Laura Hodgetts

Features editor

Nick Dempsey racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing competition. Credit: Sail Energy/World Sailing

Nick Dempsey enjoyed an almost perfect start to his Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta ending day one in pole position in the RS:X Men’s windsurfing yesterday.

PBO September 2016 cover

In the September 2016 issue of Practical Boat Owner...

RS:X racing at the Aquece Rio Test Event for 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © Rachel Jaspersen/British Sailing Team

The 2016 Olympic Games officially starts today in Rio with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium - the sailing regatta will get under way on Monday.

Stricken yacht rescued from Shingles Bank

A 30ft Dutch yacht with a broken rudder was rescued in treacherous conditions just west of the notorious Shingles Bank off the Needles Rocks, Isle of Wight.

Free Flow Fla, Whitehaven Marina

The flag needed to be bright and vibrant so that boats easily spot when Free Flow is in operation and also the general public can cross the lock on foot.

East Hants (Indoor) Boat Jumble

East Hants (Indoor) Boat Jumble, is being held on 6 November at Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hants. PO9 2AY.

Boat Jumble

Solent Boat Jumble will be taking place on 2 October at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton.