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Special Boat Service Association Watch

The Special Boat Service Association is a registered charity that exists to provide discreet and timely welfare, and physical and emotional support to serving and retired members of the Special Boat Service and their families. They are unique and special because they are one of a very small minority of UK charities, which, by necessity, operate entirely out of public view. They provide these very special people and their families with the help that they deserve, should a need arise.

Membership of this unique family is for life, supporting widows, children, and veterans, as it is not unusua...

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Sydney Hobart  - The Sweet Taste Of Success

Matt Ogg - our onboard ambassador aboard 'Da Nang - Vietnam' has such a captivating way of describing his experiences that no matter how hard we try and cut his posts down, we always end up publishing the whole lot!.. Here's are his onboard accounts of Races 5 and 6.

Race 5: Sydney, Australia - Hobart, Australia

Australia’s Bluewater Classic, a Boxing Day tradition, and a jewel in the crown of the Clipper Race. The Sydney-Hobart Race. As the only Australian skippered boat in the fleet there were eyes on us and pressure to perform but our results so far did not suggest what would come in the...

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Why design takes us so long

We spent most of last summer designing, refining, and redesigning our first rubber strap, so we thought we'd explain why we take our time to design a component that looks straightforward.

A lot of brands look through a silicone strap catalogue, pick something, and just ask the vendor to mould their logo into it, laser-etch the buckle, and call it theirs. Job done. Nice and cheap, nice and easy.

But that wouldn't be an EB strap. It would just be a strap with an EB logo on it. We wanted to design one that was our own. And this is the result; a rubber strap with a rare level of detail and thou...

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Clipper Leg 7, Races 10 & 11 round the Americas

Leg 7, Race 10: Seattle, USA - Panama City, Panama

New boat. New regime. Hopping across to the shorthanded Ichorcoal for Leg 7 and the race down the west coast of the Americas, it was game on. Settling into a new management style, fresh faces, new tips and tricks. And a lot of laughter.

Seasickness may have taken its toll on the crew, but the little crew that could put in a strong performance at race start leading in the first few hours after race start. After a couple of days upwind the spinnakers were up and down for the foreseeable future.

Tricky helming under kite, particularly at night,...

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As the teams head south to round the southern coast of Australia, will they head further south in search of the infamous Westerlies or take a shorter route but risk lighter conditions.  What will the boat speeds get up to as they surf 70ft ocean racing yachts down huge swells.

As the official timekeepers for the Clipper Round the World Race 2015 -16 we were asked if we’d like to name one of the races.  Choosing race 4 was a natural choice - surf, strong wind and hopefully some sun on their backs to keep spirits high.  2,088 nautical miles 11-14 days non stop, wind permitting.

The heat is on...

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