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Noppakao wins sailing gold for Thailand

The Incheon Games saw Thai sailors win five medals including one gold and one silver.Thai windsurfers also took one silver three bronze medals.

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Thousands of sailors take to the water for Bart's Bash

THOUSANDS of sailors around the world took to the water for Bart’s Bash.

More than two hundred sailors at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) took part in the charity race, which was organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

One hundred and sixty boats sailed from the academy in Portland in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically died in a sailing accident while training for the America’s Cup in California in May last year.

The event is hoping to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest ever sailing race, which currently stands at a total participation of 2,500 boats.

Iain Percy, who was Andrew Simpson’s Olympic sailing partner and close friend, co-founded the foundation and said the response for Bart’s Bash was ‘overwhelming’.

He said: “The response we’ve had worldwide is overwhelming. None of us imagined it would be this big, it’s just grown and grown.”

“Those who knew Bart as well as we did know why that is the case, he was loved by so many people around the world. He was always so kind and generous.

“He just had hundreds and thousands of friends and they’ve all come together. It’s unbelievable. I don’t think it’s happened ever in any other sport, it’s very, very special.”

Percy competed in the race alongside Bart’s four-year-old son Freddie Simpson.

More than 18,000 sailors took part in the race worldwide, raising more than £155,000 for the foundation.

Also racing at the WPNSA was fellow Olympic medallist Paul Goodison.

He said: “The biggest thing that strikes home for me is that it’s not just a UK thing, Bart was obviously a massive figure in UK sailing because of his Olympic achievements, but just the amount of friends he had worldwide.

“I remember when it was first thought up, and we were trying to think of how it would be done and the logistics of it all, and how we would get as many people involved as we can, and I never really thought it would be as big as it is.”

Event manager of Bart’s Bash, Tim Anderton, said the event will be happening again.

He said: “We’re really keen to do Bart’s Bash again. The race offers a chance to getting new people into sailing, making the sport more vibrant, and introducing the sport we love to more people who don’t always get the opportunity.

“Bart was all about the kids, all about getting them into the sport and keeping them in it as well and giving them a lifetime opportunity as well. He inspired a lot of people in our country but also in the international community. It’s been a real privilege to be involved with.”

Tim said the money raised from Bart’s Bash will help to inspire and support young sailors, aged five to 24, nationwide.

“The foundation is a national organisation so we’re going to team up with national organisations and governing bodies to make the greatest impact that we can.” He said.

“We want to offer kids sustainable pathways to go forwards into sailing. If they want to race, become instructors or get into the industry of building boats we want to be able to support them in doing that.”

The foundation has set the date for Bart’s Bash 2, which will be taking place on Sunday, Sepetember 20, 2015.

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Club warms up for Tasar competition

Club warms up for Tasar competition

Busselton’s sailing community is gearing up for the World Tasar Championships with a warm-up event this weekend.

Club commodore Ken Waller said the competition on Sunday would be a practise run for the championships in January.

“We’ve got boats coming from all over the world for the real thing, so we need to have a dry run to get everyone up to speed,” he said.

“There’s going to be competitors, officials, judges, umpires — it’s a massive thing, so we need to make sure we’re ready.”

Mr Waller said volunteers needed to be trained in powerboat use to provide support and this alone was a major undertaking.

He said about 70 per cent of volunteers would be locals and the rest would be made up of Perth sailing enthusiasts.

The yacht club was looking forward to hosting the major event and everybody hoped it would be a success for the Busselton and Dunsborough community, Mr Waller said.

“The idea on Sunday is for all the locals to fall into line, but also for the competitors to get an idea of what to expect in January, ” he said.

“We’ve got a lot from Perth who are coming down to get used to the local conditions, so theoretically they will have an advantage over those who come from oversees.

“Then again, you never know what’s going to happen in sailing, so we’ll have to see how it works out.”

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Boating Notebook – Florida Times

Mercury Marine recognizes
Monterey’s 30th anniversary

Monterey Boats recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at the 2015 Model Year Dealer Conference at the Boca Raton Resort Spa in Boca Raton.

A high note of the event was the surprise presentation of an award by Kevin Grodzki, president of Mercury Marine Sales, Marketing Commercial Operations, to Charles and Jeff Marshall, co-chairs of Monterey Boats, commemorating Monterey’s 30th year in business and partnership with Mercury Marine.

“We are incredibly humbled and honored to have had such partners as Mercury Marine,” Marshall said. “Monterey Boats is very lucky to have such amazing vendors, staff and dealer partner networks that work so hard to make Monterey Boats the success that it is. They each invest so much to help make our brand what it is, and to help Monterey Boats remain the leader in the recreational marine industry.”

In 30 years, Monterey Boats has endured and overcome many challenges and changes. With the support of its partners, dealers and staff, Monterey Boats has achieved a reputation of being one of the best boat builders in the industry.

“We are deeply honored and want to give big thanks to our staff, vendor partners and representing dealers,” said a company spokeswoman in a press release. “As a result of their hard work and dedication to the brand, Monterey Boats is poised for great success in the years to come. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our customers and owners for the loyalty and trust they’ve shown us for the past 30 years.”

Monterey Boats, a leading independent boat manufacturer based in Williston, has specialized in building premier quality sport boats, super sports, cruisers and sport yachts.

Monterey’s current line features 26 models, ranging from 18 feet to 41 feet, including new outboard models.

Monterey has a growing worldwide dealer/partner network, a dedicated staff of more than 500 skilled boat builders, and is an industry leader in designing and building superior stern-drive pleasure boats.

North Florida Yacht Sales on San Jose Boulevard is one of only three authorized Monterey dealerships in Florida.

In 30 years, Monterey has produced more than 35,000 boats and generated more than $1 billion in sales.

For more information on Monterey Boats, visit

IBEX to showcase industry innovations

Thousands of new products, advanced processes, and impressive innovations will be offered at the 2014 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place Tuesday through Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center.

This year will bring together marine industry professionals to view the latest innovations and technology from over 550 exhibiting companies.

“With almost 90 nominees, a 43-percent increase, for this year’s Innovation Awards and a significant number of our exhibitors showcasing new products, technologies, and services, IBEX will set the stage for innovation in the marine industry,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director.

“Seven out of 10 attending companies base their purchasing decisions on what they see at IBEX, and there will be no shortage of new products and services for them to choose from.”

Drive editor Joe DeSalvo compiled this report.

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Sailing: Charity wins in Bart's Bash fundraiser

MUCH-MISSED: Andrew Simpson

First published

in Sport

by Andy Mitchell

New Makaira Yacht unveiled in Atlantic City

The new Makaira 64 from Makaira Yachts is making its official debut at the Annual Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show now underway at the Farley State Marina adjacent to the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.

Makaira Yachts was conceived and developed by Ocean Yachts to create a high performance, semi-custom line of yachts. The Leek Family, who founded the Ocean Yachts line, has been building boats in southern New Jersey since 1721.

“From the beginning, our goal was to push the limits of design and technologies for this new brand beyond what other builders were offering,” said John Leek IV, president of Makaira Yachts.

Drew Santoro, manager of South Jersey Yacht Sales in Point Pleasant, which is displaying the new Makaira, said the 64-foot boat will be “the queen of the fleet” at the Atlantic City Show.

“It’s a gorgeous boat, fast and sleek with four staterooms,” Santoro said. The boat is currently the only one in existence and Makaira will build future boats to a customer’s specifications.

“The Makaira line has been built for big open water,” said Steve French of Applied Concepts Unleashed, who developed the designs for the boat.

The Makaira 64 has a beam of 18 feet, 9 inches and an overall length of 64 feet, 3 inches. The boat is powered by twin Caterpillar C32A 1925 mhp engines with a fuel capacity of 1,800 gallons.

The name Makaira was taken from the genus name for marlin since the builders believe the boat moves through the water as gracefully as its namesake.

Santoro said South Jersey Yacht sales will also be displaying a 2014 Viking 52 Convertible, a 2015 34-foot Jupiter with triple 300 Yamaha outboards and a 30-foot Jupiter and a 32-foot Yellowfin, both with a pair of 300 Yamaha outboards.

South Jersey will also have a Viking 42 SC on display. Santoro said the boat cruises and fishes equally well and offers a glass enclosure providing both heating and air condtioning.

Santoro said the Atlantic City show is good for South Jersey in that it is a local show, yet still attracts people from all parts of the country. “It’s an outdoor show, so it’s all about the weather, which looks very good for the weekend,” he said.

He’ll also be bringing information on South Jersey’s line of trade ins and brokerage boats. “For people looking for pre-owned boats, we have plenty of them,” Santoro said. “We represent a great cross section of boats and we encourage people to ask us about our inventory.”

Other local dealers displaying boats at the show will be Coastal Boat Sales in Brick and Schrader Yacht Sales from Point Pleasant.

Paul Zamoyta of Coastal Boat Sales, is bringing his complete line of Tidwater Boats to the show.

“Historically, the Atlantic City Show has always been very good for us,” Zamoyta said, and he expects that trend to continue. He said he’s seeing a lot of pent-up demand breaking through.

In addition, manufacturers, especially Tidewater, have been really good to their dealer network this year, he said, and they are offering a variety of incentives, including year-end deals and rebates. Plus, Zamoyta said, he stocked up on inventory early and he’s offering 2015 models at 2014 prices.

One of the models, Zamoyta is really excited about is the new Tidewater 220 CC.

“It’s a great boat at a great price and it drew a lot of interest and buyers at the Jersey Boat Sale Expo in Lakewood,” he said. One great thing about the 220 CC, he added, is that it offers the identical wide beam as the longer 230 CC, giving it the same smooth ride.

Winter storage is also included with the purchase of a new boat at Coastal’s new facility at Lightning Jack’s Marina, just a few minutes from its current location.

Among the boats Schrader Yachts will be displaying is a 2014 28-foot Chris Craft Launch with twin Mercruiser water cooled engines. Also on display will be the Parker 2120 and 2820 and the Carolina Cat 23 Dual Console and the 255 and 295 World Cat Dual Consoles.

The Atlantic City show runs today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children under 12.

Jerry Flaxman, one of the show’s co-producers, says there are more than 150 exhibitors at the show displaying more than 400 boats on land and in the water. The boats range in size from 75-foot yachts to 18-foot runabouts and everything in between.

Shoppers can browse among sport cruisers, express yachts, sport fishing yachts, walk-arounds, cuddies, bow riders, center consoles and more.

The show will also feature a Marine Accessory Mart with more than 80 booths featuring marine electronics, fishing equipment and supplies, lifts, towers, repair facilities, training, boat financing and insurance as well as a wide variety of nautical supplies, accessories and clothing.

Now in its 25th year at the Farley State Marina, the show offers all the fun and excitement Atlantic City has to offer. For more information, visit

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Dock design blocks disabled sailors

The design of the Jericho Beach Park dock prevents members of the Disabled Sailing Association of BC from using the water for several hundred hours every summer.


Under the current system, boats are launched one at a time from a dolly and winch — a time-consuming and inefficient system that isn’t operational during low tide.

“Unfortunately (low tide) often happens in the late morning, early afternoon, which is our busiest time of the day,” said David Ostro, DSA funds development manager.

And because the dock isn’t wheelchair accessible, members of the program must be lifted into boats via a hoist.

The association is looking to boost program capacity by 50% through development of an accessible floating dock.

The issue will come before the Vancouver Park Board Monday, where members will decide whether to enter into an agreement with the association on costing and design.

When the association was founded, it was the first of its kind in Canada — 25 years later, it remains the only club without an accessible dock, said Ostro.

The association’s proposal would be accessible for people in wheelchairs and allow for its eight boats to be launched at once, adding an estimated 400 to 500 sails each season.

As redevelopment of the Jericho Beach Pier is under consideration, DSA saw an opportunity for the development of a new facility.

The Park Board will review a staff report on the issue Monday, which recommends it enter into a memorandum of understanding with the DSA.

A basic redevelopment of the pier is estimated at $2 million, while an accessible facility would likely be closer to $4 million, said board chair Aaron Jasper. The agreement would allow the board to work with the DSA to conduct more detailed costing, design and a public consultation process — and potentially access a municipal fund for “emerging priorities.”


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Grady-White Boat Dealer Expands Advertising Program at Southwest Florida …

(PRLEAP.COM) FORT MYERS, FL (Sept.25, 2014) Fish Tale Sales Service is proud to announce the addition of a second boat on display at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). The Robalo 226 Cayman Bay Boat is now on display in addition to the Grady-White 251 Coastal Explorer Bay Boat. These two new offerings for both manufacturers are already proving to be wildly popular among Southwest Florida boaters.

Sue Phelan, manager of business development services for the Lee County Port Authority, had this to say, “The boat displays have become an eye-catching attraction at the airport. They grab everyone’s attention and it’s exciting to watch people interact and gather around as they use them as a back drop for their photos.”

The Grady-White is on display in the Ticketing Lobby on the upper level near Door #2 and the Robalo is located near Baggage Claim 3 on the lower level. They will be on display for several months.

Fish Tale Sales Service is a premium boat dealership located on Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and serves Fort Myers and surrounding areas. Fish Tale represents Grady-White Boats, Chaparral Boats, Robalo Boats and Yamaha Outboards.

Grady-White Boats are designed and built in America by master craftsman. Headquartered in Greenville, N.C., Grady-White manufactures outboard-powered fishing and pleasure boats from 18 to 37 feet long.

Robalo Boats are also designed and built in the United States. Located in Nashville, Georgia, Robalo Boats employs nearly 500 people and was founded in 1968. They offer models from 18 to 30 feet in various categories of pleasure cruising and saltwater fiberglass fishing boats.

For more information about the boats on display, contact Ray Jahn, general manager for Fish Tale Sales Service 7225 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931, 239-463-4448,, or visit their website at

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Afloat: Bart's Bash bonanza

HUNDREDS of sailors of all levels flocked to the waters of Weymouth and Portland to compete in part of the largest sailing race in the world, Bart’s Bash.

The event, held in memory of the late Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically died in a sailing accident while training for the America’s Cup in California in May last year, was very inspiring for everyone involved.

On the Saturday evening prior to the race, members of all the yacht clubs of Weymouth and guests from Poole Yacht Racing Association (PYRA) gathered at Weymouth Sailing Club for a final fundraising event.

In addition to a hog roast, raffle and conker competition, everyone was delighted to be joined by Olympic sailors Iain Percy and Paul Goodison.

In addition to giving a brief overview, Percy shared his feelings on sailing the Star boat which he had not sailed since the last time with Simpson and which he was due to sail the following day with Andrew’s young son Freddie.

They then spent some time talking to members, passing round their medals, signing T-shirts and starting off the conker competition.

Percy and Goodison were presented with a cheque for £1,000, which was raised at the Weymouth Keelboat Regatta.

On the Sunday, Weymouth Sailing Club, with a group of yachts from PYRA, yielded a turnout of more than 60 boats.

The day brought with it exciting and challenging conditions with big waves.

While the racing at the Wey-mouth Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) was postponed to await some abatement in the wind, Weymouth started at 10.50am as planned.

This did result in some of the dinghies retiring before the start due to the conditions.

During the race there was a record number of breakages among the dinghies as well as some spectacular capsizes.

In the fast keelboat fleet, Rich-ard Woof and crew onboard JO 90 showed their dominance by winning the race in front of Bill Barker on Flair II in second place and Rocket in third.

For the smaller yachts in-volved in the race, the slow keelboat fleet saw some close competition.

Paul Barford on Sole Bay won the race by only 25 seconds, just ahead of Jamie Lawrence on Circe in second and Steve Ives on C-Seven in third.

The Squib fleet was won by Peter Jackson on Aldebaran with Simon and Jill Vines on Quan-tum in second and Gareth Evans on Cold Fusion in third.

Meanwhile, in the dinghy fleet, there was much confusion as to when the start of the race was.

Mike and Penny Fenwick sailing a Merlin Rocket showed their skills as they won the race.

Terry Curtis and Nick Framp-ton sailing a Hornet took second place and Mark and Rima Bugler, also sailing a Merlin Rocket finished in third place.

More than 14 boats had hoped to finish the dinghy race however, with the tough conditions, only nine were able to complete.

Among the fleet were a number of younger members.

In the dinghies, only three young helms completed the race.

These included Sam Mottershead, 17, sailing an RS Feva with Ellie Curtis, Alexandra Stevenson, 14, in her Laser Radial Kiwi and Sarah Shelley, 16, on her Laser 4.7.

The view of the racing from the Nothe was magnificent with the very large yachts from Poole in full sail, the tiny dinghies speeding across the waves and TS Pelican in the background.

Cannons were fired to signal the end of the race for each fleet.

Overall, Weymouth Sailing Club hosted a very well organised event and everyone taking part had a thoroughly good time.

The race officials, independent observers and the safety boat crews all did an excellent and professional job in difficult conditions.

At the prize-giving held at the WPNSA, the Weymouth winners were presented with their prizes.

Michelle Pascoe is also to be congratulated for organising a very successful fundraising event, which yielded in excess of £1,400.

Due to such a great success, the event will run again next year on September 20, 2015.

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