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Yachting Boating World: Sunseeker International has announced a £50 million investment plan after the company revealed it was back in to profit in the second quarter of 2016.

 

Sunseeker International has revealed that it moved back in to profit in the second quarter of 2016 and has forecasted an overall return to profit for the full year.

The Poole-based luxury boat builder also announced a massive £50 million of investment to be spent across new products, improved shipyard facilities and the continued recruitment of people over the next five years.

This follows other positive announcements by the company earlier this year.

In March, Sunseeker International announced it was recruiting a record number of apprentices at its sites at Poole and Portland.

In April, it opened Sunseeker Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula.

The company is attributing the reversal in fortune to a period of significant change and restructuring within the business.

This was led by Sunseeker’s new executive team, and saw investment in new products, shipyards, growth in its global dealer network, and the recruitment of skilled staff and apprentices.

Sunseeker also ensured better efficiencies throughout the business. Orders year-on-year for 2016 are also up by 24%.

These include the 131 Yacht, 95 Yacht, Manhattan 52, 116 Yacht and Predator 68 MK II, securing over £220 million of orders at retail value to date.

These multiple model launches are set to continue as part of a long term product plan that will see new model introductions across the size range over the next five years.

The executive team’s plan to invest in long term profitable growth is backed by majority shareholder Wanda Group, which has underwritten the investment to support the plan.

As well as the significant investment, Sunseeker also made huge financial progress in 2015, reducing losses by 67% to £13.6 million and paving the way for the company to return to profit in 2016.

The CEO of Sunseeker International,Phil Popham said: “I am delighted with our performance. 2016 has been a defining year for Sunseeker and we are confident of achieving strong, profitable and sustained long term growth as we continue to invest in the business for the future.”

“This was just the start of our journey, we will continue to invest heavily over the next five years in new product development, shipyards and our people,” he continued.

“All this, underpinned by a strong forward order book, means we are very excited for the future of this business,” concluded the CEO.

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Yachting Boating World: Boaters are being encouraged to check if the waterway they want to cruise over winter is open as the Canal & River Trust publishes its winter maintenance schedule.

 

Every winter, the Canal & River Trust carries out essential maintenance work to its 200-year-old waterways.

It has just published its maintenance list for the season, to ensure boaters have plenty of time to plan their cruises during the colder months.

Some of the work may require the closure of waterways or towpaths.

As this involves boaters and other towpath users, the trust says it has consulted with these two groups.

It adds that the final list, which lists 229 towpath and navigation closures and navigation restrictions, takes into account two rounds of feedback.

The head of boating at the Canal & River Trust, Mike Grimes, said: “The work we carry out every winter lies at the heart of our maintenance programme and ensures that the waterways are kept as shipshape as possible.”

“We know that closures can affect boaters’ plans and so we’ve listened and incorporated boaters’ comments into our final list,” he continued.

“If you are a boater and you’re thinking of taking advantage of cruising over the traditionally quieter – and often stunning – winter season, do take a look at the programme to make sure your chosen route will be open,” advised Grimes.

Every year, the Canal & River Trust spends millions of pounds on essential work to repair the wear and tear on the waterways it runs.

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Yachting Boating World: Southampton Boat Show organisers have announced the names of the Rio Olympics medal winners and athletes who will appear at this year’s show.

 

Gold Medalists Giles Scott (Men’s Finn), Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Dinghy) and Silver Medalist Nick Dempsey (Men’s RS:X windsurfer) will make an appearance at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

They will be joined by a number of other proud olympians fresh from their inspiring performances at the Rio Olympics 2016. The other athletes attending the show include:

  • Nick Thompson (double Laser World Champion)
  • Alison Young (reigning Laser Radial World Champion)
  • Luke Patience and Chris Grube (470 Dinghy)
  • Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (Men’s 49er skiff)
  • Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth (Women’s 49er FX skiff)
  • Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (Mixed Nacra 17 multihull)
  • Bryony Shaw (Women’s RS:X windsurfer)

Other stars to appear at Southampton Boat Show include TV actress Michelle Keegan, who’ll be sure to wow the younger crowds.

This year’s event will see plenty of new yachts being launched and a new site layout which was unveiled last week.

Sunseeker, Spirit Yachts, Ancasta, Beneteau, Jeanneau and Fairline Yachts are just some of the brands showcasing their new models.

Southampton Boat Show 2016 takes place from 16-25 September at Mayflower Park.

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Yachting Boating World: The Royal Welsh Yacht Club will offer guided tours to the public throughout September as part of the government Open Doors programme.

 

Established in Caernarfon, the Royal Welsh Yacht Club is the oldest in Wales.
Throughout September it will open its doors to the public with a series of talks and guided tours about its history and famous past members.

The RWYC was established in 1847 in Caernarfon under the patronage of the Dowager Queen Adelaide, the widow of King William IV. Its headquarters are situated in Porth-Yr-Aur (the Golden Gate), built around 1284 as the historic West Gate, or Watergate, of the walled Royal Town of Caernarfon.

The Royal Patronage was carried on by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales when he was only 18 years old, and confirmed by him when he acceded to the throne as King Edward VII.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Royal Welsh Yacht Club current patron.

The event is organised by Cadw and is part of the Welsh Government’s Open Doors programme.
More than 300 Welsh buildings will open their doors to the public and offer free visits during the month of September.

Talking of the Open Doors event, Commodore Barrington Powell said: “This is a truly remarkable club with a fascinating history and we are delighted to be sharing our story and giving visitors a rare glimpse of our yacht club, as part of this year’s Open Doors.

“We currently have over 250 members which shows that the Club is an important part of the local community. We are very thankful to Cadw for supplying us with a grant to renovate the club so it continues to thrive and bring in new members.

“Wales boasts a unique blend of historic sites, from fairy-tale castles to local miners’ institutes, all of which demonstrate our rich and diverse heritage.

“Through free access, unique events and special guided tours, there is plenty to encourage people to embark on adventures of their own this September.” .

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Yachting Boating World: The New York based Gill Schmid Design has just unveiled its latest superyacht – the 110 metre Halycon. The vessel makes the most of floor to ceiling one-way glass.

 

Halycon exploits the possibilities of using glass in superyacht design, with floor to ceiling undulating glazing.

Renders from Gill Schmid Design show a use of white and reflective glass, which provides maximum privacy for the owner of the 110 metre superyacht and their guests.

The white, one-way glass is transparent from the inside and opaque looking from the outside.

The white glass panels on the observatory deck above the wheelhouse and on bridge deck above the VIP suits blend in seamlessly with the white superstructure, giving an overall monochromatic effect.

“The idea is to blend superstructure and glazing into one entity,” explained Gill Schmid Design.

Some of the key features of Halycon are the two glass bottomed swimming pools, one on the main deck and one staggered in sections on the upper deck.

They are connected with a waterfall flowing between the two levels, which is framed by a generous rectangular opening in the deck. This creates the effect of terraced aft deck spaces.

This space is further enhanced by the louvered ‘gill’ glass doors on the main deck, creating a deep inside/outside space around the main pool area.

Further features of this unique vessel, besides the expansive and unique outdoor deck spaces, are the large owner suite with his and hers saunas, six guest and two VIP suites.

There are also two hull infinity jacuzzis, a casino, front facing formal dining with panoramic views, a sky lounge and a cocktail bar with panoramic lounge spaces.

A retractable front facing glass facade on the observatory deck also highlights the unique use of glass on board.

The expansive beach club has open-able hull doors offering visual and physical access to the sea. There is also a gymnasium, sauna, plunge pool and massage areas.

The fully equipped tender garage has enough space for two 10 metre tenders, icon aircraft, submarine storage plus multiple toys.

Halycon comes with full helicopter landing on the observatory deck, plus an additional retractable touch and go helicopter landing on the main deck aft between the two jacuzzis.

The superyacht can accommodate 18 guests and 37 crew in generous quarters.

The unveiling of the Halycon project also marks the re-branding of the New York Design studio, which is run by Alistair Gill and Veronika Schmid.

Known previously as Impossible Productions Ink, Gill and Schmid have now combined their names to  create Gill Schmid Design.

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Yachting Boating World: With just over two weeks to go before the Southampton Boat Show 2016 kicks off, a site map of the show has been released.

 

The countdown for this year’s Southampton Boat show has started!
Sunseeker, Spirit Yachts, Ancasta, Beneteau, Jeanneau and Fairline Yachts are just some of the brands showcasing their yachts.

Following unprecedented demand from exhibitors for undercover space, a new show layout has been revealed for 2016.

Ocean Hall and Windward Hall will be merged with an additional 550 square metres of space added to create a new look Ocean Hall for 2016.

Enhancements to the layout will also see Beneteau and Jeanneau move from their historical space on the land to a much bigger display on the marina.

Sunseeker International will showcase its 95 Yacht at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

The 95 Yacht is as spacious and striking as its successful sister, the 28 Metre Yacht  and it combines a superyacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category.

A standout feature is its unique main deck layout with a special master cabin triplex configuration for even greater flexibility and space from a class above. With the luxurious master stateroom berth on the main deck, a forward staircase leads to a mid-level dressing area and sumptuous en-suite.

The raised pilot house offers greater flexibility contributing to the more expansive main deck layout, remarkable for this size of yacht. Above deck, the spacious flybridge is well equipped with a second helm, bar, optional hot tub and plenty of seating for guests to be entertained in style. As with all Sunseeker’s new models in 2016, the 95 Yacht is based on the classic deep V hull with performance at its heart.

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Yachting Boating World: The pair were on a two month cruise from England to Australia via several other countries when they were caught with the cocaine.

 

Canadian Isabelle Lagacé, 28, and Melina Roberge, 22, were on a dream holiday on a cruise that took them from England to Australia stopping in several countries.

The pair documented their fabulous trip on MS Sea Princess by posting pictures of their travels on Instagram.

However when they arrived at Sydney harbour on Sunday, 28 August, they were stopped by the Australian Federal Police and found with 200 pounds worth of cocaine in their suitcases, for a value of almost £17m.

Another Canadian man, André Tamine, 63, who was travelling on the same cruise, was also stopped and cocaine was found in his luggage too. It’s unclear whether he was travelling with the women.

The police are trying to determine when the drugs were brought on to the ship, which went through ports in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

The arrests was the result of a cooperative investigation between the Australian, Canadian and American authorities.

Lagacé and Roberge’s documentation of their trip on Instagram helped the police track them down seven weeks into their dream cruise.

The trio, all from Quebec, are now facing life in prison, the maximum sentence in Australia for drug smuggling.

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Yachting Boating World: If you plan to spend your retirement sailing, then these new homes being built at the Cornish waterside village of Mylor Bridge could be for you!

 

Work has started on nine new retirement homes aimed at those who have a passion for yachting and boat racing

Located in the Cornish village of Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth, the development by Blue Cedar Homes will see nine detached properties built around landscaped gardens and a communal summer house.

Each of the houses in Mylor Gardens will include features such as underfloor heating, granite worktops and solid oak doors.

A locally employed visiting estate manager will look after communal areas and provide general maintenance across the development.

Sat at the end of Mylor Creek, Mylor Bridge is a popular destination for yachting and boat racing, with many residents mooring boats on the shore of the creek.

Mylor Yacht Harbour, with its full-service boatyard, sits just over a mile from the village and is close to Mylor’s Yacht Club which boasts a calendar full of races and social events.

The managing director at Blue Cedar Homes, Nick Hole, commented: “Part of our company ethos is to pick locations for our developments which are naturally desirable to live in.”

“Cornwall is well known for being an idyllic holiday destination and equally a fantastic place to enjoy retirement and we are keen to offer more homes in this beautiful part of the country,” he continued.

“Mylor Bridge in particular is well positioned to enjoy both the coast and countryside and with the development being close to the village centre, homeowners will be able to enjoy village life as well as all that nearby Falmouth has to offer,” added the managing director.

Named one of Britain’s best villages by the Sunday Times, Mylor Bridge has many local stores including a Post Office, grocery store, fishmonger, baker and butcher.

The area also benefits from a range of leisure activities, including the local cricket and yacht clubs and a selection of award winning pubs.

It is just four miles from the famous harbour town of Falmouth, including Carrick Roads, which offers a thriving art and culture scene, a host of award winning bars and restaurants and numerous stunning beaches, including Gyllyngvase Beach.

The city of Truro with all major high street brands, restaurants and a theatre is only a eight miles away. Homes at Mylor Gardens are due for completion in Spring 2017.

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Yachting Boating World: Humber Coastguard requested the launch of a Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat after receiving a report of a drunk man swimming off the Fish Quay Sands.

 

The Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was deployed just after 6.30 this morning, Tuesday 30 August, after the Humber Coastguard received a report of an inebriated man swimming off the Fish Quay Sands, North Shields.

The volunteer crew was paged and immediately deployed the lifeboat from the station round to the beach where the swimmer was promptly found by the three crew members.

The man had been drinking prior to going for a swim and initially refused to return to shore but with, according to the RNLI, ‘a few strong words’ from the lifeboat crew, he returned back to the beach and was met by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who assisted him from shore.

At first however the man refused to come out of the water as he was naked. Paramedics arrived at the scene and the swimmer was wrapped in a thermal blanket and taken to an ambulance for assessment. As the casualty was on shore the lifeboat stood down and returned to station.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Taking a swim on a beautiful morning might have seemed like a good idea but alcohol and the sea don’t mix. This could very easily have turned into a tragedy and getting the man out of the sea quickly was the priority.

“Two years ago a man sadly drowned in similar circumstances just a few yards away from this location.

“The RNLI aims to half coastal drownings by 2024 and comprehensive advice about staying safe in and around water can be found at respectthewater.com”.

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Yachting Boating World: Renders of the new 25 metre Seafire sports yacht have just been released by the UK-based Gilmour Design. It will have a top speed of 60 knots.

 

Many of us fantasise about the James Bond lifestyle – the adventures, the women and, of course, the stunning array of boats that 007 gets to experience.

Now, the design for a new luxury sports yacht has just been released that could make this fantasy a reality!

The new Seafire is inspired by the naval torpedo boat and the ever-growing demand for 1930 retro style design.

Fitted with the latest technology and safety features, the high speed Seafire is intended to bring fun and excitement back into the world of yachting. It will have a top speed of 60 knots.

According to Gilmour Design, the target audience for the avant garde high powered motor yacht are those who demand other retro style products “like expensive watches, classic cars and aircraft”.

In keeping with its military styling, the Seafire will be individually numbered on the bow.

Each owner will be able to tailor their vessel inside and out to their specific requirements and tastes.

Below deck, the living quarters can accommodate up to six guests and two crew members.

Design manager at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based company, Ross Sedgley, said: “The ‘Seafire’ presents the opportunity for modern man to reclaim a lifestyle that has long pass of Hollywood glamour and stars such as Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Gary Grant.”

“The indulged passions for fast cars and planes is beginning to re-emerge after years of repression and those who pursue a James Bond image and lifestyle will be the envy of bystanders in any marina,” continued Sedgley.

Gilmour Design has completed the design and specification for the new Seafire, and it is currently tendering for the production of the first vessel.

The build period is expected to take 24 months. This commission will be the first of a production series.

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