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Sun & Moon Sunset: 6:42 pm; Sunrise (Saturday): 7:27 am Moonrise: 9:26 am; 5.7% illuminated High tides: 10:03 pm / 10:45 am (Saturday) Low tides: 3:55 pm / 4:15 am (Saturday)

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Weather Today: Afternoon thunderstorms, 40% chance of rain, high 84; 77% humidity Tonight: Scattered storms, low 71 Tomorrow AM: 70% chance of rain, high 80

Find out how nautical you and your crew mates are with this quiz. n What is the difference between flotsam and jetsam? n What is the Muirfield Seamount? ANSWERS on page 2.

Today’s Events Interior competition 4th annual Perfect Setting Tabletop Challenge, a showcase of the interior department’s table-setting skills.

Crew seminars, 10 am-7 pm YachtInfo crew seminars, Bahia Mar. $25; $35 with captains briefing on foreign-flag yachts entering, cruising and chartering in the U.S.

Style workshop, 3 pm Style workshop for stews with Jodie Lee in the Smallwood’s booth, #616 in the Builders & Designers tent.

Yacht hop, 6:30-9:30 pm Northrop & Johnson’s yacht hop to benefit Kids in Distress. Tickets: $250

Party, 7:30 pm-12:30 am The Bremen Brothers of Lurssen’s 14th annual Beach Bash at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Invitation only.

AND THEY’RE OFF: The show began yesterday under threat of rain, but a good vibe seemed to wipe even the clouds away. See more crew, pages 4-5. PHOTO/TOM SERIO

Brokers, crew positively optimistic By Staff Report Despite overcast skies and muggy termperatures, brokers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show put the first day in the win column. The docks seemed more crowded for an opening day, littered with qualified prospects, they said. “We had a couple of good showings today, even showed M/Y Laurel two times,” Michael Rafferty of Camper & Nicholson said of the 240-foot Delta. Added Dean Young of The Marine Group, “We had quality people here today. You have to be optimistic.” Just back from a series of shows on the east and west coasts, broker Curtis Stokes said he has seen an increase in deals, even for the mid-range market. “We’re seeing the fall market picking

up,” he said. “As the stock market goes up, we tend to see more buyers.” Industry leaders were in the same frame of mind at the show’s press breakfast yesterday, where Paolo Vitelli, chairman of Azimut Benetti Group, sited statistics and anecdotes to show an uptick in the industry, especially in the emerging markets such as China and South America. “With the old markets [of the U.S. and the E.U.] coming back and emerging markets learning how to manage with all the difficulties, it gives me a positive feeling,” Vitelli said. Theo Hooning, secretary general of the Superyacht Builders Association, noted that the world’s average wealth increased an average of 5 percent in

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Find wi-fi at, near and around show By Capt. Karen Anderson Ft. Lauderdale’s yachting district has an abundance of free wi-fi hotspots. Here are a few places that might not pop up on a Google search.

At the show



n The Captain’s Den, a crew lounge at Bahia Mar behind the Yachts Pavilion on the face dock. It offers free wi-fi but only captains and crew working the show can get in. Invitations come from Show Management. n Just outside the show’s main gates at Bahia Mar is the Captain’s Hideout, which also offers free wi-fi to yacht captains and crew (working the show or not).

Near the show


n South Beach Park across from Bahia Mar, the strongest outdoor wi-fi signal I could locate, at “attwifi”. 316L LineLockers (cam cleats)

n Bahia Cabana bar and restaurant just south of Bahia Mar. To access the free wi-fi, get a password from the hotel’s front desk.

Yachtie Downtown

Yachtie downtown – Southeast 17th Street between US1 and the bridge – hosts more than 30 free wi-fi hotspots. n Panera Bread bakery and café. Employees have a casual attitude toward customers who linger and have no time limit on wi-fi use. n Restaurants and pubs, including Southport Raw Bar, Quarterdeck, Waxy’s, Village Well and Duffy’s Sports Bar. You may need to request a log-on password from your server. n Four crew agencies: Crew4Crew, Crew Unlimited, Luxury Yacht Group, and Elite Crew International. n Students and alumni of International Yacht Training. Capt. Karen Anderson is a freelance writer,

Deals may hurt industry’s recovery 2011 (28 percent in China). But there’s a difference between brokerage boats, which have been selling in recent months, and new builds. While deals may be good for the consumer and the broker, in the short term, they may make the industry’s rebound harder. Felix Sabates, chairman of Trinity Yachts, minced no words at the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners’ Club seminar on Wednesday. When asked to address the yacht sector recovery, he said “very bad.” “I really don’t see it recovering for a

long time,” he said, citing uncertainties with politics and tax policies in the U.S. “The brokerage business is booming because people are giving boats away. They are getting boats that three years ago were selling for $25 million, they’re going for $10-$12 million. That’s the reality.” A few of those sales on the dock at the show wouldn’t worry too many brokers, though. After all, they’d rather see more prospective buyers than not. “We had good, quality time with serious buyers today,” Stokes said. Tom Serio and Lucy Chabot Reed contributed to this report, editorial@

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Answers to the quiz on page 1: n Flotsam is part of a wreckage or cargo found floating on the surface of the sea. Jetsam is parts from a ship intentionally thrown overboard. n A mountain in the Indian Ocean 70 miles from the Cocos Islands, discovered in 1973 when hit by a cargo ship.

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Earle to yachts: The oceans need you By Dorie Cox Dr. Sylvia Earle, an explorer in residence at the National Geographic Society and former chief scientist of NOAA, made an impassioned plea yesterday to megayacht owners, captains and crew. “We are united in the common interest in the blue part,” Earle said, pointing to the oceans on a spaceshot of Earth. “I want to know how the power of megayachts might be used in a positive way. This is a community of people who already care.” It must begin with awareness, she said. “Sure, the problems are what we put in the oceans and what we take out,” Earle said. “But the biggest problem is to recognize that the oceans are in trouble.” Kevin Hardy of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography seeks vessels to help his group deploy instruments to measure data at the bottom of the sea. He showed video Hardy of one of the small robotic machines he invented that, when dropped overboard, fall to the sea floor, record data, and floats back to the surface. “Practically every time we do this, we discover a new creature,” he said. Hardy has traveled to the ocean’s major trenches on every type of boat, fishing trawlers to research vessels. The hard part is getting out to these areas, he said. Yachts can help with that. Fabian Cousteau, grandson of legendary marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, shared a sentiment from his grandfather, that people with interest and ability have an obligation to use


Noted marine scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle pleaded with yachts to be more involved in ocean research. PHOTO/DORIE COX

them. “It’s time we stopped living on this planet and start living with it,” Cousteau. The scientific panel was sponsored by SeaKeepers International, a nonprofit organization that fits yachts with an ocean and atmospheric monitoring system, to bring researchers and yachts closer to their similar goals. “What are we waiting for?” Earle asked. “We’ve been to the moon. Let’s send people to the ocean’s depths.” Yachts have helicopters, she said, so why not more submersibles? Explore what is underneath the boat, she said. She knows what’s underneath a boat; Earle set a record for her dive in an atmospheric diving suit in 1979 (to 1,250 feet) and she holds the women’s record for a solo dive in a deep submersible (to 3,280 feet). Yachts can be especially valuable for the opportunity they provide others to appreciate the oceans, she said, even by offering scuba diving. And when people know the waters more intimately, they will appreciate and care for them. “Our ability to deplete resources is an an all time high,” Earle said. “But so is our ability to restore.” Dorie Cox is associate editor of Triton Today,

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DOING THE CREW THING, DAY 2: On show Yacht crew looked their best for opening day of the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Temperatures were high, humidity was high, but spirits were high, too, as captains and crew reported giving lots of tours. What’s not to like? PHOTOS/TOM SERIO

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Where do you plan to be five years from now? Today’s survey was an interesting discovery of contrasts. Some crew answered without missing a beat – hiking the Himalayas, going to medical school. Others, it was clear, hadn’t given the idea much thought. The results, too, were opposites. About 40 percent of the crew we talked to plan to still be in yachting five years from now, most of them as captains running their own yachts. (Only one young man acknowledged it might take longer than five years to get there.) Nearly the same percentage want to be out of yachting in the next five years and on to the next phase of their lives. This group was a mixture of captains retiring, young couples starting a family, young people saving money to go back to school, Bosun Nick Davis M/Y Big Zip 143-foot Trinity Wants to run a yacht. Charter, private, doesn’t matter. “As long as it’s for good owners. I’ve had a good experience so far, good captains and good owners.” Chief Stew Antonika Chanel M/Y Mary Alice II 130-foot Westport “I’m making a career change. I’m going to acupuncture training in China. I’m saving my money to go to private school there.” Chief Eng. Michael Hummel M/Y Unbridled 191-foot Trinity “I’ve got another three years, then I’m going to start a business in Norway.”

Not sure – In rotation 13.0% Still here – 39.1% – 13.0% Off yachts – 34.8%

and others who want to work for themselves. Several admitted they were ready to get away from the excesses in yachting and back to the “real world.” Interestingly, most of those who plan to get off yachts will still work on boats, usually smaller or even commercial vessels. We kept the respondents who hope to be in rotations in their own category, since they’re not really “still here” nor are they “off yachts”. – Lucy Chabot Reed Capt. Will Keiser M/Y Four Aces 183-foot Benetti “I hope to be well into a rotational job with a couple of years left to retirement.”

First Mate David Grewar 142-foot yacht “I take it a year at a time. Four years ago, I never thought I’d be doing it still. Five years is a lot of time.”

Capt. Chris Young M/Y Katya 151-foot Delta “I definitely don’t want to be doing the pace I’m doing now.” Wants new builds. “To me, if I get a 40-houra-week job, it’d be like semi-retirement.”

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OFF THE DOCK: Some of the parties that have happened so far

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The U.S. Superyacht Association celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday with a cocktail party in the U.S. pavilion in the Builders tent. They are doing it again tonight, 5:30-7.


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@ Quarterdeck Yacht crew and locals mingled at the Quarterdeck last night to kick-off the beginning of the show. PHOTO/MIKE PRICE

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2d Eng. Erik King M/Y Tuscan Sun 147-foot Navantia After four years in yachting, he can now afford medical school. “I’ll do this for another year. It’s great when you are young and have no responsibilities.� Mate Keith Willard M/Y Seagull 131-foot Feadship “I’ll still be working on boats. Maybe not in five years, but in 10 years, I’d like to be a captain of a private yacht.�

Deckhand Jacobus Frederik van Wyd M/Y JeMaSa 164-foot Hakvoot “I’m going into the film industry so I hope to be climbing the ladder there.�

Stew Andrea Jaszczuk S/Y Lochiel “I want to be a writer.� But she’ll still be sailing, and writing about the places she visits. (She promised to send us some stories for The Triton.) Capt. Tim and Mate Jillian Silva M/Y Tenacity 109-foot Hargrave “In the South Pacific, running a boat. If we can be there and not have to work, that would be even better. We’ve been at the dock for the past two years. It’s nice to go home at night, but I’d rather work harder and travel. At least for the next five years.�


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