Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker has announced its Best of Britain display for the Southampton Boat Show, including a San Remo wrapped with the Union Jack.


Sunseeker has announced that it will be celebrating the best of British design and manufacturing at the Southampton Boat Show which runs from 11th September until 20th September 2015.

The Poole-based manufacturer will be bringing together a collection of high-end and luxury items from some of the UK’s most prestigious firms in a private exhibition.

These will include a Mulberry handbag designed by Cara Delavigne, a Roger Smith watch, a Cleave decorative bowl and a portrait of The Queen by David Bailey.

Continuing with the theme, the firm will also be exhibiting a Sunseeker San Remo sportscruiser deck out with a Union Jack vinyl hull wrap, which was created as part of the Government’s Britain is Great publicity campaign.

This is not the first time that Sunseeker has flown the flag in this way – last year the firm wrapped a Portofino to celebrate the launch of the British Motor Yacht Show.

Bryan Jones, marketing manager at Sunseeker, said: “The Southampton Boat Show is a real highlight of the international boating calendar and an opportunity for British brands to showcase the very best of what they have to offer to the world.

“We are delighted to be showcasing the work of some of the very finest and most talented designers and luxury craftsmen in the country.”

In a break from tradition, Sunseeker International will not be launching a brand new model at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, after a busy year in which the firm launched the Predator 57, Manhattan 65 and 86 Yacht.

However, a wide selection of motor yachts from the firm’s current range will be available to view, as well as plans for the 95 Yacht model.

What’s more, Sunseeker Charters will be running a Platinum Experience, which includes access to a private hospitality lounge and a ride on a Predator 56.

The full list of Sunseeker models on display at the Southampton Boat Show is as follows:

  • San Remo (with Union Jack hull)
  • Manhattan 55
  • Predator 57
  • Manhattan 65
  • 68 Sport Yacht
  • 75 Yacht
  • 86 Yacht
  • 68 Sport Yacht*
  • 86 Yacht*
  • 28M*

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Practical Boat Owner: The dates for Push The Boat Out 2016 have been announced as 14 to 22 May. Organisers at the Rotal Yachting Association (RYA) hope the recent success of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, will inspire even more to get out on the water when the free and reduced sailing tasters return next year.


The 2015 Push The Boat Out (PTBO) event saw more than 24,000 newcomers to the sport attend events at almost 350 locations across the UK, with around 16,000 people taking to the water.

Venues provided opportunities to go afloat in dinghies, yachts and on windsurf boards, alongside a range of off-the-water activities.

So far, according to feedback from clubs and centres, the event has attracted more than 2,000 individual and nearly 1,500 family memberships. More than 3,000 individuals have signed up for follow-on activities including additional taster sessions and start sailing courses.

This year, for the first time, PTBO was held over a nine-day period instead of a weekend, and the same extended format will return in 2016.

In the East, Grafham Water Sailing Club held a successful open day, welcoming 50 visitors through their doors and managing to entice 30 new club members – a significant increase on last year’s numbers.

‘Clubs and centres continue to get better and better at providing a welcoming environment, and we are really excited for next year’s event which I’m sure will prove even more popular.

‘With the America’s Cup World Series taking place in the UK once more in 2016 and of course the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it is a fantastic time to reach out to those inspired to try sailing by these unique events.

‘Push The Boat Out will be the perfect opportunity for new people try out our fantastic sport.’ With clubs and centres organising next season’s activities well in advance, the dates for PTBO 2016 have been confirmed as early as possible, so that planning for individual events can begin in good time.

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Motorboat & Yachting: US sportsboat manufacturer MasterCraft has announced that it will be launching an inboard diesel superyacht tender at the Monaco Yacht Boat Show.


Wakeboarders and waterskiers will most likely be familiar with the name MasterCraft, but the American brand could soon be making headway in the superyacht world as well.

The sportsboat manufacturer has announced plans to build a bespoke inboard diesel version that can serve as a superyacht tender. The new model will come with a 365hp Yanmar 8LV engine, due to its quiet running and dry weight of just 992lb.

And after 18 months of development, the finished vessel will go on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 23-26 (Berth A9).

Michael Hardicker, managing director of MasterCraft Boats UK, said: “Having worked with many superyacht owners, captains and industry professionals over the years we’ve come to recognise the benefits of a dedicated diesel watersports tender.

“This is not only beneficial from a safety perspective but also gives the ability to refuel on board, a significant benefit to superyachts spending long periods of time offshore,” he added.

MasterCraft was founded in Tennessee in 1968 and has had a UK presence since the late 1970s. The firm’s range includes the X20 (pictured above) and the largest model is the 25ft X55.

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Practical Boat Owner: Poole Harbour Commissioners have announced that the South Coast’s newest boat show will be returning for the next two years.


The organisers of Poole Harbour Boat Show, held for the first time in May this year, say its ‘resounding success’ has meant it will be back in 2016 and 2017.

There will also be a third day added to the weekend’s schedule of activities due to feedback and demand – Friday will now be included.

To coincide with the dates of the 2017 European Maritime Day, which includes a conference at The Lighthouse, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be held on 20 to 22 May 2016 and 19 to 21 May 2017.

Poole Quay and Poole Quay Boat Haven will continue to host the free boat show which attracted more than 15,000 visitors this year. Following extensive debrief discussions and assessment through feedback and visitor surveys, organisers are planning to refine the event in 2016 and have hopes to expand the event further along the Quay.

Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: ‘To hear such positive response from so many involved in the event and particularly from the public was overwhelming.
‘I acknowledge all the hard work from the team and our sponsors who put so much into making this event happen and we are excited for its future, particularly as we lead into 2017 and the prestigious European Maritime Day which Poole will host.

‘We understand that a significant number of boats and related products were sold by our exhibitors, Quay businesses enjoyed a booming weekend of trading, and those from the industry believed that we made boating accessible to a new audience. We really welcome the opportunity to provide an entry level to a new group of boating enthusiasts.’

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Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have launched a new private jet service to make it easier for billionaire buyers to make a flying visit.


One of the big highlights of the boating calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place from September 8-13 this year, and the organisers have announced plans to up the luxury stakes.

This year, wealthy buyers can arrive in the utmost style thanks to the Cannes show’s new private jet transfer service.

Laid on in conjunction with luxury airline Wijet, the new jet taxi service can pick you up from any one of 1,200 different airports across Europe and includes exclusive rates for those visiting the show.

Other premium offerings include the Riviera card, which is new for 2015. Priced at €800, this grants visitors access to exclusive VIP champagne lounges, priority access to the most exclusive superyachts, a tour of the show by tender and helicopter transfers across the harbour.

This year’s Cannes Yachting festival is expected to have more than 550 models on display from the likes of Benetti, Fairline, San Lorenzo and many more.

More than 80 world premieres have already been confirmed for the show, including the Sunreef 70 powercat, Absolute Navetta 500, Prestige 680, Princess V57, Riva 76 and Azimut Magellano 66.

And for those whose budgets don’t quite stretch to the full VIP experience, day tickets are available from €15 (£11) per person.

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Yachting & Boating World: We’ve compiled 10 great pubs where you can enjoy an excellent waterside view, as well as some quality food and drink.


Whether you’re after somewhere with a knockout view or a place to shelter from the great British summer, these 10  pubs are sure to meet your needs. From London to Cornwall, we’ve compiled a list of great waterside pubs to enjoy after some thirsty sailing.

1. The Jolly Sailor, Bursledon
Located on the quaint Hamble River, the Jolly Sailor is a great watering hole after a leisurely sail out on the water. One of the best-known sailor’s pubs in the UK, it looks north-east over the picturesque river and Swanwick Marina. The pub is a traditional inn that’s been renovated several times since it opened more than 300 years ago.

The Jolly Sailor even has is own pontoon where you can moor up but this dries out at low water so make sure you check the tide before visiting by boat.

2. The Steam Packet Inn, River Dart, Totnes
If you’re in Devon this summer, make sure you pay the Steam Packet Inn a visit. This local pub benefits from its stunning rural setting as the river winds between steep wooded banks and charming farmland. This family-owned venue serves pints of Otter and Butcombe ales along with hearty English food on their large terrace. But ensure you keep an eye on the time if your boat is fin keel as you’ll only have a couple of hours before you’ll have to head downriver to deeper water.

3. The White Swan, Twickenham
Situated on the river Thames, this idyllic pub boasts great riverside views and the paved garden is a fantastic suntrap in the summer. There’s daily selection of real ales on offer at the White Swan including Twickenham Fine Ales, Sambrooks, Sharps, Hogs Back, Caledonian Brewery, Hook Norton and Goody Ales. Depending on what time you visit, you may even have a gentle tide lapping around your table as the water comes up into
the pub garden!

4. Master Builder’s Hotel, Beaulieu
This picturesque hotel on the south coast of England is a great place to visit whether you’ve been sailing nearby or after a hard day’s bartering at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble. The Master Builder’s is located on Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Estate and has stunning views over the town’s river.
As well as enjoying a great selection of ales, you can soak up the sunshine in the hotel’s garden bar, which plays host to a fantastic BBQ in the summer. Remember to pre-book your mooring on the river in peak season.

5. The Pandora Inn, Mylor, Cornwall
Situated on the edge of Restronguet Creek in Mylor, the Pandora Inn is tucked into the leafy west shore of the creek just after Weir Point, opposite a landing pontoon. The pub’s many charms include flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings and a thatched roof. 
The Grade II listed award-winning pub serves a range of fine cask ales as well as some great traditional grub. Parts of the pub are 800-years-old and the building retains its 13th century character despite some recent renovations to the upper floors to repair fire

6. The White Cross, Richmond
Originally known as the Waterman’s Arms, this Thames riverside pub was built some time in 1748. The pub’s name was changed to the White Cross two years after being rebuilt in 1838. Located in the beautiful town of Richmond,  this waterside venue boasts unrivalled views of the Thames. The White Cross has a number of award-winning Young’s ales on offers, as well as delicious wine from the pub’s cellar. Make sure you check the tide times before you visit as water from the river can sometimes come up to the pub’s front door. Don’t worry though; you can borrow some wellies from the pub to get you across the car park.

7. The George, Yarmouth
This 17th century hotel and restaurant offers fantastic views of the Solent and is a great place to indulge in fine dining with their brasserie-style restaurant housed in the conservatory. Based between Yarmouth Castle and pier, the hotel’s stylish covered terrace and waterfront patio are also perfect for summer lounging. The George’s menu consists of both organic and local produce, with the dishes featuring a European influence while the drinks menu boasts a delicious selection of global wines.

8. The Butt & Oyster, River Orwell, Suffolk
One of the most famous sailors’ pubs on the east coast, the Butt & Oyster is perched on the edge of the River Orwell. Punters can enjoy good food and beer as they soak up the views and watch the changing tides. The name of the pub commemorates the historic oyster fisheries, which were originally a major export from the river Orwell. Beware the end of the hard: it runs short of the river on springs and unless you are wearing waders you’ll get smothered in mud.

9. The Bankes Arms, Studland
This 16th century pub is a delightful old inn and has connections to smuggling as recently as the mid-Victorian era. To get to the pub, drop your anchor in Studland Bay and use
your tender to get ashore. Once there, you can take the short coastal path to
the pub. The Purbeck Stone building boasts fantastic views of the sea and Isle of Wight, along with plenty of fine ales. The Bankes Arms is also the home of the Isle of Purbeck brewery where they make ales on site to accompany their range of nine others.

10. The Anchor Bleu, Chichester Harbour
Get your tides right to dry out against the stone quay at Bosham and you could be enjoying some quality ales as the high tide laps below. This cosy pub is full of character and popular with sailors from both near and afar.
The pub offers extensive outside seating on its harbour-side patio, perfect for frittering away the hours on a sunny weekend. They serve several real ales at the bar as well as lagers, a range of local ciders and specially selected wines.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The Azimut Magellano 66 will be launched at the 2015 Cannes Boat Show. With twin Volvo Penta D13 engines, these will give the Azimut Magellano 66 a top speed of 22 knots and a 900-mile range at 9 knots.


This summer will see the launch of the Azimut Magellano 66, as the Italian yard expands its popular trawler yacht range. Built with the same ‘Dual Mode’ hull design as all Azimut trawlers, the Magellano 66 promises a smooth ride even if rough conditions.On board, the main deck is arranged on a single level, with a large sliding door separating the saloon from the cockpit. Key saloon highlights include an L-shaped sofa, dining table, and a range of TV options up to 50 inches.

A Navetta version will also be offered with an amidships staircase that allows the helm and galley to be kept separate from the saloon and cockpit.

The flybridge is available with a hard-top shade, while the bow features a secondary sun lounger, much like on the Magellano 53.

Below decks, the 66 will boast a full-beam master suite, VIP cabin and guest cabin, while a fourth cabin with bunk beds can be fitted into the utility room.

Power comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines, generating 800hp each, for an estimated top speed of 22 knots.

However, Magellano 66 owners are far more likely to trim this back to 9 knots, at which speed the range increases to an impressive 900 miles.

Prices are likely to be confirmed at the Cannes Boat Show, where the Azimut Magellano 66 will get its public debut.

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Pratical Boat Owner: This weekend marks the start of RYA Push the Boat 2015 with sailing clubs and training centres across the nation offering free and discounted taster opportunities for all to ‘have a go’.


More than 340 venues will be taking part in the national event, providing everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, with the chance to get out on the water and discover the sport of sailing.

The week-long Push the Boat Out 2015 will run from tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, to Saturday 17 May.

All you need for any of the open days or ‘try sailing’ sessions is warm clothing, soft soled shoes and a waterproof if it’s raining. The clubs and centres will provide everything else!  Booking may be required for some of the activities.

Jackie Bennetts, RYA club support advisor, said: ‘RYA Push the Boat Out provides a fantastic opportunity to show people just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing locally.

‘People think it’s an expensive sport but the reality is you don’t even need to own your own boat! A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-£15 a month and most clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5 or sometimes free depending on the club or centre.’

Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend.

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Pratical Boat Owner: Paralympic gold medallist, Helena Lucas will make a special guest appearance at this weekend’s inaugural Poole Harbour Boat Show.


Free live music and fireworks will be among the attractions when the first ever Poole Harbour Boat Show gets under way this Saturday, 9 May.

The two-day event will be held on Poole Quay, and at the award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven, celebrating the rich and varied boating business present in the town and offering family-focused entertainment.

PBO Project Boat Hantu Biru will be on display throughout the two-day show. Visit us at berth A23 at Poole Quay Boat Haven to meet the team and find out more about this restored wreck – and what we’ll be doing with her next!

Paralympic champion Helena will be attending the show on Sunday, 10 May, and will be at the ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ live music stage from 11am to talk about her nautical career and meet with visitors.

The 2.4mR keelboat sailor, who became Britain’s first-ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist at the London 2012 Games, was recently announced as the first British athlete to be selected for the Rio 2016 Games.

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) chief executive, Jim Stewart said: ‘We are so excited that Helena will have a presence at our first Poole Harbour Boat Show.

‘With an unparalleled record, her achievements have been part of a monumentally successful undertaking for Team GB.

‘We wish her all the best for her attempts for a second gold medal at Rio in 2016, and are thrilled to welcome her on-board as our special guest at the Poole Harbour Boat Show 2015.’

Helena added: ‘I look forward to joining PHC and the exhibitors of the Poole Harbour Boat Show. It’s such an exciting time for Poole, with the port being internationally recognised as host of the international Maritime Day in 2017, and there are so many exciting events taking place over the weekend, it’s a real chance to be immersed in what promises to be a spectacular weekend.’

PHC were inspired by other successful regional boat shows like the Jersey Boat Show, to launch Poole Harbour Boat Show. It aims to build up the anticipation for Poole hosting European Maritime Day in 2017.

Supported by the Borough of Poole and Poole Tourism, this weekend’s event will include on-the-water activities courtesy of the local yacht clubs, and involvement from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

TS Pelican and Stavros S Niarchos will also be alongside the Quay and open to the public at dedicated times. Exhibitors also include Sunseeker, Fairline, Windy, Stingher Ribs, Bayliner and Sealine.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Team Britannia’s attempt to beat the round-the-world powerboat record will be filmed as part of a ten-part television series for Discovery Channel.


A £2.9m round-the-world powerboat attempt due to start later this year will be filmed by the Discovery Channel, it has been announced.

Team Britannia, led by Alan Priddy, is hoping to break the world record for fastest circumnavigation of the globe by powerboat.

And now it had been confirmed that their exploits will be filmed by Lime Pictures for a ten-part series due to be broadcast on the Discovery Channel.

Alan, pictured above, said: “Securing this TV deal shows the potential of the project and how everyone involved is pushing the boundaries of science and engineering. We have an incredible story to tell, including the knocks.”

Team Britannia will comprise an experienced team of powerboat racing champions and wounded army personnel from Team Endeavour.

The current world record is 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes, as set in 2008 by New Zealander Pete Bethune in his 78ft powered trimaran, Earthrace.

Team Britannia hopes to knock ten days off this with an 80ft aluminium monohull that will set off from Gibraltar in November.

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