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Sailing: Weymouth Finn ace Scott in the hunt for trophy success

FINN star Giles Scott and the 470 men’s pairing of Luke Patience and Elliot Willis will be looking to continue their early season form when the Princess Sofia Trophy kick-starts the European sailing season today in Palma, Majorca.

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallists are among the 60 British Sailing Team athletes set to compete across 10 Olympic classes and the 2.4mR Paralympic class.

This 46th edition of the annual spring regatta provides the opening event in the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.

Miami silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves, and Portland’s Megan Pascoe will also be in action in the 470 women’s, Nacra 17 and 2.4mR events.

Some 1,200 sailors from 65 nations have signed up for the Palma event, which will not only put sailors through their paces after the winter training period, but will also provide the final chance to qualify for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (April 22-26) under the revamped new elite series rules where just 40 boats in each Olympic class will compete.

Portland-based world champion Scott, still enjoying an 18-month winning streak, will be joined in the heavyweight Finn class by four of his Podium Potential squad team-mates, with Patience and Willis aiming high once again in the 64-boat 470 men’s event.

Mills and Clark will be joined in the 470 Women’s line-up by fellow Podium squad pairing Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre and Podium Potential crews Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter and Jess Lavery-Megan Brickwood, while seven of the British Sailing Team’s Podium Potential sailors will look to shine in the 162-boat Laser event.

In the Laser Radial class, Chloe Martin will have fond memories of her 2014 Princess Sofia Trophy campaign when she claimed bronze, with fellow Podium sailor Alison Young also looking to challenge.

Podium Potential sailor Ellie Cumpsty is using the event as a warm-up for her title defence at the RYA Youth National Championships in Weymouth and Portland, where racing gets underway on Monday, April 6.

Izzy Hamilton and Tom Squires will spearhead the British challenge in their respective RS:X windsurfing fleets, while in the Nacra 17 multihull event, John Gimson-Hannah Diamond will have their eyes on Hyeres qualification.

Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves and Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh will have high hopes in their respective partnerships, while Podium Potential sailors Tom Phipps-Nikki Boniface will be seeking a solid start to their new team after joining forces following the Miami World Cup.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth will aim for a repeat of their 2014 podium finish in the 49erFX women’s skiff event, where Kate Macgregor and Kirstie Urwin will also be in action for the British Sailing Team, while four Podium Potential crews will contest the 49er event with Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign and John Pink-Stuart Bithell opting to skip the regatta.

In the 2.4mR Paralympic class, which gets underway on Wednesday, Miami silver medallist Pascoe and Paralympic champion Helena Lucas will expect to be pushing for the podium spots once again in the 17-boat fleet.

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Several new initiatives by the state Fish and Boat Commission to increase … – Wilkes Barre Times

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway has a lot on the line this season.

Not that Arway is taking a risk, but rather he’s convinced the PFBC to take a different approach on some popular fronts and with the opening day of trout season a few weeks away, he will see if the moves pay off.

Arway was one of the featured speakers on Thursday during a public meeting hosted by state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Nanticoke) at Luzerne County Community College. The focus of the meeting was fishing, and the 60-plus anglers in attendance listened to Arway explain the agency’s ambitious plan.

First up was the Mentored Youth Fishing Day program, which gives kids their own opening day of trout before the season opens for everyone else. The program began as a pilot in the southeast in 2013 and expanded statewide last year on select lakes.

But an extended winter prevented the lakes from thawing in time for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, and the event had to be bumped back to May 10. That resulted in a decrease in the number of permits and voluntary youth fishing licenses issued – 4,400 compared to 5,110 in 2013.

“Rescheduling the date to May 10 took away some of the momentum of the program,” Arway said.

Despite a drop in participation last year, the PFBC stuck with the program and has taken it in a new direction this season. The mentored youth days will be held a week before the regional and statewide openers of trout season, and to avoid any problems with ice on lakes the program is open on all approved trout waters.

By having every stocked lake and stream open for the mentored youth day, Arway said, the program is no longer limited by weather.

It may turn out to be a good move as most lakes are still covered in ice, but stocked streams will serve as another option for parents wanting to take their kids out for the day.

“We opened all our waters and we eliminated the conflict with Mother Nature,” Arway said. “Hopefully, everyone will take a kid fishing or a kid will find an adult mentor to take them fishing.”

Another change implemented for this year allows the youth anglers and the adult mentor – who must possess a valid fishing license and trout stamp, each to keep two trout on the mentor youth day.

With the April 11 statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day only a few weeks away, Arway is watching closely to see if it generates interest.

Early results indicate it is.

“We’re seeing an increase of 200 percent more than last year in the issuance of permits and mentored youth license sales,” Arway said. “I’m encouraged. The rest is up to Mother Nature now.”

Another proactive move implemented by the PFBC this year was the $1 decrease in the cost of a fishing license to $21.70 for a resident adult. Arway said the move was made to bring back those anglers who fall in and out of the sport and generate more interest overall in fishing.

Last year, there were approximately 860,000 licensed anglers, Arway said, and current sales are about even with the peak week for purchases yet to come.

The ultimate goal with the change, according to Arway, is to get back to one million license buyers. He hopes for a 10 percent increase in license sales over the next five years, and he expects this year’s sales to surpass last year’s total.

“We’ve got to try some things that are non-traditional,” Arway said.

And if it doesn’t work out?

“We’ll try something else until we get more people fishing,” he said. “I don’t like to stand still. We need to try different things to get people involved in the sport.”

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International model boat race in Mellieha

The 2015 Malta IOM Open will take place between the 19th – 22nd March, where the Mellieha Bay Hotel opens its shores for competitors in the IOM racing class for model sailing boats.

The annual event welcomes 48 skippers, including 11 local competitors to the four day open showcasing the latest technology in the one metre catagory. Most international guests hail from Europe and will include sailors from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Croatia and Sweden amongst others.

The one metre boats will be remotely controlled from the shorelines, and last year was won by Dutch skipper Huub Gillissen controlling an Ace 4 yacht. Racing begins at 10:00 on Thursday the 19th March where the Dutchman looks to defend his title, with the combined results will be finalised by the final leg on Sunday evening.

The event will be sponsored by Thomas Smith Group of Companies for a third successive year.

Members can track further progress by following the event on the club’s official facebook page titled MMBA and also on their website:

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Cruisers plans to launch a bruiser of a yacht

Wisconsin boat builder Cruisers Yachts has designed its biggest yacht ever and plans to launch the vessel, followed by others like it, this summer.

The Oconto-based company, a division of KCS International, says the 59-foot Cantius-series yacht will have generous space for entertainment — with the cockpit, galley, salon and helm all on one level.

The $2 million yacht is aimed at people taking long-range cruises as well as day trips. It will be the flagship vessel of Cruisers’ lineup, which includes 48-foot and 54-foot yachts.

Cruisers employs more than 300 people. The company fell on hard times during the recession but has been on the mend and has brought people back from layoff at its Oconto boat plant.

“We are putting a lot of money back into the business for new products,” said Matt VanGrunsven, KCS International marketing director.

Cruisers designers worked with Facheris Designs and DeBasto Designs, both in Florida, in creating plans for the 59-foot yacht.

“Overall they brought a lot to the party,” said Tony Martens, director of product design and engineering at KCS International.

“It really resets the bar for Cruisers and the Cantius line moving forward,” Martens said.

Boaters will be able to enter the yacht’s cockpit from the swim platform by ascending four steps. From there, they will find a large seating area and bar. The swim platform can be raised with a hydraulic lift to haul a personal watercraft, tender or dingy out of the water.

“There are no steps once you get into the cockpit and galley level. That’s a big item,” VanGrunsven said.

In the upper salon, a sofa with seating for three will be flanked by end tables with storage. A 50-inch television can be raised when in use and concealed when not in use. The TV will be in view of a dining area that has seating for six people.

The galley will have a refrigerator with freezer, a full sink, a stove, microwave and storage. A dishwasher is optional.

There will be digital controls, meaning functions such as lighting can be controlled with an iPad.

The yacht will be powered by twin Volvo diesel engines producing 950 horsepower. It will be unveiled this summer and available at dealerships in the fall.

Overall, “it’s the most impressive design we have ever had,” VanGrunsven said.

Yacht building is an important niche in northeast Wisconsin, where the brands include Carver, Marquis, Palmer Johnson, Burger, Cruisers and Rampage. The industry also supports dozens of suppliers, including companies in the Milwaukee area.

The high-end boat business has experienced a slow recovery since the global recession, fueled partly by the creation of smaller yachts appealing to a wide base of customers.

The American market is strong, VanGrunsven said, but the strength of the U.S. dollar has made it more expensive for overseas buyers to acquire American-made yachts.

In late July, hundreds of people from around the world are expected to attend Cruisers’ annual dealership meeting in Sturgeon Bay. A prototype of the 59-foot yacht is scheduled to be unveiled at the meeting.

The company has boosted its international sales efforts, placing emphasis on China and other developing nations, and it now has dealerships in about 20 countries.

There’s a lot of “new money” in China and Eastern Europe that benefits yacht sales, according to VanGrunsven.

The typical age of a yacht buyer is between 45 and 70.

“But there’s also a wave of younger buyers. People 35 to 45 have done well in their lives and are getting into boating. Often we are seeing them buy larger boats right off the bat,” VanGrunsven said.

Rising oil prices can hurt yacht sales some, but it’s not like a meltdown on Wall Street.

The 59-foot yacht has a 650-gallon fuel tank.

“If someone has the financial means to purchase a yacht, the price of fuel doesn’t really matter to them that much. It might affect how they use the boat; they might not go on as many trips,” VanGrunsven said.

The harsh winter in the Northeast has resulted in slower spring yacht sales.

“Boston and the Northeast are a big market for us. Normally we would have boats in the water for sea trials by now, but with all of the snow and ice built up we aren’t able to do that yet,” VanGrunsven said.

“Instead of getting those sales in March or April, they’re going to be pushed off to May or June,” he added.

Still, there’s been a strong response to news of the 59-foot yacht.

“We are getting calls from people from all over the country who want to fly to Wisconsin to see it. There are people who want their name on a waiting list for it,” VanGrunsven said.

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3 takeaways from marine executives at the Palm Beach International Boat Show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show, which features more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and marine accessories, launched in downtown West Palm Beach at noon Thursday.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show, which features more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and marine accessories, launched in downtown West Palm Beach at noon Thursday.

Emon Reiser
Reporter- South Florida Business Journal


The boating business, hit hard by the recession, is recovering quickly, executives from some of Palm Beach County’s largest employers in the marine industry noted Thursday at the 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show.

The the panel of executives drew about 50 members of the media and boat show officials to a pavilion at the show site in downtown West Palm Beach.

Click the photo to view a slideshow from the event.

Executives speaking on the panel: Mark Crosley, executive director of the Florida Inland Navigation District; Bob Healey, president of Viking Development in North Palm Beach; Pat Healey, president of the Viking Yacht Company; Rick Morgan, president of Old Port Cove Holdings; and John Smundin, dockmaster of the Palm Harbor Marina. Michael Kennedy, president of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) moderated the panel.

Their observations:

Demand for boating is growing. After a slow post-recession recovery, the recreational boating industry is returning more quickly in recent years, said Morgan, president of Old Port Cove Holdings in North Palm Beach. More boats are being sold and those boats are docking for longer times at South Florida’s marinas.

“We’ve seen a significant change from our guests to be much more committed to sign seasonal and annual leases, so we really see this industry rebounding,” Morgan said. Monthly or short-term dockage leases were common before, he added.

Superyacht sales in January were stronger than start-of-year sales for the past six years, with strong sales figures for new orders of superyachts, according to Boat International Market Intelligence. The U.S. recreational boating industry expects to see a 5 percent increase in boat sales in 2015, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which would mark one of the healthiest pre-recession year for the industry.

All Aboard Florida could pose big problems for this growing industry. The MIAPBC said it has been working with All Aboard Florida and elected officials to find ways to reduce the impact of the Orlando-to-Miami passenger rail service on marine transportation.

“We don’t want to lose any more navigation time, but we understand mass transit is important,” said Kennedy. His organization is mainly concerned with reduced access to three main rivers that are used by South Florida’s marine communities: New River, Loxahatchee and the Okeechobee Waterway.

Marine businesses in Palm Beach County create nearly 2 billion in economic impact.

The county’s marine industry had an estimated impact of more than $1.8 billion in gross output including $682 million in wages and earnings, according to a 2014 recreational marine industry economic impact study. The industry had 18,220 direct and indirect jobs jobs, up from 8,931 jobs in 2010.

“We have 175 employees and I would imagine we support twice that amount in the community,” said Pat Healey.

In 2013, Palm Beach County had 36,852 registered boats.

Emon Reiser covers retail, restaurants, tourism and hospitality. Get the latest retail news with our free daily newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

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It is now heading for Cape Horn in southern Chile, a graveyard for countless sailors since it was first used as a trading route in the early 17th century.

The region is the only time in the 38,738-nautical mile race where the boats are likely to see icebergs and to complicate matters, a huge storm is building up behind them in the Southern Ocean.

Earlier on Saturday, the Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the leg from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil, but by less than 10nm from four other crews.

Caudrelier admitted that the stress was becoming “wearing” on his eight-man team.

“I think it’s unique in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race (launched in 1973) to have a fleet battling like this in these latitudes,” he told Reuters on Saturday.

“Tomorrow, we’ll be even further south and the water temperature is going to drop. I’m expecting the hardest part of this race in the next 48 hours.”

Dongfeng was one of three boats to narrowly avoid capsizing earlier in the week when they crashed over on their sides midway through the Southern Ocean on the 6,776nm leg — a so-called ‘Chinese gybe’ or ‘death roll’.

Miraculously, all the crews avoided anything more serious than cuts and bruises and damage to boats have been repaired on the move.

After some 3,000nm miles of sailing in the toughest leg of the race, Dongfeng lead by just 5.1nm from Dutch boat Team Brunel with overall leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, MAPFRE (Spain) and Team Alvimedica (Turkey/U.S.) no more than 4nm further adrift.

The all women’s crew of Team SCA (Sweden) were nearly 100nm behind that pack. They and MAPFRE also suffered Chinese gybes on Tuesday.

The leg is expected to conclude around April 5-6 after three weeks of sailing from New Zealand. In all, the boats will sail nine legs and visit 11 ports. They finish the race on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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See inside: the boats at this year's Northern Boat Show in Liverpool

Here’s a sneak peak at – and inside – some of the boats announced to be at this summer’s Northern Boat Show at Liverpool waterfront.

The show’s organisers have made their first announcement about the line-up of power boats, cruisers, narrow boats, sailing boats and marine businesses that will be on show at Liverpool’s waterfront this June as part of the International Mersey River Festival.

The three-day boat show from June 5 to 7 will play host to some of the biggest and most popular boat brands.

Richard Milbourn, director of the Northern Boat Show said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from companies involved in every aspect of the leisure marine industry.

“They are all extremely excited to be part of this brand new show. We will be making new announcements every week on the boats and exhibitors you will be able to see and meet at the show so do keep checking on our website, for the latest news.“

Among those signed up are Beneteau, Bavaria, Bayliner and Viking boats, brought by exhibitors Maiden Marine, Windermere Aquatics, Clipper Marine and Preston Marina, with more boat dealers and brands confirming their attendance every day.

There will also be two traditional boats on display from Character Boats and for narrow boats Liverpool’s own Collingwood Boat Builders are bringing along four of their boats.

The Boat Building Academy are showcasing one of the boats built on their courses and the world’s premier sail maker, North Sails, will be there to showcase their sails as well as Yamaha motors, the leading outboard motor manufacturer in the world.

The Albert Dock will showcase the latest sailing and power boats with smaller craft on display in Salthouse Dock and a land-based exhibition on the Salthouse Dock quayside.

Early Bird tickets for pontoon access boats are currently £2.50 per day, with the price going to £5 from Friday May 1. To book tickets, visit .

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Bizarre caravan boat seen floating down the Swale and Faversham and Oare Creek

Cruising down the Swale alongside sailing boats and fishing vessels, this bizarre combination sticks out like a fish out of water.

The mobile home appears to be fixed to the base of a catamaran.

The caravan boat spotted in the Swale

The caravan boat spotted in the Swale

It’s no slow mover either, with an engine on the back to speed it up as it travels up the estuary.

Seen anchored along Faversham Creek, Oare Creek and as far away as Conyer, it is unknown whether someone stays in this floating home all year round or whether it’s an unusual holiday home.

Locals say the owner is a keen boatman in his “70s or 80s” who lives in nearby Sittingbourne.

The caravan boat spotted in the Swale

The caravan boat spotted in the Swale

“So he decided to kill two birds with one stone and just attached the caravan to a float. I have seen it a few times on the river.”

Fisherman Trevor Ryan, 63, added: “He bought the catamaran and then he fitted the caravan on it and launched it from Iron Wharf boatyard.

“He is about 70 or 80 years old and he has got a few yachts and boats in the harbour but for some reason he has obviously built this caravan.

“I don’t know why he has done it but he loves the water and maybe he saw it as a bit of an escape where he could get away and watch the world go by.”

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Sailing: Sunbeams’ class shines through

The magnificent Solent Sunbeams Picture by Chris Hatton

The Solent Sunbeam class based at Itchenor Sailing Club has been awarded a prestigious Classic Boat magazine award.

They have taken the title in the Spirit of Tradition under-40ft category.

The Sunbeams have enjoyed a spectacular resurgence over the past five years because of their courageous decision to build new boats in GRP while remaining true to the traditional wooden design.

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The tradition in the title of the award stems from the inspired original 1922 design by Alfred Westmacott, who had previously designed the popular XOD, Victory and Mermaid classes. The Sunbeam is considered by many to be his masterpiece.

The GRP Solent Sunbeams faithfully follow Westmacott’s beautiful hull lines, deck and cockpit layout with a skilful combination of modern and traditional materials.

The first new Sunbeam named Betty was launched in 2010 just five months after the members of the class association gave approval for the use of the line drawings. She competed in Cowes Week that year.

Charles Hyatt, commodore at Itchenor SC, said: “The Classic Boat award is a deserved reward for the foresight and dedication shown by members of the Sunbeam class. We are proud to have this iconic fleet of boats racing at Itchenor and gracing the waters of Chichester Harbour.”

Champion Sunbeam sailor Roger Wickens led the project. For Roger the only answer was yes, the only timescale tomorrow and for every detail there was no compromise. Naval architect Theo Rye interpreted Westmacott’s design for GRP boats so successfully that they sail equally with the traditional boats whilst maintaining their key wooden visual features.

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The plug and moulds were created by AP Structures of Sandown, Isle of Wight, who also built and assembled the hull and deck mouldings. The completion of the work took place at Itchenor’s Haines Boatyard, who contributed the beautiful timber work and fitted out and rigged Betty ready for racing.

There are now seven GRP Solent Sunbeams racing at Itchenor alongside the traditional wooden craft. With a further two under construction the rejuvenation of the Sunbeam class continues.

The Classic Boat award is a deserved reward for the foresight and dedication shown by members of the Sunbeam class

Itchenor Sailing Club commodore Charles Hyatt

Itchenor Sailing Club are inviting people to enjoy a free sailing experience on Sunday, May 17, as the club open their doors for sailing taster sessions as part of the the RYA’s Push the Boat Out campaign.

The event is supported by Chichester estate agents Strutt and Parker. Push the Boat Out is a nine-day nationwide event that will see hundreds of sailing clubs and centres across the country opening their doors for local people to have a go at sailing and windsurfing.

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RYA sport development manager Duncan Truswell said: “Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for people to discover their local sailing venue, meet key volunteers and like-minded people, have a go at the sport and find out how much fun it is and how easy it is to get involved.”

Gayle Palmer, organiser of Itchenor’s open day, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting the local community to come down to the club, have a go at sailing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows – if you visit you might just get hooked.”

Starting at 9.30am, Itchenor will stage a wide range of activities including opportunities to meet and talk to club members, a short sail in a dinghy or keelboat, a race on a boat, a tour of the clubhouse and facilities, viewing of the types of boats that race from Itchenor – dinghies and keelboats for all levels of experience and age.

You can also find out about the training courses on offer throughout the season for children, powerboaters and keelboat racers and discover how less-experienced ladies are learning to sail. There’ll also be details of how to hire one of the club boats or join an existing fleet, plus membership options.

Free tea and coffee will be available and the clubhouse and bar will be open for lunch, drinks and tea.

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All those who wish to sail are requested to pre-register before the day so the club can allocate enough boats and members – call the office on 01243 512400 or complete the form at

Visit or call 01243 512400. You can also find the club on Facebook and via @Itchenor1 on Twitter.

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Bunrham yachts craned back into the water

Bunrham yachts craned back into the water

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MEMBERS of the Burnham Motor Boat and Sailing Club will be hoping for high tides and strong winds following the annual crane-in which marks the start of the season.

On Wednesday two huge mobile cranes lifted the yachts from the sailing club compound, over the riverside footpath, to the banks of the River Brue, and the sailing club pontoons.

There 24 boats moved into the water in an operation that took the club in South Esplanade more than six hours to complete.



A spokesperson for the club said: “All went well on the day, the weather was kind to us, and all boats were launched on time.

“A big thank you to all that made this possible on the day.

“Now we are all back on the water it’s time to have a few shake down sails to ensure everything is working and then perhaps plan our first cruise of the year.”

Anyone interested in joining the Burnham Motor Boat and Sailing Club can visit for more information.

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