AOC Group has put a 200-acre private island just off the coast of Sardinia up for sale, but Isola di Mal Ventre comes with a catch.
Who among us hasn’t dreamed of owning their own private island? The allure of a Robinson Crusoe meets Richard Branson lifestyle is an undeniable as it is expensive. But what if you could own your own island for less than £1 million? Surely there’d have to be a catch, right?
AOC Group is selling a 200-acre island off the coast of Sardinia for 1.2 million euros (£952,000) and the only catch is; it’s empty.
Isola di Mal Ventre has been inhabited on-and-off since the Roman times and has a well and building foundations, but as far as man-made structures go, that’s about it.
Instead, the new owner is promised “beautiful sandy beaches” and “a wide variety of flora and fauna”. The sellers even suggest that it “may be possible to construct a jetty”, allowing short hops to the mainland in a matter of minutes.
What’s more, they quote a local architect, who says that a “low-rise eco-style villa” could be constructed on the largely granite island.
Private islands don’t often go up for sale in the Mediterranean, and AOC Group estimates that this is the only one currently on the market.
Local authorities suspect a welding accident caused this huge blaze, and one quick-thinking local skipper caught the fire on camera.
There’s nothing more devastating for a boatowner than seeing your pride and joy go up in flames, but Larry Jodsass got a better view than most boat fire victims.
The 79-year-old retired entrepreneur lost his 31m superyacht ‘Polar Bear’ to an enormous fire last month (19 June), which local authorities suspect was caused by a welding accident.
The blaze was so large that it could be seen from all across Chula Vista harbour in San Diego, and quick-thinking skipper Kurt Roll launched his drone camera to take a closer look.
From the point of view of the remote-controlled gadget, we are treated to an excruciating close-up of the demise of ‘Polar Bear’.
Since the footage was uploaded to YouTube last month, it has received more than 1.8 million views, and it’s not hard to see why.
The vessel was valued at $24m (£14m) when it was launched just three years ago, and understandably Mr Jodsass was distraught: “Am I angry? No. Anger is not the right word. It was my toy, my wonderful, beautiful piece of equipment,” he told NBC San Diego. “I think it’s the most beautiful boat that ever has been built.”
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Almost 1,000 people have downloaded anew Royal Yachting Association (RYA) smartphone app that aims to help the coastguard to track down missing boats. RYA SafeTrx is a smartphone app that enables boat users in UK territorial waters to plan their passage.
If the estimated time of arrival is exceeded without the trip being completed, then the designated emergency contacts are automatically notified.
Using the data sent by the SafeTrx app during a voyage, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be able to pinpoint lost and stricken boats more quickly.
Keith Oliver, head of maritime operations at the MCA, said: ‘During a search and rescue incident, the UK coastguard collects vital information about the people and vessels involved.
‘When did they set off? Where were they going? When were they due back? What was their last known location?
‘These are all vital pieces of the puzzle and the coastguard welcomes any system that can contribute to the information gathering effort. RYA SafeTrx will help provide this information, meaning that valuable time is not lost.’
This technology has been in use in Ireland and Australia for some time, and now the RYA’s adoption allows members to take advantage of the service in UK territorial waters for free.
Non-members can download the app free of charge, and data logging credits are available in bundles of 10 for £1.49 or 20 for £2.49.
The app can also deliver performance analytics for those keen to plot their average speed or total distance travelled.
Stuart Carruthers, cruising manager at the RYA, said: ‘Although RYA SafeTrx is not intended as a replacement for regular approved safety devices (VHF, APIB, AIS, etc) it will be beneficial to the one million users of small powerboats, RIBs, PWCs and for dinghy cruisers for whom existing tracking technology is not always practical.
‘Until now a simple, cost-effective system of tracking and alerting has not been available for these boat users. When we learned about this app and its enormous safety benefits we knew that we had to bring it to the UK.’