Practical Boat Owner: An explosion and fire aboard a small sports boat on the Hamble River created a ‘huge plume’ of smoke that could be seen for miles around.
A huge plume could be seen from Hythe on the other side of Southampton Water.
A spokesman for Hamble Lifeboat said a ‘large explosion’ was seen and heard by the Hamble Lifeboat crew at around 8.30pm yesterday evening, whilst conducting training for the evening.
Hamble Lifeboat immediately informed the UK Coastguard of the incident and also requested Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service assistance.
The lifeboat was on scene within a couple of minutes and found the vessel ‘completely on fire’.
The spokesman said: ‘It was quickly established that there was only one person involved and he was safe and well away from the vessel.
‘The vessel on fire then drifted away from the pontoon and due to the flood tide went upstream. The lifeboat was able to safely attach a line and get the vessel away from other yachts and craft moored on the river.
‘Once under tow, the lifeboat crew were able to use their pump to extinguish the fire whilst they brought it to the slipway, where the fire crews from Hightown Fire Station were waiting.
‘Once it was established that there was no further danger and everything was safe, the fire crews and the lifeboat returned to their stations. Hill Head CRT and Hamble Harbour Master also attended.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The superyacht fire in Marmaris marina destroyed two vessels, and at least one of the owners got a considerable payout from Insurers.
His superyacht Barbie was one of the two vessels that were completely gutted by the blaze at Marmaris marina in the morning hours of January 4 after flames spread from nearby superyacht 73m Lurssen The One.
Now two months later, the Insurers Hiscox MGA of superyacht Barbie have confirmed that they have paid out $20 million (roughly £13.8 million) to the owner.
“Barbie is the largest claim that the superyacht insurance market has had to deal with in quite some time”, said Paul Miller, director of underwriting at Hiscox, in a statement released this week.
“That it was paid in full within 60 days of the event will hopefully help the owner to reach closure from this traumatic incident,” he added.
The insurance policy of superyacht Barbie was purchased through Yachtsure24 and was underwritten by a syndicate of 14 insurers, including Lloyd’s of London.
Whether the insurers can claim their costs from the owner of the other superyacht The One remains to be seen, as the cause of the Marmaris superyacht fire is still under investigation.
Pratical Boat Owner: A family of six were rescued from a yacht which became adrift in rough weather and ran aground off the Pembrokeshire coast. Angle RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 12.47am last Friday, 2 April, following a Mayday call from the 11-metre yacht.
The All Weather Lifebat (ALB) was unable to get close enough due to the shallow water so the Y Boat was launched and maneuvered alongside the yacht in up to 2.4 metre breaking swell to evacuate the two adults and four children on board.
After several attempts, and often being swamped by the waves, the Y Boat made four successful transfers of the casualties onto the ALB.
The casualties, who were ‘wet, cold and shaken by their ordeal’, were taken to Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) Jetty where they were helped by awaiting auxiliary coastguards.
With the yacht’s crew safe ashore the ALB went back to the scene, with the skipper on board, to liaise with the inshore lifeboat (ILB) in an attempt to tow the yacht to safety but due to the sea conditions no attempt was made.
The ILB returned to station whilst the ALB landed the skipper ashore at the MHPA before returning to station at 2.47am.
A yacht was destroyed by fire after catching alight in County Down, Northern Ireland early yesterday morning. The fierce fire engulfed a 40ft two-masted glass fibre yacht near Rostrevor Pier.
The owner had been contacted and confirmed there were two gas cylinders aboard the yacht but no people.
The Kilkeel lifeboat Frank William Walton was launched at 2.20am and quickly reached the stricken yacht which very quickly was ablaze from bow to stern.
One of the propane gas cylinders had already exploded so the lifeboat with, four fire-fighters from Warrenpoint and a mobile fire fighting pump aboard, stood off at a safe distance.
When the fire had somewhat subsided the lifeboat returned to the yacht and the flames were extinguished.
The lifeboat left the firefighters and the pump ashore at Warrenpoint and returned safely to the boathouse in Kilkeel at 6.45am.
Helm Gerry Smyth said: ‘It was vital that the lifeboat crew, the firefighters and the lifeboat were kept out of danger whilst there was the possibility of the gas cylinders exploding.
‘The yacht was extensively damaged and still afloat when we left the scene but importantly no lives were lost.’
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has cleared London Duck Tours to resume trips along the Thames, following last year’s mid-cruise fire.
Two vessels have been approved for use, following a Marine Accident Investigation Branch report, which pinpointed the cause of the blaze. It is believed that the boats’ buoyancy foam was to blame for the accidents, which resulted in 30 people being rescued and some passengers jumping into the Thames to avoid the flames.
An MCA spokesperson told the BBC: “The operator has been working to demonstrate that two of its vessels have been improved sufficiently to meet our safety requirements.
“We believe that we should shortly be in a position to issue a short-term certificate to allow them to operate for a period of three months.”
The company said in a statement on its website that it would be announcing the date of its return to the river “shortly”, with a normal service set to resume “as soon as possible”.
Yachting & Boating World: A father and son had a lucky escape on Saturday following a freak engine accident that saw them thrown into the sea and circled by their vessel.
Their fishing boat’s engine had broken down and the pair were attempting to fix it when it restarted in gear and was set to full speed. The men were immediately thrown into the water and the fishing boat continued to circle out of control around them for 40 minutes.
The vessel only came to a stop when it ran out of fuel and the younger man was able to climb back on board and send out a Mayday distress call.
Meanwhile, his father had been carried nearly a quarter of a mile from the boat by the tide. Volunteer crewman Cameron Bond who responded to the distress call, said: “When we pulled the man from the sea he was shaking violently and couldn’t speak.”I knew from my RNLI training that I had to get the guy back to the beach as fast as I could so the crew from the lifeboat station could give him first aid.”
Both men were taken ashore and then transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance. The Redcar lifeboat later returned to the scene to tow the fishing boat back to land, where volunteers put the boat on its trailer.Redcar RNLI’s Dave Cocks, said: “The two men have had an extremely lucky escape.
There have been some tragic accidents involving boats when people are thrown into the sea and the boat’s engine keeps going.”It was extremely fortunate that one of our own lifeboat crew members was at sea fishing when the Mayday went out.
He was quickly on scene to rescue the man from the water; otherwise it could have been tragic.”Both men really owe a lot to the RNLI’s training on this occasion.”
Yachting & Boating World: Two fisherman died after trying to warm their fishing boat with a gas grill. Report confirms carbon monoxide poisoning killed two men in North Yorkshire.
An investigation into the deaths of two fishermen has concluded that they died from carbon monoxide poisoning after trying to heat their cabin with a gas cooker. The report also found that no carbon monoxide alarm was fitted on their vessel.
Edward Ide, 21, and Mark Arries, 26, were found dead on board their scallop-dredger Eshcol in North Yorkshire on the morning of 15 January.
Crewman from another fishing vessel discovered the men after forcing open the wheelhouse door when they failed to respond. The gas grill was still lit and the wheelhouse was full of fumes.
It appears that the pair had been cold and wet and had left the grill on in order to warm the wheelhouse and sleeping area because the heaters on board did not work.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) also found a number of other contributing factors: “The metal gauze in the grill was holed and corroded, causing extraordinarily high levels of CO emissions.
“The cooker was four years old and had probably never been serviced. The wheelhouse doors and windows were closed and the sleeping area had no other means of ventilation.
“Neither the guidance for the installation of gas appliances on board the small fishing vessels nor the cooker manufacturer’s instructions had been followed when the cooker was fitted.”
The MAIB has made several recommendations to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure that accommodation areas on such vessels are fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.
They have also made recommendations to the Sea Fish Industry Authority to raise general awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Both men had been fishermen since leaving school and had completed training on fire and safety.
Piet Vroon, racing his Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, is overall winner.
The 47th edition of Antigua Sailing Week featured five days of racing with a fabulous party atmosphere ashore. Yachts flying the flags of 23 different nations were drawn to the Caribbean’s most prestigious regatta. Sailors came from all over the world for the fantastic weather, extremely competitive racing and fun filled entertainment.
The racing was incredibly close, with a number of classes only decided by seconds on the last race and the weather was absolutely glorious. The trade winds were pumping at 15-25 knots all week. Enough to get the thrill of fast action, but still tactically challenging with wind shifts emanating from land effects and cloud bursts.
Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (pictured above), was the overall champion of Antigua Sailing Week. Piet is aged in his 80s and has raced just about every major regatta in the world, including Antigua Sailing Week in the past. Tonnerre scored eight straight wins, the only yacht racing in any CSA Class to do so, and was rightly awarded The Lord Nelson Trophy.
“The team have been racing in Key West, RORC 600, St. Thomas, BVI and Antigua and our worst result in any race has been second. The Tonnerre crew has been together for many years and we have been racing her for six years now, so she is extremely well sailed and highly optimised. Many of the races we had at Antigua Sailing Week were close, which shows it is never easy to come here and win, but I am obviously delighted with the result,” exclaimed Piet.
Irishman David Cullen racing his J/109, Pocket Rocket came so close to a perfect score, but lost out to Norwegian entry, Aage Kristensen’s Frileans in the last race of the regatta. David has lived in the Caribbean for years and is based in St. Barths. Pocket Rocket won CSA 7, Best Caribbean Yacht Start Boat B: “I have been to Antigua Sailing Week for many years and I have to say that this edition has been exceptionally well run on the water, with a very friendly atmosphere ashore. I am sure Pocket Rocket will be back.”
Bernie Evan-Wong’s Mumm 36, High Tension had a champagne regatta winning so many trophies that they needed all of the crew to lift them; Best Caribbean Yacht Start Boat A, Best Antiguan Yacht Start Boat A, Winner of CSA 4 and The Black & White Trophy for the Best Yacht in the Most Competitive Class. Bernie runs a dental practice in St. John and all of the crew are from Antigua. High Tension won the race and the class by just 14 seconds.
“It is an unbelievable end to a fantastic season!” shouted a totally ecstatic Bernie. “High Tension has competed at six Caribbean regattas this season, all of the big ones and to finish off on home soil, winning so many of the trophies that I have wanted to win all my life. It’s like a dream come true! The crew have been just grand all season but to win at Antigua Sailing Week, against very well sailed boats, it is just the icing on the cake.”
Another notable performance by an Antigua yacht was Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic, which won six out of eight races to win CSA8 and Best Antigua Yacht Start Boat B. Geoffrey is well into his 70s but races every weekend and this year completed a hat trick of wins at Antigua Sailing Week, having also won class 2013 &2012: “It is getting harder every year. Hightide was very well sailed and so are other boats in the class. It might seem that this was an easy win, but just about every race was won by seconds rather than minutes,” said Geoffrey.
The Best American Yacht and CSA 6 class winner was John Cook’s Tatonka. John joined the crew on stage wearing an Indian Headdress, as a symbol of his roots in South Dakota. “We have had a ball!” exclaimed John. “I haven’t been racing for many years and Antigua Sailing Week has been on my bucket list for ages. Friends have told me what a great regatta this is and they were not joking. The weather conditions have been sublime and everybody here is so friendly. It is just the best!”
Jonty Layfield’s Sleeper won CSA 2. The final race decided by just 12 seconds from Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster. Sleeper’s crew contained three Antiguans: Sean Malone, Ashley Rhodes and Robert Green and there were plenty of Antiguans racing on other yachts, including 21 year-old Stephon Dundas on Selene, which won Best Swan and was second Best British Yacht to Sleeper.
Adrian Lower, owner of Selene spoke about Stephon’s contribution. “This is the second year that Stephon has been on the bow of Selene and his attitude and work ethic is exemplary. Stephon plans to come to England to hone his sailing skills and I have no doubt that he will be successful. It has been a pleasure to race with such a mature young man.”
Twenty eight yachts competed in the Bareboat classes, split into two divisions. Coleman Garvey’s all-Irish was the victor in Bareboat 1 with KH+P Bageal, Sun Odyssey 44i. “Last year we were second, so this was unfinished business,” commented Coleman. “The racing is incredibly close, one mistake and you are out of it. We were pushed very hard by the Ukrainian team led by Rodion Luka who is an Olympic silver medallist. The atmosphere ashore has been grand, the team have made a lot of friends from all over the world during the regatta and with all the bareboats moored together in Nelson’s Dockyard, there has been a great buzz right through the fleet.”
Bareboat 2 and the overall Bareboat title was won by Cayenne, Dufour 44, skippered by Max Katinov. The Russian Team won all seven races and also won the coveted prize of a US$2,500 voucher to use with Antigua Sailing Week sponsor, Sunsail.
Sailing comes first at Antigua Sailing Week, but that doesn’t mean an early night, every night! Tuesday saw the biggest act on stage at Shirley Heights. In front of more than 3000 revellers, Orville Richard Burrell, better known by his stage name SHAGGY, belted out his best known hits, including Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me and Angel. Mr. Lover Lover man sent the crowd in the audience crazy with his smooth lyrics and outrageous stage act.
Lay Day was held the next day on Pigeon Beach, where hundreds of sailors at Antigua Sailing Week chilled out in the crystal blue waters and enjoyed a first class BBQ served by 2011 Caribbean Chef of the Year, Mitchell Husbands from the luxurious Nonsuch Bay Resort. However, even on Lay Day there was fantastic racing action. Right off Pigeon Beach, eight world-class teams battled it out, fleet racing in the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge.
America’s Cup winner and World Match Racing Champion, Peter Holmberg won the three-race final beating world champions and Volvo Ocean Race sailors. After racing, the Sunset Beach Party included Tug-o-War and other beach games with DJ Sporty, fire dancers and BBQ grills burning long into the night.
Every afternoon after racing, the sailors returned to the hospitality of Antigua Yacht Club, Cloggy’s and Club Sushi, enjoying post race analysis in the perfect setting, as well as being awarded daily prizes sponsored by Johnnie Walker, AUA College of Medicine, English Harbour 5 Year Old Rum and Colombian Emeralds.
The spirit of Antigua Sailing Week was evident at the Final Awards Ceremony at Nelson’s Dockyard. The huge crowd were standing as the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack arrived and the National Anthem of Antigua & Barbuda was skilfully played by pannist, Lacu Samuel. The Hon. Eleston Adams, Minister for Culture also presided over the awards ceremony and every competitor was roundly applauded as they took to the stage. Asher Otto & Itchyfeet played out the night with DJ Purist and the dance floor was alive with revellers into the night.
The 48th Edition of Antigua Sailing Week will take place from the 25th April to 1st May 2015.
For full results, videos, pictures and stories visit: www.sailingweek.com
A Wiltshire sailing club has suffered more than £100,000 damage after arsonists set fire to the building and stole equipment.
Two outboard motors were also stolen from West Wilts Youth Sailing Association, along with other items of sailing equipment. Wiltshire Police are now appealing for witnesses in a bid to find those responsible.
The suspects are believed to have entered the sailing club between 8.30pm and 4am the following morning.
Anyone with information regarding the fire and stolen equipment is being urged to contact DC Jane Hughes at Melksham CID via 101 or 0800 555 111.
Yachting Monthly: £155,000 worth of yacht abandoned. Three yachtsmen rescued from a life-raft after their 49ft yacht sank in the Atlantic were not insured for her loss
Leonard and Lisa Rorke’s £155,000 Beneteau Oceanis, last surveyed in 2007, was taking in water during a storm 900 miles off Bermuda, so they took to the liferaft with crewman Henri Worthalter and a pet dog.
They were picked up by a British-registered tanker the 351ft Tilda Kosan on passage to Mexico with a freight of gas.
The tanker’s captain used superb seamanship to range alongside the raft in the dark in rough conditions and take them off.
Leonard Rorke, 55, said: ‘We really did not think we were going to live. We were clinging on for our lives when we were found.’
The couple from Oundle, Northamptonshire only had the boat insured for Third Party claims.
They have two daughters back home at their £300,000 detached home.
See article at Yachting Monthly