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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.


Ben Ainslie prepares for America's Cup battle

There is massive local support for Ben Ainslie Credit: America's Cup

Tension is growing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The event begins next week with a Parade of Sail in front of the Waterfront and Fanzone areas in Portsmouth on Thursday July 23.

The first competition of the 35th America’s Cup will be marked by massive local support for the host team, Land Rover BAR, which is led by Ben Ainslie. This is the Olympic hero’s first opportunity to lead his team into battle in America’s Cup competition.

Ainslie has been clear in stating his goal is to bring the Cup back to Britain.

“The America’s Cup started here in 1851,” Ainslie said. “We’ve had a few shots over the past 164 years but we’ve never come that close to winning. It’s important to us to get that job done now.”

But to do that, he’ll have to beat the defending champions, Jimmy Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA - a team he helped to victory in 2013.

“Ben is a really good guy. You meet him on the shore and he’s very courteous, well mannered,” Spithill says. “On the water though, you flick a switch. He becomes very, very aggressive and he gets the results.”

Fleet of ocean racers ready for Round the Island debut

The world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racers is on the Solent in preparation for its debut in the 84th Round the Island Race.

The fleet is on the Solent in preparation for the largest single sailing race in the world Credit: Clipper Ventures

The twelve Clipper 70s will be joined by four Clipper 68s on the start line tomorrow to compete against more than 1500 competitors.

Clipper Events has mustered the record breaking 16-strong entry in the RTI for a range of clients including the title sponsor JP Morgan Asset Management.

We are extremely excited and have been planning this for months now so we are ready to go.

Clipper Events skippers and staff have been extremely welcoming to us and it’s amazing that we are going to have all twelve of the Clipper 70’s out and racing against each other.

– Henry Gates, Vice President, JP Morgan Asset Management

Clipper Events provides sailing hospitality, team development days and fleet racing. It was established alongside the Clipper Race by British yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9.

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