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Sailing club welcomes £10,000 boost

Thornbury Sailing Club welcomes £10,000 boost

By Marion Sauvebois

Thornbury Sailing Club students and instructors with their two new Wanderers

SAILORS in Thornbury have welcomed the addition of two new boats to their fleet just in time for the start of practice season, thanks to a £10,000 sports grant.

The Sailing Club’s students are now honing their skills on a pair of Wanderers, after the group was allocated funding from Sports England last year.

The club, which launched in the 1950s and is based at Oldbury Pill, on the bank of the River Severn, had to contribute a further £4,000 raised by members to buy the state-of-the art sailboats.

Tony Turnbull, a Thornbury Sailing Club member and former instructor said: “We run a course each year where we teach people how to sail in the summer and we needed extra boats.

“The boats are lovely. All the other boats are old and take a lot of maintenance. The instructors and students are pleased with them.”

The club had ten boats for juniors and just four for adults and was in need of more modern equipment when it applied for the funding.

“We had a lot of support from the Royal Yatching Association. They told us about Sports England,” Mr Turnbull added. “We got them just in time for the season to start.”

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Monterey Boats welcomes new dealer: Onekama Marine

Monterey Boats
June 4, 2013
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WILLISTON, FL– Monterey Boats is honored to welcome Onekama Marine to the Monterey Boats dealer family! Onekama Marine is the premier dealer in Northern Michigan.

“Onekama Marine is another strong addition to the Monterey Boats’ dealer family,” said Monterey’s Director of Sales, Kim Loenichen. “The Monterey brand continues to grow stronger with the addition of each boat dealer.” Onekama Marine is the oldest continuous operating marina in Michigan. Established in 1963, Onekama Marine is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Onekama Marine has grown over the last 50 years to now include multiple locations in the area, including Lake Michigan Yacht Sales in Bay Harbor.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with and represent Monterey Boats in Northern Michigan. In addition to the quality, design, and craftsmanship that Monterey is known for, we were especially drawn to them because they are a family owned and operated company. As a family owned business ourselves, we understand the benefits and true value of that, and over the past 4 years those benefits have become even more apparent. All of the people at Monterey coupled with their fine boats make them a company that we are truly proud to be part of” said Matt Mrozinski of Lake Michigan Yacht Sales.

Monterey Boats, a leading independent boat manufacturer, has specialized in building premier quality sport boats, super sports, cruisers and sport yachts. Our current line features 26 models ranging from 18’ to 41’, including our exciting new outboard model. Monterey has a growing worldwide dealer/partner network, a dedicated staff of more than 500 skilled boatbuilders, and is an industry leader in designing and building superior stern-drive pleasure boats. In 25 years, Monterey has produced well over 35,000 boats and generated over one billion dollars in sales. Every Monterey boat is also NMMA certified and backed by its exclusive MVP Lifetime Limited Warranty to assure the ultimate in customer confidence and satisfaction.

For more information on Monterey Boats, visit www.montereyboats.com, or contact Martin Rusin: phone 352-528-2628 or e-mail: Martin@montereyboats.com

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I came close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death, says Sir Ben Ainslie

When it became clear that it was Bart who was missing; well, the whole world
caved in. I knew that Leah and the boys were in San Francisco. The weekend
before Iain and I had been at their house for a barbecue. Only the day
before we had been on the phone and it was the usual banter you have with
close mates.

You go through all different emotions. It starts off with confusion and
disbelief and then slowly over time it trickles into a sense of reality.

I just threw myself into doing whatever I could to help Iain and Leah and the
family. For me, it seemed like the only thing I could usefully do. The fact
that so many people dropped everything to try to help out was a measure of
the affection in which he was held.

A lot of tributes have been paid to Bart in the past few weeks but they bear
repeating because it should never be forgotten just what a special man he
was. He was not the loudest nor the most celebrated in our GB team but he
was the kindest, and the wisest.

And what a talented sailor. He and Iain were such a great partnership.

They won gold in Beijing and probably should have had another in London last
summer when they were pipped on the line. No one worked harder or deserved
success more than they did.

Belatedly, through the grief, there have been uplifting moments.

Friday’s memorial service for Bart was a beautiful occasion. Sherborne Abbey
was packed to the rafters; the hymns, the choir, the music, everything was
beautifully done. Iain’s eulogy was so, so moving.

And it was amazing speaking to Bart’s parents, who were blown away by it all.
That was probably one of the nicest things I will take away from the day –
they were about a foot taller afterwards, realising what a legend their son
was.

And then this weekend just gone in Cowes, where the sailing community gathered
for the annual Round the Island race.

I spent a long time weighing up whether or not to race in our BAR AC45.
Initially I was against it. But after a bit of time and after speaking with
the rest of the guys on the team, we decided we should go ahead. I spoke to
a few people and they all said Bart would have wanted us to get on with it.

I am so glad we did. We wore our normal crew gear but we had black armbands
and a ribbon with Bart’s name on our backs. The sun shone, the wind got up
and we set a course record, lapping the Isle of Wight in under three hours
with a group of sailors who were all close to Bart. It felt really special.

There will be difficult times ahead, not least for the America’s Cup itself.
It is my belief that Bart would have wanted the event to continue, as is the
case. As a person, he would have hated the thought that everything stopped
because of him.

Having said that, there are clearly some issues to resolve. A lot of people
have compared the current class to Formula One in the 1960s and 1970s. These
are incredibly big and powerful machines and it takes time to find the
limits.

There is a lot of effort going into discovering what happened, and making sure
that a similar incident does not happen again. But I think it can and will
go ahead. And If Oracle win I think the format will continue along
the current lines, albeit with less powerful boats.

That will also bring costs down, attracting more teams and making things more
competitive.

My desire to win the America’s Cup one day remains undimmed. At the time,
Bart’s death knocked the stuffing out of me. You are thinking all sorts of
things; giving up the sport, trying something else. Now I am almost more
determined to win it.

Every now and then you need something in life to make you appreciate the
opportunities that you have and remind you to make the most of them. Thank
you, Bart, for that final lesson. We will miss you terribly.


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Stuart Yacht Sales opens second Florida office

Stuart Yacht Sales opens second Florida office


Posted on 03 June 2013


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Stuart Yacht Sales announced the opening of a second staffed brokerage office in Stuart, Fla.

The new office is across from Martin County’s Sunset Bay Marina at 602 SW Anchorage Way and will be open seven days a week.

“This represents a great opportunity for us, as the Sunset Bay Marina is 198 slips and 69 moorings,” Stuart Yacht Sales owner and president Bill Watson said in a statement. “We look forward to doing significant marina brokerage business through our philosophy of integrity and exceptional customer service. We cultivate trusted adviser relationships with our many satisfied customers, which brings us repeat business.”

Newest addition Andy Andreoli will be staffing the office, along with Andy Lowe, who will be moving in from the Port Salerno office.

The new facility includes eight boat slips, with one of them offering a 12,000-pound lift. They can accommodate boats up to 50 feet with a draft of as much as 5 feet. The company said the slips available for brokerage boats will increase to a total of 20 among the Manatee Pocket dockage in Port Salerno, Stuart Yacht Harbour at St. Lucie River South Fork and the new Sunset Bay Marina location.

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America’s Cup Sailing Race Faces Challenges in San Francisco

Mr. Ellison, whose Silicon Valley software company, Oracle, has made him the world’s fifth-richest man, decided to bring the race home to the postcard-perfect, television-friendly San Francisco Bay, promising a sporting event that would showcase the city and transform its waterfront. But another decision — calling for the design of extremely expensive, sophisticated and fast 72-foot catamarans that would, for the first time in the history of the 162-year-old competition, fly above the water in high winds in a maneuver known as “foiling” — immediately raised worries about cost and safety.

Now, with just weeks left before the start of competition, those worries could imperil the race’s success. Only four teams have signed up because of the costs, the smallest contingent in the race’s modern history and far fewer than the 15 organizers had predicted in selling the event to city officials hungry for its economic benefits.

As a result, civic leaders are concerned that fewer contestants will mean less interest and, with fund-raising lagging, the city might even be stuck for a significant part of the tab.

Jane Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the city’s America’s Cup project, said San Francisco would ultimately benefit from the event. But she said fund-raising had been made difficult by sailing’s lack of popularity in the United States and the sailing community’s split over the new boats.

Under longstanding rules, the winner of an America’s Cup competition, which is not held on any set schedule, is allowed to decide the next competition’s location and boat design.

Aaron Peskin, a former member of the city’s Board of Supervisors who has started an online campaign to pressure Mr. Ellison to personally cover the city’s operating costs, offered a different explanation.

“Other well-to-do, philanthropic individuals and organizations aren’t really interested in donating to the hobby of the third-richest person in the United States who’s down to his last $40 billion,” Mr. Peskin said. (Forbes Magazine estimates Mr. Ellison’s wealth at $43 billion, ranking him behind only Bill Gates and Warren E. Buffett in the United States.)

The more immediate concern is the dearth of contestants. Races to determine which nation will go up against Mr. Ellison’s defending team are set to begin on the Fourth of July, with the final competition starting Sept. 7.

Artemis, the Swedish team, has not decided whether to drop out after its boat capsized during training last month in San Francisco Bay, killing a crew member; Mr. Ellison’s team’s boat was also wrecked when it capsized last fall, though without serious injuries. The teams are considering last-minute changes, including not racing if winds are too high and sturdier helmets and body armor, to improve safety.

And so even before the first race, organizers have begun acknowledging that the design choice for this year’s yacht, known as the AC72, had been a poor one.

“There is no doubt that the AC72 was more expensive to manufacture and prepare for than we anticipated. When you couple that with the economic downturn that we experienced in 2010 and 2011, that’s the reason we have fewer teams participating this summer than we would have liked,” said Stephen Barclay, chief executive of the America’s Cup Event Authority, the company established by Mr. Ellison to run the event, adding, however, that the boats are safe.

In San Francisco, an increasingly unaffordable city where critics say the booming tech industry has been coddled at the expense of the less affluent, criticism has been rising. Much of it has been leveled at Mr. Ellison, who recently appeared at a red-carpet premiere of “The Wind Gods,” a laudatory documentary about his 2010 victory that was produced by his son, David.

“Larry Ellison made the event so big that it made it really difficult for people to put teams out,” said John Avalos, a member of the Board of Supervisors. “Maybe it’s going to result in Larry Ellison winning by default.”

Mr. Avalos, who voted for the event but now says its promoters’ claims “weren’t true or exaggerated,” recently led a hearing on the race’s economic impact. Because the number of teams had fallen to four from the organizers’ prediction of 15 in 2010, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute estimated that the event would generate $900 million in economic activity, compared with an earlier projection of $1.4 billion; attract 2 million spectators, instead of 2.7 million; and bring 6,500 jobs instead of 8,800.


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