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Bluenose Yacht Sales Welcomes Your Attendance to the New England Boat … – Virtual

Bluenose Yacht Sales presents the Jeanneau 41DS and the Jeanneau 409 at the New England Boat show at the convention center in Boston starting on Feb. 22 for nine days. Additionally, BYS will be discussing our charter programs, select brokerage and the Sparkman Stephens 30.

Newport, Rhode Island (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

Bluenose Yacht Sales invites you to visit the New England Boat Show to discuss the Jeanneau 41DS or the Jeanneau 409 in addition to the award winning SS 30.

The Bluenose Yachts Sparkman Stephens 30 won SAILING WORLD Magazine Award for Best Daysailor of the Year 2013. Jeanneau also just introduced the all new Jeanneau 349 that just arrived for the Miami Boat show and will be here in May.

Bluenose Yacht Sales with sales offices in Newport and Warwick RI in addition to their office in Falmouth, Maine, is the world wide exclusive distributor for the SS 30, expertly built in Rhode Island. The SS 30, originally designed in 1935 named “BABE” went on to win several on and off-shore races in Florida. The Sparkman Stephens design team motivated by Olin Stephens redesigned the new “BABE” with a modern underbody, well engineered construction methods and incorporating efficient boat building technology. Production slots are available for summer delivery or purchase one of their stock boats for spring delivery.

Bluenose Yacht Sales is one of New England’s leaders for quality brokerage yachts as well as representing Beneteau Group’s Jeanneau and CNB Bordeaux 60 and CNB 76 combined with the new SS 30, Grand Soleil, and Cabo Rico.

Bluenose Yacht Sales has offices located in Newport and Warwick, RI as well as Falmouth, Maine serving clients with personal attention combined with a commitment to 100% customer satisfaction supported by an excellent after-market service team.

Bluenose Yacht Charters will also be represented at the New England boat show specializing in Jeanneau yacht charters in Rhode Island where their owners offset their annual operating expenses with charter revenue whilst enjoying weeks of personal use.

Call BYS to discuss their brands or to explore how they will add value to assist your new or brokerage yacht purchase. BYS welcomes new listings where their marketing and sales experience have made a meaningful difference.

Call – 877 – 695 – 6538.

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Sailing: 2014 Extreme Sailing Series returns to Singapore

With more boats competing in this year’s edition, the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series got off to a challenging start within the extreme confines of Marina Bay on Thursday.

The 2014 Extreme Sailing Series got off to a challenging start on Thursday within the extreme confines of Marina Bay. (Photo: Extreme Sailing Series)

SINGAPORE: The Formula One of Sailing has returned to Singapore’s shores.

With more boats competing in this year’s edition, the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series got off to a challenging start on Thursday within the extreme confines of Marina Bay.

And the two Singaporean sailors on board the Team Aberdeen Singapore yacht are raring to go.

Crew members Justin Wong and Scott Glen Sydney are competing in this event for the second straight year.

For 23-year old Sydney, the Extreme Sailing stint is timely for his 2016 Olympic campaign.

“The lessons I learn here and the people I sail against here can help in giving me experience and… better perspectives on sailing and racing. I can definitely bring that back to my own campaign and use that to help me improve,” he said.

The race organisers have brought forward the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series from April to February this year to ensure the wind conditions were just right for the competition.

Phil Lawrence, race director of Extreme Sailing Series, said: “We are here earlier in the season so we still got the monsoon winds. It has been very good. Last year, (the wind) was quite light… so we deliberately came here in February to catch the strong wind.”

Four-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie is among the sailors competing in Singapore this year to give the series a big boost.

The event is open to the public from February 21 and the action will continue over the weekend.

In 2013, some 15,000 spectators watched this event.

With a stellar cast of sailor competing this year and more on-shore activities to engage people of all ages, organisers are hoping more people will turn up this year.

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Sailing-Ainslie sets British course for America's Cup

By John O’Callaghan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sailing legend Ben Ainslie has his sights on a British victory at the next America’s Cup but is keeping his skills sharp and putting some new crew members to the test at the start of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore.

A four-time Olympic gold medalist and an America’s Cup winner last year with Oracle Team USA, Ainslie told Reuters on Thursday that the tight circuits of “stadium racing” present tough challenges for sailors of the high-speed catamarans.

“It’s about trying to get some space from the other boats, avoid collisions, deal with the wind because it’s very turbulent with all of the buildings,” he said before Friday’s opening of the three-day event on Singapore’s Marina Bay.

“The good thing is it makes the racing very interesting because there are a lot of ups and downs. You can be winning one minute and be last the next if you get stuck in a bad position. It’s great for the spectators and for us as sailors.”

Ainslie, skipper of the J.P. Morgan BAR boat, is perhaps the most famous sailor competing in Singapore. But the 12 teams taking part in the first of eight events on the Extreme Sailing Series global calendar include Dean Barker, Sarah Ayton, Anna Tunnicliffe and Igor Lisovenko. (

Now called Sir Ben after being knighted last year, Ainslie said he was already working on a British entry for the 35th America’s Cup to be held in San Francisco. The date and class of boat for the event have yet to be announced.

“I would just love to see a British team win it because it started in Britain in 1851,” he said.

“It’s the oldest trophy in international sport and the American team won it, took it back to America and we’ve never seen the trophy since. As Brits, we have a very proud maritime heritage, so it would be nice if we could put that straight.”

Ainslie said his team will not sign any corporate sponsors until the rules for the next America’s Cup come out – which he expects in March – but it had “a good group of investors now in place to help us start”.

“It’s a challenge, obviously, raising a significant amount of funds to compete against the likes of Larry Ellison (co-founder of Oracle Corp) and some of these other guys,” he said.

“There will be a series much like this series which will kick off in 2015 and 2016 and then the actual America’s Cup boat itself is a development, so there will be a lot of design work to build a specific boat for our team.”

The technology of sailing has “changed massively” in terms of the computer tools to help designers and the real-time data the sailors get about strains on the boat, its speed and the course to hone racing tactics, Ainslie said.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in sailing through the America’s Cup and the Olympics in the UK and other countries and that’s great for the sport. This exciting, fast racing is really inspiring the next generation,” he said. “In Asia we’re seeing a lot of that.”

Becoming Sir Ben was “obviously a huge honor” but Ainslie, who turned 37 this month, has not let it go to his head.

“Ultimately it doesn’t change anything,” he said. “My family and friends still treat me exactly the same and give me a hard time – quite rightly.”

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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Grand Rapids Boat Show opens to rising tide of consumer interest

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – If you want to party on a boat of your own this summer, this is the week to start planning that party, says Henri Boucher, producer of the 69th Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show.

The dealers who brought more than 300 vessels to the show this year are prepared to write deals, said Boucher. The show at the DeVos Place Convention Center kicked off Wednesday, Feb. 19 and continues through Sunday at 6 p.m.


Grand Rapids Boat Show

The 69th Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show will be held on the following days at DeVos Place Convention Center, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19 3:00pm – 9:30pm
• Thursday, Feb. 20 3:00pm – 9:30pm
• Friday, Feb. 21 11:00am – 9:30pm
• Saturday, Feb. 22 10:00am – 9:00pm
• Sunday, Feb. 23 11:00am – 6:00pm

Admission: $10 adults, $4 children aged 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.


“This is the public’s best opportunity to get the best deal,” said Boucher, whose show has attracted more than 30 dealers representing nearly 100 manufacturers. “If you’re looking for a pontoon boat, you can talk to this guy, and then you talk to this guy and you go back and forth.”

Boucher estimated the dealers at his show will start between 40 and 60 percent of their sales for the year at events like the Grand Rapids Boat Show, the largest and longest-running boat show in Michigan. “The economic impact of this show is $25 million,” he said.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the U.S. recreational boating industry is saw a 5 percent increase in power boat sales last year. The trade group is forecasting a sales increase of 5 percent to 7 percent in 2014.

Pontoon boats are among the hot items at this year’s show which features vessels ranging from 12 feet to 46 feet and include cruisers, runabouts, trawlers, catamarans, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, kayaks and one sailboat.

The show also features a display of antique wooden boats and hyrofoils, an alligator wrestling demonstration, a dive tank, boating trailers, docks and and accessories that ranging from life jackets and sports tubes to outboard motors.

Among the pontoon boats, the Harris FloteBote Crowne 250 is at the top of the food chain with a sticker price of $153,000. With two super-charged outboard motors, the 27-foot vessel can seat up to 16 person and roar across the water at 65 mph.

“This is the crème de la crème,” said Robert Dye, a salesman with Skipper Bud’s of Grand Haven, as he relaxed on the deck.

The show also features pontoon boats with a heartier party spirit. One has a complete bar with bolted-down stools and cupholders in the bar for rough seas, another has s second deck with a slide to launch party-goers into the drink.

The largest boat on the floor is a 46-foot Regal Sport Coupe, a sleek craft that features two staterooms, a king-sized bed, twin diesel engines and a convertible hardtop.

Thanks to an expanding economy, Boucher said the boat show has been able to expand the display area beyond the Exhibition Hall to the Steelcase Banquet Rooms and the River Overlook area.

While the convention is filled with boats, the show is likely to disappoint the sailor. This year’s show features only one sailboat tucked away in the northeastern corner of the exhibition hall.

Boucher said sailboat enthusiasts are a different breed whose product demands differ enough from power boaters to warrant a separate trade show. He recommends sailors attend shows in Chicago and other large cities.

Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at or follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.

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RWU to break ground on sailing center in May

Roger Williams University will break ground on its new sailing center this spring.

Roger Williams University will break ground on its new sailing center this spring.

With its new sailing center, Roger Williams University is hoping to make Bristol the sailing capital of the country.

University officials could have a shovel in the ground by the end of May, signaling the start of construction on a new 6,000-square-foot sailing center, should their application with the town proceed smoothly.

“The push to get this done as soon as possible is to benefit the people who are funding it,” said Peter Wilbur, Associate Vice President of University Relations.

Mr. Wilbur, along with university officials and project architects, met with the town’s planning department Tuesday for a technical review of the sailing center plans. The two-story building would offer ample storage space for the university’s sailing team’s boats on the first floor; and provide about 900 square-feet of room space on the second floor with an attached outdoor deck.

The 6,000 square-foot building features a deck overlooking the bay.

The 6,000 square-foot building features a deck overlooking the bay.

The deck would be outfitted with Adirondack chairs so visitors could take advantage of the topography, since the building will be constructed into the side of a hill, said Ashley Tully, Director of Capital Projects at the university.

Other features include mens and women’s bathrooms/locker rooms, an upstairs kitchen, and a drying closet for sailing gear.

With the building site located remotely from the university’s main campus, providing access for emergency personnel was a necessity.

“We have put in an access roadway and will install a fire hydrant,” said Ms. Tully. “We know that the town has struggled with emergency access to the waterfront, and this will help with that.”

Last May, after the university raised $1.7 million toward the project’s $3 million price tag during its 10th Annual Captain’s Cup Regatta, it announced its plans for the center.

Upon completion, the sailing center will be the hub for the university’s sailing team, a coed program started in the late 1970s that in recent years, under the leadership of Coach Amanda Callahan, has become a national powerhouse. The team has been ranked No. 1 nationally since May 2011.

Mr. Wilbur estimated that the sailing center could be up-and-running by Spring 2015.

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