Check Before Buying a Boat

Before buying any vehicle or vessel, you’ll know that there are things which need to be checked. Remember that you’re investing a lot of money in something when you buy a yacht, and you probably want to spend your hard-earned cash on something that is going to last a long time and provide you with hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Here are some of the things you should check before buying any boat.

  1. 1. Is it furnished properly?

You might not think it’s such a big issue if the yacht is missing some items of furniture or there are a few things which need replacing; however, this could end up costing you more money than you bargained for. Take it for a test-drive if possible – some companies offer Scotland yacht charter and will cover the cost of transporting the yacht up there. Read more »

Appeal to introduce historic yacht to Sunderland

Thousands and thousands of pounds are required to rescue a hundred years old boat so that it could be brought to the seafront of Sunderland and renovated. The maritime enthusiasts told that the whole restoration of 1908 yacht Seqora might offer unemployed people on Wearside the scope to train in boat building as well as carpentry skills.

But unless Senora Trust could bring up # 10000 by this months end, she would be chopped up for firewood, as the yacht yard where she is stored could no longer afford to have her. The trust is targeting to get this primary amount to her and transport her to Sunderland so that restoration could start and are looking for support, investment and donations in the project – designed to make training scopes, prosperity and jobs on Wearside.

Following the restoration, they told that the yacht would be available for charter as well as will be utilized in teaching all the skills of sailing to all the aspiring sailors of all backgrounds and ages. It is expected that earlier unemployed people could serve to remake the boat making industry which Sunderland was once popular. Read more »

Missing yacht hunt goes online

People can serve in the search for a missing African catamaran people via an online tool, said their families on Wednesday. The family members fear for yesterdays safety. The last time thay made any contact through the satellite phone was on 18th January and they missed their scheduled arrival date.

The catamaran called Sunsail RC044-978 departed from Cape Town for a delivery tour to Phucket in Thailand, on 14th December. The delivery was for the United States based world maritime leisure job Tui Marine. Read more »

Gabert Discloses The Design Of The Boat In Which He’ll Sail Around The World In 2019

Francois Gabert, the young French sailor who has won many sailing accolades at a young age has disclosed the details of the 100ft long boat he’ll build with his sponsor Macif. Gabert will attempt to sail solo around the world in 2019.

Gabert became a French sensation at the age of 29 after he won the single handed around the world race, Vendee Globe in 2013. Gabert won the race on his very first try. Gabert very recently became victorious in the IMOCA 60 class in Route du Rhum. Gabert set a new course record there and that too on his very first attempt. At present it is considered that Gabert is showing signs of a very bright future career in ocean racing.

Gabert’s new boat which is a trimaran will be designed by the VPLP design Studio. Read more »

Abu Dhabi Sees New Competitors At The Sailing World Cup

Most of the sailors in ISAF Sailing World Cup Finals are visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time to test the waters that have been left uncharted. The sailors coming from all over the world are mesmerized by the beauty of the locality and the hospitality of the Emirates.

None of this beauty is going to make the $200000 prize and the 10 gold medals be divided among everyone as the sailors are ready to compete for it. The sailing starts on Thursday noon. Bjorn Allansson competes in FINN class and he says that it is great that the sailing is being held away from the chilling cold of Sweden. He says that he was taking part in the race for the challenge and to win a share of the prize money and the glory. He says that he feels the race is going to be a huge thing because everyone taking part in it has the same objectives.

The two time FINN class Olympian Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic said that he liked the waters during the practice on Wednesday. He said that he is particularly familiar with the sea breeze and as per the forecast, they are going to have great racing. The water looked nice and also refreshing to him keeping in mind the time of the year. A venue as that is a new place of opportunities for the sailors. He has never sailed in the Emirates or a place as this. Like everyone else, he is super excited and cannot wait for the race to start.

Brianna Provancha is from United States and is competing in the 470W class. She thinks that this is the best till date and during the inauguration of the Sailing World Cup, she said that the sailing conditions there are very good and she is looking forward to the challenge.

Qatar International Boat Show

The Qatar International Boat Show is one of the grandest events of the Middle East, showcasing a wide display of the yachting lifestyle. This spectacular event had been inaugurated in 2013 and this year it was held from the 11th to the 15th of November, in Mourjan Marinas, Lusail City, Doha. This magnificent show witnessed more than 12,000 visitors who had come to take pleasure of the stunning display of about 75 boats.

This event had been inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and Trade. The newly upgraded area where the exhibition had been hosted conducted shows on land and water. In fact the arrangement was grand as it covered 10,000square metres of water basin surface and an outdoor area of more than15, 000 square metres. Read more »

Seven Sailing Teams Set To Compete In The Upcoming Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be the most popular yacht race that takes place in different parts of the world. Previously known as Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race is immensely thrilling as long nautical miles are covered and the teams generally have to face extremes of conditions in order to survive in the race.

The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race is going to start on the 4th of October, 2014 (Alicante) and is going to end on the 27th of June, 2015 (Gothenburg).  The race distance that Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 is going to cover is about 38,739 nautical miles which is the longest race distance ever covered in the history of this yacht race.

The director of Volvo Ocean Race- Knut Frostad has expressed great satisfaction in relation to the participation of seven sailing teams in the upcoming edition of the yacht race. According to Frostad, the seven teams have strong characters. Along with that, the teams have a perfect mixture of youth and experience. In the 2011-2012 edition of Volvo Ocean Race, six teams had participated.

Frostad even said that he wanted around eight teams to be a part of this yacht race. But due to shortage of time, the organizers decided to allow only seven teams to compete this time. However, he hopes that more teams will get associated with the Volvo Ocean Race in the future editions.

The seven teams are going to have around 8 sailing members and one multimedia reporter (non sailing member). The all-female sailing team has been given the opportunity to recruit 11 sailing members along with the one multimedia reporter.

Name of the teams participating in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 are: Team Vestas Wind, Team Campos, Team Alvimedica, Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team SCA.

Sailor saved by rescuers from burning yacht in Seaham

A French yachtsman has been reclaimed after his yacht burst into flames North East coast. The thirty six foot long vessel caught fire at around 05:45 BST off Seaham in County Durham. According to reports, the RNLI rescuers stated that thick plumes of smoke were seen by the yacht crews in the region and a whole lot of others went to help the sailor in danger.
The man dealt to get into a life raft. Eventually, the yacht sank and he was pulled to refuge by an RAF rescue helicopter and taken to the hospital. The RNLI stated that he was shaken but was unharmed. As per the organization, the yacht was the home of the sailor and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland.
Robbie Maiden, the Hartlepool RNLI cox, stated that fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. They understand the boat was his home and it looks like he has lost nearly everything. He appears to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation.
He added that he launched the life raft in proper fashion and he had everything he required to keep safe, including water, a lifejacket and flares. He is now being looked after by Coastguard and they expect him well for his journey home. Humber Coastguard statd that they got several calls from the public and the boats are in this region.

A French yachtsman has been reclaimed after his yacht burst into flames North East coast. The thirty six foot long vessel caught fire at around 05:45 BST off Seaham in County Durham. According to reports, the RNLI rescuers stated that thick plumes of smoke were seen by the yacht crews in the region and a whole lot of others went to help the sailor in danger.

The man dealt to get into a life raft. Eventually, the yacht sank and he was pulled to refuge by an RAF rescue helicopter and taken to the hospital. The RNLI stated that he was shaken but was unharmed. As per the organization, the yacht was the home of the sailor and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland.

Robbie Maiden, the Hartlepool RNLI cox, stated that fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. They understand the boat was his home and it looks like he has lost nearly everything. He appears to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation.

He added that he launched the life raft in proper fashion and he had everything he required to keep safe, including water, a lifejacket and flares. He is now being looked after by Coastguard and they expect him well for his journey home. Humber Coastguard statd that they got several calls from the public and the boats are in this region.

The Elling E4

Elling is a renowned boat building company, and is trusted by many sailors from around the world. They are known for their amazing quality and acumen in making boats, and have many dedicated customers from different parts of the word. So, the boat building company grabbed headlines in a major way recently, when the CEO of Elling, Anton van den Bos, demonstrated the safety of his new product, by deliberately capsizing the boat, while he was still inside!

The new Elling E4 is supposed to be one of the strongest and most durable of all boats, and is said to be resistant to four metres of sea, and it has been said that it can withstand Force 8 winds as well. So just to prove a point, and no doubt, draw in prospective buyers, Bos stayed inside the yacht, while it was capsized deliberately, and made to rotate a full 360 degrees. The only modification that was made for this stunt was that, a few floor hatches were removed and taken off the yacht. And the fact that the stunt had been a success became clear when Bos, after the feat, started the engine and motored away – and it was all plain sailing from there on!

The Elling E4 is a standard yacht, which has a diesel engine, and the engine can churn out 425 horsepower at the drop of a hat. The fit out of the yacht is a regular one, with heating capabilities, electric toilets, dishwasher, a generator, television features and it is fully furnished as well.

And Bos is a CEO who stands out from the rest, by dint of his other feats, which are designed to get the yacht enthusiasts to buy his goods. Earlier also, he had crossed the Atlantic with three of his 50 feet long E4s, which is a distance of 2600nautical miles, and the journey was a non-stop one!

Some light on ISAF Sailing World Cup

The NZL Sailing Squad looks set for an end to ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres going away into the concluding day of the regatta lying second in two more and leading in the three events.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still got a massive lead in the 49er regardless of some drama. Josh Porebski and Maracas Hansen have moved down behind them in the second place.

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh have expanded their lead in the women’s 470 as they have an exceptional day. Alexendra Maloney and Molly Meech preserved their second position in the 49er fx while laser sailor Andy Maloney is leading the leader board.

The opener not going according to the plan for Burling and Tuke, the 49er gold fleet finished only two races in Hyeres. Tuke said they bounced back well to make a comfortable win in the second race.

Due to thunder storm, the third race of the day was abandoned. They were looking onward to complete off well in the three medal races the next day. In both the 49er and 49er FX the concluding day comprises three medal races for the top ten positioned crews, while in other fleet the best ten will sail just single double point medal race.

Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech were out of problem on the second to last day and were into the 49er FX medal race just in second after Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil who have 18 points. The new Zealanders were 4th, 10th and 2nd position in the three races.

With a great performance on the water, Natalia Kosinska mounts back in the top ten position. Kosinska lying seventh will begin the womens RS X medal race that embodies the Takapuna boating club.

Usher Becomes The New Regional Developmental Officer

The new regional developmental officer for the Royal Yachting Association has been selected and it is none other than the Runswick Bay sailor himself, Sam Usher. Sam was on cloud nine when he got the news and said that he is both ecstatic and excited at the same time on getting this job. Yachting was the sport that actually made him what he is today and he says that he will always be indebted to this. Moreover when he was working in Dubai and Indonesia it was not the work he liked and that is why he is so happy to get this job. In a public interview Sam shared how he started his career as a crew and at that time the only thing he could do was see other people cruising and he could only help them and nothing else. His turning point in his life was when he got the opportunity to run the Laser in the Sailing Club and Runswick Bay Beach. After that he also sailed in other boats and his mother kept a watchful eye on him every time he went sailing. David Staniforth the chairman of Royal Yachting Association was delighted on having Sam as the regional development officer.

The chairman in an interview said that he is very happy with the decision and hopes to see Sam working with the rest of the team pretty soon. He also announced that there will be some developmental changes in due time that would help both the management and also the sailors. He is quite confident about the team he has and is sure that the changes would help them in their future challenges. Sam is also quite confident about the changes and says that he sees it as an opportunity for the members to work together and implement their plans.

Team Australia Ignores Stars

Hamilton Island Yacht Club has challenged the Golden Gate Yacht Club in the upcoming 35th edition of America’s Cup. As a result of which Team Australia was looking for an opportunity to attract the stars of the America’s Cup. However, recently the new CEO of Team Australia, Iain Murray announced that new young talent will be given a chance to participate in the regatta as a part of Team Australia and the team is not anymore interested in getting hold of experienced players who have participated in the 34th edition of America’s Cup.

Glenn Ashby (multihull specialist) and Tom Slingsby (young strategist) are the two Australians who have decided against joining Team Australia. Ashby will be a part of Team New Zealand. On the other hand, Slingsby will remain associated with Team Oracle USA. Most probably, Jimmy Spithill (Australian skipper) is also going to represent Team Oracle and defend the Auld Mug.

Iain Murray seems very happy about his decision of creating a young crew so that Team Australia can make a superb comeback in the upcoming regatta. He thinks that there is no need of spending huge amounts of money on the superstars of America’s Cup. Murray is of the opinion that many youngsters have not got a chance to showcase their talent. Therefore, if Team Australia allows them to be a part of such a prestigious sailing event then with appropriate training these youngsters will obviously do a good job.

Murray is interested in the following sailors: Mat Belcher (Olympic 470 Gold Medalist), Seve Jarvin (18-foot Skiff Specialist), Scott Babbage (Former World Moth Champion) and David Glimour (Peter Glimour’s Son).

Along with making efforts to secure good sailors, Murray is trying to get hold of reliable shore crew and designers. Plus rules of the upcoming regatta are also being negotiated between Team New Zealand and Team Oracle.