Mary Rose re-opens: £72 for family ticket

Despite a £23 million handout from the Heritage Lottery Fund the custodians of the Mary Rose Trust will be charging a staggering £72 per family ticket to visit the Tudor warship when she re-opens for tourists tomorrow.

The ship was raised from the seabed in 1982 and has had a museum built around her, exhibiting her contents from nit combs – complete with petrified nits – to longbows.its Personal belongings such as wooden eating bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments as well as two tonne guns are on show.


Effigies of crew members are being brought to life through forensic science: visitors can come face to face with a carpenter, cook and archer and even ‘Hatch’ the ship’s dog.

The new Mary Rose Museum will open at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – the very same dockyard at which the warship was built over 500 years ago.

The opening marks 30 years since the year the hull of Mary Rose was raised from the Solent in 1982 and 437 years after she sank on 19 July. The ship sank, with the loss of 450 crew, in full view of King Henry VIII while leading the attack on a French

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Now in its 7th year, the annual Fal River Festival celebrates life on the Cornish river over 10 days – The Fal River Festival kicks off tomorrow, a 10-day ‘celebration of life on the river’.

Established in 2006, the annual extravaganza will see more than 150 events taking place, covering music, drama, the arts and heritage, gig racing, swimming, walking and more.

The Fal River Festival traditionally opens with the sailing of the Beer Fleet, which involves crafts of all shapes and sizes joining the fleet of classic ferries to mark the passage of the beer from Truro to Falmouth along the River Fal.

The event, which will run from 24 May until 2 June, is being organised by Truro and Penwith colleges, and last year it attracted more than 100,000 visitors to the area. Being a not-for-profit event, the 2012 festival managed to raise £75,000 for charity while visitors enjoyed 3000 pints of larger, ale and cider.

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HMS Ark Royal makes her final voyage…to a Turkish scrapyard
The Royal Navy’s former flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, has left Portsmouth bound for Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Crowds of people turned out to bid a final farewell to HMS Ark Royal yesterday as she left Portsmouthbound for Turkey where she will be scrapped.The well-wishers, which included former crewmembers, many of whom wore black arm bands, gathered at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to wave her off shortly after 1pm.Launched on 20 June 1981 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, she was the fifth vessel to bear the name Ark Royal and was retired in 2010 ending 25 years of service in the Royal Navy, although she wasn’t formally decommissioned until 2011.
Under a deal reportedly worth £2.9m with ship recycling firm Leyal, she is now being towed to Turkey where she will be scrapped, just as her sibling HMS Invincible was.
Former captain of HMS Ark Royal, Sir Alan Massey, told the BBC he would be “sad to see her go to the breakers yard.”Massey said, “Whenever people appeared in public with the Ark Royal name tally on their caps I think they had a spring in their step, they realised that this was a famous name and to an extent there was an expectation that they would be the best.”
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A British Olympic sailor has died after a Swedish catamaran capsized during a training session for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay.

Andrew “Bart” Simpson – a double Olympic medallist – was one of an 11-man crew on board the Artemis Racing catamaran, the team website said. It said Mr Simpson, 36, from Sherborne in Dorset, was trapped under the boat and efforts to revive him failed.

Artemis is a Swedish team due to take part in the America’s Cup. On its website, Artemis Racing said: “It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson today in San Francisco.”

At a news conference by the Bay, Artemis chief executive Paul Cayard said it was a “tragic day” for the crew.

“We have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody’s wellbeing,” Mr Cayard said, as he offered his thoughts and prayers to Mr Simpson’s wife and family.

Mr Simpson represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games, sailing in the Star class alongside Iain Percy, his Artemis team boss.

The pair took gold at the Beijing 2008 Games and were close at London 2012 to topping the podium once more, only to claim silver in the medal race.

Before last summer’s Olympics, Mr Simpson admitted that winning the America’s Cup was his biggest goal.

Cause unclear
John Derbyshire, performance director of the UK’s Royal Yachting Association (RYA), described Simpson as an inspiration to others. “We’re devastated by the news from San Francisco today,” he said.

“Andrew is someone I’ve worked closely with since the age of 16. He was a great talent and a key figure in our World Class Programme over many years culminating in his well-deserved Olympic success.

“He was a huge inspiration to others, both within the British Sailing Team and across the nation and our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this terrible time.”

Paul Cayard: “It’s a shocking experience to go through”

Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager, described Mr Simpson as “a fantastic sailor who got the best out of everyone he sailed with”.

Artemis said that doctors “afloat” with the team tried unsuccessfully to revive the British sailor after he was freed from the wreckage.

San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said that, following the capsize, two sailors were brought to shore and taken to the St Francis Yacht Club where paramedics performed CPR on one of them.

The other person’s injuries were not life-threatening, she said.

The rest of the crew from the capsized boat were transferred to a support boat operated by Oracle Racing, which is defending its America’s Cup title from last year, officials said.

Mr Simpson served as the Swedish team’s strategist.

Lt Jeannie Crump of the Coast Guard said it was not yet clear what caused the 72ft (22m) boat to capsize.

She said that a commercial salvage boat would tow the vessel to Clipper Cove, between Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island.

The America’s Cup is inshore yachting’s premier event, and will take place in San Francisco this year between July and September.

Multi-million pound syndicates use cutting-edge design and technology as the world’s best sailors battle it out for the oldest trophy in sport.

The first race for The “Auld Mug” took place around the Isle of Wight in 1851.

US yacht America won to spark 132 years of US domination until Australia II broke the deadlock in 1983.

Simpson is believed to be the second sailor to have died during training for the race.

In 1999, Martin Wizner of the Spanish Challenge was fatally injured after being struck on the head by a broken piece of equipment.

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Barclays Jersey Boat Show kick-starts run of free-to-enter events

The sixth Barclays Jersey Boat Show kicks off next weekend (4-6 May), signalling the start of a run of free, boutique boat shows on this spring.

The three-day event has been growing in popularity with each edition and last year attracted 30,000 people to St Helier Marina.

Confirmed exhibitors include Fairline, Sunseeker, Beneteau and Channel Islands boatbuilder Aquastar.

The following weekend, 11-12 May, the action moves to Poole Harbour for the Sandbanks Boat Show, another free-to-enter event that has rapidly become a fixture on the early season calendar.

Based at Salterns Marina, visitors will be able to see motor boats from all the leading British brands, but also craft from non-UK yards like Beneteau, Jeanneau, Chris-Craft and Rodman.

Then, from 17-19 May, the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show takes place at Swanwick Marina in Southampton.

This show is being put together by the leading dealers of Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline and will have 15 new boats on display, five from each yard.

Princess Motor Yacht Sales is using the event to showcase the new Princess V48 for the first time. The company will also be showing the V42, V72, Princess 64 and Princess 72.

Sunseeker Southampton will have the Predator 53, Manhattan 63, Predator 68 Predator 80 and Sam Remo on display.

Fairline Southampton
, meanwhile, will be exhibiting the Squadron 42, Targa 50GT, Squadron 60, Squadron 65 and Squadron 78.

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Italian superyacht manufacturer Benetti is celebrating 140 years of production this year, making it along with Chris-Craft and Rivaone of the oldest boatbuilders on the planet.

The anniversary is being celebrated by a packed calendar of events, culminating with a gathering in Portofinoin June for Benetti owners from all over the world.In that 140 years, Benetti has built nearly 300 boats, and currently has 34 in production, including an immense 90m superyacht.

The company was founded by Lorenzo Benettiin the Ligurian port of Viareggio back in 1873, then as a builder of wooden boats for local and international trade.When he died, the company passed to his sons, Gino and Emilio, who continued making trading craft but after the Second World War switched the focus of the shipyard to pleasure craft.In the 1960s, the focus of the company was shifted again, this time onto superyachts, and the yard quickly became a leader in the 30-60m segment

In 1985 the yard was acquired by Turin-based Azimut, which helped modernise Benetti’s production facilities.Nowadays, Benetti is spread over 300,000 square metres of production space in six manufacturing facilities.

Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti’s CEO, said: “Clients approach us with ideas and expectations that are a challenge and when we meet their brief and make every detail perfect with no concessions to compromise, their success becomes ours.”This level of quality and passion are the only route to our next 140 years of success.”

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The tablet revolution is changing the way we do things in many aspects of our lives. Yachting World have tested out some of the Chart Plotting iPad applications that are on the market and provide their thoughts on each.

The focus of the tests were on applications that worked solely on the iPad rather than connecting to the existing instrument system on the vessel.

If you are thinking of buying an iPad or downloading applications to assist you in your sailing then this video will be very useful to you.

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British Motor Yacht Show to have at least 15 new boats on display from Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline

More information has been released about the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show, which will run from 17-19 May at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble.

It has been confirmed that there will be at least five boats from each of the three biggest British boat brands – Fairline, Sunseeker and Princess – on display.

This is the first time the dealers behind the UK’s biggest yards have come together like this to jointly host an event proudly displaying the cream of British boatbuilding.

The show’s organisers, Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Fairline Southampton and Sunseeker Southampton, are expecting up to 1,000 visitors over the weekend, but with free entry that figure could end up being far higher.

There will also be displays from “handpicked” industry leaders such as MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo Penta and Garmin.

Trevor Betts, general manager at Fairline Southampton, said: “It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motor yacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise.

“In the general context, we are stronger if we work together. Symbolically, this show is hugely significant.”

It’s not known at present precisely which boats will be on display but check the show’s website (to go live in April) for more information as it arises.

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A 36 ft long humpback whale was found dead in the Thames Estuary early yesterday morning.

After the mammal was found by a passing tugboat near the Isle of Sheppey in Kent the coastguard issued a navigation warning to any vessels in the nearby area, alerting them of the huge floating carcass.

The whale has now been towed away and a post-mortem will be conducted by the Natural History Museum.

This unusual incident illustrates that there are all sorts of hazards out there for sailors, even in the Thames Estuary.

Read more about this story on the Evening Standard’s website.

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