Day one of the Southampton Boat Show and within hours a ITV Meridien film crew are onboard WetWheels recording a piece about the highly prestigious Yachtsman of the Year award this year sponsored by and chosen by the Yachting Journalists Association.  Geoff Holt won the award 5 years ago and said, “Winning the YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award in 2010 was the highlight of my yachting career. To know it is the yachting journalists themselves, the people who actually promote our sport, chose me as the winner meant a lot. I call it the “Knighthood of Yachting” and I am humbled to have my name engraved on the trophy alongside so many sailing heroes of mine.”  Good luck to all the many nominees for this year.

Ed Stafford is on a mission to investigate the planet’s newest mysteries.  With photographs of Earth showing strange and unexplained markings in some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, Ed sets out to solve the riddle.

From investigating gigantic white lines popping up on satellite images in remote West Papua, to a strange pattern of circular dots in the middle of the Danakil Desert, each astonishing image captures something hard to classify, previously unseen or anomalous. Ed will call on all of his expertise in extreme terrains and climates to uncover the truth.

Round-the-world sailor Dee Caffari has officially launched the programme for this year's Cowes Week.

The world's biggest sailing regatta takes place on the Solent from 8 August. This year the event will be raising money to help provide young people with chance to get a taste of life on the water.

News Item on ITV Meridian here

From navigating deadly African rivers to transporting a grand piano to an Amazon jungle chief, Col John Blashford-Snell's life has been the stuff of Boy's Own adventures - and at 79, he's not finished yet.  Jessamy Calkin meets a remarkable explorer in The Telegraph (Saturday 5 December 2015)

As the interviewer puts it:' Very few explorers have inspired so many.'

Read more from this in-depth feature on John Blashford-Snell