Portsmouth Harbour Marine launched to help make area a centre of maritime excellence

Portsmouth Harbour Marine launched

The exciting new charity Portsmouth Harbour Marine was officially launched today (4 April 2019) with a remit of promoting marine businesses, skills and participation around the harbour.  

Building on the success of Gosport Marine Scene, Portsmouth Harbour Marine will work with schools and colleges to equip young people with the skills needed for marine sector employment and encourage young people to pursue a career in marine employment and to get afloat for recreation. Its aims also extend to stimulating marine businesses and their networks locally, and promoting Portsmouth’s historic harbour as a destination for all forms of competitive and leisure boating.

Pictured is Caroline Dinenage, Cath Longhurst, Dee Caffari, David Williams and Captain Ian McNaught.

The launch, held at the top of Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower, was hosted by the Chairman of Portsmouth Harbour Marine, Commodore Peter Melson CVO CBE, who says:

“We can’t overstate the need for integrated and cohesive development of Portsmouth Harbour’s marine sector.  By bringing all the stakeholders together under one umbrella organisation, we can work to grow and develop the local skill base for the leisure and business sectors and better support those who already thrive on our shores.

“The concept is a proven one. We’ve been doing similar work under the banner of Gosport Marine Scene for the past six years and have delivered three Marine Festivals as well as the Marine Futures Programme which provides young people with the opportunity to work in the local marine industry and experience going to sea, often for the first time.”

Speaking at the event, Dee Caffari MBE, Professional Sailor, David Williams, Chief Executive, Portsmouth City Council, Cath Longhurst, CEO of Education, Business Partnership (EBP) South and Captain Ian McNaught CVO MNM FNI, Deputy Master of Trinity House all pledged their support for the initiative and warmly welcomed the fact that the new charity objectives will span the harbour’s communities.

All present at the launch recognised the potential of Portsmouth Harbour Marine to make a real difference so that Portsmouth Harbour is seen again as a centre of maritime excellence.

British Grand Prix elite to compete in RORC Easter Challenge

The RORC Easter Challenge is offering free world class coaching from grand masters like Jim Saltonstall, it also kicks off the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s domestic racing season.

Inshore racing is going through a challenging period in the UK with the return of grand prix racing in the FAST40+ class and the more attainable Performance 40s. The FAST40+ class started with boats such as Ker 40+s and GP42s but has evolved its own purpose-built hardware as exemplified by Niklas Zennström’s Rán 7. On the other hand the FAST40+ has an IRC TCC rating band of 1.210-1.270, the Performance 40s are heavier displacement IRC boats with a TCC range of 1.075-1.145.

Both will be out on the Solent in force for the RORC Easter Challenge over 19-21st April.

The coaching facility at the RORC Easter Challenge will enable the crew to fast-track working up their new steed. “We have always found the coaching to be important – it is definitely good to get eyes off the boat,” says Cherry. “For example I’ve never before been involved in string drops. It is hard to get a good camera angle filming that on board, so getting video from off the boat will really help.”

In addition, progressing from the Sun Fast 3600, which Cherry says he could sail singlehanded, to one reliant on a full crew, is going to take some work. “With this you need seven out of 11 doing exactly the right thing at the right time to do it well.”

While seven FAST 40+s are competing at the RORC Easter Challenge, nine Performance 40s are currently entered. As usual these are topped by the duo of King 40s – the Blair family’s Cobra and Roger Bowden’s Nifty – and also Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise, the trio of J/Boats – Journeymaker II, Red Herring and Jackhammer – the Ker 39 Rumbleflurg, plus the two First 40s La Réponse and Olympia’s Tigress.