The celebratory festival of all water-based activities will be held over three days at Conwy Quay Marina. Sunny intervals are forecast for the first day of the All Wales Boat Show today.

 

Practical Boat Owner: The Met Office predicts sunny intervals and eight knot winds for the start of the three-day event, which runs from Friday 30 May until Sunday 1 June at Conwy Quay Marina.

This year’s show will be officially opened by the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, and organisers are promising an action-packed event.

What’s on?

Exhibitors will include sailboats manufacturers Hanse and Delher, luxury motorboat makers Sunseeker Yachts, Fairline and Sealine, cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley and McLaren and motorbikes from Harley Davidson.

At the other end of the spectrum, there will be Stand Up Paddleboarding, coracles and bath-tub racing.

Bargain hunters can enjoy a boat jumble, held each day of the event, from from 10am to 3pm at Conwy Harbour, plus a daily Used Boat Show from 10am to 5pm.

Due to popular demand, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Active Marina Experience is returning to the All Wales Boat Show.

The Welsh Yachting Association (WYA) will be offering visitors a chance to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors, with free on-the-water and shorebased workshops in partnership with Celtic Cruising & Snowdonia Sailing School and Hill Dickinson Commercial Law Firm.

Workshops will run Friday to Sunday and will provide real hands-on experience. Spaces are limited and weather dependent. Register at stand OT1 or book in advance by contacting the organisers.

Action-packed challenges
Also up for grabs is a place in the Guinness Book of World Records at the World Bathtubbing Championship.

The race will take place on Sunday 1 June and the time to beat is 1 minute 26:41 seconds over a 50 metre course across Conwy Marina – set last year at the All Wales Boat Show by Tony Bain.

Another highlight for visitors at this year’s show, will be the opportunity to try flyboarding with expert instructors in the safe waters of the marina.

A flyboard is a type of water jetpack connected by a long hose to a powerful jet-ski through which gallons of water are pumped at high pressure. The device can lift riders up to 15 metres in the air.

Show history
The All Wales Boat Show was established in 2008 and previously ran in August for four years at the Faenol Estate in Bangor, attracting more than 100 exhibitors and on average 3,500 visitors per day.

Last year, the show relaunched under new management and was held across Conwy Quays and Deganwy Quays marinas.

The 2014 event is being held over three days instead of five and located on a single site on the Conwy side of the estuary instead of being split over two locations.

Davina Carey-Evans, managing director of show organisers Sbarc, said: ‘The backdrop for the show is stunningly beautiful and the location just off the A55 is perfect in terms of accessibility.

‘Things are coming together extremely well and it promises to be a fantastic event which will provide a foundation for building on the potential of the marine sector in creating wealth and employment.’

For tickets visit www.allwalesboatshow.com or call 0844 561 1816

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Boat owners with vessels moored in non-tidal Thames marinas have been urged to ensure that they have paid their licence fee.

The Environment Agency has urged boat owners moored at marinas on the non-tidal Thames to ensure they have paid their licence fee. This warning comes as the navigation authority prepares to launch its annual enforcement drive on the river.

Following legal counsel, the EA has been reassured in its interpretation of the Inland Waterways Order (2010), which states that all boats kept on the non-tidal Thames must be registered, even those moored in marinas.

A spokesperson for the agency told MBM: “Marinas should be considered as public places, and there is a public right of navigation within them; they are part of the Thames and not private water.”

Boat owners who cannot produce up-to-date paperwork can be held liable for a £1,000 fine, and the EA estimates that around 7% fail to do so.

Regular visits by EA officers during the summer of 2012 found that evasion rates in Thames marinas vary hugely, from 5% to as much as 40% in some areas.

More than 30,000 boat owners use the EA’s waterways, according to the agency’s annual report, and craft registration fees range from £50 to £1,500 per year, with the majority paying between £300 and £500 per year.

Since the Coalition came to power in 2010, the Environment Agency has faced significant cuts in its Grant-in-Aid, resulting in a three-year agreement to annually increase boating licence fees by 2% above the CPI rate of inflation.

“Registration charges make a vital contribution to the cost of delivering a navigation service on the Thames, boosting the substantial but reducing contribution made by government,” the EA statement continued.

“We are working to make the management of our waterways more financially sustainable and less reliant upon government, through a variety of initiatives including commercial development, volunteering and enforcement.”
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Yachting & Boating World: Ten men rescued from the water as tensions escalate in dispute over oil rig the South China Sea.

Vietnamese fisherman claim that their boat was sunk in an attack by a Chinese vessel during a skirmish in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

The Vietnam coast guard have said that the boat was surrounded by 40 Chinese vessels before one rammed into it, knocking 10 men overboard and sinking the vessel.

But the official Chinese state media body Xinhua said that the Vietnamese boats were “engaging in harassment” and caused the collision.

All the men were rescued and no one was injured.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated since China positioned a controversial oil rig called Haiyang Shiyou 981 in an area claimed by Vietnam, Philippines and three other nations. The moved sparked deadly anti-Beijing protests in Ho Chin Minh City.

China says that Vietnam has “on many occasions dispatched various boats with the sole intention of harassing Chinese-linked companies drilling in that part of the ocean”, according to a report by BBC News.

Vietnam has sent dozens of patrol boats to confront the rig and China has responded by deploying a number of vessels to protect it.

Vietnam claims they have been attacked with water cannons and their boats have been rammed into, damaging the vessels and injuring some workers on board.

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Motorboats & Yachting: Azimut’s latest offering makes pre-launch sales at Cannes Boat Show 2014.

The newest model in the Azimut S Collection is set to debut at the 2014 Cannes Boat Show this September. With four boats sold pre-launch, the Azimut 77S has already made quite a splash and we’re keen to see if it lives up to the best-selling success of its predecessor, the Azimut 55S.

Key features to look out for are the pivoting stern platform, the wave-piercing vertical bow and triple Volvo Penta 900 HP Diesel engine configuration, each of which is fitted with IPS transmission.

The interior is spacious and light with large lateral windows and three-metre wide glazed entry doors, a bow windshield and glazed roof. Italian Boatyard’s designer Stefano Righini created the streamlined silhouette with all interior layouts and furnishings by Carlo Galeazzi, featuring polished Zobrano wood and hand-sewn leather.

There’s a full-beam owner’s cabin plus two cabins and a bathroom with separate shower – accommodating up to three crew members – and a pretty sizeable sundeck complete with large sunpad and a pilot station.

Also set to show at Cannes are the Azimut Grande 95RPH and the Azimut 50 Fly.

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US Navy finds the boat and Coast Guard confirms worst fears shortly after the search is called off.  Cheeki Rafiki’s life raft has been found in its place aboard the boat and unused, according to the US Coast Guard. A US Navy vessel located the upturned hull of the boat believed to be Cheeki Rafiki on Friday. A small boat was launched and a swimmer confirmed the name.

 

Although unable to dive below the boat, the swimmer did manage to get underwater images that confirmed that the life raft had not been deployed and was still in its dedicated storage position.

This was the news that no one wanted to hear, confirmation that the four men had not made it into the raft. In addition, there was no sign of the men and there are no further indications as to their whereabouts.

“The US Coast Guard has confirmed the life raft aboard the capsized sailing vessel Cheeki Rafiki was secured in its storage space in the aft portion of the boat, Friday, indicating it was not used for emergency purposes,” said a spokesman.

The mystery as to why the boat capsized still remains, but new pictures of the upturned boat show the damage to the hull in the area of the missing keel, in particular a large area of damage on the starboard side of the hull as if the outer skin had been peeled off.

The search for the missing men was called off at 0300UTC this morning.

 “It is with sincere compassion for the families of these four men that our thoughts and prayers are with them all during this difficult time,” said Capt. Anthony Popiel, 1st U.S. Coast Guard District Chief of Response. “The US Coast Guard is always hopeful, and makes the utmost efforts to find and rescue those in peril. We have the greatest appreciation for the US Navy and US Air Force for working with us alongside the militaries of Canada and the United Kingdom during this massive search effort. It is only after our deepest consideration that we suspend our active search efforts.”

Jeremy Wyatt of the World Cruising Club, who has been helping to coordinate the search with the private vessels that are heading back to the UK on ARC Europe said, “We are inviting sailors everywhere to have a silent minute of reflection and remeber the four crew at sunset today.”

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An ARC Europe yacht searching for the four yachtsmen who went missing seven days ago have found some debris. The US coast guard were informed by Malisi (Outremer 64) that debris had been sighted at position 39 14.164N 049 12.050W at 2100UTC on 21/05 within the search area of missing yacht Cheeki Rafiki.

 

The sighting comes after Malisi spent 36 hours scouring the area after diverting to assist with the search, under direction of the US Coastguard. Skipper Patrick Michel reported the object appeared to be ‘a wooden plank about 1-1.5m long and 20-30cm wide, medium brown in colour’ and that no marine growth was apparent, indicating that it is likely to have entered the water relatively recently. Two other items of debris were also sighted by Malisi with the search area and reported to the US Coastguard.

Following the sighting, Malisi has now left the search area and resumed course for their original destination of Horta in the Azores islands, due to crew commitments. They have been praised internationally and thanked by the families of the missing men for their efforts in assisting with the search. British yacht Gertha 4, also part of the ARC Europe fleet, has now entered the search area and begun to sail in a search pattern in the hope of further sightings.

The four yachtsmen, Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, Steve Warren,52, and Paul Goslin, 56, were sailing back to the UK from racing their Beneteau First 40.7, Cheeky Rafiki, at Antigua Week.

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The boat service provider is aiming big after becoming the largest marine support network in the world.

 

Marine service provider Galatea is broadening its horizons after a rapid expansion in Europe.

Following a successful launch in 2012, the company now boasts a network of 4,000 technicians throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, North and Black Sea coastlines, as well as the North Atlantic.

However, with world spreading beyond the continent, the company is setting its sights even higher.

John Stone from Galatea told MBM: “Obviously this project has American, Caribbean and APAC all over it, and that’s on the roadmap for 2015. We’re following the trends and that’s where many of our customers want to go in the future.”

Galatea offers a two-level membership; the basic package comprises the MyBoats app (10 euros per month or 99 euros per year), which allows boat owners to manage key documentation, view graphics and set regular service intervals.

Those who want telephone support and the opportunity to call out a technician pay 69 euros per year for a maximum of two malfunctions, or 179 euros per year for unlimited support.

Beyond that, Galatea also offers a premium service for 849 euros per year, whereby two technicians are sent out to catalogue your boat and all of its documentation.

The appeal of the service has proved huge among cash-rich, time-poor boat owners who have a zero-tolerance approach to wasting valuable holiday time waiting for repairs.

“In the support centre we can solve 30% of problems without sending anyone out, but if a customer has MyBoats set-up, that goes up to 50%,” John adds.

And despite significant advances in technology the humble toilet is still the most likely source of trouble, we are told.

All mass production brands are covered by Galatea, from Azimut to Windy via Fairline and Princess, and John estimates that the company can provide support for new makes and models within three days of launch.

But regardless of who you trust to look after your boat, preparation is the key to an enjoyable holiday, John advises.

“People tend to procrastinate in terms of getting their boat ready for the summer. The sooner that you prepare for the season, the less downtime you will have during your vacation.”

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Thousands of supporters have signed a petition for the US Coast Guard to give the sailors of Cheeki Rafiki a ‘chance to be found’. A campaign to encourage the US Coast Guard to resume searching for four British sailors is gaining momentum.

 

More than 27,400 supporters – and counting – have signed the petition, which can be found here. Cheeki Rafiki, a Beneteau First 40.7 yacht from Southampton, was returning home to the United Kingdom with a crew of four, following a successful race campaign in the Carribean.

The four crew members have been named as Andrew Bridge, 21, from Farnham, Surrey, the yacht’s skipper; Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset; Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, and 23-year-old James Male, from Southampton.

On Thursday, the skipper, Andrew Bridge reported they were taking on water. The experienced offshore yachtsmen believed that the situation was stable but amended their course to head for the Azores. On Friday morning, Southampton-based Stormforce Coaching lost contact with them.

The US Coastguard carried out an extensive two-day search before making the ‘difficult decision to suspend search efforts.’

Heart-felt campaign

Friends and family of the sailors are calling for the US Coast Guard to ‘please search again’.

Nicola Evans, of Belvedere, Kent who started up the petition, said: ‘I sailed with Andy on Cheeki Rafiki last summer during the Fastnet 2013 campaign.

‘Andy is an amazing guy and showed such genuine care for me and all his crew mates, that we all consider him a close friend and desperately want him to be found.’

Family members have joined the call.

Claire Goslin, of Plymouth, said: ‘One of the sailors is my dad and we cannot give up! He is my world and we need to start this search again!!’

Gemma Townsend, of London, said: ‘My uncle is on board. We mustn’t give up. Two days searching is not enough. When people have survived many months on life rafts.’

Supporter David Williams added: ‘I crewed Cheeki across Biscay on the first leg of her outward journey in October.

‘She’s a well prepared boat with an experienced crew who will have the resources to survive for a lot more than 2 days (Tony Bullimore survived a week before being rescued and he was on his own).

‘It’s far too early to call the search off and give up on four men who could still be alive and hoping for rescue.’

US Coastguard statement

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Anthony Popiel said after learning of the vessel’s distress at 12.30am, Friday, watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District immediately began coordinating efforts by air and sea to locate the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki.

The locator beacons activated by the crew indicated they were in a position 1,000 miles east of Massachusetts as of Friday morning. Seas were 15 feet with winds surpassing 50 knots. The air temperature was 59 degrees and the water was 60 degrees.

He said: ‘Based on the extreme conditions at sea, but assuming best-case emergency equipment, the estimated survival time past the time of distress was approximately 20 hours. Crews searched for 53 hours.’

Capt Popiel added: ‘Air crews from North Carolina, Georgia and Canada searched an area of more than 4,000 square miles and worked with commercial liners who volunteered to assist from the sea.

‘At approximately noon, Saturday, the crew from the 1,000-foot motor vessel Maersk Kure located an overturned hull that matched the description of the Cheeki Rafiki, but could not find any sign of the sailor.

‘After more than two days of searching and no indication of surviving crew members, the U.S. Coast Guard made the difficult decision to suspend search efforts.

‘We will continue to provide any information we can about the search efforts and wish to extend again our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these four sailors.’

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The US Coast Guard calls off a search for crew of Cheeki Rafiki. The missing crew are Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, Andrew Bridge, 21, from Farnham, Surrey, and 23-year-old James Male, from Southampton.

 

A search and rescue operation by the US Coast Guard has been called off after two days spent trying to locate the missing yachtsmen from the Beneteau First 40.7, Cheeki Rafiki. The four man crew was delivering the boat back from Antigua to Southampton when they are understood to have run into trouble when the boat started taking on water last Thursday. The skipper was in touch with Stormforce Coaching, the company that runs the charter race boat and informed them that the crew were ‘keeping the situation stable’ according to a statement from the company principal Doug Innes.

‘Unfortunately we lost contact during the early hours of Friday morning and we believe the crew abandoned to the life raft, the statement continues. ‘Search and Rescue authorities were mobilised and a mixture of Canadian and US aircraft along with merchant vessels searched throughout Friday and Saturday. Although the search efforts co ordinated by Boston were exceptional we are devastated that search has been called off so soon after the abandonment to a life-raft.’

It is understood that the initial position of the distress was 38-45N, 048-00W and that a later Personal Locator beacon position was 38-34.9N; 048-15.4W at 2310Z on 16 May 2014. Broadly speaking, midway between the eastern coast of the USA and the Azores.

Later, in winds of 30 knots and sea state of around 4m a container ship, the M/V Maersk Kure discovered an upturned vessel in an area that is said to be consistent with where the Cheeki Rafiki could have drifted to. A photograph taken from the deck of the container ship appears to show an upturned sailing hull with no keel.

Reports from the ship also suggest that there were no signs of life aboard the boat and that the ship did not investigate the upturned hull.

Petty Officer Rob Simpson, a spokesman for the US Coastguard, was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying, “The Maersk Kure is a 1,000ft container ship which does not have the manoeuvrability, capacity and ability to help.

“It has a fairly limited possibility of picking anything up – it is not designed for search and rescue capabilities or anything like that or trained to do anything like that.”

Asked if others could have attended the scene where the hull was found, he said: “It is not possible to take a helicopter that far offshore – the search area is very far out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

“The grand scale of this is immense.

“Aircraft take four or five hours to get there and vessels can take over a week. This particular ship just happened to be in the area, they were not tasked specifically for this.”

Aircraft and ships travelling through the area have been alerted to the missing yacht, he added.

Meanwhile there was still hope among the sailing community that the crew had abandoned ship and taken to a liferaft.

It is understood that a second distress signal from a McMurdo Fastfind PLB (personal locator beacon) which has to be manually activated and with a signal that is unlikely to transmit through the hull of the boat, suggests that a crew member had activated it. It is this that is providing hope for family, friends and colleagues that the crew boarded the liferaft.

The missing crew are Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, Andrew Bridge, 21, from Farnham, Surrey, and 23-year-old James Male, from Southampton.

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North of England distributor Sunseeker Cheshire will be representing the brand at the Conwy Marina event – All Wales Boat Show 2014 from 30th May till 1st June.

 

Sunseeker has confirmed its line-up of motoryachts heading to Conwy Marina for the All Wales Boat Show later this month (30 May-1 June).
North of England distributor Sunseeker Cheshire will be bringing a recently sold Sunseeker Manhattan 63, which is kindly being loaned back by its new owner.

Other models include a used Fairline 40 Targa, one of the 400 pre-owned boats and yachts available through the Sunseeker Brokerage network.

Four-wheeled aficionados also have a reason to visit the All Wales Boat Show, as Bentley, Rolls Royce and McLaren Manchester will be bringing a selection of cars.
Jonathan Kingsley, sales broker at Sunseeker Cheshire, said: “Last year’s show was a great success for us.

“It is our chance to showcase Sunseeker to the area and to demonstrate that our boats are as desirable in the UK as they are abroad.”

Now in its seventh year, the All Wales Boat Show features more than 100 exhibitors and attracts around 3,500 visitors per day.

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