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BOATING PEOPLE TEAM CONCISE’S SKIPPER With the 35th America’s Cup still fresh in our minds the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup has been released at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. However we will not be seeing any America’s Cup racing until 2019, and the boats will be er different from the foiling catamarans we have become accustomed to with a return to monohulls announced.
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THE America’s Cup continues to make headlines. Earlier in the year most of the teams competing in this year’s regatta signed a framework agreement that would cover the next two editions, the 36th and 37th America’s Cup, planned for 2019 and 2021 respectively. As well as a two-yearly cycle, foiling catamarans would continue to be used. At the time Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of two-time winner Oracle Team USA, said: “This announcement will go down as one of the defining moments in America’s Cup history. It is great for fans, athletes and commercially – a win win for everyone.” As is required, the framework agreement upheld all aspects of the Deed of Gift, the document that lies at the heart of the America’s Cup. There was one problem. The framework did not have the backing of Emirates Team New Zealand who said: “Emirates Team NZ believe the future America’s Cup format is to be decided by the Defender and Challenger of Record as it has historically been.” As we now know, this was the team that went on to win the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda this summer. It soon became clear many of the decisions made in the framework agreement were not going to be carried forward to the 36th America’s Cup. Since then the boating world has been waiting with, until now, bits and pieces of information coming through. Last month it was confirmed there would be a return to monohulls and tighter nationality rules. Then the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup was released at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in New Zealand after negotiations between the Defender and the Challenger of Record Circolo della Vela Sicilia, whose team will be Luna Rossa. After the announcement Patrizio Bertelli, the boss of Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, said: “The original values of the Cup have been restored.” Luna Rossa pulled out of the last America’s Cup after additonal rules changes were introduced.
When the protocol was released Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said: “From the moment we won we have felt a responsibility to release this document as soon as possible to provide the required details that potential teams can now base a challenge on.” “The plans are coming together nicely – we shall have a very exciting boat that will be fast and powerful. We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible technically and this will test the designers, boat builders and the sailors to the limit. Just what the America’s Cup is all about.” The America’s Cup Match will be raced in March 2021, preceded by The Prada Cup in January and February 2021. Boats are set to arrive from 2019 with pre regattas held that year and in 2020, culminating with a Christmas regatta in December 2020. The dates and venue of both the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup will be announced by 31 August 2018. Grant Dalton also confirmed that Team
January 1, 2018: Entries for challengers open March 31, 2018: AC75 class rule published June 30, 2018: Entries for Challengers Close August 31, 2018: Location of the America’s Cup match and the challenger series confirmed; specific race course area confirmed December 31, 2018: Late entries Deadline March 31, 2019: Boat one can be launched Second half of 2019: Two America’s Cup World Series preliminary events
New Zealand will not take part in the America’s Cup Challenger series, the Prada Cup. The intended venue is Auckland, New Zealand but if it cannot be held there it will go to Italy. Dalton reiterated that the event will feature 75 foot monohulls. The last time monohulls were raced was the 32nd edition in 2007. Currently there is a team of designers, led by Emirates Team New Zealand Design Coordinator Dan Bernasconi, working on various monohull concepts. There is a desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track. Each competitor is permitted to build two boats, the hulls of which must be laminated in the country of the competitor. The first boat is not permitted to be launched prior to 31 March 2019, the second
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To coincide with HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in Portsmouth, there is a new Aircraft Carrier exhibition in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Storehouse Number 9. The exhibition charts the unique history of aircraft carrier development, from the beginnings of naval aviation where reconnaissance sea planes were craned on and off converted cruisers, through to the first specialist seaplane carrier HMS Hermes in 1924 to HMS Illustrious, the last of the ‘innovative jump jet carriers’ decommissioned in 2014. Visitors will also find the perfect view of HMS Queen Elizabeth. www.historicdockyard.co.uk
Autumn beach visitors have been warned to look out for a bizarre stinging creature, the Portuguese man o’ war, by the Marine Conservation Society. This is the second consecutive year they have turned up in numbers. People are advised not to touch the creatures as the tentacle-like polyps can give an agonising and potentially lethal sting. If you spot a Portuguese man o’ war report the sighting immediately, ideally with a picture, to www.mcsuk.org.
LIVELY RESTORATION Lively Lady has been moved to Hayling Island, where work to restore the iconic yacht will begin ahead of next year’s 50th anniversary celebrations marking Sir Alec Rose’s roundthe-world voyage. After being gifted to Portsmouth City Council by Sir Alec the boat is now leased to the charity Around and Around, which was founded by offshore sailor Alan Priddy.
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can be launched after 1 February 2020. The final rule for the new boat will not be published until 31 March next year, but Land Rover BAR say there are strong hints that the boat will foil like the multihulls used in the last Cup. “We are comfortable with the transition, the key people in our sailing, design, engineering and support teams all have a great deal of relevant experience.” said Team Principal, Ben Ainslie. “With the rule not coming out until March, we hope that it will be a collaborative approach to its development with all stakeholders included.” Lastly, there will be nationality rules where 20 percent of sailors must be from one country. The rest of each sailing team must meet strict criteria of residents of 380 days in the country from 1 Sep 2018 to 1 Sep 2020. In response to this rule Sir Ben Ainslie said: “Land Rover BAR has always had a British identity and this rule will not affect us. It is good to see that the World Series will continue in 2019, and we look forward to returning to America’s Cup racing in the new class. “The Cup has gained a lot of new fans and it was encouraging to hear both the Defender and Challenger of Record’s commitment to delivering the same high standard of global, televisual racing to cement the interest in our sport.” Sir Ben concluded:“The America’s Cup is the hardest trophy to win in world sport, and it is likely that we will be traveling half-way around the world to compete on the home waters of the world’s most successful modern America’s Cup team. Team New Zealand have been in all six of the openly contested Cups since 1995, and they have won three of them. “We do not underestimate the challenge – it is immense – but we will call on the very best of British technology and innovation through our partners, and use that British fighting spirit to finally bring the Cup home to Britain.” www.rnzys.org.nz landroverbar.com
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THE America’s Cup continues to make headlines. Although earlier in the year almost all the teams competing in this year’s regatta signed a framework agreement that would cover the next two editions, the framework did not have the backing of the eventual winners, Emirates Team New Zealand. It soon became clear many of the decisions made in the framework agreement were not going to be carried forward to the 36th America’s Cup. Since then the world has been waiting with, until now, bits and pieces of information coming through. At the end of September Team New Zealand officially announced the new America’s Cup protocol. With the return to monohulls, it was announced that the AC75 Class of boat would be a 75ft high performance monohull governed by the AC75 Class Rule. An increased, and welcomed by many, emphasis has also been placed on the rules around the nationality of the sailing crews when racing. While the America’s Cup might be a step too far for most of us it really is never too late to take up sailing, as you will discover on page 20. Whether you want to sail in your local area or cross oceans, with the correct training and experience there is a whole world on the water waiting for you. In this month’s special feature we found out how one determined couple got into sailing and fell totally in love with it. A great way to gain experience, and something our couple did, is to take a sailing holiday. There are so many options available when it comes
to assistance or training on your boat that it is easy to find the right destination and level of help to suit your skill level. As well as great get-away ideas, this month’s holiday page includes an up-date following the devastating hurricanes that hit the Caribbean in September. If you already have a holiday booked it is recommended you get in touch with your provider if you have not already done so. Many of these islands rely heavily on tourism and so they will be welcoming visitors back with open arms as soon as possible. In fact not all Caribbean islands were badly affected and many will continue operating as normal so do not ignore this beautiful part of the world when planning future trips. It pays to always be safe when on the water as one reader discovered. The photo above was taken by All at Sea reader Timo Galeon who said, “This wooden debris was removed from the water at the mouth of the Itchen river. The largest piece is 3/4 inch plywood about four feet long and two feet wide. There are only five pieces shown here, but I could have filled the boat up with the other pieces flowing out of the river. Minutes before, I had been doing 30 knots along Southampton Water towards this area. It pays to keep a good look out!” Would you know what to do in this situation? Should you report it? Who would you tell? Let us know if you have come across hazardous debris in the water and what action you took. Jane Hyde email@example.com
FOUR young British sailors crossed the virtual finish line off John O’Groats to establish a new Length of Britain record of two days, 14 hours and six minutes. It marks the second record held by the British Vendee2020Vision team who, in 2014, took the World Record for Monohulls 60 feet and less for Round Britain and Ireland. Launched in 2016, Vendee2020Vision is an initiative to nurture Britains’ Offshore sailing talent along the path to success in yacht racing’s most challenging event - the Vendée Globe, the quadrennial singlehanded non-stop round the world race. Daniel Steel, Chief Executive of Sail Scotland, who developed and organised the challenge, said: “We are delighted to crown the Vendee2020Vision team as the new Length of Britain Record Holders. They have shown incredible skill and endurance, taking on the weather and tidal conditions to not only reach the north coast of Scotland in a world record time, but to smash it by over 21 hours.”
The crew, Mikey Ferguson, Lizzy Foreman, Andrew Baker and Jack Trigger, witnessed every kind of condition you could expect, from over 40 knots and a confused sea state to battling against the clock with no wind at the finish. Speaking straight after crossing the finish line, skipper Mikey Ferguson said: “We are really excited to establish this new record time. To be honest it was a relief to get over the line, the last few nights have been pretty tough particularly due to the issues with the Image: Alex Palmer/Vendee Vision
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wind instruments. I have sailed around the UK three times but this passage has been the hardest to date. The team faced a technical issue on day two after the mainsail car bungy broke and the vertical wand which supplies the instruments with wind data was damaged. The crew pulled into open water in Belfast Lock so they could continue sailing and complete repairs without having to stop the record attempt. The wind instruments proved hard to repair at sea and the crew had to continue with limited and at times no wind data as they made the final approach to the north west tip of Scotland. The team slashed 21 hours and 14 minutes off the existing record held by British sailor Phil Sharp. Crew member and All at Sea columnist Lizzy Foreman said: “It is absolutely fantastic to cross the finish line, this was tricky tactical sailing, but really great fun and great to finish. It is a fantastic boost in our skill levels and to improve our tactical and navigation skills. “This has been a huge benefit to me, to pick up new things from the other crew members, and this is a real stepping stone from the smaller boats I have been racing to step up to a boat this size.” www.vendee2020vision.com
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UK’s boat manufacturing sector, British Marine CEO, Howard Pridding, said: “Boatbuilding in the UK has changed dramatically since the last decade, with demographic and social change re-shaping manufacturers’ customer base and their access and approach to spending and boat ownership. “As a result, the market for boat builders in traditional boat segments has narrowed for boat builders across the world.
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NEWS SNAPS FOOTBALL WINNERS A marine industry charity 5-a-side tournament raised £1,000 for Southampton hospital charities. For the second year running, tournament stalwarts, PSP Logistics, took home the silverware, winning the main cup competition with a 3-1 victory over a team from Southampton FC’s corporate division. The Plate competition was won by newcomers, Moody Decking, who beat MatchTech 4-3.
For the first time ever an original Landing Craft Tank will be on display at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. This has been made possible thanks to an investment of nearly £5m from The National Lottery and has been planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the landings in two years’ time. Over 800 LCTs with the capacity to carry 10 tanks or equivalent armoured vehicles were involved in Operation Neptune, the naval element of Overlord. LCT 7074 is believed to be one of only 10 survivors from this fleet.
FUNDS FOR CARIBBEAN THE Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart’s Bash have united to provide aid for rebuilding grassroots sailing programmes and communities affected by Hurricane Irma. A number of sailing and yacht clubs in the Caribbean that have been affected by Hurricane Irma have taken part in Bart’s Bash in previous years and had planned to hold events over the Bart’s Bash weekend in September. Hurricane Maria added to the extensive damage after the region was pummelled by a second major storm in two weeks. Tragically a British man was amongst the dead after a boat capsized off Puerto Rico. According to the US coastguard a British Royal Navy helicopter hoisted a woman and two children from the overturned vessel. The Andrew Simpson Foundation has
pledged to use the funds raised from this year’s Bart’s Bash to help those affected eventually rebuild their community sailing projects, allowing them to continue to deliver grassroots sailing programmes to young people. Founding Trustee and, most recently, Artemis Racing’s Team Manager for the America’s Cup Iain Percy, said: “The news and images from the Caribbean are simply horrific and the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has been something none of us has ever witnessed on this scale. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected. As a Foundation we are keen to contribute some practical help through our global Bart’s Bash fundraising and participation initiative.” www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrewsimpson-foundation-asf www.andrewsimpson.org
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma. Image: UK Crown Copyright 2017
A supply ship, FA Mounts Bay arrived first in Anguilla on 7 September, delivering six tonnes of emergency aid. RFA Mounts Bay also brought 40 Royal Marines and Army engineers to help rebuild other vital infrastructure damaged in the category 5 storm. Here RFA Mounts Bay is anchored off Tortola. Image: UK Crown Copyright 2017
Image: Lee Whitehead Cockwells unveiled a third model in its Duchy Motor Launch series at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. The Duchy 35 is a luxury weekender/family cruiser. The price is £390k for a twin screw standard Duchy 35, but Cockwells can also offer a single screw basic model for £360k. www.cockwells.co.uk
STRONG SUNSEEKER Sunseeker International has reported a strong performance in 2017, with forecasted significant growth in revenue of 10 per cent and 15 per cent in volume versus the previous year and a substantial improvement in profit for the overall year compared to 2016. Sunseeker unveiled two new models at the Southampton Boat Show – the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MKII. www.sunseeker.com
HRH The Princess Royal is to attend the annual awards ceremony for National Historic Ships UK. The awards take place on 1 November in London. A key part of the occasion will be the presentation of a series of awards recognising excellence and outstanding achievements in the conservation of historic vessels. For the past seven years NHS UK has also staged a photography competition to capture the spirit of the UK’s maritime heritage. Past winners have gone on to become leading photographers in the marine industry.
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Some of the destruction in Tortola, British Virgin Islands left by hurricane Irma. Image: UK Crown Copyright 2017
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The devastation on the island of Jost Van Dyke, one of the main islands in the British Virgin Islands, after Hurricane Irma. Image: UK Crown Copyright 2017
A working group from within the marine industry has been formed to co-ordinate Sail Aid UK, a fundraising initiative to support victims of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. A Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraising Dinner will take place on 11 November on the Flight Deck at Land Rover BAR, the home of the British America’s Cup Team, in Old Portsmouth. Many high profile sailing names have already pledged their support for the cause including Sir Ben and Lady Georgie Ainslie, Ian Walker, Shirley Robertson, Sam Davies, Andy Beadsworth and Helena Lucas. The funds raised will be channelled towards helping support the relief effort for the regeneration and reconstruction of communities in those British territories in the Caribbean that have been most severely hit by the hurricane. These include, but are not limited to, the islands of the BVI, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla. The funds will be allocated to specific projects based on various criteria set out by the trustees, with a key focus being on supporting the communities that are dependant on the sea and watersports for their livelihood and social wellbeing.
The November fundraising event is the main launch initiative that kick-starts a longer-term plan to help the islanders rebuild their lives, their businesses and their economies. Speaking on behalf of the Sail Aid UK team international yachtsman Philippe Falle said: “The UK sailing community pledges to support the Caribbean victims of the 2017 hurricanes which have completely destroyed entire islands. It will take years to rebuild a part of the world that so many of us enjoy both professionally and for our leisure activities.” He continued, “Sail Aid UK strives to support that process and this exciting fundraising dinner with many sailing celebrities and stars already committed to supporting it gives everyone focus. Please like and share our facebook.com/ sailaiduk page to keep updated and do not miss out on the opportunity to give something back to the communities that give us so much pleasure year after year.” Anyone wishing to get involved, whether in donating prizes, donating funds, making enquiries about table bookings for the dinner email: hello@ sailaiduk.com. Facebook.com/sailaiduk
THE fourth year of the world’s largest sailing event, Bart’s Bash, took place in September and saw more than 4,000 participants from 80 countries. CEO of The Andrew Simpson Foundation, who are headquartered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Pete Allam, said, “We knew it was going to be a tough call getting 125 boats off the start line at the appointed time of 1300 when we knew that the wind was due to die and change direction by 180 degrees. However, after a couple of rainstorms we got everyone off the start line and enjoyed a great race.” Novices, world champions and gold medallists joined together on the course with sailors from across the generations competing in Oppies, Lasers, RS Fevers, Toppers, Foiling Nacra 17s, Venture Keelboats, 29ers and even a couple of Foiling Moths, although conditions were not ideal for foiling. Of particular poignance was Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee and founder, Iain Percy, sailing in the Star boat that he and Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson sailed their last race together in at the London 2012 Olympics. They won silver, to add to their Olympic gold medal achieved in the same class previously at the 2008 Beijing Games. Two young sailors, Ben Thomas and Billy Hope, volunteers at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, were selected to race their Bart’s Bash with Iain in the
Star. The boys have, between them, given around 2,000 hours of their time to help young people learn to sail. Both of them are keen racers and have competed at national level. The Andrew Simpson Foundation has pledged to use the funds raised from this year’s Bart’s Bash to help those affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean rebuild their community sailing projects, allowing them to continue to deliver grassroots sailing programmes to young people. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrewsimpson-foundation-asf
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After six months of competition, 120 entries and the crowning of 12 winners the ilovesailing calendar 2018 was officially unveiled at TheYachtmarket. com Southampton Boat Show and is now on sale. Seven of the 12 winners joined the RYA at the show to help celebrate the launch and collect their prizes. www.rya.org.uk/go/shop
Thanks to an innovation from Ocean Safety the Volvo Ocean Race yachts will be carrying a lot less weight on the transom than ever before. The Ocean Ultralite SOLAS compact liferaft is a new concept derived from Ocean Safety’s spacesaving Ocean Ultralite liferaft. As well as being supplied to the Volvo fleet the new 12 person SOLAS Ocean Ultralite has been added to Ocean Safety’s safety equipment. Turn to page 14 to read further kit news.
Image: Didier Hillaire BEN Saxton and Katie Dabson have claimed gold at the first foiling Nacra 17 World Championship. The duo are only the second names on the Nacra 17 World Champion roll of honour, with France’s Billy Besson-Marie Riou the only previous titleholders in four previous editions since the class’s introduction in 2013. The mixed multihull duo were the second British Sailing Team crew to be
crowned World Champions in the space of a week, with Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell winning the 49er world title in Portugal. However there was disappointment for Ed Wright in his quest for a second World Championship title at the Finn Gold Cup. He qualified for the medal race in the silver medal position, but failed to finish on the podium. www.britishsailingteam.com
SMART CRUISER THE new Beneteau Oceanis 51.1, the first in a new generation of Oceanis cruising yachts, was launched in the UK at TheYachtMarket. com Southampton Boat Show by record breaking sailor Alex Thomson. The Oceanis 51.1 has already been nominated for European Yacht of the Year 2018, and is the first in a new generation of Oceanis sailing yachts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the range. Described as a smart cruiser, the yacht
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A permanent new gallery describing the training of Royal Marines Commandos has been relocated from the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney to Action Stations in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The Making of a Royal Marines Commando takes visitors through the 30 weeks of RM Commando training and gives them the opportunity to step into the boots of a RM Recruit. www.nmrn.org.uk
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At TheYachtMarket.Com Southampton Boat Show Rumble Boats introduced the 5m Poole Harbour Explorer. It is a water ballasted sailing kayak ideal for novices and experienced boaters. The kayak has an optimised hull shape for better performance and tracking and is car toppable. www.rumbleboats.com
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The Northern Boat Show is moving to new dates on 25 - 28 May 2018 and a four day format because the Mersey River Festival is being combined with Tall Ships Liverpool 2018 and the start of the 2018 Biscay Tall Ships Regatta. The Tall Ships was last held at Liverpool in 2008 when an estimated one million spectators flocked to the waterfront. The Western Boat Show will be held from 20 - 22 July 2018 to coincide with the Bristol Harbour Festival. Both events will cover the inland and offshore markets because of their unique positions by the sea and on the canal network. www.northernboatshow.co.uk / www.westernboatshow.co.uk
What they said… … about TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show Spencer Brown, Sales Director for Sunseeker Poole Ltd, said: “We have had the most exciting and successful year since the recession. We are achieving great levels of success due to our current model range and its appeal to buyers. ” Yacht & Commercial Craft Development Executive Tony Pauffley said: “Many exhibitors are currently brimming with confidence and there is much buoyancy in the market –
THIS year’s TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show 2017 finished with news of strong attendance, record numbers of visitors on the water and positive sales reports. Many of the nearly 500 exhibitors recorded year on year increased sales and enquiry leads. For visitors there were 35 world launches, 12 European, 70 UK and 39 show debuts. More than 106,000 visitors attended the show with close to 15,000 getting out on the water, an increase of 50 per cent on previous years. Many of those were experiencing boating for the first time. Visitors were treated to a jam-packed schedule throughout the show offering something for everyone from families, kids and beginners through to the more expert boater. The show also welcomed a host of celebrities during the course of the 10 days including Millie Mackintosh, Kym Marsh, Colin Jackson CBE, Suzi Perry, Mike Golding OBE, Hannah Mills MBE, Helena Lucas MBE and Alex Thompson.
something that we could not have predicted when looking ahead at the end of 2016 into 2017. The uncertainty that has been felt in the wider economy, post Brexit, has not translated into the mood that is now being felt in the marine industry. The only caution looking forward is whether customers will be prepared to wait on the long order times that have arisen due to full order books and a lack of brokerage boat stock.” Suzanne Blaustone, Chief Executive of Barton Marine said: “Despite economic uncertainty, the Barton Marine team found the mood at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show buoyant.”
Celebrity pirate, Gemma Hunt from CBeebies show, Swashbuckle, led the programme of live entertainment, providing families with song and dance shows on the music stages. Murray Ellis, Chief Officer of Boat Shows, British Marine said: “This year’s show has been a resounding success with an exuberant atmosphere across the 10 days. From our beautiful Tall Ship, Kaskelot, and the show’s free dinghy sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding sessions to our brand new Paddle River experience, the attractions have proved very popular with visitors. “I am delighted that the show has offered a platform for thousands of visitors to get out on the water, many for the first time. The industry looks towards next year’s show, celebrating its 50th anniversary from 14 to 23 September 2018.” www.southamptonboatshow.com Watch a highlights video at www.facebook.com/ allatseanewspaper.
Kiran Haslam, Princess Yachts said: “It has been a record show. On 22 September, we had exceeded every previous year whilst the first Saturday was the single highest sales day in history at any show.” Mark Sanders, Managing Director at Learn2Sail said: “This has been our 10th consecutive Southampton Show and we have been delighted with the new changes and layouts that have, in our opinion, improved the quality of the footfall. Really looking forward to the London Boat Show and seeing how the proposed changes will help formulate the next generation of boat shows.”
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ALL CHANGE AS VOLVO RACE STARTS The fleet at the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi in 2014. Image: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
The Mercy will be released in cinemas on 9 February, 2018. The film follows the true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. Co-starring David Thewlis and Ken Stott, the story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.
However, as the latest edition was preparing to depart there was uncertainty surrounding the next edition of the race. Following discussions with key stakeholders it was decided that additional planning time is required to implement the changes to the race schedule. As a result, the proposed 2019-20 race in new boats will not take place as planned. A revised schedule for future Volvo Ocean
Races will be announced in time. The design work on the new Super 60 concept, at the forefront of foiling offshore monohull technology, continues. As a consequence of this review to the race schedule the current CEO for the race, Mark Turner, has stepped down. However he will remain in the role until a successor is appointed. Mark said: “Although I have decided to step
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WITH the 45,000nm Volvo Ocean Race set to start later this month final preparations are being made by the seven teams. In September the crews relinquished their Volvo Ocean 65 boats to Volvo Ocean Race organisers for a mandatory pre-race review of all systems in Lisbon, Portugal. One of the unique elements of the One Design era is that all major maintenance is done by a central boatyard facility, run by Volvo Ocean Race staff, instead of by the teams. It will be nearly 9,000nm until the next big service in Cape Town, and so the boats will receive a thorough going over. Neil Cox, head of the boatyard, said: “We are confident they are in great shape and by the time we are done with them the boats will be fit to go the distance, all the way to Cape Town.” As well as checking over the boats after an estimated 12,000 miles of pre-race testing, the boatyard will be confirming that the boats are perfectly identical and will issue the measurement certificates that allow them to race as a one design fleet. The time away from the boats gave Volvo Ocean Race invaluable time on shore for a rigorous sea survival course in Newcastle. Then, when the teams got their boats back, they returned to Alicante, Spain for the first InPort Race on 14 October and then Leg 1 which starts on 22 October. This will take the fleet approximately 700nm from Alicante to Lisbon. The teams are: Team AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Turn The Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel. The professional teams include well known names in sailing including first time Volvo Ocean Race sailors Peter Burling (Team Brunel) and Martine Grael (Team AkzoNobel) who have been nominated as World Sailors of the Year.
down from my position, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the Volvo Ocean Race at this important time. I am confident the 2017-18 race will be one of the best ever.” Watch the timelapse of the Alicante Race Village being built at www.facebook.com/ allatseanewspaper.
A cargo ship was forced to turn around when Greenpeace protesters used kayaks and boats to reach the 23,000-tonne car carrier in the Thames Estuary. They climbed on board claiming they would remain until Volkswagen “takes its toxic cars back to Germany”. The protest was over diesel cars, although Volkswagen issued a statement saying the diesel cars met the latest air pollution regulations.
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The Irish Sailing and Mountaineering Adventure Challenge - The ISAMAC - will start on 16 June 2018 in Kinsale, Ireland and involves yacht crews sailing and mountainrunning through some of the most picturesque scenery in the British Isles. 10 teams are already set to take part in the inaugural event, with more expected to commit in the coming months. www.ISAMAC-race.com
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The RS Zest, unveiled at Southampton’s show, is a new boat for one, two or three sailors. It replaces the RS Quba and has been developed by Jo Richards (Pico designer) alongside RS Sailing. A limited number of preproduction boats are undergoing final testing by RS and key fleet customers, and series production will commence in December. Order books will open shortly. www.RSsailing.com
Electronics manufacturer Navico has announced a partnership with Bavaria. The Navico-owned B&G and Simrad brands will become the standard fit electronics for Bavaria’s sailing yachts, motorboats and catamarans. Leif Ottosson, CEO Navico, said: “Navico is very proud of the collaboration with Bavaria Yachts.” www.navico.com
HONDA POWER ON HONDA has re-engineered its BF40, BF50, BF80 and BF100 marine outboards making them more efficient, durable and easy to maintain. With an upgraded ECU these outboards have the latest in Electronic Fuel Injection technology. As well as a re-designed hood, to combat corrosion and extend the life and reliability of the outboard, the water jacket and anode metal cover have been coated with Alumite treatment, while all the bolts in the engine have been treated with Honda’s own improved corrosion coating material.
The engines made their UK debut at the Southampton Boat Show and are available to buy from authorised Honda marine dealers. The good news for buyers is that prices remain the same as the outgoing engines: starting at £5,305 for the BF40, £6,205 for the BF50, £9,355 for the BF80 and £9,655 for the BF100. All these outboards come with six year domestic and two year commercial warranty, plus customers will be offered a free RYA Level 2 powerboat training course. www.honda.co.uk/marine
ANDY Woodruff, 41, from Poole has been appointed as the interim skipper for the Greenings team in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. Joining the team in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at the end of September, Andy will provide relief cover for Skipper David Hartshorn who was subject to a helicopter medevac during the opening leg of the race following a serious hand injury. Clipper Race Director Mark Light said: “The incident occurred around 450nm off the Portuguese coast whilst David was leading a spinnaker drop in breezy conditions. Unfortunately, his left thumb became caught in one of the lines which resulted in some serious damage.” “He required four hours of surgery on his fractured, partially detached left thumb, and will need another operation upon returning to the UK but is expected to regain full use, albeit with some potential stiffness, following recovery time.” On his new role Andy Woodruff, who already has over 60,000nm in his logbook, said: “It is a great honour to be joining such a prestigious global event as the Clipper Race. My aim is to continue the fantastic work that David Hartshorn has started on board Greenings.” Andy is well-known on the international sailing scene having trained with the GBR Challenge for the America’s Cup in 2001/02 with skipper, Ian Walker. For the past 11 months he has been running training and event courses at the Clipper Race’s Gosport, Hampshire, HQ. On Andy’s appointment, Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Stepping in as an interim skipper once a team has already been performing together is perhaps an added challenge, but Andy has
fully embraced this opportunity to lead the Greenings team until David Hartshorn is well enough to return. “We all wish David a speedy recovery. In the meantime, I am confident that Andy will do an excellent job, and myself and my team will fully support him in his role.” After leaving Liverpool at the end of August, Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race’s eleven edition history. On her team’s achievement, Skipper Wendy Tuck, 52, from Sydney, Australia, said: “During the last big wind hole, which changed the leader board so much, I was pouring over the weather files for hours. “I was pretty happy with my tactics but when you get to the wind hole and the wind completely drops, even though you know it is coming, you always have nightmares about other boats moving ahead, but you have to stick with your convictions.” The 6,400nm route, which is the equivalent distance of 10 Fastnet races, was eventful, including three medevacs, and a varied mix of fickle winds in the Doldrums, challenging seas state, and champagne sailing conditions in the Trade Winds, which contributed to frequent changes on the leader board, and a closely fought battle amongst the fleet. In the standings after Leg 1, behind Sanya Serenity Coast, in second position is PSP Logistics followed by Great Britain. The race route is split into eight separate legs. Leg 2, the 3,560nm South Atlantic Challenge, from Uruguay to Cape Town, started on 4 October and will take approximately 17 days to complete. www.clipperroundtheworld.com
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THE Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017 Voyage were welcomed back to Largs 126 days after setting sail. Friends, family and supporters were there to greet them as the crew completed their circumnavigation of the British Isles. Since the voyage began on 20 May, over 125 young people in recovery from cancer from across the UK have been involved in the project, covering 2,206nm in 17 legs. CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Frank Fletcher, said: “The achievements and future potential of every single one of those young people continues to inspire me. To watch this voyage touch so many people around the UK and to see the combined achievements of this Trust crew has been amazing.” Ryan Campbell, 22 from Gourock, was on board for the final leg and had the honour of helming Moonspray as they sailed back across the finish line. He summed up what the experience meant to him: “I feel absolutely honoured to be involved in the last leg of Round Britain. It is such an amazing cause and there is nothing else like it out there. It is not focused on being ill, it is
about surpassing what you think you cannot do and everyone rises to the occasion.” Amongst the guests welcoming the crew back was Olympic Silver Medallist, Luke Patience. Luke spent time with some of the young people earlier on in the Scottish legs of the voyage and said: “It has been amazing for me to be part of this and to meet some of the young people, hear what they have been going through and how the Trust has helped. “Half way through this journey I came on board with the Trust as an ambassador and it has been an extremely humbling experience for me. It has been something that more recently has come close to my heart, so I have been absolutely honoured to be part of this and share some stories.” Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founding Patron of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, said: “It is an amazing journey to sail around Britain and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made it happen. It has massively helped us raise the profile of the Trust; for every young person we can take sailing, there are nine we cannot, so in any way you can, please do help to support us.” www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org
This year’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup winners. Image: Harry KH / Land Rover BAR
According to a spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service a fire broke out in the engine room of a Wightlink car ferry on the Solent leading to a crew member being injured. The spokeswoman said: “On arrival, all passengers disembarked in Yarmouth with their vehicles. A full investigation is underway and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.”
NEW CUP RECRUITS FOLLOWING their success in Bermuda in June, where the British team were crowned Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions 2017, Land Rover BAR Academy is recruiting to find and support talented young British sailors aged between 19-24 into professional sailing and ultimately the America’s Cup. Since its launch 18 months ago, the Land Rover BAR Academy has proven its success as a pathway to the America’s Cup, not only winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, but progressing 22-year-old Neil Hunter through the Land Rover BAR Academy and into the senior Land Rover BAR team. He became the
youngest competitor in the 35th America’s Cup. The Land Rover BAR Academy also set new ground in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup with 22-year-old Annabel Vose sailing as part of the team, the only female sailor to compete in Bermuda on AC45F foiling catamarans. Launched in January 2016 over 150 applicants for the academy endured a tough selection process that pushed physical and mental limits both in the gym and on the water. A squad of 11 sailors were selected to go on and compete in the global Extreme Sailing Series aboard foiling GC32 catamarans. www.landroverbar.com
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