April 2014 - Velos

But insurance costs increase say Cruising Association. Sailing regulations for yachts in Greece have become much easier under a new law, says the Cruising Association.

But the Cruising Association (CA), which has hundreds of members sailing in Greece, warns that the law also calls for certificates of insurance giving higher values.

All vessels under 300gt now need insurance of €50,000 per passenger and not less than €500,000 per event to cover civil liability for bodily harm or death of passengers and third parties due to collision, crash, sinking or any other cause.
Civil liability for material damage needs insurance cover of €150,000.

The old limits (which most policies currently cover) were €300,000 for bodily injury or death, €150,000 for third-party, and €90,000 for sea pollution.

The new law follows the new Greek cruising tax which charges all boat owners using Greek waters – up to 400 euros for boats under 12m and up to 100 euros x the metre length of boat for a full calendar year. The higher rate can be reduced if the boat spends less than seven months a year in the water.

Also, if the boat spends more than 11 months in Greek territory – afloat or ashore – owners can claim a 30% reduction on yearly rates.

A system for making payment of the tax is expected to be in place sometime in May but a period of transition will follow when penalties are very unlikely. The relaxation of port police procedures is already in effect.

Multiple methods for paying are being arranged: on-line; through port police, tax offices and agents; and possibly through banks. Cash, credit or debit cards can be used by most collecting methods.

The Cruising Association (CA) has been busy working with Greek authorities to reduce the effects of the new legislation and many of its suggestions have been taken on board. So far, the following has been confirmed:

  • *All EU boats cruising in Greece need a DEKPA (Cruising Bulletin) and that remains permanently valid.
  • *Once the Greek tax payment system (TPP) is in force, the DEKPA will be used to register the boat and payments of the TPP. It is still unsure how this will work except that there will be a central on-line registry.
  • *While the boat remains in Greece, the DEKPA only needs to be presented to port police once a year. We are still checking what happens when only a month’s tax has been paid for boats more than 12m.
  • *Boats should carry an up-to-date crew list and report any changes to immigration control.
  • *Permission from the port police is no longer needed on arrival in harbour, to haul out, re-launch or to leave harbour.
  • *Licences are no longer required for fishing from a boat.
  • *The port police only need to be contacted if there is an accident or injury at sea, but they have the right to visit the boat to check payment of dues.
  • *All insurance certificates need to show the revised cover.

Boats of 12m and less pay a single fee on arrival in Greece or on launching. This will permit them to cruise for the rest of that calendar year in Greek waters. There are three bands: 7.1m to 8m, €200; 8.1m to 10m, €300; and 10.1m to 12m, €400. After a transition period, boats over 12m which try to evade paying this tax face a harsh penalty if caught – they have to pay twice the full annual rate due.

The Cruising Association updates its public web site news item on this subject as soon as new information is received – see http://cruising.org.uk/news/greektax to keep up to date.


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Categories: Cruising Association

Yachting Monthly: £155,000 worth of yacht abandoned. Three yachtsmen rescued from a life-raft after their 49ft yacht sank in the Atlantic were not insured for her loss

Leonard and Lisa Rorke’s £155,000 Beneteau Oceanis, last surveyed in 2007, was taking in water during a storm 900 miles off Bermuda, so they took to the liferaft with crewman Henri Worthalter and a pet dog.

They were picked up by a British-registered tanker the 351ft Tilda Kosan on passage to Mexico with a freight of gas.

The tanker’s captain used superb seamanship to range alongside the raft in the dark in rough conditions and take them off.

Leonard Rorke, 55, said: ‘We really did not think we were going to live. We were clinging on for our lives when we were found.’

The couple from Oundle, Northamptonshire only had the boat insured for Third Party claims.

They have two daughters back home at their £300,000 detached home.

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Categories: Rescue at sea

Yachting World: Perfect conditions for Day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week

In CSA 4, Ian Hope Ross’ Melges 32, Kick ’em Jenny 2 took the gun and the win on corrected time by just over a minute. Ian’s team from St Maarten is returning to Antigua Sailing Week after racing here last year: “We have a good set-up on the dock, we have sailed down with a catamaran and it’s our mother ship for the week,” explained Ian enjoying a cold Wadadli in the cockpit in Falmouth Marina.

“We didn’t have a good start today and got into bad air. But by the second mark we had stitched it all back together and got into clear air. We had Bernie [Evan-Wong] on High Tension breathing down our neck all day and the two Cork 1720s are very well sailed.

This is a very competitive class, but today the short chop suited us more than the other boats. This is only day one and we are not celebrating too much, there is plenty of racing to come.”

Kick ’em Jenny 2, Ian Hope Ross’ Melges 32 wins CSA 4 in the AUA College of Medicine Race Day
Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com/Antigua Sailing Week
In Class Zero, British Farr 100, ICAP Leopard with owner Mike Slade at the helm, got away to a blistering start and quickly pulled away from the chasing pack including Andy Budgen’s Volvo 70, Monster Project.

Leopard hit the turbo button off the breeze to take line honours by half an hour and the pro-crew was joined today by Mike’s wife, Heather and four friends who enjoyed a high speed sail on one of the world’s fastest yachts: “I love coming here, what is there not to like?” quizzed Mike Slade dockside. “We have been coming to Antigua since 1990 and it is one of my favourite places to sail.

Leopard has been very busy since the start of the year, giving many guests the perfect way to enjoy the Caribbean and Antigua Sailing Week is a marvellous way to round off the season.”

Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, has enjoyed plenty of success in the Caribbean this season and corrected out to win CSA 0 in Race 1 by three minutes from Rob Date’s Australian RP52, Scarlet Runner.

Start Boat B ran courses from Rendezvous Bay past Curtain Bluff and Old Road. The breeze was from the southeast and a shifting breeze kept drivers and trimmers on their toes.

In CSA 6, Tom Wilson racing British Swan 44, Selene corrected out to win Race 1. Selene’s owner Adrian Lower was on board and over the moon about the win: “Absolutely delighted,” commented Adrian. “Tom is an old mate and when he said he was looking for a boat to charter for Antigua Sailing Week, I said yes straight away.

Also on board we have Stephon Dundas, who is from St. John’s, Antigua and is sailing on Selene for the second year in a row. Stephon oversees the front of the boat and I look after the back. We had a good start but we were almost over early, so the heart rate was up a bit there. Selene had a great battle with Tatonka all the way around the track.

The Tatonka team sailed a great race and they obviously know exactly what they are doing. We thought we might have a podium place today but to win was above our expectations. What a brilliant start to the week!”

In Bareboat 1, just four minutes separated the top four boats in a three hour race. Garvey Colman’s Irish team on Bageal is returning after coming second in class last year. Bageal corrected out to win the first race of the regatta by less than a minute from the Kiev Racing Club. Nicholas Jordan’s Just De Ting completed the podium, placing third just ahead of Marcelo Baltzer Foucher’s Pinel.

Bageal’s skipper, Garvey Colman spoke after the race. “We came here last year and didn’t win a single race, so we are delighted to take a win on the first day, but we had to dig deep. We were fifth after the first beat and the boys got properly stuck in to challenge the team from Kiev in the lead.

On the last beat, Kiev was covering us from the front and we took them on in a tacking duel. We were pulling out all the stops and we tired them out to take the win. We enjoy a few beers after racing, but if the first day is anything to go by, we are going to need to be very sharp tomorrow.”

After racing the American University of Antigua College of Medicine Daily Prize Giving drew a big crowd. Chief Marketing Officer, Dr. Cory Greenburg was on stage to hand out the AUA College of Medicine prize bags to the winner and the sailors were delighted. The barbecue grills were smoking and the icemakers were on.

Tonight’s main entertainment is Rum and Rhythms: Reggae with Idus and International sounds from Strays. The America’s Cup Trophy will be on show in the Antigua Yacht Club Marina lounge from 6 to 8 pm. The sun is setting on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week.

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Categories: Boat Event

Motorboat & Yachting: A BBQ, bar and live music will entertain while marine businesses open their doors.

Chichester Marina’s new £3.5 million boatyard is being officially opened on Saturday, with a ceremony scheduled for 2pm followed by a BBQ, drinks and live entertainment.

During the ceremony, a specially made plaque will be unveiled on the boatyard building by Chichester Harbour Conservancy director Siún Cranny alongside Premier Marinas directors and local council members.

Marine businesses in the boatyard will be opening their doors and putting on special events, while Chichester Sea School will be running a free pilotage and passage planning workshop at onsite Chichester Yacht Club.

Companies including Garmin, Navico, Raymarine and Waeco will be present showcasing their products.

The event will also feature a raffle in aid of Premier’s chosen charity, the Rainbow Centre, with prizes donated by businesses based in the boatyard.

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Categories: Boat Show

The wreckage of a wooden steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888 has been found by oceanographers

The wreckage of a wooden steamship that sank in August 1888 has been discovered by oceanographers while they were charting shipping channels ahead of last year’s America’s Cup.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) team discovered the resting place of the doomed ship using sonar imaging equipment last May and released their findings this week.

The 202ft vessel named the City of Chester sank in San Francisco Bay after it collided with an Asian steam ship in dense fog.

Sixteen of the 90 crew and passengers onboard died as a result of the crash that became the bay’s second-worst maritime disaster.

Media reports at the time initially criticized Oceanic’s Chinese crew for the crash but criticism soon turned to praise when the bravery of the crew in rescuing many of City of Chester’s passengers was revealed.

NOAA’s director of maritime heritage James Delgado said: “Discoveries like this remind us that the waters off our shores are museums that speak to powerful events, in this case not only that tragic wreck, but to a time when racism and anger were set aside by the heroism of a crew who acted in the best traditions of the sea.”

The ship’s rough location was first found 125 years ago by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey but these latest images reveal new details about the wreckage.

The new sonar images show the hull of the ship shrouded in mud, rising some 18ft from the seabed, with the fatal gash that caused it to sink clearly visible.

Despite these new findings, no attempt will be made to raise the vessel from her watery grave.

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Categories: Boats

Yachting & Boating World: South Korea president Park Geun-hye has spoken out against the ‘incomprehensible’ actions during the ferry disaster – death toll rises to 108 people with 190 still missing.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has publicly condemned the actions of some of the crew members during the sinking of the Sewol ferry last week and promised that those who had “abandoned their responsibilities” would be held to account.

In an official statement the president said that the actions of the crew on the bridge “were utterly incomprehensible, unacceptable and tantamount to murder”.
“The captain did not comply with passenger evacuation orders from the vessel traffic service… and escaped ahead of others while telling passengers to keep their seats. This is something that is never imaginable legally or ethically,” she said.

Seven people have been detained, including Captain Lee Joon-seok and two crew members, and five have been charged with not fulfilling their duty to evacuate passengers safely, officials told the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

Meanwhile the families of the 190 people who are still missing wait on nearby Jindo Island as rescuers return daily with new bodies recovered from the sunken hull.

The ferry sank in two hours with 476 people onboard, including 339 children and teachers on a school trip. Only 174 people were rescued and only two of the 46 lifeboats on board were deployed, according to reports in local media.

Mass outpourings of grief in South Korea have turned to anger as transcripts released on Sunday of the last communications between the crew and the controllers reveal panic and indecision on the bridge.

In them, a crew member repeatedly asks whether rescue vessels are on hand if an evacuation takes place while the controller argues that they need to start handing out lifejackets right away.

According to the BBC, reports suggest that passengers were told to remain in rooms and cabins while the ship listed and sank. Reuters also reports that the first emergency distress calls were made by children onboard.


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Categories: Accident

A reader’s question about drilling acrylic is answered by one of PBO’s experts.

Are there any special things I should know about drilling acrylic? I want to drill some holes quite close to the edge of a piece around 8mm thick. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


Special acrylic drilling bits are ideal, but I’ve managed with ordinary twist drills. Practise on a scrap piece of acrylic and if there is a tendency for the drill to dig in and chip the surface, grind the drill’s cutting edges back a bit. Simply flatten them against the side of the grinding wheel, as shown in the photo.

A drill press is great for keeping everything square, but a manual or powered hand drill also works fi ne. Clamp the acrylic down carefully, being careful not to scratch the surface, and have a scrap piece of acrylic or hardwood underneath.

This gives the right resistance to the drill point as it keeps cutting and prevents the sides of the drill from bursting through and chipping the edge of the hole. Use a slow speed, drill a pilot hole and make a circular dam of plasticine around the hole to hold water to lubricate and cool the job.

Work slowly and keep taking the load off the drill so it doesn’t heat up and crack the plastic. If the hole is for a bolt, drill it slightly oversize and rub off the sharp edges with a countersink or larger drill, to prevent stresses building up as you clamp everything down.

There are all sorts of acrylic plastics: some drill like soft cheese, others seem to work-harden and always want to chip, so good luck!
PBO’s free Ask the Experts service for readers calls on the help of 16 professionals, all with different specialisms.

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Categories: Boat protection

A couple had to be rescued yesterday after their yacht crashed into a metal buoy and sank

Two sailors had to be rescued by volunteers from East Yorkshire lifeboat station yesterday after their yacht sank on the River Humber.

The couple, from Pontefract, had been sailing on the river when their 26ft yacht crashed into a large metal buoy known as the Whitton Light Float.The incident, which occurred at around 1pm, caused the yacht to sink within a matter of seconds and forced the pair to cling to the buoy that they had crashed into.Emergency services were contacted from their mobile phones and Humber rescue went to the aid of the couple.

Neither of the sailors needed hospital treatment and the yacht was recovered, allowing the pair to retrieve any valuables that had been onboard.

Crewmember Jon Wray told the Hull Daily Mail: “Incidents of this nature show the value of volunteer emergency workers. Although we all have jobs to do, our pride in Humber Rescue drives us forward as a team when a call for help comes in.”

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Categories: Accident

A barge anchor weighing 400kg has been stolen from a yacht club’s compound in Barmouth, north Wales.

Local police believe the thieves would have required heavy lifting gear in order to make off with the large anchor.

Authorities suspect that the object was stolen sometime since the beginning of March.

Investigating officer PCSO Paul Duggan told the BBC: “Clearly the anchor is very heavy and would have required heavy lifting gear, a vehicle and a fair amount of time to take from the compound.

“Any vehicles used will have been parked in the adjacent harbour public car park and alongside the 10ft high boundary fence and so I’m hopeful someone will have witnessed the act.”

This isn’t the first time an incident of this kind has occurred, with a 4.5 tonne anchor being stolen from a sunken cargo ship off the Gower coast in 2012.

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Categories: Boat insurance

The Royal couple took part in a yacht race around Auckland Harbour while on an official visit to New Zealand.

The Duchess of Cambridge beat Prince William in a friendly yacht race around Auckland Harbour on Friday.

The couple, who are currently on a Royal visit to the country with Prince George, were given the chance to take the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand’s yachts.

The Duke was onboard NZL 41, which previously raced under the Japanese flag in the Louis Vuitton series.

While the Duchess took the helm of NZL 68, a former training yacht for Emirates Team New Zealand.

America’s Cup sailor Dean Barker was on hand to provide Kate with some winning tactics.

The Duchess won both of the two three-mile races around the harbour and gave Prince William a cheeky victory salute as she headed back to shore.

Earlier in the day the Royal couple attended a number of official engagements, including visiting families at the largest RNZAF base in New Zealand.


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