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SAILING: Great Scott seals early Finn Europeans victory

SAILING: Great Scott seals early Finn Europeans victory

UNBEATEN: Giles Scott

Finn sailing star Giles Scott believes there’s more to come after clinching European Championship gold with a day to spare at the Finn Europeans in La Rochelle today.

The 26-year-old maintained his unbeaten regatta run since ret-urning to full-time Olympic Classes sailing in September, dominating these Champion-ships with six race wins from his 10 races so far to claim his second European title.

Portland-based Scott will still have to sail in tomorrow’s 10-boat medal race, but takes an unassailable 34-point lead into the finale.

“The Europeans is a major event and I’m most happy about this from all the events I’ve won since I’ve come back,” Scott confessed.

“Last time I sailed in the Europeans was in 2011 when I won it, so it’s nice to come back and still be able to do it in the big fleets and at the big events.”

Today’s penultimate day of the regatta proved Scott’s most testing one results-wise, posting a 15th and an eighth from the two races in shifty conditions. But it was enough to fend off the challenge from Slovenia’s defending European champion Vasilij Zbogar – and claim his second European title after victory in 2011.

“I think I’ve had the right sort of approach to the big fleets,” said Scott of the racing challenges in La Rochelle this week.

“It’s actually a bit of a change racing with 100 boats as oppose to the 40-boat fleet that you might normally race at World Cup event.

“The starting, especially earlier in the week, was a bit sketchy because we had tide underneath a slight wind and lots of OCSs.

“Surviving the starts was crucial but I managed to be conservative and had good all-round speed and that was it really.”

Scott, who also won the World Championship in 2011, brushed off talk of being a marked man after his five-regatta, seventh-month winning streak, and said he was just focused on improving his own game.

He said: “I don’t try and think about that – whether that’s the case or not I don’t know. I’m just happy with the way I’m sailing at the moment.”

Scott’s victory came on the first anniversary of British Olympian Andrew Simpson’s passing, and he admitted that his friend was in his thoughts today.

“The sailors and officials all gathered at 9am this morning and jury chairman John Doerr said some very nice, emotional words and we had a minute’s silence.

“It was a fitting way to remember Bart. He was a bit of a counsellor to me – he’d offer his advice and I’d always take it on board. As everyone knows he was seen as a pretty wise man.”

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Rec Boat Holdings sees increase in US sales

By Antonio Coleman

CADILLAC — Increasing U.S. sales for Rec Boat Holdings are giving the company a positive outlook for the months ahead.

Roch Lambert, president of Rec Boat Holdings, said plans for the company this year were based on a slight increase in sales over last year. Although the company would not disclose specific sales figures, Lambert said U.S. retail numbers were up in the low double digits over last year.

“We are actually ahead slightly in the United States. Canada is down slightly and our overseas business is up from last year,” Lambert said. “The stern-drive business overall is still declining, though at a reduced rate, and we took that into consideration when projecting our sales for this year.”

He cites the harsh winter as a reason some markets are down. Also, he said, a weakening Canadian dollar has contributed to some soft sales in the region.

Entering the jet boat market segment, he said, has allowed the company to increase overall production volume and employment and to develop a new network of dealers.

Last year, the company presented its lineup of new, 2014 model-year products at its North American Leadership Conference and International Conference. Together, Glastron and Four Winns, two of Rec Boat Holding’s brands, introduced eight new boats to about 26 dealers in about 26 different countries. The Glastron GT 245 and the Four Winns Horizon 290 were two brands many dealers at the conference were excited to see.

“We revamped our lines, and dealers have benefited from the refreshed line of boats for each brand,” Lambert said. “We are still building the brand and creating awareness in the marketplace, which contributes to our sales growth for jets.”

Lambert said the 23′-28/29′ range of boats appears to be the “sweet spot” in terms of retail sales. Lambert also said that outboard powered fishing boat sales are up and the Wellcraft brand has been doing well in the first quarter.

Because Scarab is new this year, he said the company has no data to compare with current sales figures. However, Rec Boat Holdings was recently recognized by Boating Industry Magazine for the new Scarab line of jet boats. The boats are among the marine industry’s Top Products for 2014.

The boating industry itself has been a significant contributor to economic growth throughout the state.

The total annual economic impact of recreational boating statewide is $7.43 billion, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The number of recreational boats, recreational boating industry businesses and total jobs equate to annual recreational boating-related spending of $3.2 billion, according to the NMMA.

Mike Anderson, director of the American Boating Association, said boating sales tend to reflect economic conditions.

“It seems like people who love to boat are coming back around,” Anderson said.

Lambert said an improving economy has supported consumer confidence but added that RBH must continue to encourage sales through the development of new products. In January, the company announced two additional jet boat models for the Glastron and Scarab brands.

He said although market demand and economic factors influence progress, RBH will continue to be flexible in its operation.

“Consumers are still very cautious to spend on a luxury item such as a boat,” Lambert said. “It is up to us as manufacturers to create the excitement with new products and competitive programs for our dealers to boost sales.”

Why this story is important:

Increasing sales figures for Rec Boat Holdings could mean more manufacturing and more employment opportunities for residents. 


What you need to know: 

U.S. sales figures are in the low double digits over last year for Rec Boat Holdings. Overseas business is also up from last year. Canada sales are slightly down. 

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Exotic cars and boats draw a crowd

Featuring a dozen of the most beautiful exotic cars and boats ever created, the Wheels Keels car and boat show at the Moorings offered a little bit of everything for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

Focusing on classic Cadillac and Porsche models, the 2014 edition of this event benefitted the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County.

“The Youth Sailing Foundation offers a place where kids learn to be self-confident and improve their decision-making skills as they learn to sail,” said Wheels Keels event co-chairman, George O’Malley.

The event featured 75 classic and exotic cars, as well as 15 antique boats and eight classic motorbikes.

Prime among the exhibits was a 1966 Corvette owned by Earl and JoAnn Tindol of Vero Beach.

The yellow Corvette convertible recently won the prestigious “Best in Show” award from the Antique Auto Club of America.

However, it wasn’t the only special vehicle on the Moorings fairway.

Also on display were Ferraris, Jaguars, Carroll Shelby-designed Fords, a Viper, a Tesla and lots of restored American steel – including some amazing old trucks.

One of the many sponsors of Wheels Keels was Hemmings Motor News, so it was exciting for both exhibitors and the visitors at the show to have the magazine’s editor-inchief, Richard Lentinello, on hand to judge the cars.

“The support we received from this event exceeded our wildest dreams,” said the sailing foundation’s director, Charles Pope.

“There were 180 people at the Friday night banquet at The Moorings. The people there and at the event itself were extremely generous. It was just a tremendous shot in the arm for our local kids.” Pope said the money generated from the Wheels Keels event would allow the foun­dation to expand and cover insurance costs, as well as pay for maintenance expenses on the boats and docks.

“We currently have a total of 30 Optimist sailboats,” said Pope. “Twenty of them were donated for children who can’t afford their own boat. Through the generous donations from this event, we can now purchase more boat kits.” The eight-foot wooden Optimist sailboats are assembled by parents and children, under the supervision of trained YSF volunteers.

The kits cost $1700. Larger, two-person Club 420 sailboats are available for the older, more experienced sailors.

On the water

From the tiny Optimist sail dinghy, to custom-crafted cruisers and sailboats, there was an impressive array of maritime vessels to be admired at Wheels Keels.

However, two boats that really stood out were the 14-foot Glasspar G3 ski boats owned by Rader Jenkins of Palm Bay.

His bright yellow 1960, (which won Best in Class: Classic Boat), and a red 1965 model were restored in 2002 and 2006, respectively, by Jenkins. He claims to own eight G3 models.

Originally manufactured as ski boats, the Glasspar G3s have become increasingly popular as racing boats, due to their relatively light weight and minimal draft; the boats are extremely fast and maneuverable.

The winners

The Tindols’ yellow ’66 Corvette won yet another award, picking up the Best in Class American Sports Car prize.

The couple also won the Outstanding American Sports Car award with their 1966 Shelby GT350.

The Cadillac Marque Winner was a ’53 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, owned by Bill and Patti Spurling of Port St. Lucie.

Sebastian-based owner Robert Giambanco earned the Porsche Marque Winner award for his 2011 Porsche GT3RS.

William Edlestein was the big winner in the motorcycle category, taking home the top trophy for Best in Class Post-1980 for his 2010 Boss Hoss.

John Carpenter won Best in Class Motorboat for his ‘69 SeaCraft Model 20.

Francisco San Miguel won Best in Class Sailboat for his ‘79 Drascombe Longboat.

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Sailing: Triumph for Tarrant in Peter Almack Trophy

Sailing: Triumph for Tarrant in Peter Almack Trophy

By Andy Mitchell

Sailing: Triumph for Tarrant in Peter Almack Trophy

DEFENDING champion Gary Langdown may have crossed the line first but finished outside the top three in Sunday’s Peter Almack Trophy at Highcliffe Sailing Club.

The event brought out the club’s big guns who were faced with a flat, calm sea with a wind between seven and 10 knots providing a challenge for the competitors.

In the first race, Langdown (Contender) and Alan Tarrant (Laser) quickly split from the main pack, both tacking wide and reaching the first mark in just two moves.

Their rivals chose a shorter course and with all 12 boats spread across the horizon, it was difficult to distinguish who was leading until they rounded the first mark.

Langdown crossed the line well ahead of Tarrant with Carl Bray and Simon Topping (Fireball) making some good tactical decisions to take third.

Race two saw Langdown and Tarrant lead from the off once more, while Bray and Topping chased third across the line but were shadowed closely by David Burrows (Laser), whose stellar racing this season has introduced fresh competition among the leading lights.

Langdown looked impressive and finished first but a determined Tarrant emerged just two minutes later and took first place in the corrected results to lift the trophy.

Pete Bell (Europe) and Burrows were among those opting for the short approach to the first mark and this tactic paid off as they overtook Langdown in the final results.

Corrected results: 1 Alan Tarrant, 2 Pete Bell, 3 David Burrows.

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Langdown (Contender) flew round with a strong wind in his sails and appeared to round the first mark before some had cleared the start.

Josh McCormick (Laser Radial) and Steve Waite (Solo) were in competition throughout race one before Langdown again swept off the start line to take the second.

Having completed just two out of eight races, however, Langdown failed to trouble the top three as Steve Waite took the overall honours.

Corrected results: 1 Steve Waite, 2 Josh McCormick, 3 Peter Emerson.

  • Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s Thursday night racing season kicked off in style as 70 boats turned out for last week’s curtain raiser.

Mark Broadway’s Fidelitas led around the mark in the Class One fleet while William Newton’s Jelly Baby was hit with a penalty for touching Mike Saqui’s Edith at the congested turn. Robin Taunt’s decision to head off shore in Jibe almost paid dividends but finished second to Fidelitas.

Christian Sutherland’s Reach Around deservedly took the honours in Class Two ahead of Nick Kirkman’s Jane and Rory Fitzwilliams’s ¾ tonner Simplicity.

  • Some glorious Bank Holiday weather held out for Royal Lymington’s Monday Evening Dinghy race with force three-four winds across the high ebb tide.

The RS400s, led by Rob and Jan Martin, made the most of the light winds to stay ahead of the trapeze boats on the beat to the river mouth.

Close behind, despite their slower rating, were the D-Ones of Nick Simmons and Dave Gorringe.

Out in the Solent the advantage shifted to the faster RS700s and RS800s before the D-Ones capitalised on their early lead to finish a minute ahead in the corrected times.

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Galati Yacht Sales signs deal with My-Villages

Posted on May 8th, 2014

Galati Yacht Sales, a yacht brokerage and dealership with nine locations worldwide, joined The Boat Village’s regional collaborative in southeast Florida, uniting with other marine businesses there to promote online service coordination and boat management.

Galati, which has more than 450 boats in brokerage and specializes in the Viking, Princess, Tiara, Cruisers, Grand Banks, Maritimo, Rampage and Prestige brands, will use The Boat Village Premium Service, a consumer platform that simplifies communication and collaboration to make it easier for owners to coordinate service and maintain their vessels, The Boat Village said.

Galati will provide customers with a digital profile of their vessel and its relevant information, including digitized operating manuals and a custom maintenance plan based on manufacturer recommendations for the equipment onboard.

Galati is already using the My-Villages DockMaster suite of marine software and will install The Boat Village on a new Tiara 5800 Sovran, Team Galati Viking 82 Convertible and a used Viking 66 Convertible.

Galati also is working with My-Villages to designate a boat, loaded with The Boat Village, to participate in the Gulf Coast regional fishing tournament circuit this summer.

“Galati Yacht Sales is one of the great names in boating, and we are thrilled to have them onboard,” My-Village founder and CEO Kevin Hutchinson said in a statement.

“Putting the customer first goes beyond just sales — it has to extend to service,” said Darren Plymale, vice president of Galati Yacht Sales. “The Boat Village allows us to use technology to make that process easier for owners, and that’s always our goal.”

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Disabled vets learn to sail


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — There are a few more sailboats in the Charleston Harbor the past few days. It’s part of a series of sailing lessons for disabled veterans put on by College of Charleston Sailing and Hope for the Warriors.

On Thursday, the crews of the boats couldn’t have asked for a better day to sail. There was just the right amount of wind and ample sunshine; a perfect opportunity for some veterans to get out on the water.

“Some of these guys are housebound so to get them out doing something they have never done before that is certainly a plus,” said Don Gray, a volunteer with Hope for the Warriors. “Some of these guys have got primary caretakers that are their family, so that gives the family a little break, but it introduces them to something new.”

Charles Kennedy admits he is a city boy, but he still really enjoyed it. He ‘s also a veteran who served from 1995 to 2013.

“Doing traditional all the old world sea dog type of stuff, all the lines and lingo — this is pretty fun, pretty fun,” said Kennedy.

His favorite part though was the race.

“Being veterans, being military, we are really competitive when it comes to stuff, so piddling with little side bets on who will buy who a case of beer here and there — it was real fun,” said Kennedy.

But these sailing clinics are also about camaraderie.

“For some of us Iraq and Afghan veterans, it’s really important for us to stick together and talk about what we went through and swap war stories and help us get through,”said Kennedy.

And for Gray, sailing is a passion which is why he takes part in these events.

“Sailing kind of bought me out of my funk from Vietnam. It means a lot to me and I’m just trying to pass it on,” said Gray.

And for some like Kennedy, sailing may just stick.

“I told Mr. Raymond you are going to see me again. I just got to talk to the wife about getting the money for it though, but you know how that goes,” said Kennedy.

But either way, it was a success for these veterans who given so much for our country.

CofC was responsible for the sailing events, while Hope for the Warriors provided some of the financial support for flights, hotels and meals.

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