Practical Boat Owner: A murder suspect has appeared in court after being arrested along with 17 suspected Albanian migrants, after a catamaran was detained at Chichester Marina.

 

Stephen Andrew Jackson, 50, who was being sought over a killing in Spain, was held after police were alerted to the catamaran arriving at Chichester Marina on Monday night.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Stephen Andrew Jackson, 50, of no fixed address, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court yesterday, Wednesday 25 May, charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

‘He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 24 June.

‘The extradition matter in relation to the European Arrest Warrant from the Spanish authorities will be dealt with following the conclusion of legal proceedings in relation to the facilitation charge.

‘Nine of the Albanian men appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court yesterday charged with attempted illegal entry into the UK. All nine pleaded guilty.

‘Eight were sentenced to eight weeks in prison and one was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. They will all be removed from the UK at the end of their sentences.

‘The other eight Albanian men remain detained pending their removal from the UK.

‘The catamaran has been seized and a court application has been made for its forfeiture. The application will be heard at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.’

The discovery comes after the National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed last month that migrants trying to reach the UK are paying smuggling gangs up to £13,500 for their journey, some are believed to have spent as much as £12,000 to travel from France in inflatable boats.

Investigators suspect that, as well as the main Channel crossing between Calais and Dover, criminals may be using less busy ports in the UK, including Tilbury, Purfleet, Hull, Immingham and Newhaven.

The arrests followed a tip off by the Hampshire Police Marine Unit, who were attending another incident in the Solent on Monday afternoon when they spotted the catamaran that they had suspicions about.

Officers intercepted the vessel, which had travelled from France, and spoke to the British man on board but were unable to board due to the poor weather conditions.

They found out that the catamaran was heading to Chichester Harbour and informed Sussex Police.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Police arrested a 55-year-old man – a UK passport holder – and 17 Albanian nationals aboard a yacht at Chichester Marina shortly before 10pm on Monday (23 May).

‘The arrests were made by Sussex Police after Hampshire Police alerted us about the yacht arriving at the marina. The case is now being investigated by the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.’

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Practical Boat Owner: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their all-weather lifeboat early yesterday morning to rescue the crew of a fishing vessel which was sinking approximately 2.5 miles west of Walney Island.

 

The request to launch the lifeboat came from Holyhead Coastguard at 2.50am, following a report that a 10.5 metre-long catamaran had collided with an offshore wind farm turbine, and was taking on water.

The three crew on board had deployed their liferaft and were preparing to abandon the vessel when the lifeboat reached them.

One of the crew, a 58-year-old man, sustained a head injury as a result of the collision, which occurred while the catamaran was on passage from Ravenglass.

The Barrow Lifeboat, ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 2.59am under the command of Coxswain Shaun Charnley with crew Jonny Long, Kate Lawty, Dave Kell, Mark Harper, Adam Cleasby and Alan Cleasby.

The lifeboat crew reached the stricken vessel at 3.20am. Seven minutes later all three fishing boat crew had been transferred safely onto the lifeboat.

A search and rescue helicopter also scrambled, however, once the lifeboat had manoeuvred clear of the windfarm site and after a further assessment it was decided to return the casualty to the lifeboat station and the helicopter was stood down.The lifeboat returned to the station at 3.56am and by 4.07am the casualty was being transported by ambulance to Furness General Hospital.

The lifeboat was then re-launched and returned to the fishing vessel. The lifeboat volunteers found the catamaran to be very low in the water on the starboard side.

At 5am the lifeboat had the vessel under tow although it was still taking on water.

John Falvey, Barrow Lifeboat operations manager, said ‘The vessel was listing badly when the lifeboat arrived having taken on sea water. The crew were about to abandon the vessel but we transferred them safely to the lifeboat which then took them to Barrow Lifeboat Station so that the injured skipper could be treated at hospital. The lifeboat then returned to deal with the damaged vessel which was in danger of sinking.’

The vessel was taken under tow and ‘very slowly and carefully moved closer to the west side of Walney Island where it was anchored so as not to be a hazard to other shipping in the area’.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline teams up with Alberto Mancini and Vripack to design new models.

 

Fairline has chosen Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architects Vripack to help shape its future models. By choosing to look overseas, the British yard hopes to inject fresh excitement and innovation into its range of 38-78ft motoryachts.

Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline Yachts said: “Following an exhaustive process we are delighted to announce this design partnership Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future models.

The Italian designer is best known for his work styling high performance craft for the likes of Otam, Mangusta and Magnum Marine but his portfolio also includes Fairline rival Dominator Yachts and its ground-breaking new Illumen 28M project.

Dutch naval architects Vripack have an equally illustrious list of clients from superyacht builders to Dutch yards Steeler and Wajer.

Speaking about the new collaboration, Mancini said “I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both the interior and exterior. My inspiration is taken from my experience in the mega yacht field, but also from Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic, usable yachts for almost 50 years.

“In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950s and 60s when famous British car makers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.”

Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts added, “Introducing the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini with the engineering excellence of Vripack to the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already have at Fairline makes an exciting combination. I look forward to showing our new product designs over the coming weeks and months.”

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Yachting Boating World: The former boyfriend of Lisa Brown has appeared in a Spanish court after being arrested in Denmark. Lisa Brown has not been seen since 4 November.

 

25 May
Lisa Brown was last seen on 4 November at her home in San Roque, Southern Spain.

Now, her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old Liverpudlian yacht dealer, Simon Corner has appeared in court in connection with her disappearance. The reason for the court hearing, which took place in private on 24 May, has not been disclosed.

Corner was arrested in Denmark in April before being extradited back to Spain. A European Arrest Warrant had been issued for Corner.

Members of the Spanish Guardia Civil have also been searching a yacht in Lanzarote. The vessel is moored at Marina Lanzarote in the island capital Arrecife. Forensic teams in white suits are reported to have been on board the yacht on 24 May.

Lisa Brown, who is originally from Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, was last seen at her home in the town of San Roque. The authorities were alerted to her disappearance when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school.

Police have searched the area around her home but have found no trace of the 32-year-old mother.

Yacht dealer Corner spoke to Spain’s Civil Guard police force at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, but then left the country.

14 April
The Spanish Guardia Civil is understood to have issued a European Arrest Warrant to trace Simon Corner, who has links to Ibiza, Thailand and Portugal. His girlfriend, Lisa Brown disappeared in southern Spain on 4 November.

She was last seen at her home in the town of San Roque. The authorities were alerted to her disappearance when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school.

Police have searched the area around her home but have found no trace of the 32-year-old mother.

Yacht dealer Corner, who is from Liverpool, spoke to Spain’s Civil Guard police force at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, but then left the country. He has not been seen since.

Brown’s sister, Helen Jordan has set up a Find Lisa Facebook page and a Find Lisa Fund to help pay for the cost of tracing Brown. More than £6,800 has already been raised.

Posting on the Facebook page, Jordan urged Corner to answer their questions about her sister’s disappearance. Numerous photos of Corner have also been uploaded, including the one below. Corner has not been formally charged with any crime.

26 November
Spanish police are searching for a yacht dealer from Liverpool as a suspect in the disappearance 32-year old mother Lisa Brown.

Brown was last seen at her home in southern Spain, near Gibraltar, on 4 November.

Brown was first suspected missing when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school in the town of San Roque, where she was living and working.

Spain’s Civil Guard police force, which is investigating the case, believes Brown may have been abducted by her boyfriend, Simon Corner, and taken to sea. Corner has also reportedly disappeared, and has not been seen at the marinas he regularly visited in his yacht.

Brown’s home has been sealed off and searched for clues and DNA samples. Dogs and divers have searched the area and the Guadiaro River near Brown’s home and found no trace, and the Civil Guard has enlisted the help of the Royal Gibraltar Police in their search for the missing couple.

Brown’s parents have travelled to Spain, and Brown’s former partner, Tony Tomillero, is looking after their child.

Brown is understood to have lived in Dumbarton, Scotland, before moving to Spain.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that it is liaising with local authorities and providing assistance to the family of a missing British national.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The Venture Cup 2016 has been called off just three weeks before it was supposed to start.

 

The Venture Cup 2016 has been cancelled due to “acute cash flow problems” just weeks before it was about to start.

The round-Ireland race, which was planned to start on June 12, would have seen teams starting in Cork and finishing in Dublin seven days later after a 1,000nm dash around the Emerald Isle.

A statement from the race organisers says: “Delivering an event of this scale was always going to present challenges, but we felt we had the team and support to make it happen.

“However, we began suffering acute cash-flow problems at the end of March. Regardless of the funding commitment to the overall event, without positive cash-flow we were being strangled.”

Only last month it was announced that Cougar Powerboats had made a late entry into the race with former world champions Steve Curtis and Richard Carr making up the team.

This setback is the latest in a host of funding and organisational issues that have hounded the race. Back in the 2014 the original race from London to Monte Carlo was sideswiped by a late decision by the RYA to refuse approval.

Last year the race was delayed once more after funding from an Irish backer prompted the event to be hosted in Ireland.

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Yachting Boating World: The police in Lincolnshire are warning boat owners following a spate of outboard engine thefts along the River Glen at Surfleet.

 

Lincolnshire police are encouraging boat owners to be extra vigilant following a spate of outboard engine thefts from vessels moored on the River Glen at Surfleet.

Since April, seven engines have been stolen. On two occasions, boats were set adrift after the engine was taken. Owners are being asked to remove outboards when not in use.

Some of the thefts happened on the 2 May at 2.20am, and police have now issued CCTV images of two men who may be able to assist with the investigation.

One of the men is described as white, approximately 40 years of age, with a chubby build and a bald/shaved head. He was wearing a black leather jacket and light trousers/jeans. The man is also a smoker.

His companion is also white, approximately 40 years of age and an average build. He has short, brown receding hair, and was wearing a light coloured tracksuit top, dark coloured trousers/jeans and trainers.

A police spokesman said: “Since April there have been seven thefts of outboard engines from boats moored on the River Glen at Surfleet. On two occasions the boats where taken, the engines removed and then set adrift they (the boats) have been recovered. Can all boat owners please increase checks on their boats and if possible remove outboards when not in use.”

Lincolnshire Police runs a Waterway Watch scheme to try to maintain the security of the county’s waterways and the people and clubs that use them.

Information about current incidents and operations is shared between the police and scheme members. Waterway Watch also issues crime reduction advice.

Last July, the security marking company, Datatag, reported that outboard engine theft had increased by more than 40% in the last six months. It said outboard theft accounted for nearly 60% of all marine crime.

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Yachting Boating World: Scheduled to open on 27 May, the marina at the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki, Greece is ideal for those wanting luxury as they cruise.

 

Located on the south east coast of Kassandra, Halkidiki in Greece, Marina Miraggio is being billed as one of the most advanced marinas of its kind.

Its design was influenced by the results of a study into wind and currents by academics at Aristotle University.

The architects not only wanted to reduce the environmental impact of the development, but also to help out yacht skippers too.

The marina is designed to allow maximum water circulation to keep the development of bacteria to a minimum. In theory, this should reduce the need to clean the yacht’s hull.

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort’s marina can house 81 boats, up to 40 metres long.

All vessels will be offered an “individual and high quality mooring”, including launching ramp, 24-hour manning, berthing and security, state-of-the-art electricity and water service pedestals, a pump out station, Wi-Fi and a petrol and diesel gas station.

There is also a seafood restaurant, The Marine Tavern, which allow diners beach views across the bay.

For those wanting some luxury, the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort has 300 elegant, spacious rooms. The majority of them face the Toroneos Gulf, and have stunning sea views. Private pool are available in 48 of the rooms.

The thermal spa offers a full range of treatments, combining traditional and modern techniques.

The 330-acre seafront hotel also has 10 restaurants and bars, a dedicated childcare facilities and a modern conference centre with the capacity to accommodate up to 450 people. For more information visit Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort.

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Yachting Boating World: French police say they’ve arrested five people in the Breton port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux after finding migrants stowed away on a yacht bound for the UK.

 

French police announced on 17 May that they had busted a smuggling network that was using yachts to transport migrants to the UK.

Seven Ukrainian nationals were found on board a yacht in the north west port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux in Brittany on 13 May.

Two skippers and three suspected smugglers were arrested. The Ukrainians, who had arrived in the country using tourists visas, were set free and ordered to leave France.

The French press are reporting that the gang chartered yachts, which they crewed themselves, out of ‘various’ ports in Normandy and Brittany.

They are believed to have made more than 20 trips over the last two years, ferrying migrants across the Channel to the UK. It is unclear where the migrants were brought ashore in the UK.

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is involved in the investigation.

In a statement to YBW, the NCA said: “We are aware of the arrests made in France and the NCA has supported the French authorities in their operation. Investigations in the UK, led by the NCA, are ongoing.”

The gang has been monitored by the authorities since 2014, after British customs officials caught six Ukrainians trying to come ashore from a yacht off the eastern coast of England.

The head of France’s anti-smuggling office, known as OCRIEST, Julien Gentile said this was not the usual means of transport for migrants. “This migration network used a relatively rare and costly method, because the journey cost around 6,000 to 7,000 euros,” he said.

In 2015, a gang of Breton fishermen based in Plérin were jailed for five years after being found guilty of smuggling 130 Albanian migrants into the UK. The trial was held in Rennes.

The mastermind behind the ring, Albanian national Edmond Rapi sentenced to seven years in prison in absentia, and an international arrest warrant was issued. He was also ordered to pay a £110,000 fine.

The fishermen carried out trips between 2002 and 2003, ferrying migrants between ports in Brittany and Normandy and coves and beaches along the coastline between Weymouth, Plymouth and South East Cornwall.

They were arrested in June 2014 following an extensive operation by the French and UK authorities as well as Europol and Eurojust.

A Europol spokesman said an estimated 200 migrants were linked to the smuggling ring over a two year period.

French police announced on 17 May that they had busted a smuggling network that was using yachts to transport migrants to the UK.

Seven Ukrainian nationals were found on board a yacht in the north west port of Saint-Quay-Portrieux in Brittany on 13 May.

Two skippers and three suspected smugglers were arrested. The Ukrainians, who had arrived in the country using tourists visas, were set free and ordered to leave France.

The French press are reporting that the gang chartered yachts, which they crewed themselves, out of ‘various’ ports in Normandy and Brittany.

They are believed to have made more than 20 trips over the last two years, ferrying migrants across the Channel to the UK. It is unclear where the migrants were brought ashore in the UK.

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is involved in the investigation.

In a statement to YBW, the NCA said: “We are aware of the arrests made in France and the NCA has supported the French authorities in their operation. Investigations in the UK, led by the NCA, are ongoing.”

The gang has been monitored by the authorities since 2014, after British customs officials caught six Ukrainians trying to come ashore from a yacht off the eastern coast of England.

The head of France’s anti-smuggling office, known as OCRIEST, Julien Gentile said this was not the usual means of transport for migrants.

“This migration network used a relatively rare and costly method, because the journey cost around 6,000 to 7,000 euros,” he said.

In 2015, a gang of Breton fishermen based in Plérin were jailed for five years after being found guilty of smuggling 130 Albanian migrants into the UK. The trial was held in Rennes.

The mastermind behind the ring, Albanian national Edmond Rapi sentenced to seven years in prison in absentia, and an international arrest warrant was issued. He was also ordered to pay a £110,000 fine.

The fishermen carried out trips between 2002 and 2003, ferrying migrants between ports in Brittany and Normandy and coves and beaches along the coastline between Weymouth, Plymouth and South East Cornwall.

They were arrested in June 2014 following an extensive operation by the French and UK authorities as well as Europol and Eurojust.

A Europol spokesman said an estimated 200 migrants were linked to the smuggling ring over a two year period.

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Yachting Boating World: Officers with the New South Wales Police Force are searching for the owner of FireFly. The yacht was found drifting off the state’s northern coast.

 

New South Wales Police say FireFly was found adrift in Port Stephens on 17 May.

A man came across the yacht in shallow water at Samurai Beach. When he could not find anyone on board, he towed the vessel out to deeper water and anchored it.

The man then contacted Marine Rescue and Marine Area Command at around 3pm. The police believe that a 48-year-old man from Tasmania may have been residing on the FireFly.

A large scale search to find him started today, 18 May. It involved officers attached to Marine Area Command and Port Stephens Water Police, with assistance from Volunteer Marine Rescue, Surf Lifesaving, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and local police.

The search covered an area from Nelson Bay to Stockton Beach. It was suspended at 3pm local time and is expected to resume on 19 May.

“At 8am tomorrow (Thursday 19 May 2016), officers attached to Marine Area Command with assistance from Port Stephens Water Police will conduct a recovery search,” said a New South Wales Police Force spokesman.

“Due to conditions of the water, it is unlikely the 48-year-old man was able to survive,”continued the spokesman.

Detectives are continuing with inquiries regarding the FireFly. Officers believe the yacht may have been around Lemon Tree Passage on the morning of 17 May.

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Yachting Boating World: Sunseeker 95 Yacht will get its world premiere at at the British Motor Yacht Show at Swanwick Marina from 20th – 22nd May 2016 and Princess will be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS, Princess 49.

 

Sunseeker will launch the eagerly anticipated 95 Yacht at the British Motor Yacht Show. The new yacht exemplifies the latest in Sunseeker’s cutting edge design and build processes. Fully equipped for luxury entertaining, its open plan layout and striking lines manifests a super yacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category.

Princess will also be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS for the first time, the Princess 49.

Other British luxury yacht brands to showcase their craft at Swanwick Marina will be Fairline with their Squadron 60, Squadron 48, a Targa 48GT and a Targa 38 Open. These iconic companies will be joined by a host of handpicked industry-leading exhibitors.

Now in its fourth year, the British Motor Yacht Show promises to deliver a stunning line up of the best of British motor yachts, leading engine manufacturers, marine electronic specialists, Williams RIBS and luxury car brands such as Porsche and Maserati.

Open daily, between 10am and 5pm each brand will showcase a line-up of new and used yachts, in the water and on shore, with some measuring up to 98 feet.

Peter Bradshaw, Chief Executive at Premier Marinas said: “This show is a renowned event and key to the Premier diary as it becomes more prestigious each year. I’m delighted that Swanwick Marina will once again host this collaboration between three of the biggest names in British motor yacht sales”.

This is a not-to-be-missed show for buyers and boat lovers, where they will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the most famous motor yachts in the world and speak to experts on all the exciting aspects of motor yacht ownership. There is also the opportunity to take a tour of Premier’s flagship Hamble river marina with its multimillion pound boatyard and luxury facilities.

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