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Yachting Boating World: Five women have set a new world record after becoming the first ever all-female crew to row the Atlantic Ocean from west to east.
The team set the record on 26 July at 0549 UTC when they crossed the line at Bishop Rock Lighthouse near the Isles of Scilly.
They rowed the 3,000 mile journey in 48 days, 13 hours, 49 minutes and 9 seconds.
The crew left New York on 7 June. Skipper Guin Batten, Molly Brown, Alex Holt, Mary Sutherland and Gilly Mara have now landed at Falmouth, Cornwall.
Molly Brown has also set her own record – at 20-years-old, the oceanographer student is now the youngest woman to have rowed the Atlantic Ocean.
26 July Five women are about to enter the record books after a 3,000 mile journey rowing across the Atlantic.
The crew of the Liberty of Essex are expected to reach the Bishop Rock Lighthouse near the Isles of Scilly on 26 July.
They are scheduled to arrive at their destination – Falmouth – sometime between 8 and 11am on 27 July.
The women started their journey from New York on 7 June.
On board are 49-year-old Guin Batten, who won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and 20-year-old oceanographer university student Molly Brown, who will become the youngest woman to have rowed the Atlantic.
Making up the rest of the crew are Alex Holt, a 26-year-old water-ski and snow ski instructor, 34-year-old Gilly Mara, one of the fastest ultra-kayakers in the UK who came into the sport after breaking her neck in a climbing accident, and offshore sailor and racer Mary Sutherland, 36, who has several Fastnet and Atlantic crossings under her belt.
Assisting the crew on-shore is ocean rower Charlie Pitcher. His company, Rannoch Adventures, built and supplied the rowing boat. Pitcher was also responsible for placing the advert looking for crew to undertake the challenge.
He appointed Guin Batten as the skipper. The rest of the crew were selected over “Hell weekend”.
YBW talked to the crew as they neared the end of their world record attempt.
How were you selected to take part in the record attempt?
Final selection for the Rannoch Women’s Challenge crew comprised 26 hours of a mixture of power testing, a six-hour endurance task, an undefined overnight trek, a ‘sleep-where-you-can’, a pre-dawn 30 minute row and a panel interview. This was done all with the aim to ‘see’ the real personalities and team interactions shine through. All the while, Louise Carey (rower and SAS Are You Tough Enough contender) and Polly Gough (rower, sailor and medic) looked on watching every move, and listening to every word.
Did you all get along immediately or did you have to work to become a crew?
It has most definitely been something that the crew have worked on once final selection was made at the beginning of the year. Training and preparation has also included specific team building coaching to help them on their way.
Yachting Boating World: Lock 5 on the Droitwich Junction Canal is now open after a man died. His narrowboat sank while going through the canal lock.
The emergency services were called to Lock 5 on the morning of 25 July following reports of the sinking.
The lock was drained by crews from the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Despite attempts to resuscitate the man at the scene, he was pronounced dead.
An elderly woman, believed to be the man’s mother, was also on board the boat but managed to get off before it sank.
She was assessed by paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, but was found to be unharmed.
The narrowboat has now been removed from lock 5, and the navigation has been re-opened. It had been closed since 13.00 on 25 July.
The Canal and River Trust, which looks after the Droitwich Junction Canal, said it would be looking into the incident to see if any lessons could be learnt.
“We’re deeply saddened to hear that someone’s lost their life on the canal, and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time,” said a trust spokesman.
“We’re in contact with the emergency services to try to understand exactly what has happened, and will do anything we can to help as they conduct their investigation,” continued the spokesman.
“Incidents like this are rare, and there have been no indications as yet that there’s a fault with the canal, however we’ll be looking at whether there’s anything we can do to prevent this kind of thing happening again in future.”
Fire crews from Droitwich, Malvern and Evesham all attended the incident.
The Canal and River Trust, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team also attended the scene.
Yachting Boating World: An investigation is now underway after a boat exploded in a marina in Ibiza, leaving two people in a critical condition in hospital.
Five people were on board at the time on the incident on 24 July.
According to witnesses, the 23-foot boat had just refuelled when the explosion happened.
A woman is reported to have suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body, while a 36-year-old man has 80 per cent burns. Both are receiving treatment at a specialist burns unit in Valencia.
Another man suffered a burnt arm and two other people were treated for smoke inhalation.
A jet-ski was also engulfed in flames when the explosion happened. Firefighters were called and put out the blaze.
The Ports de Balears has opened an investigation to find out the cause of the explosion.
All the victims are believed to have come from Valencia.
Yachting Boating World: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their support to Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team as they took podium position in Portsmouth on 23-24 July.
Sir Ben Ainslie’s team put on an incredible performance on both Saturday and Sunday and did enough to hold off USA Team Oracle from the top of the leader board.
Land Rover BAR won three of the six races in Portsmouth, with Oracle Team USA taking two and Groupama Team France taking one.
Speaking after the win, skipper Sir Ben said: “It was a real team work day, these boats are really hard to handle on such a short course. The guys did an incredible job with the boat handling and that’s what really got us out of some of those tough situations.”
He continued: “Full credit to the team and everyone back at the Camber at the base, we’ve got a hundred odd people there, designing and building boats and components for the Cup next year, and I think it’s a big moment for them as well to know that we can go out and win these events.”
Trimmer Nick Hutton, added: “It was awesome to win at home, it’s obviously the key event of our year. It is like Wembley for us.”
“The big picture is we have taken the lead in the World Series, for us as a new team it’s fantastic to go up against the established teams like Oracle, Artemis and Team New Zealand. It’s great moving forward into the future,” he stressed.
Grinder Freddie Carr said the win was an important step.
“We are in a massive phase of our Cup campaign at the moment, going into Bermuda next year and the lift this gives to everyone at the base – it’s huge,” he stressed.
“We are putting a real line in the sand for where our sailing team is at and our test boats are going really well. We are front-footing it right now it’s a great time for us,” continued Carr.
Land Rover BAR are now series’ leaders, with just one point separating them from Jimmy Spithill and his team.
There are just two events left in 2016. The next will take place in Toulon, France on 8-11 September.
Yachting Boating World: Ahead of the America’s Cup action in Portsmouth this weekend, Sir Ben Ainslie has already had his first win! He and his wife, Georgie Thompson have welcomed their first child.
Sir Ben Ainslie and his wife, radio and television presenter Georgie Thompson, have welcomed the arrival of their first child. The baby girl has been named Bellatrix.
The news was broken by Sir Ben’s racing team, Land Rover BAR on their Twitter feed on the morning of 21 July.
The team’s Twitter hashtag #BringTheCupHome was temporarily changed to #BringTheBabyHome.
The arrival of Bellatrix Ainslie comes just days before the start of the America’s Cup World Series at Portsmouth.
Land Rover BAR will be hoping to repeat their success last year on home ground.
1 March Sir Ben Ainslie says he expects 2016 to be “a hugely enjoyable year on both a personal and a professional level,” and there’s one tiny reason for all the happiness.
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, Ainslie announced that he and television presenter Georgie Thompson are expecting their first child this summer.
In an update that also covered the America’s Cup skipper’s recent win in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) event in Oman last weekend, Ainslie was ebullient.
“Firstly, I have some exciting news. My wife Georgie and I are expecting our first child this summer. It is a big moment for us both and we could not be happier.”
Ainslie went on to talk about his thrill at winning the ACWS event and beating Oracle Team USA to the post in a close competition.
The America’s Cup captain said his goal was to prove to fans that British racing belongs at the top of the world stage alongside teams like the USA and New Zealand who currently lead the ACWS standings after three events.
Ainslie also put the pressure on Giles Scott to bring home the gold medal for Britain in the Rio Olympics this summer, saying he has a personal interest in Scott’s campaign, “since we have had that medal in British hands since 2000 when Iain Percy first won it.”
Ainslie called Giles a “hugely talented sailor” and said he had been integral to the team’s first win in the ACWS, saying the pair’s relationship both on the water and off had been improving since tensions arose over a competition to race for Britain in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics.
With the America’s Cup in Bermuda just over a year away, Ainslie said the team’s second test boat, T2, was back on the water undergoing trials after suffering damage in December.
Ainslie also said he has high hopes for the future of British sailing, with the Land Rover BAR Academy aiming to prepare a team of young sailors to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2017.
Yachting Boating World: GetMyBoat now has 58,000 boats for rent in 169 countries. See the celebrity yachts it has on its books which are available for rent – you only have to worry about finding the cash!
Since it started in January 2013, the company has rented tens of thousands of boats for holidays and special occasions including photoshoots, birthdays and even burials at sea.
GetMyBoat aims to let owners of every type of boat, from kayaks to sailboats to motorboats, to post, free, their watercraft for rent or charter for free.
It also offers its own rental insurance programme to make sure owners and renters are covered. Check out the celebrity yachts on its books.
It’s undoubtable that AirBnB has changed the way people book accommodation when travelling, and the same concept has now been launched for yachts and boats.
The clever people at GetMyBoat, the biggest boat and yacht rental on the market, have come up with an ingenious idea.
Its new feature SleepAboard is a very similar concept to AirBnB, where owners can rent out their homes, or in this case their watercraft.
“Sleep Aboard is a boat-and-breakfast-type experience where travelers can stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.”, states the company’s press release.
GetMyBoat already has around 35,000 vessels in 143 countries on their books and Sleep Aboard has already proved popular in the US and Europe.
Prices for a one day stay range from $200 to $4,000, depending on the craft. Most owners don’t allow renters to take the boat out but some provide excursions at an additional coast.
“There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami, and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom, canal boats are the norm.”, said GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro in a statement.
“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience. We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating,” he said.
This is of course good news for boat owners too, who can lighten the coast of their upkeeping by renting out their beloved fleet.
Yachting Boating World: A man in his 30s was rescued by a passing jogger after he was spotted close to a partially submerged boat at Greve D’Azette, Jersey. A submerged car was also found.
Parker swam out to assist the man, helping him back to the partially submerged boat.
The pair were then quickly picked up by the Jersey Fire Service’s inshore rescue boat which had been launched.
The police and coastguard were also on the scene, having been alerted at around 6am by members of the public. The man, who is in his 30s, is now recovering in hospital.
A completely submerged car was also discovered at Greve D’Azette Slipway.
It has now been marked with a red buoy after a search by divers found there was no one trapped inside.
The vehicle was not visible from the shore as it was completely covered by the fast flowing incoming tide.The boat has now been towed ashore.
Jersey Fire and Rescue praised the quick actions of Parker. Crew commander Craig Channing said: “There is no doubt that the swift and selfless actions of the passer by saved this young person’s life.”
“By swimming out and rescuing the casualty and climbing aboard the partly submerged vessel with the casualty, he ensured the casualty had the best chance of survival and his actions are to be commended,” continued the crew commander.
“This incident utilised a lot of different agencies who all came together to resolve this incident and demonstrated the interoperability of the Uniformed Services, Ports of Jersey and the Infrastructure Department to bring this incident to a successful conclusion,” concluded Channing.
The cause of this incident is currently being investigated by States of Jersey Police in liaison with Jersey Coastguard.
Practical Boat Owner: A dispute with lifeboat and hovercraft crew volunteers over a new training programme and the station’s management has resulted in the RNLI taking New Brighton lifeboat station temporarily off service for several weeks.
The charity has decided to ‘stand down’ several volunteers who have refused to commit to the standards required of all RNLI volunteers, which means that New Brighton will not be able to operate safely in the short term.
A spokesman for the lifeboat charity said: ‘Over the next few weeks, RNLI teams will work with the station’s remaining volunteers, offering enhanced training and support, and creating a more positive environment for the crew. We aim to reopen the lifeboat station for a period in August.
‘We would like to reassure the public that we are confident that the lifesaving service provided by the RNLI to the people of Merseyside and the Wirral will continue to be carried out effectively by RNLI lifeboats stationed at Hoylake, West Kirby and by local lifeguards.
‘The area will also continue to be served by Mersey Marine Fire 1 and we are working closely with HM Coastguard through this interim period.’
The station has been affected by a dispute over several issues – the introduction of a new training programme, the station’s management, the outcomes of an investigation into various issues with the lifeboat crew, the attempts to address deficiencies at the lifeboat station and breaches of the RNLI’s Volunteer Code of Conduct.
The spokesman added: ‘Those stood down are clearly unhappy but they do not represent the views of the majority of the crew, who we are pleased to say want to continue with the RNLI.
‘We plan to train the remaining crew to the required standard and also ensure they subscribe to the RNLI’s values and codes of conduct, which are critical to the running of a first-class lifesaving service. We will also be seeking to recruit new lifeboat crew to the station.’
Divisional operations manager Lee Firman said: ‘We explored a number of options for New Brighton before taking this step. Closing a lifeboat station, even temporarily, is not a decision to be taken lightly but we are confident that this is the right way forward.
‘The RNLI has a duty of care to its lifeboat volunteers and to ensure that they feel safe, accepted and can volunteer within a welcoming environment. They should also expect to receive the right training, skills and equipment to meet the challenge of saving lives at sea. This is what we will be working with the New Brighton crew to achieve.’
He added: ‘New Brighton has a proud history of lifesaving and we are confident that, with the goodwill of the volunteers, the lifeboat will soon be back on service for the people of Merseyside and the Wirral.”
Yachting Boating World: Premier Marinas gets set for two shows in one as it hosts its annual Used Boat Show at Swanwick Marina running it alongside the Southampton Boat Show, between 16th – 25th September.
Now in its 37th year the Used Boat Show is set to feature extensive on and off water displays of power and sail boats from onsite brokerages, Ancasta International Boat Sales, Clipper Marine, Fleming Yachts, Princess Motor Yachts, Sea Ventures and Sunseeker Southampton.
Ancasta International Boat Sales’ line-up will include a used Princess V56 and Nimbus 43 Nova, an Oceanis 50 and Bavaria 42 Virtess Fly, plus an Aquastar 45, alongside over thirty other quality yachts.
Open daily from 10am – 6pm, visitors will also be able to take advantage of Premier’s Park and Ride service offer to Southampton Boat Show when booked in advance. Besides a complimentary ticket to the show the offer includes free parking at Swanwick Marina and a return coach journey to the Southampton show – all for the price of £13 per adult or £32 for a family ticket, which includes two adults and up to four children.
Nicola Walsh CMM, Marina Manager at Swanwick Marina said: “We’re delighted to host the Used Boat Show again this year to showcase our first class brokerages. Many visitors will coincide a visit to this show with a day out at Southampton Boat Show.”
So whether you’re thinking of selling or buying a used yacht or motor boat, this show is one of the most established and successful used boat shows on the South Coast.
To register your interest for a Park & Ride ticket call your local Premier Marina or visit www.premiermarinas.com for more details. Tickets will go on sale early August.
Yachting Boating World: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is reminding people to take care while playing the popular mobile phone game, Pokémon GO.
The incident happened at New Brighton marine lake in the early hours of 19 July.
Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service both responded to the incident.
When the crews arrived at the scene, they found the youths had already left. The young people had left the rowing boat drifting in the middle of the marina.
Now the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a warning to youngsters, reminding them to use their common sense while playing the popular mobile phone game.
Senior coastal operations officer, Danny Jamson, said: “We know that many people are enjoying Pokémon GO across the UK and we wouldn’t want to spoil that fun.”
“However, we would ask people to use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokémon,” he stressed.
“The incident this morning shows that risk taking can put not only you in danger but also the rescue services who have to come to your aid,” said Jamson.
The MCA has taken to the social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, to highlight their safety message.