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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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Yachting Boating World: A legal row over who should pay to repair the USS Sequoia, how much it will cost, and who will ultimately own the vessel is casting doubt on the future of the presidential yacht.

 

The USS Sequoia was used by five decades of American presidents, starting with President Herbert Hoover in 1933, and ending with President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

The John Trumpy-designed yacht was subsequently sold and up until 2014, it was being used as a historic charter vessel on the Potomac River. But a row over the USS Sequoia means its future is in doubt.

Since 2014, the yacht has been lain up in the Chesapeake Boat Works shipyard in Deltaville, Virginia while a contract dispute over a loan between the yacht’s owner, Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC and FE Partners LLC is played out.

The matter has now gone to the Chancery Court, where Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock must determine the price the lender, FE Partners, must pay to exercise an option to buy the yacht.

In 2012, the Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC entered into a $7.5 million loan agreement with FE Partners. Under default terms of the loan agreement, FE Partners can exercise an option to purchase the yacht for $7.8 million.

However, attorneys are arguing how much the option price must be reduced by because of needed repairs to the USS Sequoia and other liabilities.

Much of the case is centred around the actual worth of the yacht and who should pay for the repairs. Estimates to make the historic vessel seaworthy are put between $310,000 and $4 million.

Because of the disparity in cost, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock is now considering hiring his own independent marine surveyor to determine what repairs are needed.

The USS Sequoia is a designated National Historic Landmark.

Designed by John Trumpy, the 104-foot wooden yacht was built in 1925 at the Mathis Yacht Building Co. of Camden, New Jersey. It was used by the Department of Commerce as a decoy to catch criminals during the Prohibition era before being commissioned as the presidential yacht in 1933.

According to the official website of the USS Sequoia, President Herbert Hoover promoted his use of the yacht during the Depression in a “misguided effort to elevate the spirit of a starving public”.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the vessel to discuss and plan the D-Day invasion with the then-Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight Eisenhower. Once Eisenhower was elected president himself, he entertained Korean War veterans on board.

President John F Kennedy celebrated his 46th, and last, birthday on the USS Sequoia, while Harry Truman entertained visitors with his piano playing and poker games.

Lyndon B. Johnson lobbied for civil rights legislation, and planned Vietnam War strategy on the yacht’s deck. He is also reported to have enjoyed watching movies projected on to the ship’s white smokestack.

President Richard Nixon met with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev on board to negotiate the first arms control treaty with the Soviet Union. The yacht was a frequent refuge for Nixon during the Watergate era. He even demanded that an electronic shield be built around the entire yacht to prevent bugging. This required that small pinholes be drilled six inches apart throughout the entire railing.

In 1974, Nixon was on the USS Sequoia when he announced to his family that he had decided to resign rather than face impeachment.

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Yachting Boating World: A former fisheries protection vessel has now found a new lease of life exploring the polar regions as the luxury expedition yacht, Enigma XK.

 

For more than a decade, the Enigma XK was used to protect the fishing grounds off Scotland. Originally called the Norna, the fisheries patrol vessel was built in 1987 by Richards Shipbuilders.

After years of service, the vessel was decommissioned in 2010 and has now been turned into a luxury expedition yacht available for charter.

With a study hull and a 5,000nm range, the Enigma XK offers luxury in some of the most inhospitable places in the world. It can be charted, through Eyos Expeditions, to far flung destinations such as the Northwest Passage and Antarctica.

The superyacht’s refit took around two-and-a-half years from the first preliminary design until completion.

The vessel’s exterior styling was done by Philippe Briand. It included the redesign of the profile with the addition of an owner’s suite forward, a helideck aft and a glass saloon in the middle.

Inside, the yacht’s luxurious interior has been designed by Vitruvius. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated in a master suite, four double cabins and one twin cabin.

The master suite is located just forward of the bridge, and boasts 180-degree views.

The Enigma XK also comes with a wellness room, a fitness room and a 360° glass main salon, allowing guests to view the scenery in comfort.

A small spa pool is located immediately aft of a protected alfresco dining area. Guests can be looked after by up to 19 crew onboard.

The yacht, which is equipped with fin stabilisers, has a cruising speed of 11 knots, a maximum speed of 18 knots.

It is available for charter for 275,000 Euros per week plus expenses.

Following the refit at the Atlantic Refit Center in La Rochelle in France, Enigma XK sailed down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town, before crossing the South Atlantic for a series of Antarctic expeditions.

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Yachting Boating World: Despite attempts to turn HMS Illustrious into a floating museum or attraction, the Ministry of Defence has now confirmed the warship will be sold “for recycling”.

 

13 May HMS Illustrious, which served in the Falklands War, Bosnia and the Gulf, has been put up for sale for scrap by the Ministry of Defence.

The Disposal Services Authority (DSA) is inviting expressions of interest for the sale of the warship “for recycling”. The vessel is currently moored in Portsmouth Harbour after 32 years of active service.

The announcement comes following several attempts to preserve the 22,000-tonne HMS Illustrious, which is affectionately known as ‘Lusty’.

The last – selling the warship to Gibraltar as a maritime attraction – fell through last month because of the “prohibitive” maintenance cost of the aircraft carrier.

The DSA said the sale could be discontinued should “a heritage option” become open.

Bids for the warship must be in by 23 May with viewings in June.

HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in August 2014 at a service at Portsmouth Naval Base. At the time, the ship was the last Invincible-class carrier left – both her sister ships, HMS Invincible and HMS Ark Royal had already been scrapped.

12 April The HMS Illustrious Association is warning that the warship is at risk of becoming a ‘national embarrassment’ if action isn’t taken to secure the vessel’s future.

The newspaper quotes a spokesman from the government, stating that it was giving “serious consideration” to plans to make the ship a maritime attraction in the British territory. However, the idea has been shelved because of the “prohibitive” maintenance cost of the aircraft carrier.

The President of the HMS Illustrious Association, Vice Admiral Bob Cooling told the newspaper that he would now rather see the ship scrapped if the Falklands warship could not be adequately preserved.

“Unless Lusty’s future is adequately funded to preserve her appearance and dignity as the UK’s longest-ever serving aircraft carrier then it would be better that she is scrapped rather than risk her becoming a national embarrassment,” he said.

The Vice Admiral believes ticket sales could have paid for the ship’s upkeep in Gibraltar.

“What better than such an iconic example of British naval heritage showcased in a vital overseas territory which itself reflects over 300 years of British maritime history?” stated Vice Admiral Cooling.

Responding to the concerns, an MOD spokesperson told YBW: “No decisions have yet been made on the future of the former HMS Illustrious and options for her sale are still under consideration by the Disposal Services Authority.”

HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in August 2014 at a service at Portsmouth Naval Base. At the time, the ship was the last Invincible-class carrier left – both her sister ships, HMS Invincible and HMS Ark Royal had already been scrapped.

‘Lusty’, as she is affectionately known, had been in active service for 32 years, including deployment in the Falklands War. The ship was replaced as the nation’s helicopter carrier by HMS Ocean.

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Yachting Boating World: Punty McPuntface? The Conservators of the River Cam are inviting suggestions to name their new patrol boat which will tackle illegal boaters and punts, as well as the odd unruly swan.

 

The public are being invited to suggest names for the new patrol boat for the River Cam.

However, keen to avoid a similar debacle as Boaty McBoatface, the River Cam Conservancy is making it clear that its board will make the final decision.

There was a public outcry when the Science Minister, Jo Johnson announced last week that the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new polar research ship would be named the RRS Sir David Attenborough. This was despite the public overwhelmingly voting to name it Boaty McBoatface.

The manager of the River Cam, Jed Ramsay said: “People can tweet or send in their suggestions via our website. The board will make the final decision.”

Armed with a £10,000 budget, Ramsay is currently shopping for a second hand patrol boat.

Once purchased, it will be used to give the river’s management a more visible presence on the waterway.

Ramsay said the police are also keen to do joint patrols. “We need it to help us check boat licenses, to monitor the speeds of boats and to help us out at events; we have around 50 to 60 a year,” he explained.

Some of the biggest events on the River Cam’s calendar are the Bumps.

This is a series of rowing races in which a number of boats chase each other in single file. Each crew attempts to catch and “bump” the boat in front without being caught by the boat behind.

Ramsay said the new patrol boat could potentially help them out with a sensitive issue during the races.

“The major rowing events like The Bumps happen during June and July when the swans have just hatched and are young. There is a risk of a young swan getting clattered by an oar, and no-one wants to see a dead swan at a race. It is a question of how you manage that. Potentially, we could try and keep the swans off the river during races by using the boat to herd them off into a cut,” said Ramsay.

The river manager said the patrol boat will also be used to help staff with tree trimming and clearing debris and rubbish, as well as dealing with abandoned boats.

Ramsay said there is also an ongoing issue with commercial punting.

“There are around 20 punts that don’t have a licence which they can’t have because they don’t have an operating base. We can prosecute them, but its a small fine,” he explained.

The long term plan is to update the river’s by-laws. This could allow the Conservancy to seize unlicensed craft.

Last month, it was announced that the Conservancy was looking at installing cameras along the river to assist boaters and rowers in navigation. The cameras would also allow an international audience to spectate at boat races such as The Bumps.

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