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Renaissance Marine reports sales jump at Oregon show

Renaissance Marine reports sales jump at Oregon show

Posted on 27 February 2012

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Renaissance Marine Group said its “aggressive deployment of new models” has helped the boatbuilder set sales records.

Renaissance launched three new models, one each in its three prominent lines — Duckworth, Weldcraft and Northwest Boats.

Sales of the Duckworth brand set an all-time record at its first major boat show of the year in Portland, Ore. Total Duckworth unit sales were up more than 600 percent from the prior year. The new 18-foot Advantage led the pack, but other Duckworth models, such as the 26-foot Offshore and Navigator models, also had renewed interest and sales, the company said.

“Certainly, cost is a driving factor, but it’s more than that,” national sales manager Bruce Larson said in a statement. “We worked extensively with our dealers and marketing team to design a model the market truly needed — taller sides, a wider beam and a flexible open layout that buyers could easily afford. That was the goal, and the end result was unprecedented retail pull-through.”

Production of all three new models, the Duckworth 18-foot Advantage, the Weldcraft 18-foot Angler and the Northwest 187 Compass, have the manufacturing facility operating at full strength, the company said.

Renaissance, which is based in Clarkston, Wash., distributes its three brands though a network of more than 50 dealers across the West and Canada.

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Alpari Supports the World Match Racing Tour as Title Sponsor


Leading sailing series renamed the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Alpari, a global association of companies providing online
foreign exchange
and CFD
trading services
, has signed a landmark five-year global sponsorship
deal with the World Match Racing Tour, the prestigious professional
sailing series. The sponsorship sees the Tour renamed the Alpari World
Match Racing Tour.

L-R, David Stuart COO Alpari, Andrey Vedikhin CEO Alpari with Jim O’Toole CEO World Match Racing Tour unveil the Alpari World Match Racing Tour partnership. Visionhaus – Ben Radford. (Photo: Business Wire)

This multimillion-dollar partnership will help the Alpari companies
worldwide bring online trading services to a much wider audience. The
Alpari World Match Racing Tour visits some of Alpari’s key targets for
expansion, with sailing events taking place in North America, Asia and
across Europe.

Jim O’Toole, CEO of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, today joined
David Stuart from Alpari, in the City of London to announce the title
sponsorship. To mark the start of the partnership a unique 3D street art
project, recreating a racing scene of two boats going head to head in a
winner-takes-all competition, was revealed in the City. Passing City
commuters had their photos taken “on board” one of the boats.

David Stuart from Alpari said, “We are very happy to announce our
partnership with the World Match Racing Tour. The Tour and Alpari have a
lot in common and we’ll both be strengthening our brands by entering
into this partnership. The Tour appeals to an international audience and
specifically to people who are ambitious and self-motivated. These are
essential attributes of successful traders so Alpari’s services should
excite them.”

Jim O’Toole, CEO of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, added: “To be
collaborating with such a forward-thinking and ambitious organisation as
Alpari is extremely exciting. We know from our research that the World
Match Racing Tour’s fan base provides the perfect audience for Alpari to
engage with and build its customer base. The partnership further
underlines the strength of the Tour’s commercial proposition and I look
forward to working with the Alpari team over the next five years.”

Some of the world’s finest match racers will compete for the Match
Racing World Champion title and the USD1.75 million prize pot. Britain
has enjoyed back-to-back success with triple Olympic gold medallist Ben
Ainslie winning in 2010, followed by Ian Williams who captured his third
world title in 2011.


Notes to editors:

2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour calendar:














May 23 – 28



Match Race Germany



Langenargen, Germany




May 29 – June 3



Korea Match Cup



Gyeonggi, Korea




July 2 – 7



Match Cup Sweden



Marstrand, Sweden




July 10 – 15



Chicago Match Cup



Chicago, USA




July 24 – 29



Portimao Portugal Match Cup



Portimao, Portugal




Aug 28 – Sep 2



St. Moritz Match Race



St. Moritz, Switzerland




Sep 24 – 29



Match Race France



Marseille, France




Oct 1 – 7



Argo Group Gold Cup



Hamilton, Bermuda




Dec 4 – 9



Monsoon Cup



K.Terengganu, Malaysia







About Alpari:

With a history dating back to 1998, the Alpari companies are among the
world’s fastest growing providers of online Forex trading services. The
companies provide cutting edge technology, low-cost trading,
comprehensive market research tools, advanced educational programmes and
world-class customer service.

The association of Alpari companies has offices in over 20 countries.
Locations include London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow,
Mumbai and Frankfurt. Combined, the companies look after over 170,000
active trading accounts, generating monthly trading volumes in excess of
USD210 billion and employ over 630 people worldwide.*

*May 2011.

About the Alpari World Match Racing Tour:

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series featuring nine World Championship events across the
globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with
“Special Event” status.

The World Tour awards over USD1.75 million in prize money with points
awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match
Racing World Champion”. The prize fund includes a USD500,000 overall
prize pool for the top nine teams in the championship.

Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the
focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for
the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadiums.

Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183
countries around the world. for more information, visit

Forex, spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products. They may not be
suitable for you as they carry a high degree of risk to your capital and
you can lose more than your initial investment. You should ensure you
understand all of the risks.

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Skydex expands sales of PU blast-mitigating materials

CENTENNIAL, COLO. (Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Skydex Technologies Inc., which creates innovative technologies to mitigate shock, vibration and energy, said it signed multiple contracts with manufacturers, government agencies and retail distributors in January 2012, valued at more than $5.3 million.

Centennial-based Skydex has several contracts for its Convoy Deck, which is used in the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and Stryker vehicles purchased by the military. The company signed two significant agreements with BAE Systems and General Dynamic Land Systems (GDLS) for custom-cut blast mitigating flooring for their vehicles. Skydex also saw a jump in contracts for its Impact Mitigating Boat Decking,IMBD, signing Brunswick Boat Group and Beach Marine to several contracts.

“Our already rapid growth continued to accelerate in January, because of the growing recognition of our products as the leading solutions for all types of impact mitigating situations,” said Skydex President and CEO Mike Buchen. “As we begin the new year, our mission remains the same: to engineer and manufacture the most innovative and effective products to protect things that matter and improve survivability for America’s warriors.”

In 2011, the Skydex IMBD was installed in RABs (Riverine Assault Boat) and RHIBs (Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) used by the U.S. Navy’s Riverine Patrol Squadrons and the Coast Guard’s Harbor Safety Patrol.

The Skydex IMBD is uniquely designed to absorb the negative energy transmitted through boat hulls crashing into waves during high speed maneuvering, protecting occupants on the boat. In a survey of Special Operations craft operators, 62 percent reported injuries incurred during maneuvering operations, said the company.

Skydex’s patented, geometrically designed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology acts as a spring to absorb impacts and vibrations that would normally transfer directly through the boat deck to the occupant’s feet and legs, causing fatigue, discomfort and injury.

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Fisherman’s battle to revive tsunami-devasted industry

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Yoshimasa Koizumi looks at his fishing equipment on Katsurashima Island. He has never used it, having moved to the island one day before last year’s deadly tsunami.

Clearing and rebuilding efforts continue on Katsurashima Island off the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

Before the tsunami hit Katsurashima locals say the tide went out over 200 meters.

Huge piles of household items from demolished homes litter the beach area before being disposed of.

Mr Keikichi, a lifelong resident of the Urato Islands whose house was not destroyed by the tsunami, believes fishing as a livelihood is dead on the islands.

Standing in front of where his home used to be, Yoshimasa Koizumi says he has created a new form of cooperative he hopes will revive fishing and create a sustainable industry for the islanders.

Only one working oyster processing factory is left on the Urato Islands.

A worker at the oyster processing plant on Katsurashima says that more fishermen are having to pool resources.

A tree on the coast of Katsurashima bent by the force of the tsunami.










Katsurashima, Japan (CNN) — The dock on Katsurashima Island off the coast of Japan’s Miyagi prefecture has sunk by half a meter because of last year’s Great East Japan earthquake.

Walking along the cracked and sandbagged quayside, oyster farmer Yoshimasa Koizumi spies his fishing gear that has been lying untouched for over a year.

In fact the 38-year-old has never used it to fish with; he moved from Tokyo to Katsurashima, part of the Urato Islands, just one day before the devastating tsunami struck.

Koizumi was safe on a bridge when the huge black wall of water swept almost all before it, destroying his new fishing boat and making the house he had spent only one night in uninhabitable.

He’s one of thousands whose homes and livelihoods were ruined. The Japanese government has estimated that around 90% of fishing boats from Iwate , Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were destroyed by the tsunami.

“In a way, (the tsunami) has made it easier to fit into the community,” he said, mentioning how lifelong residents of the islands are often quite insular. “A positive thing was that it made everyone come together. I was an outsider and many were kind to me.”

Tsunami debris headed for U.S.

Japanese pray hard for prosperous 2012

The quiet life Koizumi hoped for after quitting a job at his father’s lumber company in Tokyo is still to be realized, and some residents of Katsurashima don’t think fishing, a way of life for all on the Urato Islands and livelihood for most of the communities along the Northeast coast of Japan, is possible anymore.

“There’s not much future for fishing here,” said 75-year-old former fisherman Mr. Keikichi, a lifelong resident of Katsurashima.

However Koizumi sees things differently.

Even though only one oyster processing factory is still functioning and a third of fishermen of the Urato Islands remain, he is determined to revive his new community and create a sustainable fishing industry.

Just a month after the tsunami, Koizumi set up “Uminoko Saisei” (Children of the Sea), a cooperative project for fishermen from the Urato Islands and outside “stakeholders.” The stakeholders’ donations to help the area’s recovery will eventually be repaid with fishermen’s produce like oysters and seaweed.

Koizumi used Twitter and Facebook to promote the project, and since April 2011 over 14,000 people from across the world have sent donations.

“I didn’t want (fishermen on the islands) to quit,” he said. “I wasn’t a fisherman before. It’s very hard to be a fisherman. If I could succeed, it could help those who quit to come back.”

But Koizumi’s plan hasn’t been without some controversy. Some of his ideas have been hard for some of the established fishermen and the local Fisherman’s Guild to digest.

“At first many local fishermen didn’t have a clue what I was doing, like planning some innovative ideas and selling to new markets. It has taken time to convince them.

“Before, let’s just say that communication didn’t happen often between islanders,” he said, explaining that the Fisherman’s Guild had a tight hold on how fishing was regulated and before the tsunami most fishermen operated as individuals.

More than half of Miyagi Prefecture’s fishermen are over 50, but some of the younger residents of the Urato Islands are happy to follow Koizumi’s lead. Mr. Yoshinori, who returned to the area from Yokohama to help his father’s fishing business on nearby Nonoshima Island, says he’s open to Koizumi’s plans, but he currently has to work in construction as well fishing to make a living.

The tsunami has actually made this a good year for the bay’s oyster beds, as it brought in nutrients from the deep ocean, although this year’s harvest will still be half what was produced before the tsunami.

Forecasts are for oyster and seaweed production to return to pre-tsunami levels by 2014, but if the bay’s sea life is sure to recover, the life for those ashore is much less certain.

Even Koizumi’s project has changed from what he first thought it would be.

While support from individuals and NGOs has been forthcoming, the Children of the Sea Foundation was created to help manage the project and Japanese medical company Tokibo became a partner.

Executives from the company now sit on the board, along with Koizumi and members from the Urato Islands Fisherman’s Guild. It’s part of a wider phenomenon of companies in Japan partnering or helping previously independent communities or cooperatives affected by the earthquake.

“Many companies want to help the communities recover, but after two years when the local economy gets better, who knows what may happen,” said Professor Masahiro Yamao of Hiroshima University, who has studied the economics of post-tsunami recovery plans. “Some companies may want more and more return for their investment,” he added.

“But you can’t say what is right or wrong for these communities, they are all quite different, some more isolated than others, some more damaged than others. Many traditional communities will be okay without companies, so there is no one solution.”

The simple life of a fisherman still eludes Koizumi, administering the Foundation now takes nearly all of his time.

“Now there are lots of different opinions, and it makes it much more difficult,” he said.

“I just want to be able to prepare my own boat and fish.”

Unfortunately that day still seems a long way off.

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Sailing: Groupama, Puma struggle at Volvo Ocean Race

Sailing: Groupama, Puma struggle at Volvo Ocean Race
Posted: 27 February 2012 2201 hrs




SANYA, China: France’s Groupama and American team Puma were slugging it out for the lead well to the north of their rivals on Monday as the Volvo Ocean Race entered a crucial 24 hours in Leg four.

Seven days after leaving Sanya in China, bound for Auckland, New Zealand, the boats were finally within reach of the trade winds that should catapult them south to complete the 4,000 nautical miles remaining in just 10-12 days.

After stealing the lead from Camper/Team New Zealand on Sunday, Groupama held a commanding position in the Pacific Ocean as they started to turn south, finally pointing towards the finish line after days of sailing east.

But the American crew on Puma were hitting the highest speeds around 40 nautical miles to their north, with everything depending on which of the two boats reaches the trade winds first.

“We’re hoping to pinwheel around the inside boats further to the south, like Olympic runners arching through their first turn,” said Puma’s Amory Ross.

“Being on the outside means we’ll sail a longer track, but we’re positioned where the winds are supposed to be strongest, hopefully sling-shooting us towards Auckland.”

A win in leg four for Puma or Groupama could throw open the race, which is currently being dominated by Telefonica and Camper.

Telefonica won the first three offshore legs but are struggling in light winds south of the fleet. Camper, second overall, are slipping down the Leg four leaderboard by the day and may struggle to get back in contention.

“We found ourselves in a piece of water that we don’t want to be in,” said Camper skipper Chris Nicholson. “It is now about minimising damage so we can have more opportunities further down the track.”

Telefonica have 101 points, followed by 83 for Camper, 73 for Groupama and 53 for Puma.

With 30 points on offer for the leg winner against just five for last place, victory for Groupama could get them back in the hunt, while a strong finish would revive Puma’s hopes after they lost their mast on the first leg.

Leg four is due to finish in Auckland around March 8-10.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and ends in Galway, Ireland, in July.

Overall standings after three of nine offshore legs:

1. Telefonica (Spain) 101 points
2. Camper/ETNZ (New Zealand) 83
3. Groupama (France) 73
4. Puma (US) 53
5. Abu Dhabi (UAE) 43
6. Sanya (China) 17

- AFP/de

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Australia. Integrity to host Chinese delegation at 2012 Sanctuary Cove …

In what is going to be a watershed year for Integrity Motor Yachts, Brett Flanagan and his team will be welcoming a delegation of six senior personnel from the Jianghau Marine Engineering Company from Qingdao China – the site of their brand new, state-of-the-art Integrity factory.

Leading boat sales professional Brett Flanagan heads up the Australian, New Zealand and now Thailand dealerships for Integrity Motor Yachts.

The six delegates include the Managing Director, Financial Controller and a selection of senior managers.

“Basically, we are bringing them to Sanctuary Cove Boat Show  to show them how we do things here, to take them through the boat show, a tour around the Gold Coast and show it’s a great place to go boating, as well as sell some boats!”

Last year, Integrity sold three boats at the show and another one before the end of 2011. “It was very rewarding,” says Brett.

Off the back of that, Brett and his team decided to increase their space significantly in 2012, with four boats and a corporate tent facility on the marina, as well as repeating their branding stunt of placing a boat on the Lake at the entrance of Sanctuary Cove.

“This year’s exhibit at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and bringing the Integrity team here from China are the biggest things we’ve done in terms of investment,” says Brett, adding that they will have four new models on display – the world debut for the 400 and 360 Flybridge plus the 360 Sedan.

The Integrity range has been designed to be sturdy, stable and comfortable long range passage makers, they are also great day and weekend entertainers.

“I designed the kind of boat my wife and I would like to own, and it seems to have found its niche. We are up to hull number 20 of the 350 MKII, which is pretty good in a challenging market in two and a half years.”

Manufactured in China to strict quality control measures, complete with Australian government accredited marine surveyor living on the premises and overseeing operations, including daily inspections, the Integrity range positions itself as the best value displacement boats on the market, with unmatched local warranty and service support.

This month, the brand new Integrity Motor Yachts factory opened in China. Set on a colossal 70,000 square metre allotment backing on to the Pearl River in China and with a 100 Berth marina attached, this brand new state of the art boat building factory will have the ability to house and cater to the requirements of 1,000 employees and their families.

Jianghau Marine Engineering Company was established in 1981 and has been responsible for building hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes. The factory has steadily progressed in size, with this recent investment a massive boost for this leading boat building region. The boats are marketed across the globe under the Integrity Trawlers and Integrity Motor Yachts brands, and have established a reputation for offering exceptional quality boats at a great price.

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Italian team examines fishing boat

A five-member team of Italian naval officials on Sunday examined the fishing boat which was fired at allegedly by two naval guards of Italian ship ‘Enrica Lexie’ killing two Indian fishermen on February 15.
The team examined the boat berthed at Neendakara fishing harbour

near here along with Kerala police officials involved in investigation of the case, Coastal police sources said.

The Italian officials who examined the boat were Major General Paolo Romano, Admiral Alessandro Piroli, Major Luca Flebus, Major Paolo Fratini and Commander Geam Paul.

They were joined by Kollam Superintendent of Police Sam Christie Daniel, DySP J Jacob and Neendakara Coastal S I Shaji. The examination of the boat lasted about an hour.

The two fishermen, Valentine Jalastine and Ajeesh Binki, were allegedly shot dead by two naval guards of the ship, who are now in police custody.

Neendakara coastal police had registered a case charging the two naval guards with murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

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