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International Freight Forwarders Bellville Rodair Sponsor Bella for 2013 Round the Island Race

http://www.bellvillerodair.comAward-winning international Freight Forwarder Bellville Rodair is sponsoring Bella for the 2013 race around the Isle of Wight.

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the I... Read more

Posted 19th March @ 5:31

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Revealed - Team Kit for Round the Island 2013

Bella's sponsor for Round the Island 2013, Bellville Rodair International, has today revealed the crew kit for the shore side events that take place in West Cowes every year after the race. 

Inspired by the competitiveness of the All Blacks, and reflecting BRI's corporate c... Read more

Posted 21st March @ 11:09

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Bella’s Rolex Fastnet crew is complete!

We now have a great summer of sailing ahead building up to the race. Can’t wait!

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Posted 17th May @ 10:28

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Myth of Malham

The Myth of Malham race, one of the qualifying races for this year's Rolex Fastnet, is now behind us. Light winds on the outbound leg proved that the decision to order new North Sails in time for the Fastnet was a good one. Bella went well in heavy conditions but the small genoa slowed us... Read more

Posted 28th May @ 9:28

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Round The Island

Bella (sponsored by the award-winning international Freight Forwarder Bellville Rodair) completed Round The Island in 7 hours 43 minutes (which is our record). Bella came 320th overall out of... Read more

Posted 3rd June @ 3:28

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Rolex Fastnet 2013

It's 15:13h on Thursday 15th August and we've completed the 2013 Fastnet Read more

Posted 16th August @ 12:43

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Rolex Fastnet 2013

Now the excitement of the Fastnet is over we are preparing for the exciting challenges to come: the ARC from Gran Canaria to St. Lucia in November and the RORC Caribbean 600 in February 2014. Until then, you can relive the Fastnet with us by clicking he... Read more

Posted 27th August @ 2:56

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We'll be blogging during the ARC!

Follow Bella's progress from the Canaries to the Caribbean. We'll be blogging all the way, keeping you up to date with all the news from Bella. 

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Posted 11th November @ 3:23

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Final prep for the ARC

During the final days of preparation for the 2013 ARC, we have been shaking down with the new crew. Blue sky, warm weather - what more could you ask?  Then yesterday we saw two whales approaching us on the starboard side! Cameras were whipped out before you could say Moby Dick...

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Posted 22nd November @ 10:06

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The ARC begins...

After casting off in the morning from pontoon L in bright sunshine to the sounds of a brass band, Bella made her way to the ARC starting line, practicing gybes along the way. Bella crossed the starting line for the ARC Racing Division at 12h45 local time yesterday at the beginning of her trans... Read more

Posted 25th November @ 5:00

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Bella boarded by pirates?

If so they're a pretty rum lot! The crew of Bella have been celebrating with a Not Half Way Party at the roughly half way mark on their Arc Adventure. Some very dodgy fancy dress was on display together with some very odd beards. Keep up with the latest news via theRead more

Posted 5th December @ 11:30

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Caribbean Weather?

Hang on - isn't the Caribbean all blue skies, warm seas and balmy breezes? Well, not on Wednesday morning! Thankfully this was just a brief hiatus in the warm, balmy, blue bit and now it's business as usual, phew! Not long now till Bella arrives in St. Lucia to be greeted on the dock with... Read more

Posted 12th December @ 8:58

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We've done it!

At 1653h on the 13th December 2013, Bella finished the 2013 ARC!  Well done to all the crew who were, no doubt, very happy to receive their jug of rum punch when they reached the dock.

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Posted 16th December @ 1:01

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Bella is in Antigua

We are in Antigua at the moment getting some maintenace done and having our sails overhauled by North Sails. Then its off to the BVIs ready for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Do you fancy joining us? There are still a couple of places left at a fantastic price. Read more about... Read more

Posted 26th February @ 10:28

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Heading for the BVIs!

Bella will be leaving Antigua and heading for the BVIs this weekend. The 180 mile trip will be the precursor to the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Bella will be taking part in the full race programme and the crew are looking forward to some exciting racing (as well as the famous BVI Reg... Read more

Posted 21st March @ 4:35

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Nearly there!

After leaving the islands of St Kitts & Nevis to port during the night, we are now two thirds of the way to the British Virgin Islands where we shall be continuing our preparations for the Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Follow our progress through the week via our Read more

Posted 26th March @ 8:52

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We've arrived in the BVIs!

Bella has arrived in the BVIs after sailing from Antigua. We're moored up in Nanny Cay preparing for the Regatta. Needless to say, we are all really looking forward to some exciting sailing and some great parties! If you couldn't join us this year, why not make a note to book with us... Read more

Posted 27th March @ 10:03

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First race in the BVIs

We are all very excited! The first race in the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival takes place today. 

The race starts in Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay. We then sail in an easterly direction leaving Ginger Island and Dead Chest (what a great name!) to starboard b... Read more

Posted 1st April @ 11:52

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2015 Racing Calendar

The racing calendar for Bella in 2015 has now been published. The big event of the year is the Fastnet race. Bella will also be taking part in two qualifying races as well as other races throughout the year. Places are already being snapped up for the Fastnet so, if you are interested in taking p... Read more

Posted 23rd September @ 9:13

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She's ready to go!

Following a comprehensive winter refit, Bella has undergone two sea trials to ensure that she is absolutely ready for an active sailing season.

On Friday 4th March we carried out a mechanical sea trial to ensure that her engine and gearbox are absolutely ‘on the ball’.

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Posted 7th March @ 8:43

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Brogue trader managers sail with spirit

The managers of the award winning shoe business #brogue trader had a fabulous sail on Bella of London as part of the inaugrial annual managers event. The evening and day was hosted by the Managing Director Chris Macnamara.

While novices to sailing the team turned up impeccably dressed w... Read more

Posted 5th June @ 5:03

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