Motorboat & Yachting: The Royal Mint has released a new nautical-themed £20 coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
Nautical numismatics will surely delight at the new design from the Royal Mint, which depicts Britannia seeing off British ships at the start of World War One.
The design was launched this week (24 September) to commemorate 100 years since the advent of The Great War, and aims to capture the art deco style that was prevalent at the time.
Minted in fine silver, this collector’s coin is available to order for the face value of £20, although with the run limited to 250,000, that value is likely to rise over time.
The limited-edition design follows a previous run of 250,000 £20 coins that were released last year and have already completely sold out.
John Burgdahl, sculptor and designer, said: “I decided to use the figure of Britannia in order to represent all of the allies who took part, most of whom were British or drawn from the British Empire.
“I combined inspiration from two sources: the South African medal for war services and the First World War memorial plaque awarded to those who died.”
Motorboat & Yachting: It’s important to introduce kids to boating at a young age, but this girl would have been better off staying on dry land.
A 16-year-old female was arrested in Sydney on Wednesday (24 September) after she was spotted taking a joyride on a 52ft flybridge. The incident was reported by Peter Estephan, who recognised the boat as his friend Allan’s when he spotted it passing under a bridge.
After a quick call to the owner, who was on holiday in Hawaii at the time, Mr Estephan called the police. “Everyone was saying: ‘Relax, who’s going to steal a boat?’ But I knew that Allan was overseas. I wasn’t gonna stop, I just knew something was wrong,” he later told Fairfax Media. Botany Bay Water Police were eventually dispatched to bring the alleged joyride to a halt.
The stolen Riviera-style boat, which has an e stimated value of $1.8m AUD (£969,000), was later returned to St George Motor Boat Club with minor graffiti damage. All four of those found on board were arrested on site and are due to appear in court over the coming weeks.
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Motorboat & Yachting: Camper & Nicholsons has listed Chris Evans’ Sunseeker 37M The Snapper for just under £5million.
International yacht broker Camper & Nicholsons has recently listed a very interesting 37M Sunseeker yacht, which has two very careful, and notable, previous owners. The Snapper was built in 2007 for F1 pundit Eddie Jordan, who later sold it to The One Show presenter and Radio 2 host Chris Evans.
Any aspiring owner hoping to join this illustrious lineage will need to shell out just under £5million, but they will get a lot of boat for their money. The Snapper is powered by twin 2,812hp MTU engines, which can propel its Don Shead-designed hull to a cruising speed of 18 knots and on to a top-speed of 23 knots.
Five cabins allow twelve guests to relax in the utmost of comfort, while a crew of eight can also be accommodated on board. Key features include a sun deck Jacuzzi, a variety of watersports equipment, two saloons, and a full-size dining area, while the master cabin takes advantage of the full 8m beam. All enquiries should be directed to Camper & Nicholsons’ Antibes office, fender kickers need not apply.