Yachting World: The PSP Southampton Boat Show, which begins this week and runs through next week, has been given a makeover and will host of variety of new features and an impressive array of new yachts and gear launches.
Among a host of new yachts making their debut are the Allures 39.9, Beneteau’s Oceanis 35, Bavaria’s Easy 9.7, Discovery’s 55 MkII, Dufour’s 310, the GT35, the Hanse 445, the Sirius 40DS, Sunbeam’s 42.1, and the Varianta 37.
And there will be plenty of ways for the public to get afloat, including numerous Try-a-Boat vessels, a Challenge 72, and free dinghy sailing for 8-16-year-olds.
New features include live music tribute acts at the Guinness Bar each afternoon and a 100ft-high big wheel. The PSP Southampton Boatshow Eye will cost £3 for a 13-minute ride that provides panoramic views of the show.
Yachting World will be launching our new bluewater cruising techniques series of features and videos at sponsors Pantaenius’s stand on Friday 12 September. Come and join us and at 1500.
The show will also supporting and promoting ‘Bart’s Bash’ live on the final Sunday, 21 September. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity that aims to transform the lives of young people through sailing, is the official charity for the show and will have a stand at the Holiday Inn.
Bart’s Bash aims to set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in the world.
Bart Simpson’s eldest son Freddie, aged four, was the 1,000th sailor to register and will be sailing with his ‘Uncle Iain’ (Percy) in the Star keelboat in Portland – the same class of boat, seat and skipper that Freddie’s father ‘Bart’ was so successful with before he tragically died. Over 500 sailing clubs have signed up for the event so far.
Yachting & Boating World: Two boatyard bosses from Devon have been accused of swindling customers out of of thousands of pounds in order to finance their struggling business.
Andrew Bowden and Paul Randle of Exe Leisure in Topsham Quay allegedly sold boats belonging to clients and then used the money to pay off business debts between August 2005 and June 2006.
Exeter Crown Court heard this week how a number of brokerage clients were told by the company that their boats were still up for sale, when they had actually been sold and the money paid into the company’s trading account.
In addition to this, six boats were bought on hire purchase by the company and allegedly sold, even though they still belonged to the finance company.
Exe Leisure went into administration in 2006, leaving a number of boat sellers and hire purchase companies more than £100,000 out of pocket.
Mr Randle denies fraudulent trading, while the jury have been told Mr Bowden does not form any part of this case. The 48-year-old, who is currently on trial at Exeter Crown Court, claims he was not involved in handling money and left the finances to Mr Bowden.
Mr Randle said previously that he was not aware the company had lost so much money and always believed there was enough to pay everybody should anything go wrong.
Prosecutor Malcolm Galloway said the pair “robbed Peter to pay Paul” when the company got into financial difficulties in 2005 and 2006. Money from client brokerage sales should have been kept in a separate account but was instead used to cover losses, the court heard.
Between August 2005 and June 2006, the company allegedly sold 13 boats for more than £150,000, but passed just £29,500 on to customers.
Meanwhile, two of the boats sold were owned by a finance company and have never been traced. Mr Galloway said: “This was a company with significant financial difficulties. Bowden and Randle used unlawful and illegal ways to keep it afloat.
“When it came to brokerage, they were keeping other people’s money and putting it into their main business account rather than keeping it separate.”
The trial continues.
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.”
Record for regatta: More than 100,000 spectators lined the beaches and 1000’s of small craft joined the Tall Ships flotilla making this year’s Parade of Sail the success of the century. Falmouth Harbour Master Mark Sansom confirmed this was the biggest regatta the town has ever seen.
Tall Ships Chairman John Hick , added ‘there were more boats and people on the water than seen in living memory. When the 44 magnificent giants took to the water, alongside a panorama of supporting vessels, it was an emotional moment for us all.’
Over 70,000 people visited Falmouth dock to board the ships. While town manager Richard Gates confirmed they had welcomed over 230,000 visitors over the four day spectacle.
Peter Fraser, who owns the Harbour Lights fish and chip shop said trade has doubled and added ‘This has outnumbered the Red Arrows display. We’ve gone through two tonnes of potatoes a day. Ridiculous, but brilliant’.
On the water it was the spider man antics from the crew of the Polish tall ship, Dar Mlodziety that had 1000’s gasping. They climbed over the massive bowsprit and moved along the yardarms at over 200ft above the water as they prepared for the main race.
Tower RNLI rescued a 16-year-old teenager from the river Thames on Sunday after jumping into the water near Westminster as part of a dare frrom his friends.
The crew headed to the scene immediately to find the 16-year-old, who had almost disappeared below the waterline.
The boy, who suffered no major injuries, revealed that he’d been dared by his friends to jump into the river so they could film the stunt and post a video on the social networking site YouTube.
The rescue has been chalked up by the charity as a “life saved” – a specific criteria which states that without the intervention of the lifeboat, the boy would surely have died.
Tower RNLI helmsman David Norman, said: “We learned afterwards that his mates had dared him to jump from Westminster Bridge and they would film it to put online.
“It happens – but time and time again people just do not realise what the conditions of the River Thames can be like. It can be very cold – granted, not so much at this time of year – but the currents can be vicious.
“It strikes me that peer pressure can be a very powerful thing, and when it leads to incidents like this, it nearly a cost a young man his life.”
“It seems he entered the water and immediately found it hard to stay afloat, swallowing water. When we got to him you could just about see his face and hand above the waterline. A few seconds later and he’d have gone under. He had a lucky escape.”
Following the rescue, the boy was taken back to the lifeboat station where he was assessed and put into the care of a crew from the London Ambulance Service.