The Düsseldorf Boat Show has attracted 1,650 exhibitors from 60-plus countries. Despite persisting strain on Europe’s boat markets ‘boot Düsseldorf’ has attracted a strong turn-out this week, say organisers.

A total of 1,650 exhibitors from more than 60 countries are displaying their new yachts, water sports equipment and maritime services in the 17 halls of Düsseldorf’s exhibition centre.

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: ‘Given the current difficult economic climate this is a great success.

‘Many exhibitors have announced extended ranges and are using boot Düsseldorf as the premiere show for their new models.’

The week-long event will finish this Sunday, 26 January.

According to Jürgen Tracht, managing director of the Federal Association of German Watersports Industries (Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft – BVWW),  the hopes of European boat manufacturers for a major recovery from the 2008 financial and economic crisis have not been fulfilled but developments point to improvements next year.

Buyers at ‘boot 2014’ are spoilt for choice, with 11 of the 17 exhibition halls dedicated to yachts driven by sail, motor or even muscle power.

A total of 440 shipyards, dealers and importers are presenting 1,700 vessels ranging from luxury yachts to canoes and dinghies.

The show not only offers a huge range of boat equipment but is also said to be ‘the largest maritime travel market and the largest diving sport fair in the world’.

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Yachting & Boating World: A man was rescued yesterday after a fire broke out in the early hours on board a wind farm support vessel

 

A crewman had to be rescued after a fire broke out on board a wind farm support vessel off the coast of Yarmouth yesterday morning.

The boat, Norfolk Tern, made contact with the Humber Coastguard shortly after 8am to notify them that a fire had stared in the vessel’s starboard engine room.

One of the six crewmembers suffered smoke inhalation as a result of the fire and was taken to hospital by the RAF Wattisham search and rescue helicopter.

The remaining crew were able to get the blaze under control and return the boat to shore.

A number of emergency services were waiting at South Quay for the arrival of the boat, including police, fire fighters, paramedics, coastguards and lifeboat crews.

Humber Coastguard watch manager Bev Allen, told EDP24: “All six on board this vessel managed to quickly bring the fire under control, but one member of the crew was in need of medical attention after showing signs of breathing in too much smoke.

“The standby vessel Vos Discovery also provided excellent support in transferring oxygen for the injured person.”

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‘The single biggest reason for the drop in worldwide piracy is the decrease in Somali piracy’, says International Maritime Bureau boss.

Piracy at sea has reached its lowest levels in six years, with 264 attacks recorded worldwide in 2013, a 40 per cent drop since Somali piracy peaked in 2011.

There were just 15 incidents reported off Somalia in 2013, compared to 75 in 2012, and 237 in 2011, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed.

IMB’s annual global piracy report shows more than 300 people were taken hostage at sea last year and 21 were injured, nearly all with guns or knives.

A total of 12 vessels were hijacked, 202 were boarded, 22 were fired upon and a further 28 reported attempted attacks. Nigerian pirates were particularly violent, killing one crewmember, and kidnapping 36 people to hold onshore for ransom.

‘The single biggest reason for the drop in worldwide piracy is the decrease in Somali piracy off the coast of East Africa,’ said Pottengal Mukundan, director of IMB, whose Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) has monitored world piracy since 1991.

The use of private armed security teams, the hardening of vessels, international navies and the stabliising influence of Somalia’s central government have all been deterrents for Somali pirates, says IBM in a statement.

Captain Mukundan added: ‘It is imperative to continue combined international efforts to tackle Somali piracy. Any complacency at this stage could re-kindle pirate activity.’

The 15 incidents attributed to Somali pirates in 2013 include two hijacked vessels, both of which were released within a day as a result of naval actions. A further eight vessels were fired upon. These figures are the lowest since 2006, when 10 Somali attacks were recorded.

World-wide attacks

Meanwhile, West African piracy made up 19 per cent of attacks worldwide last year. Nigerian pirates and armed robbers accounted for 31 of the region’s 51 attacks, taking 49 people hostage and kidnapping 36, more than in any year since 2008.

Malaysian waters saw the hijacking of two product tankers with 27 crew taken hostage, resulting in the theft of ships’ property and cargo.

Indonesian anchorages and waters saw the most pirate attacks, accounting for more than 50 per cent of all vessels boarded in 2013. IMB reports that the majority of these incidents were ‘low-level opportunistic thefts’ but stated that armed robbery increased for a fourth consecutive year.

More than a third of Indonesia’s incidents were reported in the last quarter of 2013. The IMB PRC has been working closely with the Indonesian Marine Police who have increased maritime patrols and designated safe anchorage areas for vessels to use in certain higher risk ports.

Attacks in India and Bangladesh are also described as ‘low-level and opportunistic’. The incidents off India have increased year on year since 2010, reaching 14 in 2013, while IMB says active patrolling by the Bangladesh Coast Guard has kept the number of incidents off Chittagong in Bangladesh at around 12 for the last few years.

The IMB PRC is the only independent 24-hour manned centre receiving reports from and providing information to ships, law enforcement and governments in respect of attacks around the world.

IMB strongly urges all shipmasters and owners to report all incidents of actual and attempted piracy and armed robbery to the IMB PRC.

This first step in the response chain is vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy. Transparent statistics from an independent, non-political, international organization can act as a catalyst to achieve this goal.

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The diamond anniversary London Boat Show 2014 attracted a total of 88,593 visitors across the nine days – 4,734 down on the 2013 event’s footfall – but
30 exhibitors have already signed up for the 2015 event

The show, which ended yesterday, attracted more than 400 exhibitors to the ExCeL exhibition centre and docklands to display their products, with nine world debuts and 19 European and UK launches, culminating in a total of 76 launches at the show in total.

A spokesman for the British Marine Federation said the London Boat Show ‘presented the best of the marine industry and good quality business was conducted at a time when the £2.905bn industry is demonstrating optimism and confidence for the months ahead.’

Sales from this year’s show confirm the British Marine Federation latest research, which suggests industry growth is returning to pre-recession levels, with some exhibitors experiencing record-breaking sales figures.

Visitors enjoyed the show’s Adventurous Cruising Zone, where industry experts shared their knowledge on topics from navigation to boat handling, and the Watersports Pool saw people queuing to try free taster sessions in canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and water walkers.

Big names to attend this year’s event included HRH The Princess Royal, actor and comedian James Corden, broadcaster Suzi Perry, Sir Ben Ainslie, TV presenters Lorraine Kelly, Nick Knowles, Sarah Beeny, Dominic Littlewood and John Sargeant plus Olympians Etienne Stott, Shirley Robertson, Bryony Shaw, Paul Goodison, Stevie Morrison and Pippa Wilson visited, many of whom attended the show’s official charity’s stand, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

‘Positive feedback’

Murray Ellis, managing director of National Boat Shows, said: ‘We are pleased with the success of the 2014 London Boat Show and have celebrated its 60th anniversary with some of the best brands in the marine industry.

‘Thousands of boats, brands, technology, training and free interactive attractions have filled the nine days which has led to the positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors.

‘We are delighted with the high quality of visitors who came to this year’s show and the number of exhibitors who have signed up to exhibit in 2015.’

Exhibitors, to date, signing up tothe 2015 show include: Pearl Motor Yachts, Navionics, Cobra Ribs, Offaxis, Sleipner Motor, Learn 2 Sail, Cruising Association, Cornish Crabbers, Mersea Trailers, Sail Ionian, Hobo Yachting, GN Espace, Fairline, Princess, Volvo, Rolly Tasker Sails, IPC, Furuno, EP Barrus, Gibbs Boat Sales, Sealine, Rockley Watersports, Topper International, Nisos Yacht Charter, Cambrian Boat Centre, Aura Yachting, Pure Latitude, R&D Marine, The Boat Crew and Flexisail.

Oliver Winbolt, head of marketing at Fairline Boats, said: ‘Fairline has enjoyed another very successful London Boat show.

‘Our new layout has made it easier for our clients to view our boats, while attractions such as the Concept Cinema have been busy throughout the show.

‘Sales have been excellent with the final total due to exceed 2013, further extending our forward order book into late 2014 in some cases.

‘In addition, we anticipate a significant number of retail sales during the coming weeks as a direct result of customers who have been introduced to the brand at this event.

‘There is no better way to start the boating season than by taking advantage of this ideal sales opportunity in January.’

A-Glaze chairman Michael Bollom said: ‘The London Boat Show has been absolutely superb; our sales are 58 per cent up.

‘The people who have made the effort to come here are the people who have come here to buy. We have seen a lot of people and picked up two new distributors. We will definitely be back, we have already signed up.

‘This show is important, it is always a good Show for us. We would be very disappointed if it didn’t continue.’

Rallying together

With much of the country experiencing unprecedented levels of flooding, exhibitors at the London Boat Show joined forces to come to the rescue of Muchelney, on the Somerset Levels, which is severely flooded to the extent that the entire village is now totally cut off from the surrounding areas.

The boat, engine, lifejackets, safety and radio equipment, insurance and transport of the boat to Somerset were all provided through the goodwill of London Boat Show and British marine companies including ADPR, ASAP, BHG Marine, Coleman, Event Broadcast, Garmin, ICOM, IPC, Marine Resources, Ocean Safety, PSP, Rigiflex and Torqeedo.

The 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show will take place from 12-21 September www.southamptonboatshow.com, while next year’s London Boat Show runs from 10-18 January 2015 at ExCeL London.

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Olympians Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison and their Ben Ainslie Racing Teammate Matt Cornwall draw a large crowd gathered in front of his J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 multihull at the London Boat Show 2014.

Held at ExCeL, London, the event saw Island Sailing Club Commodore John Dudley announce that the title sponsorship of the Round the Island (RTI) Race will continue to reside with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a further two-year period up to and including 2016.

The announcement took place at stand G280, which exhibits the very boat which broke the Race Multihull record last year.

In addition to the race sponsorship continuation, J.P. Morgan announced their commitment to the sport of sailing by title sponsoring Sir Ben and his team BAR in the Extreme Sailing Series 2014.

The first race of the global series will be held in Singapore. The BAR team will include Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison as tactician and on the main sheet, and Matt ‘Catflap’ Cornwall as bowman.

Sir Ben admitted that trying to break the RTI multihull record on 21 June would be a tough challenge and said that he was waiting to see the forecast before he decided which boat to use on the day – the AC45 or the smaller Extreme Sailing Series multihull.

He thanked the public saying: ‘We really do appreciate all the support. It was amazing to come back from the America’s Cup and see how many people had watched and supported it.’

Sir Ben said a British America’s Cup win was a part of maritime history that was missing. He said: ‘The America’s Cup started here in 1851 around the Isle of Wight, the American’s won it and we haven’t seen the cup back here since – it’s about time we turned that around.’

He added: ‘There’s a lot of passion for sailing in the UK, and a lot of talent in terms of British sailing designers, sailors and engineers. We’ve got the expertise, it’s about pulling the right people together to create a winning team.’

Royal visit

This afternoon HRH The Princess Royal will attend the show, visiting the Ben Ainslie Racing stand, Haines Marine, Raymarine, Hartley Boats, Southerly Yachts, the Royal Navy stand, Ocean Safety Ltd, the Little Ship Club team, Commodore Yachting, Gill and the Inland Waterways Association between 2.50pm and 4.30pm.

At 3pm, Princess Anne will be officially naming the Drascombe Longboat ‘Penny Wake’ and at 3.35pm she will present the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtsmaster of the Year award.

The London Boat Show, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, runs until Sunday, 12 January. Find out more at www.londonboatshow.com

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America’s Cup star and Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and a Royal visitor will attend will be taking centre stage at the London Boat Show 2014 tomorrow – Wednesday 8th January 2014. The quadruple Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison.

Visitors are expected to flock to the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand at 11.30am (stand number G28O) to quiz the sailing legend at a question and answer session.

The stand also displays Sir Ben’s extreme racing multihull, which competed in the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series.

Sir Ben and Paul Goodison are later expected to attend the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation stand at 4pm, to promote the work of the charity established in memory of their good friend Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically died last year while training for the 34th America’s Cup.

A Royal VIP visitor is also expected to attend on what looks set to be the busiest day of the Diamond Jubliee anniversary show.

Moss the Springer Spaniel was among the sniffer dogs out in force today as security preparations stepped up a gear ahead of tomorrow’s big event.
Although attendance has been moderate so far, organisers are preparing for a record-breaking mid-week turnout, which they hope will bolster visitor numbers for the rest of the week.

A show spokesman said: ‘Advance ticket sales are up 4% on last year’s figures. At the moment Wednesday is the most popular day.’

The show so far

Waterside Properties director Nick Byrne said while today’s visitor numbers had been quieter than expected, they had enjoyed a positive start to the 2014 event.

He said: ‘We had the best opening day to a London Boat Show that Waterside Properties has experienced for four or five years, in terms of the number of people and most importantly the quality of the enquiries.

‘Sunday and Monday continued to be busy with quality enquiries, then today was much quieter.’

Staff at Ocean Safety Ltd also reported a successful show so far, with their liferaft demonstration in The Watersports Pool on the opening weekend attracting a couple of hundred spectators.

John Goode, of the Adventurous Cruising Zone, said the ‘Ask the experts’ free advice area was proving popular.

He said: ‘Because everything is so electronic these days we’ve had a number of people asking us about basic navigation stuff, there’s a lot of interest in being able to fall back on celestial navigation.’

The London Boat Show 2014, began on Saturday and is scheduled to run until Sunday 12 January.

Book tickets and find out more at www.londonboatshow.com

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Early attendance is down on 2013 figures but advance ticket sales are up… Today’s official press day saw dozens of world, European and UK boat and product launches at the London Boat Show 2014.

TV presenter Suzi Perry unveiled a hot pink Turbojet 325 from Williams Performance Tenders, which is being auctioned for charity in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Suzi said: ‘Today’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, this should brighten things up a bit.’

The highest bid currently stands at just under £6,000 but organisers hope to raise £25,000 for the charity. Click here to find the auction on eBay.

 

 

Spymaster launched its Underwater Drop Camera, which can provide video and illumination at a depth range of up to 60m, with images depicted on a portable high resolution video monitor. Musto showcased its photoluminescent technology, which now features on three more of its collections following positive feedback from Volvo Ocean Race sailors.

The company also launched its new ultra-lightweight and waterproof ‘Dynamic’ range, with ‘vari-stretch’ panelling that will be on sale from April and includes a smock, jacket and salopette.

Musto also launched the Dynamic Pro Shoe, developed in partnership with Clarks shoe specialists, which features a rubber sole for maximum grip, a water-draining system and light, breathable fabric, saltwater resistant eyelets and anti-odour treated mesh.

Boatability

The Rivertime Boat Trust in Berkshire announced ‘Boatability’, a new joint venture with Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School to enable disabled people the opportunity to participate in physical activity on the water.

British luxury motorboat manufacturers Fairline launched the Targa 48 Gran Turismo and reported that sales were on the up.

CEO Kevin Gaskell also revealed details of the Fairline Esprit, which he described as a ‘glimpse of the future of sustainable leisure boating’, with emphasis on re-using and recycling materials and reducing weight to lower the carbon footprint and enhance engine capability.

Garmin showcased a wealth of new products to the public for the first time, including the GPSMAP 800 and 1000 combination chartplotter and fishfinder units, with 8- and 10-inch displays respectively.

The Garmin Helm free mobile app and new scanning sonar were among the company’s latest launches, along with a software update for the GPSMAP and echoMAP series of combination chartplotter and fishfinder units, which can now share supplemental maps and user data such as waypoints, routes, and tracks.

Cruising inspiration

Over at the Adventure Cruising area, Jeremy Wyatt of the World Cruising Club provided practical advice to visitors considering taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

Top tips included buying a comfort fit lifejacket – ‘If it’s comfortable, you’ll wear it’, being aware of the responsibility issues of taking crew, how to find quality crew members on the World Cruising Club website and guidance to ‘definitely sail with them beforehand, either on delivery or on a night sail – you want to trust them to wake you up’ and to consider personalities – ‘it’s important you like them.’

Long-standing Old Gaffers Association (OGA) member Tom Cunliffe gave a talk on the history of the association and presented yachtswoman Barbara Runnalls with the OGA Gaffers Globe Trophy 2014.

Grandmother-of-two Barbara, from Lancing, near Worthing completed a three-month circumnavigation of Britain single-handed on a her gaff cutter Moon River last summer.

As part of the OGA’s Round Britain Challenge, Sussex Yacht Club member Barbara set out in May from Shoreham and sailed to the West Country, round Land’s End, to Wales, Ireland and then Scotland. Barbara even managed to have a minor knee operation without missing out on any sailing days.

She said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed it, I made the most wonderful friends and enjoyed the sailing, it was a lovely sense of achievement. We had a wonderful welcome wherever we went.’

Attendance figures

This year’s London Boat Show, which marks the event’s 60th year, will run until Sunday, 12 January at the ExCeL centre.

Visitor numbers to the first two days of the show are down on 2013 figures but advance ticket sales are strong and look likely to top last year’s overall turnout by the end of the week.

A show spokesman said: ‘Yesterday’s attendance was 8,840. This was 9% down on last year’s number. This puts the attendance after two days at 19,272, 8% behind the figure of last year’s 20,994.

‘Advance tickets continue to sell well and are 4% ahead of last year.’

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The opening weekend of the London Boat Show 2014 is underway at the ExCeL centre in London Docklands with Comedian James Corden attended day one of Europe’s first boat show. Now celebrating its 60th year, the show will run until Sunday 12 January 2014.

The 2014 event sees the return of world famous brands to ExCeL alongside the best of British manufacturers and hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes, both power and sail.

Among the visitors attending yesterday’s launch day was comedian James Corden, who joined Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker brand president and founder to unveil the new Sunseeker 75 yacht.

The show’s Adventurous Cruising Zone provides an opportunity for visitors to learn directly from the boat owners who have experienced the seas and industry experts who will share their knowledge on topics from navigation to boat handling and weather.

America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie will be visiting the event this Wednesday, 8 January, and all are invited to attend a question and answer session with him at 11.30am on the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand (number G28O).

Tomorrow, 6 January, is the official press day, which will be packed with World, European and UK boat and product launches.

Throughout the nine-day show, hundreds of exhibitors will showcase an unrivalled selection of boats, marine products, accessories, services, clothing ranges, chandlery, electronics and engines.

In addition to browsing stalls and gaining expert advice, visitors can take part in a range of activities from canoeing to Stand Up Paddleboarding in free taster sessions at the show’s Water Sports Pool, courtesy of the Rockley team.

The Fine Art Sails regatta is also scheduled to take place this opening weekend, with one of the keelboat’s sails decorated by the winner of a nationwide competition for schoolchildren.

The competition was run in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which is also the show’s official charity for 2014.

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Be alert – more storms coming…..As high tides and strong winds batter Britain, the coastguard and police are warning people to stay safely on shore and not venture out to sea.

Following two serious incidents over recent days in which people have entered the sea in rough conditions, and with 16 severe flood warnings in force in south-west England, Gloucestershire and Wales, Devon and Cornwall, police and the coastguard are appealing to residents to take care in the stormy weather.

A police spokesperson said: “There are people who enjoy swimming in all weathers as well as those who may underestimate the danger a rough sea can pose. During the current bad weather, we would like to appeal to people not to put themselves, and emergency personnel who might have to turn out to rescue them, in unnecessary danger.”

The River Severn has burst its banks and waves of over 30ft are expected to hit parts of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly later today, with serious flooding in many areas already reported.

However, Tom Mansell, RNLI divisional operations manager and flood rescue team leader, told the BBC that the situation so far had been “better than expected” and as long as people take caution the flood defences in place should be able to cope.

“This is coastal flooding that we are expecting,” he said. “Such areas are reasonably used to this but the danger is really where people are going down to have a look. They don’t understand how dangerous the sea can be.”

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Yachting & Boating World: An Australian gang member from th Brothers 4 Life was shot onboard a luxury yacht late on New Year’s Day after gunfire broke out near Sydney.

The 31-year-old was found at Bondi Beach with a gunshot wound to his shoulder at around 11.30pm on Wednesday but is refusing to cooperate with police investigating the incident.

A report by ABC News states that the 32m luxury yacht Oscar II was sprayed with bullets as it arrived at Rose Bay in east Sydney.

The gang member, who cannot be identified due to a court order, was taken to hospital but discharged himself soon after.

Local police said at least 10 shots were fired at the luxury yacht and bullet holes could be seen in a number of windows on the boat’s port side.

The cruiser, which can be hired for more than $2,000 an hour, has been seized and taken for further analysis.

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