The West London dock has added a new 30-berth pontoon as part of a three-year development.
Shepperton now houses 330-moorings, following a three-year project adding new pontoons, as well as adding a new toilet block and replacing diesel tanks.
More than half of the funds were spent on the construction of a new basin for 70 narrowboats and barges up to 80-feet long.
Other upgrades include a new 30-berth pontoon and the replacement of its oldest floating mooring, meaning that every pontoon at Shepperton has been replaced within the past ten years.
John Harris, marina supervisor at Shepperton, told MBM that they are not resting on their laurels, however:
“We still have a lot of projects happening in the background and even plans to expand into a fourth basin.”
Shake-ups are planned for both the London Boat Show and PSP Southampton Boat Show.
The PSP Southampton Boat Show will be promoted as a festival of boating, for all the family with an increased number of new attractions on the land as well as more opportunities to get afloat and experience being out on the water.
Meanwhile, the organizers will be striving to put the ‘Show’ back in to the London Boat Show.
What’s new for London?
London will be a 10-day show once more, with a return of the Friday preview day. Traders indicated in the post 2014 show research that many wanted an additional selling day. The media also wanted it to focus all the press activity on one day.
The show will also start a week later, with the 2015 event scheduled to take place from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 January.
A brand new Classic Car Show will be staged over the first weekend. The London Classic Car Show will run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 January 2015. Run by the organisers of Chris Evans’ CarFest and Top Gear Live, this show will offer 15,000-20,000 discerning collectors, buyers and enthusiasts an opportunity to experience rare and valuable cars from the past; and it will offer boat show traders the chance to show off their products to a new, complementary audience.
The Telegraph Cruise Show will also run the first weekend from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 January.
National Boat Shows managing director Murray Ellis said: ‘We’ll inject the energy and excitement that’s been missing and create an amazing first impression.
‘It will be a great event with more innovative, unique attractions that will entertain, inspire, surprise and enthuse visitors, ensuring they – and you – can’t fail to recommend the event to family and friends.’
He added: ‘Our shows continue to be ranked in the world’s top 10 boat shows and the last two events in September and January proved to be successful in terms of sales, with many of you performing beyond your expectation; indications that, with the improving economy, they continue to deliver.
‘It is now the perfect opportunity to build on this upward trend.’
Mr Ellis said while the Southampton Boat Show will be enhanced for visitors, it will also create the best possible sales platform for traders.
He added: ‘We’re not forgetting that the marine exhibitors are the stars of the Show. Our visitors always want to see more boats, products, brands and services – covering sail and power, large and small.
‘Interest from marine companies is already high and with this new direction we’re confident of increased demand. Don’t forget the deadline for your early commitment discount is the end of May.
Why the shake-up?
Mr Ellis said the reason for the changes is to provide ‘an unrivalled sales opportunity’ and to ‘protect the services the British Marine Federation offers.’
He said: ‘The profit from both the London Boat Show and the PSP Southampton Boat Show contributes significantly to the Federation, enabling us to deliver the services and support to our 1,500 members and the industry as a whole. All of the planning has been done as a result of exhibitor and visitor feedback and has the full support of both the NBS and BMF Board.
‘We are committed to improving our Shows and will be announcing more plans over the next few months as we confirm them.’
Piet Vroon, racing his Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, is overall winner.
The 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week featured five days of racing with a fabulous party atmosphere ashore. Yachts flying the flags of 23 different nations were drawn to the Caribbean’s most prestigious regatta. Sailors came from all over the world for the fantastic weather, extremely competitive racing and fun filled entertainment.
The racing was incredibly close, with a number of classes only decided by seconds on the last race and the weather was absolutely glorious. The trade winds were pumping at 15-25 knots all week. Enough to get the thrill of fast action, but still tactically challenging with wind shifts emanating from land effects and cloud bursts.
Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (pictured above), was the overall champion of Antigua Sailing Week. Piet is aged in his 80s and has raced just about every major regatta in the world, including Antigua Sailing Week in the past. Tonnerre scored eight straight wins, the only yacht racing in any CSA Class to do so, and was rightly awarded The Lord Nelson Trophy.
“The team have been racing in Key West, RORC 600, St. Thomas, BVI and Antigua and our worst result in any race has been second. The Tonnerre crew has been together for many years and we have been racing her for six years now, so she is extremely well sailed and highly optimised. Many of the races we had at Antigua Sailing Week were close, which shows it is never easy to come here and win, but I am obviously delighted with the result,” exclaimed Piet.
Irishman David Cullen racing his J/109, Pocket Rocket came so close to a perfect score, but lost out to Norwegian entry, Aage Kristensen’s Frileans in the last race of the regatta. David has lived in the Caribbean for years and is based in St. Barths. Pocket Rocket won CSA 7, Best Caribbean Yacht Start Boat B: “I have been to Antigua Sailing Week for many years and I have to say that this edition has been exceptionally well run on the water, with a very friendly atmosphere ashore. I am sure Pocket Rocket will be back.”
Bernie Evan-Wong’s Mumm 36, High Tension had a champagne regatta winning so many trophies that they needed all of the crew to lift them; Best Caribbean Yacht Start Boat A, Best Antiguan Yacht Start Boat A, Winner of CSA 4 and The Black & White Trophy for the Best Yacht in the Most Competitive Class. Bernie runs a dental practice in St. John and all of the crew are from Antigua. High Tension won the race and the class by just 14 seconds.
“It is an unbelievable end to a fantastic season!” shouted a totally ecstatic Bernie. “High Tension has competed at six Caribbean regattas this season, all of the big ones and to finish off on home soil, winning so many of the trophies that I have wanted to win all my life. It’s like a dream come true! The crew have been just grand all season but to win at Antigua Sailing Week, against very well sailed boats, it is just the icing on the cake.”
Another notable performance by an Antigua yacht was Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic, which won six out of eight races to win CSA8 and Best Antigua Yacht Start Boat B. Geoffrey is well into his 70s but races every weekend and this year completed a hat trick of wins at Antigua Sailing Week, having also won class 2013 &2012: “It is getting harder every year. Hightide was very well sailed and so are other boats in the class. It might seem that this was an easy win, but just about every race was won by seconds rather than minutes,” said Geoffrey.
The Best American Yacht and CSA 6 class winner was John Cook’s Tatonka. John joined the crew on stage wearing an Indian Headdress, as a symbol of his roots in South Dakota. “We have had a ball!” exclaimed John. “I haven’t been racing for many years and Antigua Sailing Week has been on my bucket list for ages. Friends have told me what a great regatta this is and they were not joking. The weather conditions have been sublime and everybody here is so friendly. It is just the best!”
Jonty Layfield’s Sleeper won CSA 2. The final race decided by just 12 seconds from Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster. Sleeper’s crew contained three Antiguans: Sean Malone, Ashley Rhodes and Robert Green and there were plenty of Antiguans racing on other yachts, including 21 year-old Stephon Dundas on Selene, which won Best Swan and was second Best British Yacht to Sleeper.
Adrian Lower, owner of Selene spoke about Stephon’s contribution. “This is the second year that Stephon has been on the bow of Selene and his attitude and work ethic is exemplary. Stephon plans to come to England to hone his sailing skills and I have no doubt that he will be successful. It has been a pleasure to race with such a mature young man.”
Twenty eight yachts competed in the Bareboat classes, split into two divisions. Coleman Garvey’s all-Irish was the victor in Bareboat 1 with KH+P Bageal, Sun Odyssey 44i. “Last year we were second, so this was unfinished business,” commented Coleman. “The racing is incredibly close, one mistake and you are out of it. We were pushed very hard by the Ukrainian team led by Rodion Luka who is an Olympic silver medallist. The atmosphere ashore has been grand, the team have made a lot of friends from all over the world during the regatta and with all the bareboats moored together in Nelson’s Dockyard, there has been a great buzz right through the fleet.”
Bareboat 2 and the overall Bareboat title was won by Cayenne, Dufour 44, skippered by Max Katinov. The Russian Team won all seven races and also won the coveted prize of a US$2,500 voucher to use with Antigua Sailing Week sponsor, Sunsail.
Sailing comes first at Antigua Sailing Week, but that doesn’t mean an early night, every night! Tuesday saw the biggest act on stage at Shirley Heights. In front of more than 3000 revellers, Orville Richard Burrell, better known by his stage name SHAGGY, belted out his best known hits, including Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me and Angel. Mr. Lover Lover man sent the crowd in the audience crazy with his smooth lyrics and outrageous stage act.
Lay Day was held the next day on Pigeon Beach, where hundreds of sailors at Antigua Sailing Week chilled out in the crystal blue waters and enjoyed a first class BBQ served by 2011 Caribbean Chef of the Year, Mitchell Husbands from the luxurious Nonsuch Bay Resort. However, even on Lay Day there was fantastic racing action. Right off Pigeon Beach, eight world-class teams battled it out, fleet racing in the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge.
America’s Cup winner and World Match Racing Champion, Peter Holmberg won the three-race final beating world champions and Volvo Ocean Race sailors. After racing, the Sunset Beach Party included Tug-o-War and other beach games with DJ Sporty, fire dancers and BBQ grills burning long into the night.
Every afternoon after racing, the sailors returned to the hospitality of Antigua Yacht Club, Cloggy’s and Club Sushi, enjoying post race analysis in the perfect setting, as well as being awarded daily prizes sponsored by Johnnie Walker, AUA College of Medicine, English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Colombian Emeralds.
The spirit of Antigua Sailing Week was evident at the Final Awards Ceremony at Nelson’s Dockyard. The huge crowd were standing as the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack arrived and the National Anthem of Antigua & Barbuda was skilfully played by pannist, Lacu Samuel. The Hon. Eleston Adams, Minister for Culture also presided over the awards ceremony and every competitor was roundly applauded as they took to the stage. Asher Otto & Itchyfeet played out the night with DJ Purist and the dance floor was alive with revellers into the night.
The 48th Edition of Antigua Sailing Week will take place from the 25th April to 1st May 2015.
For full results, videos, pictures and stories visit: www.sailingweek.com
A Wiltshire sailing club has suffered more than £100,000 damage after arsonists set fire to the building and stole equipment.
Two outboard motors were also stolen from West Wilts Youth Sailing Association, along with other items of sailing equipment. Wiltshire Police are now appealing for witnesses in a bid to find those responsible.
The suspects are believed to have entered the sailing club between 8.30pm and 4am the following morning.
Anyone with information regarding the fire and stolen equipment is being urged to contact DC Jane Hughes at Melksham CID via 101 or 0800 555 111.