Three of the south's sailors have set off in one of the most gruelling of races.
Mike Golding from Southampton, Gosport's Alex Thomson and Sam Davies from Hayling Island are competing in the Vendee Globe, solo non-stop around the world challenge.
The 25,000 mile circumnavigation begins and ends in France. Dubbed the marathon of the seas, the Vendee is said to be the ultimate test of human endurance.
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Simon's Blog - Stormy Weather
It's that time of year again... Shrove Tuesday is nearly here and many of us are getting ready to cook up a batch of pancakes.
Monday night's weather for the east of the region