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Fifty years since Sir Francis' epic voyage

It was an adventure that captured the imagination of the whole world. Fifty years ago today yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester left Hampshire on his way to become the first person to sail single-handedly around the world,

To mark the occasion his fully-restored boat, Gipsy Moth 4, has been at Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River. Among those on board were Chichester's son and a man whose family provided stores for the yacht. This from Richard Jones.


Thomson is third in Vendée Race

Celebrations after crossing the line Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez

Alex Thomson arrived into Les Sable d’Olonne, France, after successfully finishing the Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race in third place.

Crossing the finishing line at 18:43 CEST, Thomson completed the race in 9 days, 21 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds, which secured him a place on the podium.

“This is a fantastic achievement; not only for me but for the entire team.” said Thomson.

The Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race is a 3,100 mile single-handed sprint from downtown New York across the Atlantic to Les Sables D’Olonne, and is the penultimate challenge before the all-important Vendée Globe, which begins in November.

Alex Thomson finished in third place Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez


Flagship of Sea Cadets sets sail

After years of fundraising, as well as lots of planning and hard work, a new ship is finally out on the water and is set to benefit hundreds of young people in the South East.

T.S. Royalist is the new flagship of the Sea Cadets - a national charity for 10 to 18 year olds, with units in Kent, Essex and East Sussex. The vessel - which £4.8m - is now being used for training and team-building exercises.

Lauren Hall reports.

Video report from Southampton Boat Show

Whether you're after a dinghy or a superyacht, or fancy having a go on a RIB or a tall ship, then the Southampton Boat Show is the place for you this weekend.

The 47th annual event opened for business today - and not only does it promise to provide plenty of fun on the water there'll also be some spectacular scenes in the sky with a display from The Red Arrows. Andrew Pate reports.

Southampton Boat Show welcomes thousands of visitors

Thousands of people are expected to attend today Credit: ITV

Thousands of people are expected in Southampton today as the annual Boat Show begins. For 10 days some of the world's most prestigious seafaring companies will display their motorboats and vessels. There's also the chance for families to get out onto the water. The show generates millions of pounds for the local economy.

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