1216 BST
I arrived at Shepards Marina in Cowes after an uneventful single-handed sail from Chichester in Puddleduck, my Etap 30 - uneventful that is until I reached Cowes, writes visiting yachtsman, Simon Jollands. (See also the video - click link at foot of story.
Tue 13 Dec 2005 at 1356 GMT
There can be no doubt that boating, in all its forms, is a vital factor for the economy of the Isle of Wight in general and Cowes in particular, but just how large a contribution does it make, and who benefits from it? Rupert Holmes investigates.
Tue 09 Aug 2005 at 1005 BST
Everyone loves fireworks and this year at Skandia Cowes Week the fireworks were bigger and better than ever thanks to a Â£30,000 donation from an anonymous Royal Yacht Squadron member who doubled the usual budget to help produce a recreation of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Mon 08 Aug 2005 at 1718 BST
Heading for a day out on the sea? Watch out for the sun. We're through the major part of the summer months now and the weather has been hit and miss through June and July, but if the sun comes out there is still plenty of time to enjoy being out on the water.
Mon 25 Jul 2005 at 1346 BST
Fancy a nautical ring tone for your mobile? Well now you can download the Cowes Online 'Life on the Ocean Wave' ring tone direct to your phone - and it's FREE!
Tue 07 Jun 2005 at 1514 BST
By Peter Bruce
One certainty for tidal streams in confined areas such as the Solent, where tidal streams are pretty fast compared to, say, the south coast of Ireland, is that the tide will run faster in deeper water.