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New Title Sponsor for the Southampton Boat Show
Jun22

New Title Sponsor for the Southampton Boat Show

British Marine Boat Shows has announced a partnership deal with TheYachtMarket.com for the world-class Southampton Boat Show. The two-year deal will see the 2017 and 2018 editions of the event be known as TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

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Take to the Skies with Topsail
May31

Take to the Skies with Topsail

At the recent Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) AGM and awards dinner, Topsail Insurance Director, Rob Stevens not only spoke to delegates on marine insurance and boating matters but launched the brand-new Topsail kite.

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May Discount Offer
May21

May Discount Offer

I get by with a little help from my friends! Time to get a little more from your insurance policy.

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Novara’s Expedition to the Antarctic
May10

Novara’s Expedition to the Antarctic

Topsail customers Steve and Trish Brown and their Dutch built, schooner Bestevaer 60C Novara have sailed thousands of ocean miles together.

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Northern Boat Show 2017
Apr28

Northern Boat Show 2017

The Northern Boat Show this year will be hosted in a new, bigger location on new dates to coincide with the International Mersey River Festival.

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Classic Boat Award Winners
Apr21

Classic Boat Award Winners

This year’s winners of the Classic Boat Magazine Awards, in association with Classic Marine, have been revealed during a Champagne reception at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

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BIG CHANGES FOR THE LONDON BOAT SHOW
Apr05

BIG CHANGES FOR THE LONDON BOAT SHOW

British Marine Boat Shows, organiser of the London Boat Show, has announced plans for a re-defined event for next year. The 2018 Show will draw on its rich heritage, whilst firmly setting a new course to inspire and excite visitors for years to come.

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APRIL DISCOUNT OFFER
Mar31

APRIL DISCOUNT OFFER

The clocks have changed, the evenings are longer and we are seeing more sunshine, all of this has made us feel generous and so this month we are offering you a great discount on boat and travel insurance.

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Fundraising Feat
Mar24

Fundraising Feat

Members of the Topsail team have been on a personal fundraising mission since February tackling some brave and demanding challenges. 

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History Made by a Man with an Impossible Dream
Mar20

History Made by a Man with an Impossible Dream

South African big wave surfer and adventurer Chris Bertish has paddled his way into the records books and everyone’s hearts by completing his monumental SUP challenge to cross the Atlantic solo and unassisted.

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TOPSAIL TAKES INSPIRATION FROM CUSTOMERS TO CHOOSE COMPANY CHARITY
Mar06

TOPSAIL TAKES INSPIRATION FROM CUSTOMERS TO CHOOSE COMPANY CHARITY

Topsail Insurance, the established Brighton-based marine insurance company, is pleased to announce that their chosen company charity of 2017 is to be the international charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), who promote integration through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing.

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New long range point of contact numbers for UK coastguard
Mar02

New long range point of contact numbers for UK coastguard

Thanks to our partners at the Cruising Association who have highlighted this important information from the UK Coastguard.

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Hot Water for Russian Superyacht Owner
Feb24

Hot Water for Russian Superyacht Owner

For the second time, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko was dealing with a lawsuit regarding one of his vessels. Last week his £360million Superyacht A was seized by Gibraltar Port Authority after a lawsuit was filed by German shipbuilder, Nobiskrug.

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TEAM TOP MARKS
Feb21

TEAM TOP MARKS

Congratulations go to our Senior Account Executives Mollie Magrath and Laura Clothier who have both passed their recent Foundation Insurance Test (FIT) with flying colours.

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CHOOSING OUR COMPANY CHARITY
Feb09

CHOOSING OUR COMPANY CHARITY

Last September, during our 20th anniversary, we held our inaugural company Charity Golf Day at the East Brighton Golf Club. While we had a fun day out on the golf course, we also raised a great amount of money that we donated to the RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station.

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CLASSIC BOAT AWARDS 2017
Feb03

CLASSIC BOAT AWARDS 2017

So far, the first month of the year has been a great showcase for the marine industry both in the UK and across the globe with many businesses and individuals being recognised with awards.

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Recognition for a Spectacular Year
Jan17

Recognition for a Spectacular Year

Late night Thursday at the London Boat Show was a hive of activity not just at the stands with live music and entertainment but at the show stage where this year’s Yachts and Yachting Awards were announced.

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YJA AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Jan05

YJA AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

This month the 61st Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) Yachtsman of the Year Award will be announced and awarded to one of the three shortlisted finalists. After its introduction in 1993, the 24th YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award will also be announced on Tuesday 10 January at the YJA gala lunch at Trinity House, London.

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50 YEARS OF SAIL TRAINING
Dec20

50 YEARS OF SAIL TRAINING

This year Merseyside Adventure Sail Training (MAST) is celebrating 50 years since the very first Sail Training Voyage out of the River Mersey.

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Yacht & Yachting Awards 2017
Dec19

Yacht & Yachting Awards 2017

We are proud to be supporting the 2017 Yachts and Yachting Awards. The awards aim to highlight the best performances, products, clubs and events of the last 12 months. 

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YACHTS & YACHTING DELVE INTO THE TOPSAIL TRAVEL PRODUCTS
Dec01

YACHTS & YACHTING DELVE INTO THE TOPSAIL TRAVEL PRODUCTS

During the Southampton Boat Show this year Topsail Insurance’s Director, Robert Stevens was interviewed by yachtsandyachting.com’s Mark Jardine.

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SCALING NEW HEIGHTS
Nov25

SCALING NEW HEIGHTS

Our Accounts Manager Karen, has recently completed a new personal challenge that took her to the lofty heights of 17,600ft at Everest Base Camp.

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BOATS BACK ON THE WATER AT LBS 2017
Nov17

BOATS BACK ON THE WATER AT LBS 2017

Many of us are looking forward to Christmas and then New Year’s Eve but it doesn’t stop there, just six days into the new year the London Boat Show opens at ExCeL London.

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A FITTING END FOR THE 470 GIRLS
Nov11

A FITTING END FOR THE 470 GIRLS

After six years sailing together Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have achieved two consecutive Olympic medals, a World Championship title and they can now add Rolex World Sailor of the Year to their list of achievements.

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OFFICE UPGRADES
Nov02

OFFICE UPGRADES

While the Topsail team has been celebrating 20 years as a specialist international yacht and motorboat insurance comapny this year, it has also been an opportunity for the company to make some internal changes and upgrade the office tech equipment.

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PROUD TO BE PART OF THE BRITISH MARINE INDUSTRY
Oct28

PROUD TO BE PART OF THE BRITISH MARINE INDUSTRY

Next month’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam is the world’s largest marine equipment trade show welcoming thousands of guests and exhibitors every year.

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DOING OUR BIT TO HELP FIGHT CANCER
Oct20

DOING OUR BIT TO HELP FIGHT CANCER

Since 1991 coffee mornings have been taking place across the nation not only to eat cake and drink tea but to raise funds and awareness for the essential work done by Macmillan Cancer Support.

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HOW TO WINTERISE YOUR BOAT
Oct13

HOW TO WINTERISE YOUR BOAT

Winterising your craft might be time consuming but it's necessary to keep her protected during the cold season. We've put together a list of guidelines and asked surveyor and former boat builder Ben Sutcliffe-Davies to share his best tips for a safe and thorough job.

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HURRICANE MATTHEW
Oct06

HURRICANE MATTHEW

For those cruising the Caribbean and / or the East Coast of the United States, the result of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti and now progressing through the Caribbean chain is devastating and it’s apparent path will be towards Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard.

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR COVER?
Oct05

DO YOU KNOW YOUR COVER?

A recent article in Insurance Business this month covered the story of a British tourist who sadly bled to death in Iceland because he was worried about nullifying his travel insurance.

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TOPSAIL HOSTS CRUISING MEMBERS TO AN INSPIRING MORNING AT SBS16
Sep29

TOPSAIL HOSTS CRUISING MEMBERS TO AN INSPIRING MORNING AT SBS16

At this year’s Southampton Boat Show Topsail hosted the very first speaker-led coffee morning in the British Marine Members Lounge.

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TOPSAIL RNLI CHARITY GOLF DAY A GREAT SUCCESS
Sep19

TOPSAIL RNLI CHARITY GOLF DAY A GREAT SUCCESS

On Friday the 16th of September, Topsail Insurance hosted a charity golf day at East Brighton Golf to raise funds for RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station. Proud sponsors of the 18th hole, Topsail Insurance hailed the event as a huge success. 

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JOIN US AT THE SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW
Sep14

JOIN US AT THE SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

We are hosting the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) and Cruising Association (CA) members and friendsat aspeaker-led coffee morning at the Southampton Boat Show nextweek.

The morning will include illustrated lectures from authors and raconteurs, Rev. Bob Shepton and Liza Copeland. 

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HELLINGLY RFC START WITH A WIN
Sep14

HELLINGLY RFC START WITH A WIN

Hellingly 1st XV welcomed Seaford to Horsebridge Rec on Saturday in front of a packed crowd. The game started with Hellingly dominating possession and territory only to be withheld by a strong Seaford defence, however the constant Hellingly attack soon became too much as Number 8 James Grey picked from the back of a dominant scrum to crash over the line from 15m out, with Huw Jones slotting the conversion to make the game 7-0.

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TOPSAIL INSURANCE CHARITY GOLF DAY 2016
Aug23

TOPSAIL INSURANCE CHARITY GOLF DAY 2016

The upcoming Topsail charity golf day will welcome 14 golfers to the East Brighton Golf Course on 16 September. 

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TOPSAIL TEAM PROMOTIONS
Aug12

TOPSAIL TEAM PROMOTIONS

It is a year of double celebrations for the Topsail team. This year is a special 20th anniversary milestone for the company and this month sees several staff members achieve promotions and recommendations within the team.

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COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Aug10

COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

This summer we have been running a fun competition to find the best nautical jokes. Many of you sent in your favourite ocean-inspired jokes for the chance to win a package of prizes.

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How Well Are You Covered at Sea?
Jul19

How Well Are You Covered at Sea?

We are always surprised to hear that people are relying on their bank account, credit card, or ‘off the shelf’ style travel insurance policies whilst on board a boat.

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TOPSAIL INSURANCE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Jul12

TOPSAIL INSURANCE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

This month, Friday 8 July, marked the beginning of the 20th anniversary celebrations of specialist international yacht and motorboat insurance company, Topsail Insurance.

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SUCCESS FOR BRIGHTON AT THE IRC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jul06

SUCCESS FOR BRIGHTON AT THE IRC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last month Brighton Marina Yacht Club (BMYC) hosted the inaugural IRC Sussex Championships. The two-day yacht racing event held six races for 18 boats in the waters of the English Channel. 

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TELL US A JOKE TO WIN!
Jun13

TELL US A JOKE TO WIN!

If you have ever visited the annual Southampton Boat Show you may have seen our Topsail advertisements in the toilets. 

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Topsail Sponsor Hellingly Rugby Club
May26

Topsail Sponsor Hellingly Rugby Club

Topsail Insurance are officially the proud sponsors of Hellingly Rugby Club's post protectors and flags for the next 3 seasons.

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Calling all wannabe comedians!
May05

Calling all wannabe comedians!

If you have ever visited the annual PSP Southampton Boat Show you may well have seen our Topsail advertisements in the toilets, there are 4 different versions, each featuring a nautical joke and cartoon. This year will be no different, except…we are inviting you to submit your favourite nautical joke in the hope that it will be chosen for one of our posters.

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Environmentally Friendly Sailing
Apr04

Environmentally Friendly Sailing

It is easy to assume that the waste from one sailing yacht is not substantial enough to have a negative effect on the environment, however the collective impact can cause significant damage. As sailing often takes place all year round and the community is spread all over the globe, the damage is often far worse than other water based activities. There are many simple changes we can make to protect our oceans.

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Are you following Topsail’s Social Media accounts?
Mar23

Are you following Topsail’s Social Media accounts?

At Topsail we currently run 3 social media accounts and find them a great way of keeping clients, associates, colleagues and friends up to date with any important information, news, promotions and musings.

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PLANNING A SAILING TRIP? CORRECT TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Mar03

PLANNING A SAILING TRIP? CORRECT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

We are always surprised when we hear that people are relying on their bank account, credit card, or ‘off the shelf’ style travel insurance policies whilst aboard a boat.

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Yachts & Yachting 2016 Awards Ceremony
Jan15

Yachts & Yachting 2016 Awards Ceremony

Last night was the annual Yachts and Yachting 2016 awards ceremony, held at the London Boat Show. The awards highlight the best performance, clubs, events and products of the last year.

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Purchase price or market value?
Jan13

Purchase price or market value?

The following is a very interesting article produced by Marine Lawyers Hill Dickinson (http://www.hilldickinson.com/) regarding a marine insurance claim.

 

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John Franklin, OCC Commodore, issues warning following Caribbean pirate attacks
Jan04

John Franklin, OCC Commodore, issues warning following Caribbean pirate attacks

Two incidents of armed piracy against sail boats north of Trinidad have been reported within the last 10 days. The attacks took place in daylight and involved 5 or 6 pirates aboard 18ft narrow fishing boats, with powerful engines and barrels of fuel supplies.
 

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Christmas Opening Hours
Dec18

Christmas Opening Hours

Please note that the office will be closed from 1.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 24th December 2015 and will re-open at 8am (GMT) on Monday 4th January 2016. Emails will be monitored, however if your enquiry is urgent calls are being diverted to a mobile phone on the 29th, 30th and 31st December 2015 between 11am and 3pm (GMT). Please leave a message if we do not answer immediately and we will come back to you as soon as possible.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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LONDON BOAT SHOW 2016
Dec11

LONDON BOAT SHOW 2016

Have you seen the new Boat Show video? Click here to view.

The 62nd annual London Boat Show runs from the 8th – 17th January 2016 at ExCel London and this year Lucy Watson, star of hit Channel 4 series ‘Made in Chelsea’ is set to open the event.

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A NAMED WINDSTORM... IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?
Nov26

A NAMED WINDSTORM... IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?

Since 1953 across the US and many parts of the world the naming of hurricanes and storms has become common practice, however here in the UK we have never named a storm, until now. But why would we give a storm a name? Apparently according to the experts allocating a name to a weather event makes it easier to follow and more simple to reference on social media – Which in turn ensures people protect themselves.

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 THIS YEAR'S ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS (ARC) DEPARTS SOON...
Oct14

THIS YEAR'S ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS (ARC) DEPARTS SOON...

The ARC is on the bucket list of a vast number of sailors, with over 200 boats and 1200 people every year joining to sail from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. The event is organised by the World Cruising Club and is one of their many events from all around the world. These rallies are specially designed to help people achieve their offshore cruising goals with the support and assistance of other boats.

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CONGRATULATIONS JIMMY CORNELL
Sep30

CONGRATULATIONS JIMMY CORNELL

Further to our article at the beginning of the month advising of Jimmy Cornell and “Aventura”’s successful transit of the North West Passage, we have now received word from the man himself advising that he has now arrived safely in London, having completed a 24,000 nm voyage.

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VIGILANCE WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES
Sep27

VIGILANCE WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES

Shortly after sunset on Monday 21st September 2015, 11 men armed with handguns and M16 assault rifles pulled into the idyllic Holiday Oceanview Marina, located on Samal Island. Moments later, they disappeared into the darkness with four captives. Read More
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ITALIAN LIABILITY CERTIFICATE
Sep03

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ITALIAN LIABILITY CERTIFICATE

It has recently come to our attention that foreign Third Party Liability certificates are under scrutiny by the Italian authorities and if they are found to provide insufficient details of the tender and outboard on board a penalty fine will be actioned. Read More
TOPSAIL INSURANCE SAIL TRAINING BURSARY
Jan28

TOPSAIL INSURANCE SAIL TRAINING BURSARY

TOPSAIL ANNOUNCE THEIR ANNUAL SAIL TRAINING BURSARY AT THE 2014 ASTO CONFERENCE

London Boat Show
Jan06

London Boat Show

Friday 9th January - Sunday 18th January 2015

TOPSAIL'S WISH LIST
Nov17

TOPSAIL'S WISH LIST

Sailing Destinations in Europe

SAILING RALLIES LAUNCH TWO NEW EVENTS AT PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW
Sep19

SAILING RALLIES LAUNCH TWO NEW EVENTS AT PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

Following on from the success of their Christmas Caribbean Rally (CCR) and Baltic 4 Nations Rally (B4N), Sailing Rallies announce the addition of two new events to their 2015/2016 events schedule: Antigua 2 Falmouth 2015 and the Spanish Rias Rally 2016.

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TOPSAIL LAUNCH SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW COMPETITION
Sep09

TOPSAIL LAUNCH SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW COMPETITION

Topsail are pleased to announce the launch of a competition to win a year’s boat insurance up to the value of £1000 at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

With the 46th annual Southampton Boat Show starting next week and running from 12th to the 21st September, Topsail Insurance are pleased to announce that we will be running a competition offering boat owners the opportunity to win a year’s free boat insurance worth up to £1,000.

Come and see us at stand E029 to obtain an insurance quotation for your Sailing Yacht, Motorboat, Inland Craft, Narrowboat or Sailing Dinghy and you will automatically be entered into our competition.


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THE MND ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Aug22

THE MND ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Topsail Insurance to undertake the MND Ice Bucket Challenge

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