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Coronadan Honored For Yacht Sales

Ian Van Tuyl

Ian Van Tuyl

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:15 am

Coronadan Honored For Yacht Sales


Coronado resident Ian Van Tuyl was given a top award for boat sales at the United States Sailboat show in Annapolis, MD. Van Tuyl was awarded “Outstanding Individual Sales for 2014” by Jeanneau America, the global leader in production sailing yachts. Van Tuyl was recognized for sales excellence in his current role of salesman and VP of marketing for Cruising Yachts, Inc, located in Harbor Island in San Diego.

So far this year, Van Tuyl has sold more than $3.8 million in new boats and $2.1 million in brokerage yachts. He has sold boats as far away as the south of France, the Caribbean and Singapore, in addition to sales up and down the California coast. He specializes in the Jeanneau line of boats, but also represents Leopard Catamarans, and many other brands of new and pre-owned sail and powerboats.

“I am so thankful for the loyalty and trust of my clients to help me get to this stage in my career,” said Van Tuyl. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the year will bring.”

Van Tuyl has 14 years experience in the yacht industry and currently works for Cruising Yachts Inc, the largest yacht dealership on the West Coast. He consistently wins awards for his sales production and customer service.

Previously, Van Tuyl worked as project manager for Nautical Enterprises, where he commissioned more than 150 yachts, including Jeanneau, Hunter, Beneteau, Catalina, Saber, Tartan, CC, Navigator, Fairline, Silverton and more, personally installing custom add-ons, electronics, generators, and water makers. His keen eye for detail, strict work ethic and energetic approach quickly won him the praise and respect of clients and yacht professionals alike.

Van Tuyl lives with his wife, Christine, and daughters Marley, 6, and Holland, 3, on First Street in Coronado. They are members of Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma, and are in the process of joining the Coronado Yacht Club.

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NYC sailing school could lose lease

Mr. Fortenbaugh has drummed up support among his sailing school and yachting club members, who rallied at Battery Park City on his behalf on Monday.

It is not clear whether anyone besides Brookfield and Mr. Fortenbaugh’s group has submitted an offer, since the bids have not been made public.

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The authority’s request for proposals recognizes the appeal of Mr. Fortenbaugh’s sailing school by requiring the winning bidder to provide a “reasonably” priced sailing school of comparable size, though it does not define reasonable. A promise of community-based programming, including opportunities for children and teenagers “at every income level,” is worth 15 percent of the score to win the contract.

The authority also suggested some improvements that an operator more deep-pocketed than Mr. Fortenbaugh might have an easier time carrying out, like a wave-attenuation system that would protect boats from rocking.

“The North Cove Marina is a public asset and the Battery Park City Authority operates it for the benefit of the community and all New Yorkers,” the authority said in a statement. “A competitive bid process was required to select the marina’s licensee through 2025, and included commitments to ensure enhanced public access to the waterfront and the continuation and improvement of existing marina programs, including a sailing school.”

Mr. Fortenbaugh says he believes that Brookfield and its partner, Island Global, are better positioned to win the contract because of their financial and political clout. Both Brookfield and Island Global’s chairman, Andrew Farkas, have been generous donors to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who appointed four of the five Battery Park City Authority members, and Mr. Cuomo once worked for Island Capital Group, also run by Mr. Farkas.

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The governor’s office said on Monday that it had been told that the authority was going to seek new bids for the marina, as is standard when a license expires. The office said it was not aware of any details of the bidding until The New York Times asked about it.

“The authority ran a comprehensive procurement process based solely on the merit of the applications and with zero input from the governor’s office,” it said in a statement.

A spokesman for Island Global declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Brookfield, Melissa Coley, confirmed that the real estate company was bidding for the marina, but would not provide further details about the bid.

The authority’s request notes that Lower Manhattan is a fairly affluent area, serving 310,000 office workers with an average annual salary of $117,000 and 61,000 residents with average household income of $204,000. But Mr. Fortenbaugh said that in the end, the marina had its limitations. “We know that it’s a parking lot for boats,” Mr. Fortenbaugh said. “It’s a seasonal business. Somebody could come in and offer these pie-in-the-sky things that don’t reflect reality.”

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Sailing school may lose space

A popular sailing school and yacht club in Battery Park City is on the verge of losing its longtime home in lower Manhattan. The Manhattan Yacht Club’s contract to operate at the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City expires Dec. 31 and the owner was told that he can keep his boats there for 60 days more indicating that his contract may not be renewed, according to The New York Times.

Developer Brookfield Property Partners, which owns the five-building complex around the marina, is also bidding on the contract for the space at the marina for Island Global Yachting. The Battery Park Authority, the agency that controls the land in the waterfront neighborhood and receives rent payments for the marina, will vote the matter in January.

It’s unclear if other bidders are interested in the marina.

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Yamaha to expand Vonore boat plant, add 150 jobs

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Read profile of Yamaha Marine President Ben Speciale in November Edge magazine. Speciale is a Rhea County native who now heads Yamaha Marine Group.

America’s biggest manufacturer of midsize sports boats is riding the rising economic tide with plans for a $17.7 million expansion of its boat production plant in Vonore, Tenn.

Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA announced Monday it will buy a building adjacent to its current facility in Monroe County and add 150 jobs by the end of next year. The new production site should be operational by the end of 2015 and boat building should begin in mid- to late-2016.

“Having just completed a plant expansion in 2013, we are excited to continue to invest and grow our production operation in Monroe County,” Mike Fishback, the company’s general manager, said in the company’s announcement of the expansion Monday. “We have one of the most innovative boat manufacturing facilities in the world which has enabled Yamaha boats to continue to be the best-selling 16-foot to 25-foot family runabout boats in the industry.”

The new facility will add more than 36,000 square feet of production and office space to its facility on Tellico Lake near Vonore.

“Our regional economy will greatly benefit from the new jobs being created,” Monroe County Mayor and Tellico Reservoir Development Agency Board Member Tim Yates said.

The Yamaha Marine Group, a subisdiary of Yamaha Motors, has put a strong anchor in the Southeast since the company moved its headquarters from Southern California to Kennesaw, Ga., 15 years ago. Yamaha also maintains its state-of-the-art test facility on the Tennessee River in Bridgeport, Ala.

Yamaha Marine Group has been headed for the past four years by Rhea County native Ben Speciale.

“When you do testing you want stability,” Speciale told Edge magazine, a monthly business publication produced by the Times Free Press. “Primarily we like this area because of the stability of the water.”

Boat sales have been anything but stable over the past decade, however. After sinking during the Great Recession, marine retailers boosted sales by 10.7 percent in 2012, another 2.2 percent last year and are projected to finish 2014 with another gain of 5 to 7 percent, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Reporter Jim Tanner contributed to this report.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A drug-resistant “super bacteria” that’s normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said Monday.

The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil’s most respected health research institute, said it has discovered bacteria that produce an enzyme that make it resistant to most forms of treatment in water samples taken from various spots along the Carioca River. Among the spots is where the river flows into the city’s Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events.

Bacteria with the so-called KPC enzyme are difficult to treat. The institute said no instances of infection resulting from the contaminated water have yet been detected but warned of possible danger to swimmers.

“The illnesses caused by these microorganisms are the same as those caused by common bacteria, but they require stronger antibiotics and, sometimes, can require hospitalization,” the study’s coordinator, Ana Paula D’Alincourt Carvalho Assef, wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Since the super bacteria are resistant to the most modern medications, doctors need to rely on drugs that are rarely used because they are toxic to the organism.”

Even if they don’t immediately fall ill, those who come into contact with the bacteria run the risk of becoming carriers of the microorganism, the institute said in its statement.

“Carriers can take these resistant bacteria back to their own environments and to other people, resulting in a cycle of dissemination,” said the institute, which is affiliated with Brazil’s Health Ministry.

With some 70 percent of sewage in this city of 12 million going untreated — and flowing, raw, into rivers, onto beaches and into the Guanabara Bay — water quality has been a major worry ahead of the 2016 summer games. In their Olympic bid, organizers pledged to slash by 80 percent the amount of sewage and garbage that’s pumped into the bay daily, but critics insist little has been done.

Water quality tests still show sky-high levels of fecal matter throughout much of the bay, and authorities have a near-blanket standing recommendation against swimming on any of its beaches. Flamengo beach, where the super bacteria was discovered, is among the Guanabara Bay beaches considered unfit for swimming.

The beach, which is adjacent to the Gloria Marina, the starting point for the Olympic sailing events, is also to be the viewing area for the events.

Ben Remocker, a former member of Canada’s Olympic sailing team who represents athletes in two sailing disciplines, called the findings “serious for our athletes.”

“We’re going to be troubled by this,” he said by telephone, adding he didn’t think the possible health risks would dissuade sailors from taking part in the games. “I think the sailors are probably going to cross their fingers they aren’t going to get sick.”

The super bacteria were discovered in three out of five samples taken from along the course of the Carioca River. While it’s not entirely clear how the bacteria may have gotten into the river, the statement quotes Assef as saying that no bacteria was discovered at the headwaters.

“The first point in which we detect its presence was … after the river passes through areas with homes and hospitals,” the statement quotes her as saying.

Organizers of the Rio games declined to comment, saying they would have to look into the findings before responding.

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A test drive on the water

King sails an “opti” boat called “The Twilight Zone,” but last Saturday, some of his Sarasota teammates had the opportunity to test the Zim 15, a “performance-based dinghy” that has been on the market for a couple of months.

The boats, made for team racing, will be used at an Eckerd College regatta in a couple of weeks.

“I watched a YouTube video about these boats,” said Luke, age 12. “They can go really fast.”

It was a bustling day for the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program. Out on the water, sailors ranging in age from 13 to 17, tried out the Zim 15, slicing figure eights through the water to practice navigating an unfamiliar vessel. King and a group of younger, lighter sailors who sail optimist — or, “opti” — boats, practiced with coach Mike Dowd. And across the bay, high school competitors raced an in-district regatta hosted by the Pine View School.

The day also marked the start of the first full season for new executive director Alana O’Reilly, who came to Sarasota last summer from the Annapolis Yacht Club.

The Sarasota club will compete in several national and international regattas, and look to replicate the success of prior seasons, when Sarasota sailors made impressive showings in the F16 and International Sailing Federation World Championships.

For now, the team is gearing up for the Orange Bowl Regatta, an international competition in Miami in late December, before Sarasota’s own “Sailfest” regatta in the spring. Others, like Bryce Tone, 12, have already qualified for more elite competition.

Last month, Tone was invited to the Optimist South American Championship in Paracas, Peru, where he will compete with the national team.

On Saturday, older sailors played with the Zim 15, a sailboat lighter and more technical than the 420 or laser models this group usually sails.

“It handles nice,” Sam Tobio, 16, said. “It’s tipsy but it’s easy to control. And I’m the kind of guy that likes a technical boat.”

Jim Zellmer, a lazer and multihull coach who has been with the program for five years, called out to sailors who managed to overturn the new vessel and helped 13-year-old Lillie Myers understand the new lines.

“The hardest thing about a new boat?” Zellmer said. “Making sure you know what lines do what.”

But within 30 minutes, the sailors found their groove, and had already formed opinions about the new model.

“In these high performance boats,” Zellmer said, “it’s really a mentoring process that helps the kids get better.”

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