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Yachting Boating World: See pictures of the stunning Porto Montenegro, which has been shortlisted for the coveted TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year Award. It won the accolade last year.

 

Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Koto has been shortlisted for the TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year 2016 award.

The awards are open to all Gold Anchor accredited members of The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

Categories include British Coastal Marina, British Inland Marina, International Marina and Superyacht Marina.

Porto Montenegro won the TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year Award 2015.

The prize is awarded to recognise ongoing excellence and consistent quality within the marina industry.

Customers are asked to show their support for those nominated by voting for their favourites via the competition website.

Final rankings within each category reflect the number of votes received from each marina’s customers weighted against the size of the marina in question.

Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges. The winners will all be announced at the London Boat Show in January 2017.

Porto Montenegro has been designed to cater to the advanced needs of all yachts, their owners, guests and crew with specific infrastructure for the largest yachts afloat.

The marina currently has 450 berths.

It also has 228 sold-out luxury apartments, as well as 55 units of ground floor retail.

This is made up of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and amenities and a five star Regent Hotel with over 80 luxury suites and apartments.

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Yachting Boating World: The owner of the boat was left red faced after he failed to properly secure his boat in its trailer. The vessel broke free and slid off onto the road.

 

The owner of Hard Game caused traffic chaos after the boat slid off its trailer, and onto a busy road in Darwin, Australia.

The vessel came adrift of its trailer at the corner of Nightcliff Road and Trower Road on 2 August.

The police were forced to close one lane of the route during the morning, while the owner waited for a crane to arrive.

The boat was eventually moved several hours later.

Motorists were urged to be patient and obey all traffic directions in place.

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services posted a photo of the vessel on its Facebook page, under the heading “Not smooth sailing”.

The post prompted comments from hundreds of people.

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Yachting Boating World: The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has bought its first yacht based in Scotland, following support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

 

For the first time, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust now has a yacht based in Scotland. It will operate out of the charity’s newest base in Largs, which opened in 2013.

The trust received £200,000 from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to invest into a yacht in January.

It is hoped the new vessel will allow the trust to better support young people from the North of England and Scotland with mobility issues resulting from their cancer treatment.

The Largs base is now in its third summer of operations. However, so far the trips have been run using chartered vessels which has limited the trust’s flexibility. It also has an ongoing cost.

“This new yacht will allow us to provide a better experience for our young people with mobility issues from Northern England and Scotland,” explained the chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Frank Fletcher.

“It will also make operations more cost efficient as the number of vessels needing to be chartered will be reduced,” he stated.

Since 2013, the players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £750,000 for the trust. Following advice from yacht brokers, Ancasta, the trust has selected a Beneteau Oceanis 45.

This was due to specific design features of this yacht such as a stern which lowers to pontoon level.

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Yachting Boating World: The Southampton Boat Show in September is set to showcase a variety of exciting new attractions, brands, boats and product debuts. Advance tickets are now on sale.

 

There will be more than 60 debuting boats at the Southampton Boat Show 2016, which takes place on 16-25 September.

Among them are the world debuting Hanse 588, Cormate U23 Racing Edition and Haines 26 and the European debuting Dehler 34 and Greenline Hybrid 36.

There will also be the UK launch of the Azimut 55S, Sunseeker Predator 68 MK II, Sealine F530 and Fjord 40 Open.

Every year, the show welcomes a mix of historic and innovative feature boats and this year is no different.

On display at the show’s marina will be the Norwegian three-masted sailing barque, Artemis and the revolutionary Team Britannia vessel, which is bidding to break the world record for the fastest powerboats circumnavigation of the globe.

The marina will have 2 kilometres of pontoons.

Alongside well-established attractions, On the Water’s Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat, this year’s show will offer a new opportunity for the youngest generation to get on the water free.

Suitable for children aged 3 to 13, Bumper Boats provides youngsters with a chance to master boat steering, as well as the boat’s built-in water cannon.

Onshore, organisers will be looking to entertain further with its new Festival Stage, located in Solent Park.

Throughout the 10 days, visitors can expect to enjoy a line-up of live music, fashion shows and expert talks.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to be part of the show’s very own Guinness World Record Attempt of the ‘Largest human image of a boat’ on 24 September.

More than 27 new brands will also be exhibiting at Mayflower Park for 2016.

On show are powerboat manufacturers: BIC Aluminium and Alpha-Centauri, sail yacht brands: North Carolina (EDPNC) and Nautor’s Swan, electronics and equipment suppliers: Racegeek, Aqua-cote and UK Sailmakers, as well as holiday & charter companies: Rubicon 3 and UGuest.

This year’s Southampton Boat Show will be the first for Greg Munford in his newly appointed position as British Marine Boat Shows’ chairman.

“As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is much-loved by sail and powerboat enthusiasts alike and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” said Munford.

“We’re thrilled to have seen soaring tickets sales so far, which are now more than double what they were this time last year,” he noted.

Munford added that helping to plan the show “with all its new attractions to entertain the diversity of visitors and more importantly, get more people out on to the water has been a fantastic experience.”

“Being a boater myself, the mix of new international and British brands who will be showcasing the latest boats and marine equipment makes this Show even more exciting for me to be a part of,” concluded the chairman.

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Yachting Boating World: Stephen Jackson, who has been jailed for trafficking illegal immigrants to Britain, will serve out his sentence before being extradited over Lisa Brown’s disappearance.

 

1 August Stephen Jackson, who has been questioned over the disappearance of Lisa Brown, has been jailed for people smuggling.

The 51-year-old yachtsman has now started a four year, nine month jail term for trying to smuggle 17 Albanians into the UK. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge.

Jackson, who is from West Wittering, West Sussex, was caught in May after Sussex Police boarded his catamaran in Chichester Marina.

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Jackson in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of 32-year-old Scot Lisa Brown.

The authorities were caught by surprise when they also discovered 17 immigrants on board the catamaran.

In interviews, he admitted to smuggling the men into the UK in exchange for the catamaran.

Jackson is believed to be close friends with Lisa’s ex-boyfriend Simon Corner, who has also been arrested in connection with the mother-of-one’s disappearance.

The 51-year-old will not be extradited to Spain until he has served out his prison sentence.

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

Speaking following Jackson’s sentence, David Fairclough, who leads the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement team, said that the 51-year-old yachtsman was “at the centre”  of an organised people smuggling gang.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone tempted to get involved with this kind of crime,” he said.

“Working closely with Border Force colleagues we will identify the criminals behind illegal entry attempts and they will be jailed,” stressed Fairclough.

He added that Jackson was “seeking to profit from the desperation of others to reach the UK”.

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Yachting Boating World: Work is now underway to repair the partially collapsed ramp at the main Olympic sailing venue at Marina da Glória at Guanabara Bay. No one was injured in the incident.

 

1 August High tides and stormy seas are being blamed for the collapse of the main ramp at the Marina da Glória Olympic sailing venue.

The structure collapsed on 30 July, less than a week before the start of the Rio 2016 Games on 5 August. No-one was injured in the incident.

Competition sailing is expected to begin on 8 August. The ramp is the main access point for boats to reach the water.

A coach boat pontoon was also damaged. Repair work is now underway and is expected to take four days. It is being carried out by the construction company which initially built the main ramp.

World Sailing, the international governing body for the sport, said that training would not be affected as alternate boat ramps are available.

There is permanent ramp to the side of the damaged structure at Marina da Gloria. There is also a ramp at Flamengo Beach. World Sailing added that it will be “closely monitoring the efforts”.

14 April The sailing venue for the Rio 2016 Olympics has been expanded and modernised, and was opened to the public on 7 April.

For almost a decade, access to the Marina da Glória was restricted to boat users. Now, following the €17.1 million refit, Rio’s residents and visitors have access to new leisure facilities.

As well as being expanded and redesigned, the marina has been completely integrated with Flamengo Park, one of the most popular leisure areas in Rio de Janeiro.

“Before, the Marina da Glória did not welcome locals. Today, it is a new, revitalised space with its arms wide open for visitors,” said Marco Aurélio Sá Ribeiro, President of the Brazilian Sailing Confederation.

Located on Guanabara Bay, Marina da Glória has already hosted two test events, in August 2014 and August 2015.
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee will take over the site on 13 July, ahead of the Olympic regattas in August and the Paralympic competitions in September.

“We have complied with our commitments, ahead of time. The facility we are handing over is ready. Our focus now will be on operations,” stated Ricardo Leyser, Brazilian Minister of Sports.

As part of the renovation, the capacity of the venue has been significantly increased. The number of berths in the water has gone from 140 to 415 and the number of dry stacks has increased from 70 to 240.

The marina’s jetties have been redesigned, new electricity and water infrastructure installed and a modern pavilion for athletes has been completed. A car park with space for 470 cars has been built and security for the boats has been improved.

As well as the investment in new sailing facilities, the marina now contains an extensive leisure area for the general public, including four restaurants, a delicatessen, bicycle path and bike racks.

After the Paralympic Games, the venue will be used for sports, cultural events and entertainment. The marina will also offer sailing and diving courses as well as boat rentals and will have a special area for fishing.

The opening of the marina comes as controversy continues over the cleanliness of the water of Guanabara Bay.

Last year, the Associated Press published findings of a five-month study into water quality in the bay. It found evidence of viruses linked to human sewage which can cause stomach or respiratory ailments.

As part of Rio’s bid to host the Olympics, Brazilian authorities had pledged to clean up the polluted bay.

The International Olympic Committee says local organisers have followed testing procedures of the water established by the World Health Organization (WHO) that focus on testing for bacteria and not viruses, and that it has “had reassurances” from the WHO “that there is no significant risk” to the health of competitors.

On 7 April, the same day as the opening of Marina da Glória, Brazilian police gathered samples from some of Rio de Janeiro’s largest sewage treatment plants to determine whether the facilities are actually treating sewage.

AP also reported that documents were sized from at least six sewage plants as part of the police investigation into Rio’s state water and sewage utility, Cedae.

Meanwhile, World Sailing, the international governing body for the sport, has declared itself “satisfied” with preparations for the sailing regattas for the Rio 2016 Olympics. It comes following a four-day visit to Rio at the end of March.

The delegation heard about efforts to improve the situation, such the construction of pipe belt to prevent sewage entering the water near the Marina da Glória venue, and the use of eco-barriers to stop floating debris from entering the bay from rivers.

A World Sailing statement said: “The health and safety of sailors competing at Rio 2016 is paramount and World Sailing remain focused on delivering an excellent Olympic Sailing Competition on a safe and fair field of play.”

World Sailing medical commission representative Dr Nebojša Nikolic, said: “I am satisfied with the planning work that is being done ahead of the Games to ensure that the welfare of sailors remains the top priority and that appropriate water testing and protocols are in place to inform decision making at the Games.”

“We will continue to monitor water testing data closely and to educate sailors and officials on what they can do themselves to reduce health risks ahead of the Games,” he concluded.

Also present in the World Sailing delegation were CEO Andy Hunt, technical delegates Alastair Fox and Scott Perry, and events committee chairman Pablo Masseroni. They met with the Rio 2016 Olympics organising committee, the city and state governments, the state environment institute (INEA) and Rio’s state water and sewage utility, Cedae.

The governing body stressed that having seven racing areas and three reserve days for each of the 10 sailing events provides great flexibility.

The statement added: “Contingency plans for all scenarios from water quality to wind conditions are in place and World Sailing remains confident in delivering a memorable and successful Olympic sailing competition.”

The Rio 2016 Olympics take place 5-21 August and the Paralympics 7-18 September.

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Yachting Boating World: The authorities in Queensland have announced that they have identified the ship that spilled tonnes of oil on the Great Barrier Reef.

 

It has taken them a year, but Queensland investigators say they have finally identified the foreign ship which was responsible for an oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef.

Up to 15 tonnes of oil were spilled in the waters off Cape Upstart in July 2015.

It subsequently washed up on the shores of mainland beaches and islands north of Townsville. The clean up took weeks and cost $1.5 million.

The authorities identified 17 ships which were in the area at the time of the incident.

Many of them were on international voyages. All of them denied responsibility.

So, a major joint-agency investigation was launched. It included the Maritime Safety Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Now after a year, the Ports Minister, Mark Bailey has announced that the authorities know which ship is the culprit.

“It was a difficult investigation, as the ship believed to be responsible is foreign registered with a crew of foreign nationals,” Bailey told the Brisbane Times.

“This is an extremely complex legal process involving both Australian and international maritime law and we don’t want to jeopardise the case by identifying the suspect vessel while the evidence is being fully considered,” he continued.

The minister said the government has vowed to “relentlessly pursue anyone wilfully or negligently polluting our coastal waters, especially the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area.”

He added that the investigation demonstrated the government’s “resolve” on this matter.

“We will ensure Queenslanders are not out of pocket for this incident and will seek full cost recovery through the Australian Maritime Safety Authority either out of the offending ship’s insurance or from a National Plan fund set aside for these occurrences,” announced Bailey.

All the evidence has now been passed to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

If there is a prosecution, the operators of the overseas-registered, foreign-crewed ship could face state and federal fines of up to $17m.

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Yachting Boating World: The Suffolk-based luxury boat builder, Spirit Yachts, is expanding following an upturn in orders. YBW spoke to the firm’s managing director, Nigel Stuart about the company’s plans.

 

Next month, work begins on expanding the boat yard at Spirit Yachts.

The luxury boat builder, which created the stunning 54-foot 007 yacht, Spirit, which featured in the Bond film Casino Royale, is based at Ipswich Haven Marina in Suffolk.

The company currently employs 40 people, and will also be recruiting up to 15 new boat builders as part of its expansion plans.

Spirit’s managing director, Nigel Stuart, said it will be looking to employ new staff locally and via boat building colleges in the UK, as well as worldwide.

He doesn’t see Britain’s recent decision to leave the EU as a problem for recruitment: “We will continue to search for highly skilled boat builders through our usual channels,” he explained.

“We suspect it will have little influence on finding the right people to join the team, especially as the impact of Brexit is still unknown and probably won’t come into effect for a few years yet,” said Stuart.

This expansion comes as sales increase, especially for large yachts. Spirit Yachts has also just been shortlisted in the Special Yacht category in the European Yacht of the Year Award for its Spirit 47CR.

“Over the last year we have seen an increase in sales and prospective interest,” explained Stuart.

“We have recently secured orders for larger yachts, which require more build space. The new facility will have rolling doors large enough to bring yachts in and out with their keels on, which will also allow us to offer more maintenance work on modern classic yachts.”

Stuart said that although the Spirit customer base has largely remained the same, it has expanded its portfolio to meet demand.

“Our clients are all looking for a timeless yet high performance yacht that will not date. As demand has increased and our customers’ criteria varies more and more, we have developed our portfolio to offer a wider range of sailing and power boats,” he said.

“We now offer the Classic Spirit yachts, Deckhouse designs, a new cruising range and power boats from 35ft to 130ft,” added Stuart.

Work on the state-of-the-art yacht build facility at the yard will start mid-August.

The additional space will house production mezzanines and a mechanical testing area.

It will also allow Spirit to double the size of its existing lamination table, increasing the number of ringframes that can be built simultaneously.

With access via a 7.5m x 8m rolling door, the facility will allow Spirit to work on yachts up to 150 feet long with their keels on.

The vast entrance will also permit refit and repair work on existing modern classics with their keels on, meaning all projects will be protected from the elements.

The new yard will comprise LED lighting, modern heating systems, and efficient insulation and extraction. The additional floor space will also allow Spirit Yachts to increase capacity, efficiency and flexibility.

Stuart said Spirit Yachts will continue to strengthen its customer base worldwide through attending events and shows.

“The yard expansion will also allow us to develop the refits section of the business, which provides our existing owners with maintenance support and gives us the flexibility to take on other marine renovation work,” he added.

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Yachting Boating World: Hastings RNLI and the coastguard were put on standby following reports that three girls were in the sea playing PokémonGo. They were fully clothed.

 

The emergency services were alerted after three girls were spotted hunting Pokémon monsters in the sea off Hastings Pier.

A member of the public contacted the police following concerns that the sea was “quite rough” and the girls were all fully clothed.

Officers paged the volunteer crew of the Hastings RNLI inshore lifeboat, along with the coastguard. Both teams were put on standby.

However, they were stood down after the police spoke to the girls and established they were playing PokémonGo, a mobile phone game.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “The caller was concerned as the sea was quite rough and the girls appeared to be fully clothed.”

“Officers attended and established that the girls were looking for Pokémon. They were advised not to go into the water,” said the spokesperson.

Earlier this month, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a warning after a group of young people took a boat without permission to hunt the virtual creatures.

The boat was later found abandoned in New Brighton marine lake.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were both called out in the early hours of the morning to respond to the incident.

This latest shout on 27 July has prompted Hastings RNLI to issue a reminder about the dangers of playing PokémonGo close to the water.

Speaking to the Hastings and St Leonards Observer, the coxswain of Hastings Lifeboat, Steve Warne, said: “We are asking people to please have a look at the RNLI Respect the Water Campaign.”

“It’s got lots of information about water safety and can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages and the RNLI main website.”

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Yachting Boating World: The Clipper Round the World Race fleet will return to where it all started this Saturday, when the yachts sail past Tower Bridge and back to St Katharine Docks.

 

The Clipper Round the World Race 2015-16 culminates in London’s St Katharine Docks this Saturday, 30 July.

The 12 70-foot ocean racers will parade up the River Thames, much to the delight of the thousands of Clipper fans who are expected to turn out for the event.

The crew will return in spectacular style and pageantry, including live commentary, big screens and a main stage, ready to host the final celebrations of this tenth edition race.

Following emotional reunions with proud family members and friends, the winners will then take to the podium for their much deserved prizes.

Schedule of Parade of Sail on 30 July.

  • 0719 Fleet arrives at the QE2 Bridge at Dartford.
  • 0900 Fleet passes the Millennium Dome.
  • 0912 Fleet passes Greenwich Observatory.
  • 0930 Fleet passes Canary Wharf Pier.
  • 0945 Feet is scheduled to arrive at Tower Bridge. The yachts will sail under its iconic archway before sailing back out again.
  • 1035 Teams will sail into St Katharine Docks in groups of four in reverse overall standing order.
  • 1250 The winning team is expected to sail into St Katharine Docks.
  • 1300 Prize giving on the main stage.

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