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All aboard for 35th Annual Boats Afloat in Seattle

SEATTLE — Dozens of boats are tied up side-by-side on South Lake Union with Mega-Yachts sharing the water with sailboats and cabin cruisers. The 35th Annual Boats Afloat show offers one-stop shopping for boat lovers of all kinds.

Starting today more than 200 new and used vessels from 20 to 90 feet are on display for customers.

“People will have access to any kind of boat they like, plus there are activities for kids and adults during this event,” said Bonnie Roberson with Boats Afloat.

The Boats Afloat show includes free activities for kids including sailing lessons. All ages can enjoy the Center for Wooden Boats hands-on toy boat building activity.

Safety on the water is also included — Stearns life jackets will be giving away 500 free life jackets over the weekend.

One of the main attractions at the show will be a 90-foot mega yacht, the Ocean Alexander. The luxury boat boasts six bathrooms, three staterooms and a hot tub.

“People will be able to walk aboard, but they will need to be with a broker,” said Paul Groesbeck, the Ocean Alexander broker.

Sailing lessons are being offered for the first time this year. Seattle Sailing Club will offer introduction-to-sailing packages. Participants will get a combination of training on land and on the water. The package costs $50 and includes two-day admission to the show.

“It’s a real hands on experience, after the class on land we go out for an hour and half on the water, it’s fun for everyone,” said Joe Cline, of Seattle Sailing Club.
The 5 day show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for kids 11-17. Kids under 11 are free. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Viking Yacht names dealer in Italy

Viking Yacht names dealer in Italy

Posted on 10 September 2013


The Viking Yacht Co. appointed SNO Yachts as its exclusive Italian dealer.

Based in Olbia, the economic center of the island of Sardinia, SNO also has state-of-the-art facilities in the exclusive Sardinian ports of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo and Puntaldia. Additional SNO locations are along the peninsula in Rome, Rimini and Lavagna, as well as in Monte Carlo in Monaco.

SNO prides itself on an experienced staff for sales and complete yacht services for boats of 12 to 70 meters.

Much like the family-owned and operated Viking, SNO is a family-oriented yacht sales and service organization. It was founded by brothers Andrea and Francesco Pirro more than a quarter-century ago.

“Andrea and Francesco represent the best ideals that my father and uncle used when they founded the Viking Yacht Co. in 1964,” Viking executive vice president Pat Healey said in announcing the strategic alliance.

“We are excited to be represented in Italy and throughout southern Europe by the Pirro family and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship that will continue to inspire growth between our two fine companies in anticipation of the upcoming boat shows in Cannes and Genoa.”

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Sailing-Oracle calls time out in America's Cup after Kiwi trouncing

By Alden Bentley and Ronnie Cohen

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Embattled defending

champion Oracle Team USA postponed a second America’s Cup race

on Tuesday, saying it needed to regroup after Emirates Team New

Zealand won its fourth commanding victory on San Francisco Bay.

Software billionaire Larry Ellison’s American team appeared

shell-shocked and asked for the time out just before the start

of race two, under a rule giving the teams the right to delay

one race in the 17-race series for the world’s oldest sporting

trophy. The so-called postponement card is generally reserved

for boat breakdowns.

“We feel like we need to regroup,” skipper Jimmy Spithill

said at a post-race press conference. “It’s obvious we’ve got to

make some changes.”

Oracle faces an uphill battle, having started the regatta

with a two-race penalty and without its first-choice wing-sail

trimmer, Dirk de Ridder. An international jury punished the team

for illegally modifying its smaller, 45-foot practice catamarans

in a preliminary regatta.

The unprecedented cheating penalty means that for Oracle to

keep the Cup it must win 11 races – two more than

government-backed New Zealand. Although the score on the water

is 4-1, Oracle officially lags the Kiwis 4-0 due to the


On Tuesday, Oracle won the race start and cruised in its

72-foot catamaran past New Zealand to lead the first two legs of

the five-leg heat, that saw average winds of 20 knots (23 mph).

Then Oracle tried to do something that has never been done -

to lift its foils out of the water while tacking. It bungled the

rounding maneuver with a eight-second lead at the second mark,

almost stopping dead, which allowed the Kiwis to close the gap.

Oracle’s decision to go to the right side of the upwind leg,

out of the current near Alcatraz Island, also proved disastrous.

The New Zealanders had better wind toward the center of the

course, were able to get past Oracle after several tacks and led

them by 1 minute 17 seconds at mark three.

Team New Zealand finished the race 65 seconds ahead of


“The boat is going really well upwind,” Kiwi skipper Dean

Barker said after the race. “It’s working for us.”

But he said he had no intention of laying back. “There’s no

easy races,” he said.

A breakdown now could be devastating for Oracle, which can

no longer postpone and needs to win another 10 races, while New

Zealand needs just five more wins.

Spithill continued to express confidence that his team could

keep the 162-year-old trophy.

“It’s not over,” he said. “As a team, we’ve come back from a

lot of adversity. This doesn’t worry us. We’ve been here before,

and it’s just a matter of getting back working again.”

Asked what he would change, Spithill said everything was on

the table – from sail changes to crew changes. Asked if he was

concerned about his job, he responded, “You can be a rooster one

day and a feather duster the next day.”

Emirates Team New Zealand won three of the first four races.

But, after a shaky start, Oracle Team USA charged back with a

vengeance on Sunday, leading much of the third duel, winning the

fourth and proving itself a formidable competitor.

The radical 72-foot catamarans looked evenly matched in

Sunday’s racing and overall the competition has been more

exciting than many expected, featuring dramatic starting

maneuvers, near collisions, lead changes and closely fought

tacking duels.

The cheating scandal, quarrels over rules and grief over the

death of a sailor during a training exercise took center stage

during the preliminaries, when a promised “summer of racing” to

determine which yacht could take on Oracle fizzled into a

lopsided series with powerhouse Team New Zealand dominating.

Now the TV network-dubbed “September Showdown” is delivering

high-adrenaline, edge-of-the seat racing in San Francisco Bay’s

natural amphitheater.

Flag-waving fans have watched in awe along the waterfront as

giant twin-hulled yachts with three-story tall wing sails cross

within inches of one another, and scream into the finish line on

hydrofoils barely a stone throw from the America’s Cup pavilion.

The yachts look like airplanes flying when their foils lift

the hulls out of the choppy water. With 11 sailors on board, the

yachts have cruised as fast as 53 miles an hour around the

five-leg race course, starting near the Golden Gate Bridge,

sailing past Alcatraz Island and finishing against the backdrop

of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Ellison and his crew desperately want to keep the Cup. But

the Kiwi team has vowed to bring the Auld Mug, as they call it,

back to its Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Team New Zealand held the trophy from 1995 until 2003 with

the Kiwi sailor Sir Russell Coutts at the helm. He now runs the

Oracle Team USA. The 51-year-old Olympic gold medalist has won

the America’s Cup four times, twice for his homeland.

Ellison chose the 72-foot catamarans as the boats and his

home waters of San Francisco Bay as the venue for this year’s

competition. Critics complained that the boats were too fragile

and hard to handle after Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson of

Britain was killed in a May training exercise for Sweden’s

Artemis Racing.

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