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UAE small boat manufacturers see little growth

The Dubai Marina Yacht Club has experienced 15-25 per cent year on year growth, Jonathan Hind, the club’s Director of Operations, said, pointing out that the industry average was 5 per cent.

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SAILING: Weymouth sailor Emmett becomes a six-time champion

SAILING: Weymouth sailor Emmett becomes a six-time champion

By Laura Kitching

SIX-TIME WINNER: Laser Radial dinghy sailor Jon Emmett has scooped the UK championship once again

WEYMOUTH Laser Radial dinghy sailor Jon Emmett has scooped the UK Nationals title for the sixth time.

The 35-year-old went into the final race of the UK National and Open Laser Championships at Paignton Sailing Club on equal points with his nearest rival John Booth.

But Emmett successfully match-raced Booth to win the race and claim overall victory.

Emmett, of Westham, said: “I must say it was somewhat of a relief to win the UK Nationals this year having put my own sailing pretty much on hold for the last couple of years.

“It was actually the sixth time I have won the title, the last time being in Weymouth in 2011 – I was unable to defend my title in 2012 due to coaching Olympic sailor Lijia Xu.

“It was a tight series and I felt I sailed well but I still have many points I wish to improve. In the end I had to match race out second-placed John Booth in the final race to be sure I got the title.

“No hard feelings though, I believe he is coming down to Weymouth at the weekend to train with me in preparation for the World Championships.”

He added: “It really is no rest for the wicked as the qualifiers for next year’s World Champion-ships are being held at Weymouth and Portland Natio-nal Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in September.”

Osmington’s Emma Stevenson also competed in the Laser Radial fleet of 127 boats, which included not just Emmett but also sailors from Australia, New Zealand, St Lucia and Ireland.

The 16-year-old said the week of shifty conditions ranged from very high winds with gusts up to 30 knots to a day of racing being cancelled through lack of wind.

The teenager, who is sponsored by the Virtual Rigger Race Team, was pleased to achieve a 17th place and several positions in the 20s.

Meanwhile, Gustavo Lima of Portugal won the Laser Standard event and Romas Ovcinnikov of Lithuania claimed victory in the 4.7 fleet – claiming the Open titles. Local sailor Alex Jones from Castle Cove Sailing Club finished 10th in the 4.7 fleet.

Stevenson said: “Overall it was a good week’s sailing and improving my position within the fleet was the target, which I achieved, so that was fabulous.”

While Stevenson was competing in Devon, her 13-year-old sister Alexandra was taking part in her first national competition for Topper dinghies held at Portland.

She said: “I really enjoyed the event, made lots of new friends and learnt alot about sailing and competing.”

In the future Alexandra hopes to follow her sister into the Laser class.

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Jestercom creates boat show mobile application for NMMA

Jester Communications and National Marine Manufacturers Association
August 14, 2013
Filed under News

New Custom App Provides Powerful Tool for NMMA Boat Show Sales Representatives

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Aug. 14, 2013 – (Marine NewsWire) Jester Communications (Jestercom), the developer of award-winning mobile application solutions for the marine industry, has created a new mobile app for National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to help visually communicate the benefits of exhibiting at a boat show.

The Jestercom mobile app allows boat show staff to display all associated sales kit documents, videos, images, insurance forms and floor plans for each show. Users can build a custom sales presentation containing all media and files, stream real-time availability of booth space, sponsorships, special deals and promotions, and email custom sales agreements to clients.

The app also allows users to manage contact information and access forms and documents that can be filled out online, signed, saved and emailed to the customer.

“The custom app we developed for NMMA is designed to give their boat sales representatives a powerful and comprehensive tool to produce easy-to-use, visually appealing customized sales presentations that puts information at their fingertips for sharing with customers,” said Jared Jester, president of Jestercom.

Ben Wold, executive vice president of NMMA, said, “We chose Jestercom to develop this app for us because they understood our requirements and challenges, and based on their proven track record of building mobile apps for boatbuilders and suppliers in the boating industry. As we prepare to move into boat show season, we expect this tool to provide a better experience for our show staff and our exhibitors.”

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Oracle CEO Ellison on America's Cup racing: "It has to be a little bit risky"

(CBS News) Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is leading and sponsoring the American sailing team in the 2013 America’s Cup competetition. The Oracle team won the last race and as such, Ellison was able to choose this year’s location, the San Francisco Bay. The Oracle Team also got to design the boats and set many of the rules.

“We’re competing with other sports to get kids attention. We’ve got to make our sport exciting and we’ve got to modernize it. … It can’t be unchanged since 1851,” Ellison told CBS News’ Charlie Rose about his efforts to update the sport.

Today’s America’s Cup yachts are carbon fiber catamarans propelled by a 13-story rigid wing. The teams have the ability to fly the entire boat out of the water on small feet, in a dramatic-looking tactic known as foiling.

The new, cutting-edge boats are not without criticism and Ellison defends what some call risky engineering and sailing tactics, explaining, “People really criticize professional athletes going into the Olympics. People don’t like change. A bunch of people don’t like the Olympics now because we’ve added skateboarding. … We’re modernizing the sport.”

Modernization has been a pricey process — the estimated cost to mount an America’s Cup campaign in 2013 is over $100 million. And controversy has continued to swirl around Ellison’s envelope-pushing ways after several instances of boats capsizing on the San Francisco Bay.

Oracle Team USA capsized one of its boats last October, but no one was hurt. Tragedy struck one of Oracle’s competitors however. British sailor Andrew Simpson, 36 — nicknamed Bart — was trapped under the wreckage of a crash while racing with the Swedish team Artemis Racing, and died.

“The accident that we had on the Swedish boat was a freak accident,” Ellison said, explaining, “There was actually a structural failure on the boat. … The boat flipped over and Bart Simpson was actually trapped between the two hulls. And we couldn’t find him for seven minutes. We had divers in the water 30 seconds after that boat flipped over. We’ve taken, you know, lots of safety precautions.”

While Ellison says Simpson’s death had a profound personal impact on him, he maintains the sport has not gotten too dangerous.

“I thought about it. … I think we’ve made the right decision. I think to make this sport an economically viable sport, we have to have fast, modern boats. It has to be a popular TV sport. It has to be attractive to be kids. … It has to be a little bit risky.”

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