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Who should pay for the Broads?



A sailing boat and a holiday cruisers on the River Bure at Horning on a fine early October day.

Picture: James Bass

Stephen Pullinger
Monday, October 28, 2013
6:30 AM

A river tolls recommendation by the Broads Authority’s navigation committee would “use the ‘starter homes’ of the private fleet to subsidise gin palaces”, it has been claimed.

The influential committee has backed the joint proposals of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA) and Broads Hire Boat Federation (BHBF) which would see small and average size sailing and motor boats – excepting the very smallest – paying percentage increases of up to 10pc in their tolls for 2014 while the very largest would actually benefit from a decrease.

The two groups claim their proposals, based on an average 2.8pc rise, would “right the wrong” of last year’s tolls settlement which was widely criticised for placing a disproportionate burden on the hire boat fleet and owners of larger craft.

However, Loddon pensioner Heather Tew, 65, who would face a large tolls rise for her 12sq m Yeoman, described the recommendation as “absolutely bonkers”.

A member of the Hardley Hundred club, she attended Thursday’s navigation committee meeting and questioned how thoroughly the NSBA had consulted its membership.

She said she was amazed the committee was supporting a proposal that would “use the ‘starter homes’ of the private fleet to subsidise gin palaces”.

She said: “I would not object so much to paying a 10pc rise if it were to support the hire boat industry. It is unfair that hire boat firms currently face a 2.65 multiplier on tolls and we need them to support the local economy like they do in Loddon.”

However, she insisted there was no case to treat large private boats in the same way and predicted a ground swell of protest by small boat owners ahead of the Broads Authority meeting on November 22 when a decision will be taken.

Adrian Lincoln, 54, a teacher from Salhouse, who sails a small Broads cruiser with his wife and son, joined the volley of protest against the recommendation.

He said: “I don’t have a problem with hire boats as they are the lifeblood of the Broads and keep it going, but the owners of the big gin palaces can afford a price hike more than hard-pressed families with smaller boats.”

Mr Lincoln, a committee member of the East Anglian Cruising Club, applauded the recommendation’s attempt to encourage new boaters but said the tolls rise exemption for boats of less than 5sq m would not be enought to achieve that aim as many starter sailing and motor boats were slightly bigger than that if they had been bought for family use.

“Our boat was built in 1931. If you price some of the low budget sailing and motor boats off the water you will be losing part of the Broads heritage,” he said.

Broads Authority chairman Stephen Johnson said BA members would not be in an enviable position striving to arrive at an equitable decision.

He said: “I have heard it said that in reaching this year’s tolls settlement the BA acted like Robin Hood. We have to be careful that this time we are not accused of behaving like the Sheriff of Nottingham.”

He described the situation as “economically very complicated” and acknowledged the need to strike a balance that would both support the hire boat industry and encourage more small boaters.

“We need to encourage more small boats. That is how new young people get into it,” he said.

Richard Card, chairman of the NSBA, said they had consulted on their tolls structure proposals at a meeting of club officials in March.

He said last year’s tolls settlement had been an “aberration” and suggested people should look at what their rise would be over two years.

He said: “Any percentage rise at the bottom end is very small in terms of pounds and pence and it would be wrong to describe all large private boats as gin palaces. Many our ex-hire boats owned by not particularly well off people.”

BHBF secretary Tony Howes said he was delighted there appeared to be a consensus that a viable hire boat industry was essential to keep the infrastructure going for all users.

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    Learn to sail at Al Hamra Marina's RAK Sailing Academy

    If you have ever wanted to learn how to sail, then the RAK Sailing Academy at Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club is the perfect place in the UAE to learn the basics and understand what it takes to pilot one of these magnificent vessels.

    The academy is well-equipped with dinghies, catamarans and fix-keel sailing boats for junior and senior sailors. But it’s also hospitable to rookies and hosts a variety of sailing classes – including dinghy basic and dinghy advance, keel boat inshore and keel boat offshore – across all age groups.

    Al Hamra Marina’s wind and sea characteristics are perfect for sailing, some say the best in the UAE, and has charter facilities where sailing boats are used for daily excursions and crew available for tourists at the Al Hamra Village.

    Facilities for renting daily and weekend boats are in place to attract passionate and professional sailing tourists from the region and overseas.

    The school follows ISAF (International Sailing Federation) rules regarding sailing instructors.

    Founder general manager Enrico Malingri said: “We are very excited for the academy to reopen; we want to continue to bring our passion of sailing to Ras Al Khaimah. Classes are fun but educational, and cater for all levels of experience.

    “The Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club is the perfect weekend destination for travellers, world sailing pioneers, boat owners and berthing yachts.

    “We want to introduce more residents and tourists to sailing as a hobby and prove it’s just as much fun as other watersports.”

    AHMYC encourages residents and stopover sailors in RAK to participate at international sailing events. By doing so, Al Hamra Marina wants to help promote RAK as a serious destination in terms of sailing within the UAE.

    The aim of the academy is to showcase the sport of sailing within the UAE. Earlier this year, AHMYC partnered with Italy’s renowned sailing club, Club Nautico di Roma.

    The partnership aims to develop water sport activities, races and competitions amongst both clubs.

    The clubs will also be exploring the possibility of seasonal packages to maximise the sailing experience in both countries for members and non-members alike.

    In collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club, the RAK Sailing team wants to create one of the finest sailing academies for the residents of Al Hamra Village and the Ras Al Khaimah area.

    Set on the mouth of the lagoon, the Al Hamra Marina is an extension of the Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah.

    The Marina and Yachting Club was designed and installed by Europe’s leading pontoon supplier, Poralu Marine, and is the last significant fuelling stop for vessels in the Arabian Gulf.

    The marina comprises 200 wet berths and caters to motor boats, yachts and inflatables measuring 10 to 90ft in length. It offers secure berths with a modern and sophisticated gate pass entry.

    All water pontoons provide power supply and fresh water hoses. It’s all-tide access is operated by yacht masters and offers a shelter of ease for manoeuvring at the dock.

    Facilities include offering chandlery, maintenance, training, charter boats and water sport facilities.

    What: RAK Sailing Academy
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    Where: Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club, Ras Al Khaimah
    Contact: 055 2975 792; E-mail: enricomalingri@raksailingacademy.com

     

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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.

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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.

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    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).

    akltallships.co.nz maritimemuseum.co.nz

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    Langman's Team Australia beats fleet to Russell

    At 1815hrs tonight, Team Australia won the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, arriving at Russell Wharf eight hours and 15 minutes after the start gun fired in Auckland, and nearly 37 minutes ahead of the New Zealand owned TeamVodafone Sailing.

    The blue trimaran, owned by Australian Sean Langman, broke TeamVodafone’s three year winning streak, but did not break the sub-six hour Coastal Classic race record set by TeamVodafone last year.

    Over 160 boats departed Auckland at 10am this morning, and as sun set this evening, only Team Australia and TeamVodafone had finished. Eight had withdrawn with gear breakages, and the rest are marching on, steadfast in their determination to make it to Russell, despite uncomfortable conditions.

    For the crew of TeamVodafone, it was a frustrating race. At mid afternoon they had a 500m lead on the blue boat, which they thought they had well covered. Then Team Australia took TeamVodafone by surprise when it found new – and better – breeze. While TeamVodafone was still sailing upwind at slower speeds, Team Australia was benefiting from a better wind angle, and reaching – quickly – all the way to Tutukaka.

    “Once he pulled alongside us we tried to get back inshore but we never really got to it,” says crewman Patrick O’Reilly of what was the turning point in the race.

    Team Australia is the only boat to beat TeamVodafone: until this week, the boats had only met in Australia, when they each took points off the other. TeamVodafone took the first local win when the boats met up on Wednesday night.

    PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic spokesperson Matthew Flynn congratulates Team Australia. “They really flew across the finish line, looking relaxed and comfortable. They had the perfect high speed conditions in which to race across the Bay of Islands.”

    As the evening closed in, the wind moved to the West in Russell, it was calm, and it was expected to lighten off further after a rain squall moved through. Further down the course, a wind change willl mean a longer but more comfortable race for most entrants.

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    DaveRobertson.jpgState Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township

    GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI — State Sen. David Robertson sponsored legislation that aims to boost auto, RV and boat sales by cutting the sales tax on the purchase.

    “This is a win for the Average Joe and a win for local job providers. These reforms will help consumers save money when they buy a car or boat in Michigan and enable our local Michigan dealers to better compete with out-of-state sellers,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, in a written statement.

    When an individual today buys a new or used automobile or watercraft in Michigan, the state’s 6 percent sales tax is applied to the full sales price, even if the sale included a trade-in.

    “Michigan is currently one of only six states – and the only Great Lakes state – that taxes the value of trade-ins,” Robertson said in the statement. “This unfair policy puts in-state businesses at a serious competitive disadvantage and costs Michigan consumers more in extra taxes. It is a clear example of how bad tax laws can negatively impact both job providers and consumers.”

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    State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, also supported the bill, according to a press release.

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