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Lightspeed: Boat dealer same-store sales up 18.2% in November

Jonathan Sweet
December 9, 2014
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Same-store sales surged in November, increasing more than 18 percent from 2013 for marine dealers using Lightspeed by CDK Global Recreation, the company reported this week. It was the 10th straight month of same-store sales gains.

All components of sales were up for the month, but the increase was led by unit sales, which were up 15.4 percent from November 2013. That was a marked improvement from October, when unit sales were down a whopping 26.5 percent from October 2013. October had ended seven straight months of year-over-year unit sales gains.

Service revenue was up 7.1 percent for November compared to 2013, ahead of October’s 5.3 percent increase. Service revenue has been up for three straight months and seven of the last eight, according to CDK.

Parts revenue increased 5.9 percent from 2013, just slightly improving on October’s 5.8 percent gain. It was the eighth month in a row of parts revenue growth.

With the impressive year-over-year numbers for November, it’s worth noting that November 2013 appears to have been a particularly weak month, as ADP (now CDK) reported a 6.3 percent decline in same-store sales for the month compared to November 2012, with all categories down that month: unit sales down 13.3 percent, service revenue down 4 percent and parts down 4.9 percent.

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Video: Leeds sailor’s Pacific challenge

SAILOR Heather Thomas is hoping to follow in the wake of famous yachtswomen by taking on the world’s most treacherous seas.

The 18-year-old from Otley was bitten by the sailing bug on a family sailing holiday to Greece when she was seven.

She joined Otley Sailing Club, spending every spare hour and weekend on the club’s Weston Water, a flooded gravel pit, where she quickly mastered the basics of handling smaller craft.

But the A-level student at Otley’s Prince Henry’s Grammar School is taking her hobby to a new level with a tilt for a place aboard an ocean racing yacht.

She has reached a shortlist of two to take part in a 5,500-mile, month-long journey from China to the United States, crossing the world’s largest ocean as part of the Clipper Round the World race.

If she gets the place, it will be reward for the hard hours sailing off the coast of England, Scotland and Ireland.

In March she will travel to Clipper Race HQ in Gosport, Hampshire for a training assessment to determine who gets the place.

She is up against a 19-year-old man from London.

Yesterday she admitted that sailing solo around the world is her ultimate dream.

“It’s an expensive thing to do, but if I get the chance, I would want to do it – that’s my dream.”

In the meantime she is hoping to get her A-levels and then a job as a yacht’s bosun in charge of the equipment and engine.

Asked why she enjoys sailing, she said it was the “feeling of freedom” which came from being out on the water, often alone.

Her father, Matt, said his daughter had shown great skill on the water.

“Heather has taken to sailing like a duck to water. All she wants is to be around boats and wants to make a career out of it.”

He said: “The Pacific is a real adventure, with the worst of the weather that can be thrown at you. It’s about battling against the elements and I have no doubt that Heather is fully up to the job – I have no worries about her on that score. She has experience on large boats.”

The family’s love of sailing goes back 43 years when Mr Thomas’ father Eric built his own boat.

Heather had enjoyed her first sailing experience as her grandfather had his final trip, he said.

“He (his father) invited me and my family to sail on a yacht in Greece. There was a little trepidation as I thought my girls would hate it but everyone enjoyed it. My dad had had a stroke and wanted to experience sailing one last time.”

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Indian Naval Academy hosts Admiral's Cup Regatta-2014 in Kerala

Naval academies of friendly foreign countries across the world were invited to participate in the event.

The Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2013, saw participation from thirteen foreign naval academies, whilst this year the INA has already received confirmations from seventeen countries viz., Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Fiji, Germany, Mauritius, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, USA, United Kingdom, in addition to India.

The participating teams will be competing in nine races spread over three days with each country being represented by two boats. The coveted ‘Admiral’s Cup’ would be awarded to the best team winning the championship on the basis of their combined performance.

In addition, individual medals will also be awarded. The Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2013 was won by United Arab Emirates.

The teams will be provided two days for practice racing on December 9 and 10, followed by the opening ceremony for the event on the evening of December 10.

The racing days from December 11 onwards will be followed with a closing ceremony on December 13.

China, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and USA are participating in the event for the first time. (ANI)

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