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Ancasta to open new Chichester sales office this weekend

New and used boat sales specialist Ancasta will officially open its new Chichester office this Saturday 26 October, with a celebration including drinks and food for visitors between 11am and 4pm.

Forming part of a wider multi-million pound redevelopment of the Premier Marinas site – one that will see new boat sales, engineering and chandlery businesses, plus a restaurant and bar – the Ancasta office will be run by local man Geraint Skuse.

Skuse told MBM: “I know this marina very well, I’m a member of the yacht club and my father is about to move his Fairey Huntsman here.

“Chichester is a great marina that deserves all the investment we are seeing. We will have a strong mix of local marine businesses, allowing us to look after berthholders and buyers alike.”

Geraint has over 20 years of boat sales experience and will be responsible for all motorboat sales, including the Prestige range of luxury motorboats, with a new Prestige 450 on display at the marina. He will be joined by sailboat expert Georgie Eggleton, with a third member of the team still to be appointed.

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Annapolis Sailboat Show Reports Record Sales

Rolex Miami OCR Sailing Some said that the inclement weather might have actually buoyed sales at this year’s United States Sailboat Show; because the harder it rained the more boats were sold.

Show officials suggested that although overall attendance dipped slightly, the quality of buyers soared as many consumers seemed intent on leaving the show with a new boat.

“The weather had no impact on sales,” said Paul Jacobs, general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “Sailors came to Annapolis from 24 countries around the world to shop, compare and purchase sailboats.”

The Sailboat Show booked more exhibitor space than at any time in its 44-year history and the vendors and boat manufacturers reported historic sales. Seminars and events were at capacity or sold out well in advance including the Take The Wheel program and the 2013 Launch Party.

Larry Reagan of Just Boat Loans reported that 2013 just missed hitting its mark set in 2008. “Applications and purchase agreements are coming in. We are almost back to 2008 levels,” Reagan said.

“Things have been phenomenal–crazy good,” said Valerie Toomey of Jeanneau. “I would say that there have been less people but we have had non-stop traffic of very serious prospects and buyers. We are selling boats that don’t even exist yet.”

“Sales are beyond expectations,” said Dan Nardo of Annapolis Yacht Sales working at the Beneteau exhibit. “I expect to beat my goal and then some. People came to buy. I spent my time discussing options rather than sales.”

“Every year the Annapolis Boat Show proves itself as the sales show where you want to have your fleet on display.  Other than being extremely soggy, this is the show that brings in buyers!  We have been extremely pleased with the quality of our customers this year,” said Tommy Smith of Nautitech Catamarans.

Smartkat Sailing USA posted on Facebook, “This was our first time at the Annapolis Boat Show and we were impressed with the show – we will be back!”

Exhibitors in Vacation Basin, the venue at the show dedicated to charters in the Chesapeake and more exotic locales saw long lines.  ”It was a great show. People came to Annapolis to book charters,” said Erin Maitland of Dream Yacht Charters.

The Moorings Yacht and Charter Company reported that Caribbean bookings for the American market were up 25 percent from last year.

“It was surprising how good the charter traffic was despite the weather,” said Phil Swaun, northeast regional manager for New Coast Financial Services.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill, captain of Oracle Team USA and winner of the America’s Cup, was honored at the 2013 US Sailboat Show Launch Party on opening night.

At the Launch Party the US Sailboat Show and Sail America announced the creation of the first annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding and unselfish contribution to the sailing industry. The first award will be bestowed on opening day of the Sailboat Show in 2014.

A Presidential Proclamation issued by Sail America recognized the United States Sailboat Show, the largest and oldest sailboat show in the world, as the premier sailing showcase for the international marine industry, and the ultimate consumer and trade show for the North American sailing market.

Source: US Boat Shows

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Grandeur of the tall ships

A fleet of old-time sailing vessels will give spectators on Auckland’s Waitemata harbour a nostalgic look at the past this weekend, as Catherine Smith discovers

The Spirit of New Zealand sails past the Sydney Harbor Bridge on its way to the start of the Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta in Sydney. Photo / AP

The Spirit of New Zealand sails past Sydney Harbour Bridge. When we’ve had a spring of being enthralled by two of the fastest boats ever to sail, it seems a sweet throwback that this weekend Aucklanders will be seduced by a fleet of gorgeous old-time sailing ships.

For the first time, Auckland is hosting the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships regatta.


These races have been running in Europe since 1956, but these traditional vessels had sailed their way to Sydney via Cape Town and Fremantle at the beginning of the month.

Seven of them sailed to New Zealand on October 10.

The winning ship, Dutch Bark Europa (from the Netherlands) crossed the finish line at the Cavalli Islands, Bay of Islands on Thursday October 17. She was followed by another Netherlands vessel, Tecla and then our own Spirit of New Zealand two days later.

British ship Lord Nelson, which had retired earlier after a failure on her mainmast backstay, was also at Opua to share in the magnificent welcome by locals.

In fourth place was another Dutch ship, three-masted schooner Oosterschelde, followed by Young Endeavour from Australia.

Paul Bishop, race director of Sail Training International, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the races explains, “Our aim is the development and education of young people through the sail training experience. We foster international friendship through the sea. The first Australasian event commemorates the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy into Sydney.”

Though the captains and senior officers of the ships are all seasoned sailors, many of the ships are crewed by people of all abilities, including those with mental and physical disabilities.

Bishop points out that the sailing ships, square rigged and weighing up to 500 tonnes are very sensitive vessels to manoeuvre.

Unlike those fancy cats we watched in San Francisco Bay, these beasts can take up to 20 to 25 minutes to tack or bring around – which Bishop points out takes a considerable amount of team work and seamanship, for the up to 60 crew on each vessel.

“Some of these ships are over 100 years old, others are from the 1980s, but they are very similar to the finest, fastest old sailing ships – the tea clippers that used to race for the merchant navy, although some are not quite as thoroughbred! Top speeds in these races would be around 17 knots.”

And he has a word of reality for New Zealanders used to Cup racing speeds: last week’s crossing from Sydney averaged a mere 7.5 knots, with top speeds of around 10 knots.

Not surprisingly the Tasman threw up the usual spring weather – patches of flat calm (four ships retired because of becalming), interspersed with gusts of up to 60 knots.

During the week, the ships have been either in Whangarei for repairs, or headed to Great Barrier for some crew R R before sailing into Auckland Harbour – guided by Spirit of New Zealand and Maori waka – for this weekend’s festivities.Oosterschelde, Netherlands

The three-masted topsail schooner Oosterschelde is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century, a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.Spirit of New Zealand, New Zealand

The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand was commissioned in 1986. With some 340 days at sea a year, she is the world’s busiest youth ship and is expected to continue voyages until around 2035.Lord Nelson, United Kingdom

Lord Nelson is the first tall ship designed to be sailed by people of all physical abilities. Facilities include wide decks for wheelchair users, a speaking compass to enable blind people to helm the ship and power assisted hydraulic steering for those with limited strength.Picton Castle, Canada

The ship is a completely refitted barque that observes the rigorous standards of Germanischer Lloyds for steel-hulled Cape Horners. The galley is on deck, and its 1893 cook stove is similar to those used on commercial sailing ships 100 years ago.Tecla, Netherlands

• Voyager Maritime Museum will have interactive tall ships activities, performers with old-time sea shanties, and a chance for kids to dress up and steer a mighty tall ship.

• Check out Waterfront Auckland’s heritage boat yard and seafaring heritage. You can share what you love about Auckland for their new “Tamaki Makaurau – Many Lovers of Auckland”, interpretive heritage trail. Their regular Workshops on the Wharf will focus on Tall Ships, sailors and mermaids.

• Auckland Museum has a mini museum bringing its five-metre tall “living” taniwha for a series of free performances throughout Labour Weekend. There’ll be Maori oral histories of taniwha and their role in signifying environmental risks and dangers, displays of whaling, sailing and marine collections plus the museum’s coastal marine life app. Kids can join Moana “Fishy Business” holiday programme and craft activities. Or head up to the main museum for the last weekend of their blockbuster Moana My Ocean exhibition.

• Auckland Libraries will have their passenger vessel records (dating from 1838 to 1921) so you can check out family histories plus offers a pop up library.

• Maritime Museum Foundation is showing the documentary The Drowning Country about the New Zealand woman who designed the life jacket during World War I, and Guardians of the Light about the men and women who staffed the light stations on some of the most isolated bits of the country. Free. Saturday (12-4pm, Sunday 10-4pm)

The Tall Ships, along with vessels from the Royal New Zealand Navy, will be moored at Queens Wharf, both sides of Princes Wharf and around the Voyager Maritime Museum.

Crew parade, led by the Royal Navy Band to official powhiri at Queens Wharf, Saturday (10-11am).

Ships will be open for people to board Saturday (11am-4pm), and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Ships will depart the wharves with a full Naval salute from Orakei Wharf (Tamaki Drive). You can join this sail out with the fleet on Bark Europa, Oosterschelde or Tecla (12-4pm, tickets $150, bookings essential).

By Catherine Smith

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