Motorboat & Yachting: The Windy 39 Camira will make its debut this year at the Southampton Boat Show.
Quite a claim, but it’s not hard to see why the 39 is such a compelling driving machine with its sharp Hans Jørgen Johnson hull and up to 800hp being fed into the water via a pair of sterndrives.
Top speed is 45 knots but the real beauty of this boat is being able to cruise at 40 knots through a chop.
The cockpit is cleverly laid out and sociable, not to mention wonderfully open to the elements when the sun is shining. Windy’s clever folding canopy system means that getting some shelter isn’t too hard when it’s not, though.
Below decks, although the galley is a bit pokey and there’s nowhere to sit, the cabins are a good size and there’s a generous separate heads.
Yachting Monthly: A once shy Cornish school pupil got a dream summer job at a watersports centre after her life was “transformed” by a confidence-boosting sailing adventure.
But when the 15-year-old returned from a free week-long sailing course run by Cornwall Marine Network – which is designed to build youngsters’ confidence – even her mum was amazed by how much she had blossomed.
Mum Trudi explained Sian was like a changed person after returning from the EU-funded sailing course called Finding the Ropes last October. “It has literally transformed her life,” she said. “Being away living in an entirely different environment and having to work as a team, really brought her out of her shell.”
The teenager has since spent the summer interacting with watersports customers at Roseland Paddle and Sail. She has made new friends and has even been elected as a Roseland Community College prefect for the coming year.
Sian believes the fact she did the sailing course weighed in her favour when she recently applied for work at the watersports centre in Portscatho. Despite being initially nervous about sea-sickness, she said: “The sailing was brilliant and definitely helped me with my work placement. Now I’m getting paid to do watersports, which is great. I really enjoy it and hope to get my instructor’s qualification.”
The Finding the Ropes programme was run by Cornwall Marine Network’s Cornwall Marine Academy department, which creates career progression paths for young people interested in working in the industry. The course undertaken by Sian develops confidence, teamwork, communication and basic sailing and life-saving skills. It was delivered by Falmouth School of Sailing and Trysail in Falmouth, with funding from the European Social Fund’s Freestyle Targeted Youth Support scheme.
Bob Warren, of Roseland Paddle and Sail, said: “The Finding the Ropes course certainly gave Sian added confidence. We were delighted with how well she fitted in and offered her work over the summer. She’s been preparing equipment, helping customers with their gear and doing maintenance jobs for us.”
Mum Trudi added: “I’m so grateful to everyone who helped her do the course. She used to lack motivation and direction and wasn’t realising her potential. But now she’s much more outdoorsy, has widened her social circle of friends and even her school work has improved.”
Yachting & Boating World: A man has been awarded £40,000 in damages after an accident with boat-building equipment left him with a permanent deformity and loss of function in his right hand.
Robert Gibbons , a 30-year-old from Howdon near Newcastle, was not long into a new job as a plater at boat company Alnmaritec Ltd when the accident occurred.
He was awarded the compensation four years after the accident happened in September 2010. While using a flat bar pyramid rolls machine, Mr Gibbons took his foot off the pedal, which should have stopped the machine, and reached to adjust the aluminium sheet he was working on.
Due to a fault, the machine failed to stop when he released the foot pedal and his right hand was subsequently dragged inside the machine. Mr Gibbons was taken to hospital having fractured both his index and little finger, leaving him with a permanent deformity, one finger bent at a 90 degree angle and a 20% loss of overall function in his right hand.
He was unable to work for several months following the accident and contacted a personal injury lawyer firm the following week. Mr Gibbons has now accepted £40,000 from Alnmaritec Ltd in way of damages, after turning down three previous offers from the company.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Mr Gibbons sad: “I have effectively been left with three working fingers and one thumb on my right hand. “My little finger is just skin and bone with no tissue. It was a really horrible accident, but Thompsons did a very good job to secure me a fair level of compensation.”
Thompsons Solicitors’ Trevor Hall said: “This traumatic accident sends a message out to all employers and their workforces: faulty work equipment can cause serious injuries, basic maintenance is a must not an option. “Mr Gibbons has been left with limited hand function and a permanent deformity because his employer failed to keep to simple workplace safety standards.”