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.” .
Practical Boat Owner: One of the key announcements at the recent Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster Instructors’ Conference was that, from 2017, there will be a single RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate.
This brings the RYA in line with other international sailing schemes who do not differentiate between the certificates obtained when you learn to sail in different areas of the world.
Richard Falk, the RYA’s director of training and qualifications said: ‘In simple terms the current arrangement is that if you undertake an RYA Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course in waters designated as being tidal then you a) learn about tides (both in theory and in practice) and b) receive a certificate that indicates you have undertaken the training in tidal conditions.
‘If you undertake the same courses in waters designated to be non – tidal you a) learn nothing about tides (either in theory or practically) and b) are issued with a non – tidal certificate.’
Richard says there are three key flaws with the current process:
1) Differentiating between what is tidal and what is non – tidal is not a simple black and white question. Trying to categorise waters across the entire world where tidal ranges vary from 17 metres down to .1 of a metre with every point along that tidal continuum being covered is simply not feasible. What constitutes a tidal region? Even our own training centres cannot agree on this with some suggesting that anything less than a 4 metre tidal range does not count and others suggesting 1 metre is perfectly adequate.
2) The pattern of boating has changed. Many people now choose to undertake a course in one region but then go on to charter or cruise in a wide range of regions around the world – some of those are tidal and some are not. Therefore, it seems to make sense that everyone who undertakes one of the two courses outlined above should get at least an understanding of the theory of tide, and where possible also gain some experience in tide from a practical viewpoint. Under the new arrangements EVERY person undertaking either a Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course will come away with at least a theoretical understanding of tide – ensuring they are better prepared for boating in a wider range of locations than is currently the case.
3) Customer feedback is that the current system of parallel schemes is confusing and irrelevant. Whilst some RYA schools feel strongly about this issue the feedback from customers is that they find the need for two schemes and such labelling as confusing and unnecessary. Under the new arrangements the situation will be clearer to the customer whilst ensuring that more people than ever before will have at least a basic understanding of tides.
Richard added: ‘We have about 600 RYA schools to which this tidal / non – tidal designation applies. Of these we have had strong concerns voiced by about 10 schools, all of which are Solent based.
‘Sadly some of these have resorted to misinformation and misinterpretation in order to try and garner support for a reversal of this decision. The matter has been discussed over the last three years at YMI conferences and with a large number of schools both in the UK and overseas, not to mention with students and charter companies.
‘The overall sentiment is that this is a very positive initiative and one that is long overdue.
‘The key message is that nothing is being removed from any syllabus. In fact, we are requiring schools in non – tidal regions to now begin to teach the theory of tides. I cannot for the life of me understand how this can be a bad thing.’
Motorboat & Yachting: Could this powercat design be the key to bringing the Blue Riband trophy back to the UK? Ray Bulman reports on a new Atlantic speed record bid.
An attempt to break the Atlantic crossing speed record is being planned by a new group called Team Great Britain, headed by offshore powerboat enthusiast Richard George.
The crossing is to be made by a 112ft (34.2m) wave piecing catamaran TGB34 designed by Andrew SN Lea and George Robson.
With a huge beam of 42ft (12.8m) it has an unusually high length-to-beam ratio for an ocean-going catamaran.
Design is currently at an advanced stage with several successful tests already carried out on a one tenth scale model in Abu Dhabi.
However, since the group is still searching for a suitable yard to partner with for full-scale construction, the actual Transatlantic attempt is unlikely to be made before 2018.
The plan is to cross the Atlantic in two days on a single load of fuel, which if successful will make TGB34 the only non-passenger vessel to cross without at least two mid-ocean fuelling stops.
A two-day crossing would knock over ten hours off the time set by the Aga Kan’s motor yacht Destriero which set the current record time of two days ten hours 54 minutes in 1992.
A two-day crossing will need the craft to produce an average of around 64mph, which in turn will require a top speed of 80mph (70 knots). Hence light winds and calm seas will be essential for success.
Project leader Richard George is the driving force behind Team Great Britain, having previously competed in the World XCAT racing series.
Other members of the team include Dag Pike, who navigated the successful Virgin Atlantic Challenger II crossing in 1986, and Dan Stevens, the current owner of VACII.
“I want to bring the Hales Trophy back to Britain,” says Richard George. “We are a great seafaring nation and any success is certain to be beneficial to our marine industry as a whole.”
And on his team: “We see ourselves as the ‘McLaren’ of the seas and with a green purpose; where efficiency in design using F1 and aerospace innovation, and advanced engineering techniques not only makes vessels much faster but means they require massively less fuel to undertake the task.”
The only problem is that the Hales Trophy, also known as the Blue Riband, is currently held by the Tasmanian company Incat Ltd which built the 298ft (91m) fast passenger ferry Cat-Link V.
She currently holds the record for the fastest crossing by a commercial passenger vessel with a time of two days 20 hours nine minutes and is the true holder of the trophy under current rules.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based yard has revealed details of the upcoming Princess 49, which will be its first IPS-powered flybridge. The Princess 49 is due for a 2016 launch.
Due to be launched next year, the Princess 49 will be the first flybridge model from the Plymouth yard to come with Volvo Penta’s IPS system.
With 550hp per side, the Princess 49 should be capable of top speed of around 35 knots, the manufacturer added.
Key features include triple sliding cockpit doors and a rear galley that comes fitted with a full-height fridge/freezer, tucked just beneath the flybridge stairs on the starboard side.
Below decks, the three-cabin layout includes a full-beam master suite, forecabin with optional scissor berths, and a twin bunk bed guest cabin to starboard.
Prices and arrival dates are yet to be confirmed, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Princess 49 get a public debut at the 2016 London Boat Show (January 8-17).
Pratical Boat Owner: Entries are now open for World Cruising Club’s new ARC Channel Islands 2016 rally following a packed launch event at the Southampton Boat Show.
More than 50 people gathered at the RYA lounge to learn more about the new rally, which will be taking place in August 2016.
Run in association with RYA Active Marina and with the support of Hamble School of Yachting and Practical Boat Owner magazine, ARC Channel Islands offers a mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.
About the rally
Premier Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2016 with a welcome supper, safety checks and Skippers Briefing organised before the fleet set sail for the first leg to Cherbourg on Saturday 20 August.
Following the full day sail, rally yachts arrive in the French port to celebrate a successful Channel crossing with a welcome reception to share their experiences, and crews will have the following day to explore the town and visit the local market.
After the passage to Cherbourg, the distances between stopovers are between 30-50nm as the rally visits Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney; the days are planned to combine pleasant sailing with time to explore ashore and meet up with other crews over a rally meal or sundowner on arrival.
The overall route and daily schedule is adaptable for prevailing weather conditions and rally staff will be on hand throughout to deliver the shoreside programme, including an island tour of Guernsey and visit to the Second World War Military Hospital, as well as a ride on the Alderney railway.
The fleet will return to Gosport following an overnight sail from Alderney, and conclude the rally with a farewell dinner on Saturday 27 August.
Crews joining ARC Channel Islands will receive the peace of mind of being part of an organised event; enjoying social and sightseeing activities with others in the fleet along with time to independently explore.
The entry fee includes all berthing for the duration of the rally, GPS satellite tracking of each yacht, the support of a lead boat and World Cruising Club staff on hand throughout the rally.
Aside from the focus on safety and support, there is a comprehensive social programme encouraging the camaraderie between crews to quickly develop during the rally. RYA membership is included in the entry fee for those not already members and discounts are available for existing RYA members.
Guy Malpas, RYA yachting development manager, said: ‘The RYA Active Marina scheme aims to help boat owners gain more from their boats, and this rally is an excellent opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors to hone their skills on a challenging but enjoyable passage. We are pleased to be supporting this rally, and hope it is encourages more people to get afloat and use their boats.’
Entries are open
The first 10 boats to enter ARC Channel Islands will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a set of recommended charts and pilot books, courtesy of Imray.
The set, worth £270, will equip any sailor with every publication they could need for a cross channel trip. In addition, all confirmed ARC Channel Island entries can save up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray once they have signed up to the rally.
Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 25 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. We anticipate the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.
The entry fee is made up of a boat fee and a crew fee payable for each person onboard the boat. Boat Fee: based on LOA as follows:
- 8.23-12.00m £475 + VAT* = £570**
- 12.01-14.00m £525 + VAT* = £630**
- 14.01-18.29m £575 + VAT* = £690**
*VAT at the prevailing rate on date of entry ** with VAT at 20% as at date of publication
Catamarans: There is a berthing supplement for catamarans of £130 relative to LOA as shown above.
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – non-RYA member £195
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – RYA Member £145
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – Child aged 6 – 18 on 31 July 2016 £75
- Single Leg Crew Fee £75
What do the entry fees include?
Before the rally
• Comprehensive rally information accessed through the Member’s Area of www.worldcruising.com providing advice about participation/equipment
• Pre-rally newsletters
• Full support of World Cruising Club staff prior to rally to aid preparations
• Attendance at a full day preparation seminar, held spring 2016 (two places per boat entry)
• One year’s RYA membership for each crew member aged 18 or over (non-RYA members only)
• Savings of up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray
Yachting Boating World: Take look at the most beautiful boats, newest launches, and quirky vessels on boat show at Southampton.
Friday, 11 September 2015, Europe’s largest festival of boating sails into Southampton, marking the start of the 47th Southampton Boat Show.
The show’s marina will showcase yachts and boats from global superstars of boat manufacturing.
This year’s show will see over 100 boat debuts plus fabulous new attractions for 2015, for a truly spectacular nautical experience. Organisers have partnered with Sunseeker Charters to take the Show’s Platinum Experience to the next level of luxury, which includes round-the-clock VIP hospitality in the customised Sunseeker Platinum Lounge and more importantly, a one hour ride onboard a Sunseeker Predator 56 delivering the iconic Sunseeker ‘wind in the hair’ performance.
Those interested in marine life can visit the Show’s very own Aquarium, developed in association with the University of Southampton. The aquarium is full of tanks and rock pools, filled with creatures from the local waters, and a dark-room, showcasing the fascinating world of corals and anemones.
This year’s Show promises to be the most ‘on-the-water’ ever, with even the youngest visitors able to get involved. Alongside the child friendly Get Afloat!, targeted at 8-16 year olds, the Adventure River Canoe Ride will allow infants to climb aboard their own canoe and paddle down the feature’s winding river.
Plus on the water visitors can climb onboard and explore the Show’s new feature boats.
This includes the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, straight from the completion of its full restoration and refit.
The Show plays tribute to this unique restoration project which has seen contributions from historic specialists, T. Nielsen & Co, along with cutting-edge marine technician, Landau UK.
Also the Show will welcome the J109 yacht, Red Arrow, and its crew. Owned and operated by the Royal Air Force Sailing Association (RAFSA), this 35ft yacht has seen serving members of the RAF compete in world-famous sailing events, including the Warsash Series and JP Morgan Round the Island Race.
For the first time Red Arrows will be performing their show-stopping aerobatic display on Saturday 12 September at the Southampton Boat Show. A show not to be missed!
And for those who’ve been dreaming of owning their own boat but haven’t quite taken the plunge yet, there’s even a little beauty up for grabs, thanks to the very generous people at Practical Boat Owner. Visit berth M612 and take a look at PBO Project Boat.
The competition to win Hantu Biru will launch at the show and will go on until the London Boat Show, with the winner announced soon after.
Yachting Boating World: Three hundred years old! That’s a lot of candles to blow out. The Royal Artillery Yacht Club is launching the first regimental ocean-crossing expedition in decades.
Sounds like quite the jaunt. However, the expedition will provide deep water experience and adventurous training to 150 regular and reserve soldiers, improving the army’s offshore sailing capability and fostering ésprit de corps.
The St Barbara, the regiment’s flagship vessel, will launch from Gosport this month and return in August 2016, the year the regiment celebrates its 300th anniversary. Better start blowing up the birthday balloons now.
Pratical Boat Owner: Eight sailors named as first athletes on the British teamsheet for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the names of the first athletes to officially join Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A total of eight athletes have been selected across six of the 10 Olympic sailing events.
World Champion Giles Scott’s is the first name to appear on the Rio teamsheet, with the 28-year-old, unbeaten in almost two years, set to make his Olympic debut in the Finn class.
London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are paired together again in the 470 Women’s class while Luke Patience, who also won silver three years ago, teams up with two-time World Champion Elliot Willis in the 470 Men’s event.
Bryony Shaw, who became Britain’s first female Olympic medal-winning windsurfer with bronze at Beijing 2008, is set to contest her third Olympic Games next year in the RS:X Women’s event.
London 2012 Olympian Alison Young returns in the Laser Radial while 2015 Laser World Champion Nick Thompson earns his first Olympic appearance to round off the first wave of sailing selections for Rio.
British sailors have established a proud tradition of excellence in Olympic competition, having won 55 medals – including 26 golds – since sailing made its debut at Paris 1900 with Team GB topping the overall Olympic sailing medal table.
The selected sailors are:
- Giles Scott: Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)
- Nick Thompson: Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
- Alison Young: Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
- Luke Patience and Elliot Willis: 470 Men (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
- Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark: 470 Women (Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
- Bryony Shaw: RS:X Women (Women’s Windsurfer)
Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: ‘The selection of the first Team GB athletes is a landmark moment on our journey to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
‘The eight athletes named today include Olympic medallists and World Champions, all of whom have earned their place in the 6 boat classes. As one of our most successful medal winning sports it is a fitting that Sailing kick-off our Rio 2016 team announcements.
‘This is the start of the creation of what is likely to be a 350 strong Team GB in 2016. Our focus is on great preparation, great support and great performance and, if we get that right, we will have delivered an environment that will allow the athletes to perform to the best of their ability.’
Team GB is calling on the nation to Bring on the Great in the run-up to Rio 2016 – and at the Games themselves – as our athletes gets ready to compete at the world’s greatest sports event.
Fans can show their support by sending in their good luck messages on TeamGB.com and joining the new Team GB Club. These messages will be displayed on flags which will be given to the athletes travelling to Rio as well as featuring on Bahia Bands, a traditional Brazilian good luck bracelet, which fans will be able to buy later this year.
Motorboat & Yachting: The UK’s biggest marina has a new arrival, after the brand new Brighton Marina Yacht Club was delivered this week.
The ongoing development of Brighton Marina has seen a new yacht club delivered to the 127-acre site. Delivered yesterday (July 30), the new Brighton Marina Yacht Club building will be opened to the public in September, offering Club Class training for people of all ages.
As well as sailing, the club has divisions for diving and motor cruising, and has been hailed by the Royal Yachting Association as a model yacht club. It’s new base is one of the largest floating buildings in the UK, with a footprint of 3,500 square feet.
Phil Thomas, commodore at Brighton Marina Yacht Club, said: “We’re here to help anyone who wants to get on the water to do so affordably.”
The new yacht club was delivered as part of a £250m redevelopment of the marina by Brunswick Developments, which has owned the site since the mid 1990s.
Works on the western end of the marina were held up for several years by planning disputes, financial issues and local protests, but finally got underway last year.
Peter Green, who is directing the current works at the marina for Brunswick Developments said: “The new Yacht Club shows how large developments such as ours can have community benefits.
“We went above and beyond our legal obligation to provide space for a new Yacht Club, and provided a purpose-built unit located in the very heart of the marina.”
Further developments planned for Brighton Marina include a new RNLI station, additional restaurants and a planned pedestrian swingbridge that would allow access to the harbour wall.
Practical Boat Owner: Sailing charities come together to provide an inspirational sailing project in Portsmouth.
The official charity of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, The 1851 Trust is to partner with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to deliver inspiring sailing taster sessions to school children in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas throughout the summer holidays.
The Portsmouth Sailing Project is funded by Travis Perkins plc and will be hosted by Portsmouth Sailing Club from Monday 27 July until Sunday 30 August 2015.
The project has a target of providing sailing taster sessions for up to 1000 young people aged 9-14 years during the five weeks of operation.
Through using specially adapted boats this project will also allow both disabled and able bodied young people to sail together during the three-hour sailing session.
the project aims to inspire a new generation into sailing, breaking down barriers to participation and create an opportunity for young people of diverse backgrounds to take up the sport in the local community.
This will be achieved by providing the initial taster session for free and then signposting the opportunities to attend affordable sailing sessions with local providers, giving them the chance to attend regular sessions and progress in the sport.
Based at The Camber, Old Portsmouth, next to the home of Ben Ainslie Racing, the temporary sailing centre will be officially opened at the America’s Cup World Series event in July 2015 and provide an opportunity to grow grassroots participation in sailing.