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Tips for Big Boat handling from Yachting Monthly

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The principles of big boat handling apply to smaller boats, but everything’s bigger – including the consequences of mistakes, says big boat skipper Rachael Sprot

Expert tips for big boat handling

You probably don’t have the desire to own and run a 60ft expedition yacht like mine, but you may well find yourself at the helm of a 50ft charter boat, or helming a larger yacht than you’re used to for a friend. If you do, you’ll soon find out that the challenges are very, very different.

When I first started skippering larger yachts, it was the boat handling I found daunting. I would go to sleep worrying about how I’d get a huge steel sloop weighing over 40 tonnes out of her berth, and I’d wake up in the morning worrying about the same thing. Eventually I realised that it wasn’t worth ruining a good day’s sailing by worrying about the first and last 10 minutes. I made myself some rules to follow and parking became much less stressful.
Read more at http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/sailing-skills/expert-tips-for-big-boat-handling-31734#Q82p8Bp4dA6vRstu.99

 

Source – Yachtingmonthly.com

Ship split in two in rough weather off French coast

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Spanish cargo ship, the Luna, has sunk after running into a sea wall after getting into difficulties south-west of Bayonne, France.

The accident occurred last wednesday during a storm where wind speeds were 68mph. During the rough weather the vessel suffered catastrophic engine failure and broke into two pieces near the beach.

The crew were airlifted to safety by two rescue helicopters.

French authorities launched an anti-maritime pollution plan after an oil spill was detected.

Saxon Wharf welcomes new boat upholstery company

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MDL Marinas’ Saxon Wharf recently welcomed another new business tenant to the marina, further adding to the vibrant mix of businesses on the premises.

Passmore Of Southampton has opened a new workshop on the site, following expansion from its main workshop in Colchester. The company specialises in the manufacture of high quality soft furnishings for yachts and builds on over 50 years of experience in the industry. Using only the finest materials, the new workshop will offer everything from running repairs to complete fit-out for yachts.

We have contacted them today and hope to have them joining us as a supplier on our site. Boatcarecompare.com aims to connect your with as many local contractors as possible in order to get the best person for the job each time you need work carried out.

We’re pleased to have suppliers from many of MDL marinas registered with us and ready to quote for work which you need carrying out on your yacht.

Boat owners beware risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

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Carbon monoxide warning to boat owners following double tragedy

Two young men died when they left a gas cooker grill on to heat their boat

A safety bulletin has been issued to warn boat owners about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning following two deaths in North Yorkshire.

Two fishermen died in their bunks on board the 9.95m scallop-dredger Eshcol while staying overnight in Whitby, North Yorkshire on 15 January 2014.

Initial findings from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) indicate that the men were poisoned by carbon monoxide.

Source: Ybw.com

Read the full story at http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/536030/carbon-monoxide-warning-to-boat-owners-following-double-tragedy#aBJ6qzIBIo0eXHDT.99

 

Clipper Race News

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Race 8 Day 14: Gale force winds batter the fleet as GREAT Britain moves in to first place

As gale force winds batter the twelve teams competing in Clipper Race with wind speeds in access of 85 knots on deck, it hasn’t been a typical Equator crossing for the fleet as it crossed into the Northern Hemisphere in the last 24 hours. However, nothing could dampen the spirits of the crew on board GREAT Britainafter the UK entry has successfully climbed the ranks into first place.

GREAT Britain’s offshore route gamble has triumphantly paid off, placing the team in first place for the first time in Race 8, the Old Pulteney Navigators Cup. With a lead of just a few miles, the relentless hard work will need to continue if the team stands any chance of maintaining its position as the rest of the fleet begin to follow suit. Skipper, Simon Talbot describes the last 24 hours on board GREAT Britain:

Read the full article:

http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/newsitem/race-8-day-14-gale-force-winds-batter-the-fleet-as-great-britain-moves-in-to-first-place-

source: clipperroundtheworld.com

Saxon Wharf welcomes yacht upholstery specialists to marina

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MDL Marinas’ Saxon Wharf recently welcomed another new business tenant to the marina, further adding to the vibrant mix of businesses on the premises.

Passmore Of Southampton has opened a new workshop on the site, following expansion from its main workshop in Colchester. The company specialises in the manufacture of high quality soft furnishings for yachts and builds on over 50 years of experience in the industry. Using only the finest materials, the new workshop will offer everything from running repairs to complete fit-out for yachts.

Julie-Ann Kwok, Marketing Manager of Passmore of Southampton explained: “We’re thrilled to be open for business on Saxon Wharf. One of our biggest clients is Oyster Yachts, whose yachts we’ve been upholstering for 35 years. Our new location at the marina means we are now in close reach of their yard in Southampton and can easily meet their upholstery needs. Opening on the South Coast enables us to offer our services to local work and surrounding areas as well.”

Jason Doughty, Estate Manager of MDL Marinas’ Saxon Wharf, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Passmore Of Southampton to Saxon Wharf. The marina is a thriving hub, with a variety of business tenants offering a range of different services, and the Passmore workshop will be a fantastic addition to the community. We believe the marina has a lot to offer businesses, with its easy access to the city centre and pleasant marine surroundings.”

Source: bluesheets.co.uk
Read more: http://bluesheets.co.uk/saxon-wharf-welcomes-yacht-upholstery-specialists-marina

Marina of the Year Awards

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Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina named ‘British Coastal Marina of the Year’

South West coast marinas dominated at the first ever marina awards held by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina was voted ‘British Coastal Marina of the Year” by the award judging panel – following a vote by marina customers across the country.

The independent marina, owned and operated by Sailport PLC, is situated at the entrance to the River Tamar in Devon.

Marina managing director, Charles Bush was presented with the top accolade by CEO of the Royal Yachting Association, Sarah Treseder.

Mr Bush said: ‘What a fabulous way to start 2014, especially after all the awful weather.’ He added that his all of his staff are “beaming with pride.”

The awards were announced at the London Boat Show and sponsored by GJW Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the marine trade.

Source: Ybw.com
Read more at http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/535913/marina-of-the-year-awards#ZL25RXiSGDdCp7ts.99

It’s London Boat Show Time!

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2013 has disappeared and it’s January again which means only one thing… It’s time to don your deck shoes (don’t ask me why everyone does this) and head into London to the Excel centre.

The show is now celebrating it’s 60th birthday and has all the usual attractions plus a couple of new ones:

  • Sir Ben Ainslie will be at the show with the JP Morgan Bar AC45 catamaran.
  • You can try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding in the pool
  • You can visit experts such as Jon Goode at the Adventurous Cruising Zone
  • Take a look at the Challenger 72 round the world ocean racing yacht, now owned by Tall Ships Youth Trust
  • See the most powerful single screw tug ever built and loads more.

This years show as ever offers the chance to see the latest offering from marine manufacturers and boat builders. Whether you own a boat already, are thinking of buying one, or are just interested in water sports; London Boat Show has something for you. There’s stands for Kiteboarding, kayaking, dinghy sailing, marine electronics, sailing holidays and loads more.

To find out more or to pre-purchase tickets visit www.londonboatshow.com 

Coastguard carol singers give important safety message

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Coastguards have produced a festive carol video with a dozen top safety tips in the style of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Sailors are urged to be prepared before setting out to sea; not to drink and drive; wear lifejackets; to call 999 in an emergency; not to forget distress flares; and to register personal locator beacons, among other advice.

Click here to watch the video!

Last year, Coastguards dealt with 430 search and rescue incidents over the Christmas and New Year period from 21 December 2012 to 2 January 2013.

Call outs ranged from dogs over cliffs, people stuck in mud, walkers cut off by the tide and broken down boats to Coastguard Rescue Officers supporting Christmas Day swims.

Richard Martin, Chief Coastguard, said: ‘Her Majesty’s Coastguard responds to calls every day of the year, sending out rescue teams in all weathers and often at unsocial hours. Christmas is no different.

‘But this festive season we created our very own version of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ to make sure people remember some of our key safety messages.

‘These include checking the weather and tide times before setting out. The last thing you want to do on that Christmas Day morning stroll is to become cut off by the tide and miss out on lunch.

‘If you’re taking the dogs out for a walk on Boxing Day, make sure they’re on a lead, and try not to go too close to cliff edges as they could be slippery or crumbly.

‘We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fun and safe Christmas. But remember, if you do get into difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

source ybw.com

Read more at http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/535780/coastguard-carol-singers-give-christmas-safety-message#xtwQAqS2uGcYATc3.99

Seattle man steals a ferry!

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A SWAT team was sent in to arrest a man from Seattle last Saturday after he allegedly stole a 123ft passenger ferry.

US Coastguard, Seattle city police and a SWAT team surrounded the vessel after it was reported that suspicious activities were taking place. A bomb squad was also on scene at the time according to tweets sent out on Twitter.
The vessel which shuttles up to 330 passengers between the U.S. and Canada was thought to be adrift on its own near the city.

A spokesman from the authorities said  “When we have a call that’s pretty unique like this, a major passenger boat that’s somehow adrift in the water, we want to make sure that we bring in all the resources that we have available to us to ensure that the incident comes to a quick and peaceful resolution.”

It’s not yet known how the man was able to commandeer such a large boat and the Police said that he told them he intended to take it to West Seattle. The suspect was apprehended and arrested pending a charge which might be piracy or grand theft!

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