Pratical Boat Owner: A blaze that devastated a 34ft yacht at Deganwy Quays was caused by an electrical fault, fire investigators have said.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire & Rescue Service said the call came in at 3.51pm on Saturday, 19 September to report that the sailing boat was on fire.
A person was on board the yacht, Sandpiper of Hamble, when the fire started and tried to extinguish the fire themselves before evacuating the boat.
Two fire engines from Llandudno attended the incident. Crews found the yacht to be well alight, moored alongside a jetty,and tackled the blaze using one hose reel and two main reel jets. The fire was extinguished by 6pm.
The fire service spokesman added: ‘There was someone on board when the fire started, they tried to tackle it themselves and then evacuated the boat.
‘It was an accidental fire, due to an electrical fault. The coastguard were informed.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of this year’s Southampton Boat Show hails it as “incredibly successful” despite a small drop in visitor numbers.
Midweek wet weather dragged down attendance numbers but failed to dampen the mood at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
Britain’s biggest boating festival attracted roughly 110,000 visitors this year, which made for a decrease of around 2% compared to last year.
Despite a very good opening weekendwhich saw a 3% year-on-year attendance boost, poor weather from Monday to Wednesday had an impact on footfall, with the total by Thursday 7% lower than in 2014.
However, fine weather over the final weekend boosted attendance and made for a fairly healthy overall total.
Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows said: “We have had yet another incredibly successful Southampton Boat Show with more than 10,000 visitors getting out on the water for free.
“Our attractions have been very popular this year with over 18,000 visits to our tall ship, the Earl of Pembroke, 5,300 rides on the Honda Boat Show Eye and over 27,000 visitors to the Aquarium.”
Regardless of visitors figures, the industry remained upbeat with organisers British Marine Boat Shows reporting than millions of pounds worth of business was done during the ten-day event.
Chief amongst these was a new supplier deal announced between Sunseekerand Rolls-Royce, who will continue to supply the Poole yard with MTU engines.
Pratical Boat Owner: The wife of an imprisoned drug smuggler and three others have been jailed for their involvement in a plot to smuggle more than a tonne of cocaine into the UK on a yacht.
The conspiracy centred on the yacht Makayabella, which was intercepted by the Irish Navy of the south-west coast of Ireland in September 2014.
Cocaine found on board would have had a likely street value in excess of £160million, had it been cut and sold in the UK.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Dawne Powell, 56, played a crucial role in the purchase and insuring of the vessel, paying for flights for the crew and a satellite phone.
The yacht, skippered by her father-in-law John Powell, was tracked as it crossed the Atlantic from the Caribbean in an operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA), French, Irish and Venezuelan authorities, the UK’s National Maritime Information Centre and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (MAOC-N) in Lisbon.
The boat was due to transfer its illicit cargo to a powerboat, the Sea Breeze, skippered by Stephen Powell, Dawne Powell’s husband, and crewed by Philip McElhone, 30, and David Webster, 44.
However, the plan hit the rocks when the Sea Breeze ran out of fuel on the way to the rendezvous. It was rescued by the RNLI and towed to Rosslare in Ireland before returning to Pwllheli, north Wales.
Mrs Powell was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of money laundering following a week-long trial. She was cleared of conspiring to import class A drugs.
Co-defendant James Hill, 31, who had assisted her husband, was sentenced to six years after being found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs.
McElhone and Webster both pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and were given sentences of 11 years each.
David Norris, NCA branch commander, said: ‘We have successfully dismantled an organised crime group intent on flooding the north of England with illegal drugs.
‘This was a colossal seizure, and I’ve no doubt that had it not been stopped the cocaine on board the Makayabella would have ended up on our streets.
‘Dawne Powell has been found guilty of laundering money which was used in the purchase of the vessel. This enabled the conspiracy which Hill, McElhone and Webster played important roles in.
‘This investigation has relied upon international co-operation to bring it to a successful conclusion, and we will continue to work with our partners at home and abroad to disrupt and bring to justice those involved in drug trafficking.’
The convictions mean eight people are now behind bars in connection with the Makayabella smuggling attempt.
Stephen Powell was jailed for 16 years in December 2014 for orchestrating the smuggling attempt. He initially disappeared, but following publicity about the seizure and an NCA raid on his home in Guiseley he handed himself in.
The three men who were on the boat when it was stopped, Stephen Powell’s father John, from Silesden, West Yorkshire, Benjamin Mellor from Bradford and Thomas Britteon from Grimsby were handed sentences of between 10 and eight years after being arrested by An Garda Síochána and prosecuted by the Irish authorities.
Specialist Crown Prosecutor Tarryn McCaffrey said: ‘When the Makayabella was seized by the authorities, it contained over a tonne of cocaine being transported from Venezuela. Dawne Powell and James Hill may not have sailed either of the boats used to import the drugs, but the scheme could not have been run without their involvement.
‘The street value of these drugs would have been £164 million had this massive shipment reached the intended destination, it is vital this type of organised crime continues to be disrupted and offenders brought to justice.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The amphibious RIB manufacturer has launched its largest model to date, which has been named the Sealegs 9000.
The market for amphibious RIBs is getting bigger, quite literally, following the latest launch from New Zealand yard Sealegs.
The Sealegs 9000 is the largest model of its kind, with seating for eight on board its 9m (30ft) aluminium hull.
And although it is targeted at commercial and military owners, pleasure boaters will surely be drawn to the idea of a 44-knot speed machine that can also crawl up the beach at a little over 4mph.
Pratical Boat Owner: A yacht that crossed the Atlantic after being abandoned more than a year ago has been sunk just as its owner made a last dash to retrieve it. Yacht owner Thomas Mallunat left the boat, Troll, in October 2014 near Bermuda because of a medical emergency with his wife.
Although never expecting to see it again, he was advised of a recent sighting by an Irish Maritime Patrol Aircraft and travelled to Cornwall in the hope of retrieving the boat, however it had been sunk in the meantime.
Spokesman for Defence Forces Ireland said the Naval Service received some correspondence from Mr Mallunat after the yacht had been sunk last month.
The spokesman said: ‘Although obviously disappointed, he does not seem to bear any ill will to the Irish Naval Service and appears to accept the rationale. He had in fact left hatches open when he abandoned it as he did not want the empty boat to be a hazard.’
This cruiser was adrift in the UK Search and Rescue area of responsibility (that lies within the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone).
At the request of the UK Coastguard (from Falmouth MRCC), the L.É. EITHNE sunk the yacht Troll in position 49 18.85N 010 32.36W on the evening of 19 August 2015.
This position was approximately 131 nautical miles south west of Mizen Head, on the south west coast of Ireland.
The spokesman said: ‘This was a prudent measure taken because the vessel was adrift in the transatlantic shipping lanes and was deemed to be a navigation hazard to merchant traffic. No pollution emanated from the vessel when it sank.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based yard has revealed details of the upcoming Princess 49, which will be its first IPS-powered flybridge. The Princess 49 is due for a 2016 launch.
Due to be launched next year, the Princess 49 will be the first flybridge model from the Plymouth yard to come with Volvo Penta’s IPS system.
With 550hp per side, the Princess 49 should be capable of top speed of around 35 knots, the manufacturer added.
Key features include triple sliding cockpit doors and a rear galley that comes fitted with a full-height fridge/freezer, tucked just beneath the flybridge stairs on the starboard side.
Below decks, the three-cabin layout includes a full-beam master suite, forecabin with optional scissor berths, and a twin bunk bed guest cabin to starboard.
Prices and arrival dates are yet to be confirmed, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Princess 49 get a public debut at the 2016 London Boat Show (January 8-17).
Yachting Boating World: The 65 metres long superyacht boats seven cabins, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, marina beach club, helipad and hammam.
Built in 1962 at the Georgi Dimitrov shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria the vessel was built as a Black Sea passenger ferry designed to carry cargo and people between the ports of Odessa, Sevastopol, Istanbul and Yalta.
However, with political tensions growing globally, in 1970 the Aji Petri, as it was then called, was used by the Soviet navy as an environmental research ship and it was sent to the North Atlantic Ocean on behalf of the International Organisation of Telecommunications for unofficial spying on the US and the UK. Following the falling of the Soviet Union, the ship was used as a ferry carrying passengers between Istanbul and Yalta.
In 2015 it was acquired by La Sultana Group which turned this historical vessel into a luxury superyacht, boasting seven ensuite cabins that sleep 12 guests. All the cabins have several windows, marble baths and showers, WIFI and plenty of space. The Owner’s Suite is rather large, 66 square metre wide!
Facilities include three tender boats, including two Nantucket Limited Edition Sellerie By Lancel boats and an XPRO 490, a Mini-Moke jeep, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, a hammam, a Marina beach club, two jetskis, two kayaks, two windsurfing boards, diving equipment, a wakeboard, six bikes and onboard entertainment system.
La Sultana has many areas to rest and relax, including a large dining room, extensive lounge area with bar, two outdoor lounges which can be used for dining, and a top deck with outdoor shower.
The opulent interior includes artworks by Jilali Gharbaoui and a unique sculpture made from seashells and previously displayed at an Hermes store in Paris.
La Sultana has a crew of 17 people and is now for sale via Camper and Nicholsons for €22,500,000 Euros.
Motorboat & Yachting: The countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is well and truly on, with hosts England due to kick off against Fiji on Friday 18th September 2015. But how will rugby’s greatest players being celebrating the game’s homecoming? On a superyacht in Canary Wharf, of course.
The owners of Mischief, a Baglietto superyacht (as pictured) will be welcoming some rugby greats over the next six weeks.
The 52m vessel will be moored in the capital’s financial district, where guests will be able to join the likes of Lawrence Dallaglio, Dan Luger and Matt Dawson for a Michelin-starred pop-up dining experience, every Wednesday (lunch and dinner) until 28 October 2015.
They will be joined by John Eales, Phil Kearns, Joel Stransky, Sean Fitzpatrick, Bobby Skinstad, Andrew Mehrtens, Rod Kafer, Nathan Sharpe, and controversial referee Jonathan Kaplan.
Dishes on the menu will include langoustine with caviar, roasted pigeon and Wagyu beef & foie gras, as cooked by top chefs Guillaume Brahimi, Sat Bains, Neil Perry, Shannon Bennett, and Claude Bosi.
Prices for the ‘Mischief in London’ dining experience start at £990 per person (exc. VAT) and the first of these special Rugby World Cup events will take place on 30th September 2015.
Mischief will also be available for private hire on match-days for £590 per person (exc. VAT), including full use of its high-tech screens and sound equipment, so you can combine your love of rugby and superyachts in the utmost of style.
And if the England team makes it to the final, we imagine there will be no shortage of takers for this exclusive VIP Rugby World Cup experience.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Southampton Boat Show have claimed that the first weekend saw a 3% rise in visitors when compared to last year.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show has got off to a strong start, with organisers British Marine Boat Shows claiming a 3% rise in attendance over the opening weekend.
The Southampton Boat Show attendance figures are even rosier when compared to 2013, which results in a 5% boost in attendance for Britain’s biggest boat show over the past two years.
Highlights so far have included a guest appearance from Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry, music from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, and an aerial display from RAF stunt team The Red Arrows.
And on the water, world premieres from Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts and Beneteau have further piqued the interest of boat lovers.
However, with five full days still to come, the organisers were keen to stress that there is still plenty of attractions to lure visitors down to Mayflower Park, including the return of Ladies Day on Thursday (September 17).
The boating industry has enjoyed a bumper show so far, with brokerage firm Clipper Marine selling three boats on Press Preview Day.
Penny Hopkins at Dean and Reddyhoff marinas was equally upbeat, adding: “We had a fantastic and busy first day at the show, we have had a steady stream of visitors to the stand and received lots of new business enquiries.”
Pratical Boat Owner: Entries are now open for World Cruising Club’s new ARC Channel Islands 2016 rally following a packed launch event at the Southampton Boat Show.
More than 50 people gathered at the RYA lounge to learn more about the new rally, which will be taking place in August 2016.
Run in association with RYA Active Marina and with the support of Hamble School of Yachting and Practical Boat Owner magazine, ARC Channel Islands offers a mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.
About the rally
Premier Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2016 with a welcome supper, safety checks and Skippers Briefing organised before the fleet set sail for the first leg to Cherbourg on Saturday 20 August.
Following the full day sail, rally yachts arrive in the French port to celebrate a successful Channel crossing with a welcome reception to share their experiences, and crews will have the following day to explore the town and visit the local market.
After the passage to Cherbourg, the distances between stopovers are between 30-50nm as the rally visits Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney; the days are planned to combine pleasant sailing with time to explore ashore and meet up with other crews over a rally meal or sundowner on arrival.
The overall route and daily schedule is adaptable for prevailing weather conditions and rally staff will be on hand throughout to deliver the shoreside programme, including an island tour of Guernsey and visit to the Second World War Military Hospital, as well as a ride on the Alderney railway.
The fleet will return to Gosport following an overnight sail from Alderney, and conclude the rally with a farewell dinner on Saturday 27 August.
Crews joining ARC Channel Islands will receive the peace of mind of being part of an organised event; enjoying social and sightseeing activities with others in the fleet along with time to independently explore.
The entry fee includes all berthing for the duration of the rally, GPS satellite tracking of each yacht, the support of a lead boat and World Cruising Club staff on hand throughout the rally.
Aside from the focus on safety and support, there is a comprehensive social programme encouraging the camaraderie between crews to quickly develop during the rally. RYA membership is included in the entry fee for those not already members and discounts are available for existing RYA members.
Guy Malpas, RYA yachting development manager, said: ‘The RYA Active Marina scheme aims to help boat owners gain more from their boats, and this rally is an excellent opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors to hone their skills on a challenging but enjoyable passage. We are pleased to be supporting this rally, and hope it is encourages more people to get afloat and use their boats.’
Entries are open
The first 10 boats to enter ARC Channel Islands will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a set of recommended charts and pilot books, courtesy of Imray.
The set, worth £270, will equip any sailor with every publication they could need for a cross channel trip. In addition, all confirmed ARC Channel Island entries can save up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray once they have signed up to the rally.
Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 25 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. We anticipate the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.
The entry fee is made up of a boat fee and a crew fee payable for each person onboard the boat. Boat Fee: based on LOA as follows:
- 8.23-12.00m £475 + VAT* = £570**
- 12.01-14.00m £525 + VAT* = £630**
- 14.01-18.29m £575 + VAT* = £690**
*VAT at the prevailing rate on date of entry ** with VAT at 20% as at date of publication
Catamarans: There is a berthing supplement for catamarans of £130 relative to LOA as shown above.
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – non-RYA member £195
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – RYA Member £145
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – Child aged 6 – 18 on 31 July 2016 £75
- Single Leg Crew Fee £75
What do the entry fees include?
Before the rally
• Comprehensive rally information accessed through the Member’s Area of www.worldcruising.com providing advice about participation/equipment
• Pre-rally newsletters
• Full support of World Cruising Club staff prior to rally to aid preparations
• Attendance at a full day preparation seminar, held spring 2016 (two places per boat entry)
• One year’s RYA membership for each crew member aged 18 or over (non-RYA members only)
• Savings of up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray