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December 2017
New Zealand, the current America's Cup Yacht holders have the honour of choosing which type of boat the teams will compete in the next competition in 2021. Their planned vessel will consist of a full foiling monohull which will replace the previous 50 ft catamarans.
BBC - Sailing

November 2017
The Chinese yacht Dongfeng, skippered by Charles Caudrelier (France), took an early lead on the opening day of the Volvo Ocean Race as the seven crews started the first leg from Alicante to Lisbon.
BBC - Sailing

October 2017
The BBC have reported that: "More than 125 young people recovering from cancer have completed a round-Britain sailing challenge run by yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust project began in May and saw young people aged 10 to 30 visit 58 towns and cities in the UK, over 17 relay legs."
BBC - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

September 2017
According to a new report from British Marine, ‘The Marina and Moorings Market in the UK’ - The UK’s marinas and moorings sector is upbeat following a fifth consecutive year of growth, proving the sector both robust and innovative in the face of some difficult trading times.
British Marine

August 2017

Cowes Week 2017 runs from Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August and features 1,000 boats crewed by 8,000 participants competing in 40 races per day. It is one of the biggest sailing regattas in the world and is also one of the longest running.
Cowes Week - wikipedia

July 2017

Emirates Team New Zealand defeated defending champions Oracle Team USA to lift the 35th America's Cup with a 7-1 series win. New Zealand's Peter Burling at 26 became the youngest helmsman to win the biggest prize in sailing. The America's cup, which was originally awarded in 1851, is the oldest competition in international sport.
BBC Sport Sailing - America's Cup Result

June 2017

"Defending champions USA advanced automatically to the America's Cup matches and they will have a one-point lead over their challengers after topping the qualifying group."
BBC Sport Sailing - America's Cup

May 2017

British Sailing have appointed Mark Robinson as their new Olympic performance manager. Robinson held similar a position in Australia and is charged with leading the challenge for medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
BBC Sport Sailing

April 2017

Ken Fowler hopes to raise £50k for charity by sailing his 4m (13ft) RS Aero dinghy from Land’s End to John O’Groats – over 900 miles – in under 20 days...He aims to set off from Land’s End on 7 May 2017, sail for 10 hours every day and arrive in John O’Groats by 1 June.'
Yachtingmonthly.com

March 2017

'Barely into its second year of trading, Fairline Yachts has announced an expansion of its facilities. Following successful boat shows in London, Dusseldorf and the USA, a brand new 17,000 square foot production facility has been opened at Oundle Marina, Fairline’s original site when it first began fifty years ago.'
MBY

February 2017

'Vendée Globe yacht race runner-up Alex Thomson has been greeted by cheering crowds on his return to his home port. A parade of sail in Gosport, Hampshire, celebrated the solo skipper's podium finish in the prestigious non-stop race around the world.'
BBC News

January 2017

In UK waters January is statistically the worst month of the year for boat insurance claims, with storms and winter damage the major cause - according to marine insurer Navigators & General.
Navigators & General  - Boat Insurance

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2016

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December 2016

'Boating Industry announced the 2016 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala December 8 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Boating Industry Editor in Chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but also delivering a great customer experience.”
Boating Industry names 2016 Top 100

November 2016

'Beneath the golden sands west of the River Nile, at the ancient Egyptian sacred site of Abydos, archaeologists have made an extraordinary discovery: a whole fleet of boats that were sketched onto the interior walls of a subterranean mud-brick boat chamber in about 1840 B.C.'
National Geographic - Ancient Royal Boat Tomb Uncovered in Egypt

October 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) has enjoyed another successful time with over 100 yachts being purchased.
Monaco Yacht Show - 2017

September 2016

The 2016 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) promises to be one of the largest ever with over 120 superyachts on display with a cumulative value in the billions of dollars. Some highlights for the 2016 event include the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat, and the 70 meter superyacht ‘Galactica Supernova’ superyacht,  with its own helipad, beach club, and infinity pool.
Monaco Yacht Show MYS

August 2016
Xavi, the former Barcelona football midfielder, has generously donated his yacht to Proactivia Open Arms (POA), a non-governmental organisation, dedicated to saving lives at sea, particularly refugees. The yacht will not be involved in any operational duties but will be auctioned off, with the proceeds being used to assist POA's life saving actions in  the Mediterranean.
Proactivia Open Arms

July 2016
Heysea shipyard in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China is displaying its newest superyacht - the 47m Heysea 152. The yacht is powered by two CAT C32 engines with a max speed of 15 knots. The vessel has capacity for 10 passengers and 9 crew members.  With a price of $18.7 million the first yacht will be delivered in 2018.
Jiangmen City - wikipedia

June 2016
Miami Florida based Flagstone Property Group has recently opened The Deck at Island Gardens on Watson Island Miami. This development is the latest addition to the evolving superyacht marina. The Deck has been created to provide a one-stop waterfront destination lounge to provide high end facilities on land that compliment those found on elite yachts.
Watson Island - wikipedia

May 2016
Auckland New Zealand based shipyard Yachting Developments has recently announced the launch of their current superyacht project, the 33.83 metre Hull 1012. She has been Christened Cygnus Montanus, and has been designed by Frers Naval Architecture with an interior by Adam Lay Studio.
Yachting Developments News

April 2016
Isle of Wight marina Cowes Yacht Haven has introduce a loyalty card offering visitors every tenth overnight stay for free. This is sure to attract boat owners who flock to the island for famous yachting events including - Cowes Week, Round the Island Race and La Solitaire du Figaro.
Cowes - wikipedia

March 2016
On Thursday 17th March the 31st Palm Beach International Boat Show opens. It is anticipated that over $1.2 billion worth of yachts will be on display. One of the most expensive on offer is the Solandge - listed at a cool EUR 169,000,000.
List of motor yachts by length - wikipedia

February 2016
Team ViSA GB The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain are seeking commercially endorsed off-shore Yachtmasters. If you have this qualification and experience contact:
Team ViSA GB

January 2016
Multiple Olympic sailing medal winner, Sir Ben Ainslie launched the 2016 Great South Run,  an annual 10 mile (16.09) road run in Portsmouth, Southern England
Sir Ben Ainslie - wikipedia

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2015

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December 2015
Luxury Cruise Company Crystal Cruises have introduced a new addition to their fleet - the 62 passenger luxury yacht - Crystal Esprit - quite a contrast to Crystal's typical 1,000 passenger cruise ships. The new yacht, with it's shallow draft will be able to visit secluded coves and harbours, locations not accessible by the larger vessels. Among the water toys on the Esprit is a 2-person submarine, built by Dutch company U-Boat Worx.
U-Boat Worx

November 2015
The world's first floating wind-farm could be installed 15 miles (25km) off the Scottish coast at Peterhead. Statoil (Norway) have received planning permission from the Scottish Government to develop the Hywind Scotland pilot project, which is projected to generate 135 GWh (gigawatt-hours). From a boat and yacht perspective The Royal Yachting Association RYA have requested that Statoil make public the plans for - operational safety zones.
Hywind Demo - Statoil

October 2015
A £27m development at the Vela Marina, Barcelona, will include an innovative robotic boat hoist. The lift will have the capability to lift craft up to 30 feet in length into a covered dry dock with capacity for 222 boats. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe but not worldwide as there is an equivalent hoist in Miami, Florida, USA.
Marina Vela

September 2015
The latest bi-annual Marine Industry Trends survey from the British Marine Federation has indicated positive results with increasing - investment, employment, and profits within the UK boating industry. The result were made public on 18th September, at the Southampton Boat Show.
British Marine Industry Trends November 2014 to June 2015

August 2015
After over 50 years U.S. yacht charter businesses are starting to return to Cuba. On a late evening in early August 2015 the first yacht to legally carry paying American travellers to Cuba docked in Havana’s Marina Hemingway. The 78 foot yacht Still Water made the 4 hour trip from Key West, Florida Keys, USA carrying 12 passengers and 3 crew. As the US - Cuba relationship improves it is hoped that other opportunities for Cuba yacht and boat cruising from the USA will develop.
Wall Street Journal -
First Authorized U.S. Yacht Sails to Cuba on Hopes of Travel Surge

July 2015
The Port of London Authority have launched a new safety campaign to make skippers of motor cruisers, sailing boats and commercial vessels, more aware of smaller craft. The campaign also advises kayakers, paddleboarders and rowers to wear bright clothing to make themselves easily visible.
Port of London Authority

June 2015
Ocean Village Marina in the Bay of Gibraltar is looking to attract larger luxury yachts with the addition of 10 new superyacht berths as part of an ambitious expansion plan. Superyachts visit the marina regularly but typically only for short stops or refuelling - the 10 new stern-to berths will encourage longer stays for bigger boats.
Ocean Village, Gibraltar - wikipedia

May 2015
Great charity fundraiser Wayne Ingram spent 7 days and nights =  168 hours in a life-raft in Portland Harbour, Dorset, on the south coast of England, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital GOSH. The hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. Wayne's ordeal not only raised thousands of pounds for GOSH but provided important medical data for Portsmouth University for their sea survival research.
Wayne Ingram l Great Ormond Street Hospital GOSH

April 2015
A superyacht, built in 1922, has been found in a California trailer park. Caritas is 47 m (156ft) long and was designed by Cox & Stevens naval architects, New York and built in Kiel Germany by Krupp Germaniawerft. During WW2 Caritas was requisitioned by the US Navy and commissioned as the USS Garnet. She was decommissioned in 1945 and was converted into a gift shop and visitor attraction at Californian trailer park Ship Ashore. It is hoped the discovery will generate interest in restoring Caritas - one of a small handful of pre-war superyachts still in existence.
Caritas (yacht) - wikipedia

March 2015
The power boat that beat the transatlantic crossing record in 1986 - Virgin Atlantic Challenger II - is up for sale. Flamboyant entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson was the original owner and crossed the Atlantic from New York to London in 80 hours 31 minutes - beating the previous record by two hours. The boat ended up in a Mallorca marina until found by current owner Dan Stevens, a ferry company boss from Plymouth. He has restored the 72ft, 53 Knot mono hulled boat including a significant improvement in the engine room and is looking for a buyer, although he is keen that the boat kept in the UK. The asking price is £725,000 about half of the original cost paid by Sir Richard Branson.
Virgin Atlantic Challenger II heads home

February 2015
The Venture Cup, an offshore powerboat race run every two years, will be delayed until 2016 but has received substantial financial support from an Irish business. The race will be held exclusively around the coasts of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Venture Cup is often billed as the World's longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race - the seas around Ireland will present a tough challenge for boats and crews.

Venture Offshore Cup

January 2015
Organisers of the 2015 London Boat Show were pleased to see a 4% increase in visitor numbers compared to the 2014 event. The event attracted 92,288 compared to 88,593 in 2014 and is a welcome reversal of decreasing attendances over a 4 year period. The return of the press preview day proved popular coupled with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger who drew a large crowd when she sang from the Sunseeker International stand. Visitors were also drawn to the launch of the new Sunseeker Predator 57 - a 60.20ft (18.35m) yacht with a speed of up to 32 knots and capacity for 6 guests. The show organisers are looking towards a successful 2016 event - with an aim of attracting 100,000 visitors. The 2016 boat show will take place at the ExCeL Centre from 8th Jan to 17th Jan 2016.

London Boat Show - Official Site

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