Sponsorships & Links



Start of the ARC 2007

HYDROVANE, by invitation, is the World Cruising Corporate Member for ‘Self Steering’ – ‘exclusive sponsor for self steering’ – to the World Cruising Club of Cowes, Isle Of Wight, UK – organizers of:

  • ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) – Gran Canaria to St Lucia
  • World ARC – Circumnavigation from the Caribbean
  • ARC Europe – Antigua and Florida starts via Bermuda to Azores and Portugal
  • Caribbean 1500 – Hampton VA to Tortola BVI
  • Rally Portugal

The 23rd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) Start

ARC 2012 in numbers (June 2012, WCC):

  • 267 boats confirmed
  • 37 boats in the racing divisions
  • Boats from 30 Nations
  • Over 100 different boat marques including 20 Beneteaus, 19 Swans, 14 Jeanneaus, 13 Lagoons, 12 Bavarias, 9 Hanse, 7 X-Yachts, Moodys and Hallberg-Rassys.










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New ICA Logo 

  • 2014 All Points Rally – feeder Rally to Opua, NZ
  • 2014 Opua Cruisers Festival – Bay of Islands, NZ
  • 2014 Doyle Sails – Pacific Rally Series – departing from Opua the 3 rallies to: Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Oz (Australia)Sail 2 Indonesia Rally – departing from Queensland, Australia
    • 2014 Doyle Sails – Tonga Rally
    • 2014 Doyle Sails – Fiji Rally
    • 2014 Yachting World Vanuatu Rally
    • NZ 2 OZ Rally – (Sail 2 Indonesia Feeder Rally from Opua.)
  • 2015 Pacific Circuit Rally – Cruise of a Lifetime






Buy or sell used gear or find out what others are saying about various products. Many of these do require membership.

  • http://cruisenews.net – strictly a website for cruisers
  • http://ssca.org – Florida based but global in scope – “Ask any group about their fantasies and someone will tell you of a vision of tropical blue skies, balmy breezes, ever-gentle waves and sailing to exotic ports. Those who are living the dream, as well as those who are planning for the day that they can release the ties to the workaday world and sail off to seek paradise, and those who only dream of such adventure, all join together in an organization called the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA).”
  • http://www.ybw.com/forums – A UK site of Yachting World and Boating World
  • http://www.cruising.org.uk/ – Founded in 1908, the Cruising Association represents the interests of cruising sailors worldwide and makes available up-to-date cruising information.
  • http://www.oceancruisingclub.org – Requires qualifying offshore experience – “The Ocean Cruising Club is an international club administered from the UK for cruisers.”
  • http://www.onpassage.com/ – strictly a website for cruisers – “Whether you are an experienced cruiser or just starting out in the cruising life, we hope you will find something here of help and interest.”



Blue Water Supplies – Bluewater equipment specialists located on Jersey, Channel Islands (NO VAT!!) – Specialize in marine medical and first aid kits right up to circumnavigator level. http://www.bluewatersupplies.com/

BOOK – BILINGUAL SAILING GLOSSARIES by Emile Schamp – Have you ever tried to deal with boat repairs in a foreign country? Competency in dealing with a restaurant menu is no qualification for describing – eg – a broken impeller on an engine water pump. These books will help you overcome the language barrier when sailing in foreign waters …. now available in English, French and Dutch, with Italian and Spanish soon to be launched – go to: http://sailing-glossaries.co.uk/index.html



DOTEN CONSULTING LTD. – Sailboat Cruising Preparation and Navigation Training – based in San Francisco, California – Neal Doten, Principal Consultant – ConsultND@aol.com – 650.366.4431 – http://dotenconsulting.com/sailboat.html

DUOGEN – A wind generator, trawling generator combo – perfectly compatible with a Hydrovane – contact Pete at peter.anderson@duogen.co.uk – see their website at http://www.duogen.co.uk/index.html

John Guzzwell – Unprecendented circumnavigator – wonderful book of his remarkable sotry, so well written – in the 50’s, long before self steering devices let alone any of our electronic aids – singlehanded his 21 foot Trekka – http://www.johnguzzwell.com


John at the start of the 2002 Transpac Singlehanded Race – steered by his Hydrovane


HAMBLE SCHOOL OF YACHTING – One of the leading RYA power and sailing schools in the UK, specializing in RYA sailing courses – 30 years of experience, unrivalled range of modern yachts – contact Rob Gaffney – tuition@hamble.co.uk – +44(0)23 8045 2668 – www.hamble.co.uk 

 LATITUDE 38 – magazine based in San Francisco, California – “We Go Where The Wind Blows”www.latitude38.com

 LIZA & Andy Copeland – authors of the Just Cruising series http://www.aboutcruising.com

Mahina Expiditions – John & Amanda Neal –  Offshore sail-training expeditions, offshore sailing seminars and boat purchase consultation.Website: http://www.mahina.com

MailASail – One-stop shop for all your onboard communications needs. Whether you need an internet connection via mobile (cell) phone for cruising around Europe or a satellite phone connection for crossing oceans, MailASail can advise, supply, fit and commission everything you need to be up and running. Ed Wildgoose, 105 Dupomnt Road, Raynes Park, London, UK  SW20 8EH, Email: ed@mailasail.com, Website: http://www.mailasail.com

Micheal Briant – “Sailing has been a big influence in my life and worked very well with my career as a film and television producer/director. My circumnavigation in Bambola a Moody 36, has been one of the best things I ever did.” a very comprehensive website – topics like PRIATES, HELICOPTER RESCUE and LIGHTENING STRIKE are all great reads. He circumavigated on a Moody 36 that had a Hydrovane, of course – “Brillant,” he says of it.  http://www.michealbriant.com/sailing.htm

Nauticat 40 – Owner Ronald Hiemann – see his complete Hydrovane installation project. “I should have bought it sooner”.  http://www.bremerspeck.com/windvane.htm

Ocean Forest Voyaging – Norm & Beth Cooper offer highly personalized, boutique sailing instruction along the scenic coast of British Columbia from their home port in Vancouver, Canada.  http://oceanforestvoyaging.com/

PASSPORT YACHTS – Shepherds Wharf Marina, Medina Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK PO31 7HT  +44 (0)1983 290 777 – info@passportyachts.euwww.passportyachts.eu – contact Stuart Gough

PYD PROFESIONAL YACHT DELIVERIES – “Expert, specialised, trained, thorough and reliable” – the world’s busiest and most respected specialist yacht delivery company. Philip Coatesworth – +44 1539 552130 philc@pydww.com  http://www.pydww.com

QUESTUS – Self-leveling Radar Mount – Rob Gorman 781 639 1900 – rob@questusmarine.comwww.QuestusMarine.com

ROBWINK Serious Seatools – Specialist in providing equipment for offshore cruisers – Rob has a Hydrovane on his boat – based in Holland. Contact Rob Wink at info@robwink.net, Kolkeg 22Q, 8243 PN Lelystad, The Netherlands. Phone: +31(0)647978643, Website: http://www.robwink.nl

Swan Yacht Charter – Offers bareboat and skippered yachts for charter using Swan Yachts made by Nautor’s Swan. They have both a Swan 38 and Swan 44 equipped with Hydrovanes. Email: info@swanyachtcharter.co.uk, Website: http://www.swanyachtcharter.co.uk

Topsail Insurance Ltd. – Robert Stevens, Managing Director +44 (0)1273 573 727 Brighton, UK enquiries@topsailinsurance.co.uk   www.topsailinsurance.co.uk “…indeed when insuring blue water cruising yachts, it is usually part of our policy conditions that self steering gear is fitted and operational – Hydrovane fits the bill”