Pratical Boat Owner: Today marks 100 days to go until the America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 July 2015).
The organisers are celebrating this landmark date by adding a three-night programme of entertainment to the event, including The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines South Coast Proms for two nights on the Thursday and Friday and a Saturday night music concert with internationally-renowned acts.
Picture: South Coast Proms 2013 performed by the Massed Bands of Her Majestry’s Royal Marines under the direction of the Principal Director of music Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace OBE Royal Marines. Pictured the Corps of Drums.
Taking place within the Waterfront Festival Arena on Southsea Common, the Saturday, 25 July, evening concert will be a paid-for ticket with purchasing details, line-up and schedule details to be announced in the next few weeks.
Motorboat & Yachting: An emergency rescue off Exmouth saw four people lifted from the water after their 18ft speedboat sank yesterday.
Four people were rescued off a sinking speedboat near Exmouth yesterday, prompting a Coastguard warning about preparing for the unexpected.
Three adults and one teenager were safely lifted from the water after their 18-footer began taking on water between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
RNLI Exmouth responded to the distress call by launching lifeboat R and J Welburn and reported that only one of the people onboard the stricken vessel was wearing a lifejacket. All four were given medical attention at Exmouth Marina after the successful rescue mission.
Peter Davies from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The person who called us this afternoon did exactly the right thing by calling for help at the earliest opportunity.
“Because they called when they did the amount of time the group spent in the cold sea was mercifully short.” He added that all boatowners should “prepare for the unexpected” even when taking a short tip out on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Recommended measures include taking enough lifejackets and personal floatation devices, and investing in a VHF or DSC radio, which can raise a distress in the event that your mobile phone does not have enough signal.
Motorboat & Yachting: Australian manufacturer Palm Beach has announced plans to expand its range of motor yachts with a brand new 42ft launch.
A new gentleman’s launch from Australia will launch later this year in the form of the Palm Beach 42. The new model will serve as an entry-level vessel for this range of gentleman’s cruisers, which currently includes 45-65ft models.
Mark Richard, founder and CEO of Palm Beach Motoryachts, said that the PB42 will come with a price tag of less than $1m (£685,000).
“It is a beautiful performing boat with speeds well over 30 knots and is one of the most fuel-efficient boats in the market place today,” he added. “Most importantly, the build quality is absolutely second to none.”
Palm Beach will be building on a composite hull, made from E-Glass, Corcell and Airex foam, Duflex panelling, stitched multi-axial fabric, vinylester and epoxy resins.
The standard engine set-up is a single 435hp Volvo Penta on a shaft-drive, but IPS will be made available on European imports. Layout options include single and twin-cabin variants, while the galley can be either sunken or on the main deck.
Whatever they choose, the owner will get a King-size bed for overnighting and the head-turning styling of a Palm Beach. Launch dates and boat show appearances are yet to be confirmed.
Pratical Boat Owner: The second boat and food festival at Portland Marina on the Dorset coast will be taking place this weekend.
Held tomorrow, Saturday 11 April and Sunday 12 April, Fish & Ships 2015 aims to build on the success of last year and will include local boat and art craft, live music and the best of Dorset’s fine foods – from cheese, wines and ciders, to Portland Oysters and fresh fish.
There will be seafood samples and demonstrations from the Crab House Cafe and Mat Follas, fresh fish and shellfish distributors, local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers. The event is fully supported by Dorset Food & Drink.
The ‘Ships’ element will include new and used boats for sale, watersports demonstrations such as paddle boarding and windsurfing and gig rowing. Plus trips out on the water with Quality Time, all things chandlery with Apollo Marine and new boats from KTKPrime.
The RNLI, Coastwatch, BMF South West and Lyme Regis’ Boat Building Academy are all participating. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy will also display bass boats built with Sunseeker.
There will also be a hog roast tonight to welcome the intrepid cyclists that will have completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge – completing a choice of circuits from Portland in aid of Wayne Ingram, collecting for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Community radio station AirFM will be bringing their road show on Saturday and Sunday, with competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing.
There will be live music on Saturday evening from local bands Shooter and the Jackdaws. The Rock Choir will play during the day on Saturday and Weymouth Yukelalians on the Sunday.
The event is free entry and will run from 10am until 5pm each day.
Motorboat & Yachting: The RNLI has teamed up with Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology to help create the next generation of lifeboats.
Students from the university’s School of Marine Science and Technology will be carrying out trials, both in the lab and at sea, to analyse lifeboat design. The team hopes to improve on three key areas: speed, safety, and efficiency.
Lloyds’ Register will be acting as a third-party adviser, helping to peer review the new guidelines for lifeboat design.
Federico Prini (pictured above), research associate at Newcastle University, added: “When the RNLI’s lifeboats travel at speed and in rough seas, they can be subject to frequent and significant slamming as the boat crashes against the waves.
“Measuring these forces and the resulting impact on the vessel is crucial in order to design a craft that is capable of withstanding the loads experienced during rescue operations.”
The resultant design will be used to update the Severn class of lifeboats, the most recent of which was launched in 2005. Measuring in at 17m (55’9”) a Severn lifeboat costs more than £2million to build, and 44 of the 46 launched since 1992 are still in active service.
Pratical Boat Owner: A family of six were rescued from a yacht which became adrift in rough weather and ran aground off the Pembrokeshire coast. Angle RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 12.47am last Friday, 2 April, following a Mayday call from the 11-metre yacht.
The All Weather Lifebat (ALB) was unable to get close enough due to the shallow water so the Y Boat was launched and maneuvered alongside the yacht in up to 2.4 metre breaking swell to evacuate the two adults and four children on board.
After several attempts, and often being swamped by the waves, the Y Boat made four successful transfers of the casualties onto the ALB.
The casualties, who were ‘wet, cold and shaken by their ordeal’, were taken to Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) Jetty where they were helped by awaiting auxiliary coastguards.
With the yacht’s crew safe ashore the ALB went back to the scene, with the skipper on board, to liaise with the inshore lifeboat (ILB) in an attempt to tow the yacht to safety but due to the sea conditions no attempt was made.
The ILB returned to station whilst the ALB landed the skipper ashore at the MHPA before returning to station at 2.47am.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Prestige 680 will come with twin Volvo IPS 1200 and a choice of three or four cabins, UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed.
The 21m-flybridge cruiser will be unveiled in September, but Prestige has released a few select details to build up the hype. UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed that the new arrival will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives, which will generate a total of 1,800hp.
These sizeable units will return a top speed of 30 knots and a fast cruising speed of 25 knots, the brokerage firm added. Other key details to emerge include the layout, which will be available in a choice of 3-cabin or 4-cabin.
Fit and finish
Exterior styling by J & J Design includes stretched lines and a pronounced hull strake for comfortable, fast navigation. On board, three large windows let in plenty of light and give the skipper a 360-degree view, while the side access door makes the Prestige 680 a practical choice for cruising short-handed.
Below decks, there are two main accommodation areas; the full-beam owners suite in the bows, and the guest cabins amidships, which can be laid out as two doubles or a double and two twin cabins. Add in the twin crew cabin at the stern and the Prestige 680 can accommodate a maximum of ten people overnight.
We’ll have to wait until September to see the finished article hit the water, but in the meantime Prestige has released plenty of renders to whet our appetite.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Bavaria Sport 300 will offer two cabins and an open-plan cockpit, the German manufacturer has confirmed.
Bavaria is set to launch a brand new model this summer in the form of the Bavaria Sport 300, it has been announced. The German manufacturer has released the first images of the new arrival, along with a few select details.
Following the success of the Sport 360, 400 and 450, the Bavaria Sport 300 will act as an entry-level model to this range. No engine options have been announced so far, but Bavaria claims that the Sport 300 with its ergonomically designed helm will be “the ideal boat for people who appreciate sporty driving”.
Fit and finish
The large open-plan cockpit has enough space for six to enjoy a meal, while the central table can be lowered to create a big sunbathing area. Below decks, there is an ample saloon and galley in between the amidships guest cabin and the double berth in the bows.
Meik Lessig, head of sales and aftersales for Bavaria, said: “The new Sport 300 fits perfectly into the existing Bavaria motor yacht product range with its large space in the cockpit and the cabins.
“After the successful premiere of the Sport 360 and Sport 400 during last season and the start of production of the Sport 450 this year, the Sport 300 is the logical continuation of this line of products.”
No precise launch date has been confirmed, but Bavaria expects the unveil the Sport 300 to the public in “early summer”.
Motorboat & Yachting: Russian small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has bought a controlling stake in boating firm Euro-yachting. Having conquered the market for assault rifles, it seems that Kalashnikov Concern now has the boating world in its sights.
The Russian small arms manufacturer has bought a 51% controlling stake in local boating firm Euro-yachting. The company builds landing craft and fast patrol boats (such as the one pictured above) and its latest addition was a 17m model capable of a top speed of 45 knots.
Kalashnikov Concern hopes to expand the Euro-yachting range and develop a series of high-tech military landing craft.
Aleksey Krivoruchko, chief executive of Kalashnikov Concern, said: “The decision to purchase a majority stake in Euro-yachting is to widen our product line and develop new sectors of our market.”
At this point it’s not clear whether Kalashnikov will try to influence the design team at Euro-yachting, but if they do you can be sure that the resultant boats will be rugged and reliable. Rumours of a 47ft model remain unsubstantiated.
Pratical Boat Owner: An American sailor who was rescued after two months lost at sea apologised to his father for not bringing his boat home.
His father Frank Jordan said: ‘Here Louis, you’re fine son. I’m so glad you’re alive. We prayed and prayed and hoped you were still alive. That’s all that matters.’
Louis and his sailing vessel Angel were initially reported missing by his family to the United States Coast Guard on 29 January. A passing German container ship spotted him sitting on the hull of his upturned boat last Thursday, 2 April, approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 1,085ft container ship Houston Express at approximately 1:30pm on Thursday. The container ship crew had spotted Louis and the stricken yacht approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras and had taken him aboard.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at approximately 3:40pm. The helicopter crew met the Houston Express, hoisted the man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving around 7:30pm
Frank Jordan thanked the rescuers. He told the container ship captain: ‘You’re a good man, I swear. ‘You did what you’re supposed to do and I sure do appreciate it and I know my son appreciates it. I’m grateful.’