Motorboat & Yachting: Former Sunseeker man Karl Gilding has re-joined Fairline Boats to head up the Oundle firm’s yacht sales division.
Fairline Boats is claiming a major coup after appointing former Sunseeker sales manager Karl Gilding, who has re-joined Fairline to head up the yacht sales division, after two years working for the firm’s Poole-based rivals.
Fairline added that Karl will help to build up the brand’s dealer network in North America, an area which is expected to show future growth. As the first UK importer of Sea Ray boats, Karl has plenty of experience in yacht sales, and his first stint at Fairline lasted 17 years.
Colin Sykes, CEO of Fairline Boats, said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Karl back to our global sales team. “He brings extensive knowledge of both Fairline’s heritage and the global leisure boating sector as a whole to the role.”
Colin took this opportunity to stress the strength of Fairline’s order book, which is at its highest level for two years, excluding advance orders for the recently announced Targa 53GT and Squadron 53.
Yachting World: A mini maritime rescue has appeared near the London Eye to raise awareness of the RNLI’s lifesaving work and the upcoming Alternative Boat Race.
Street artist Slinkachu has recreated a lifesaving RNLI rescue that happened on the Thames last year to highlight the amazing work the charity does and raise awareness of the upcoming Alternative Boat Race.
The artist, who is famed for his ‘little people’ miniature model set-ups, has crafted a scene depicting a genuine rescue from September last year, where RNLI volunteers went above and beyond rescuing a man trapped on a mooring cable beneath the London Eye.
After arriving on scene, two RNLI crew rescued the man who was stood on the mooring cable of a boom after jumping from their lifeboat in choppy conditions to help him.
Helen Church was one of the volunteers who aided the man in his precarious situation, getting him to the safety of the lifeboat.
Once onboard, he was taken to Tower lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.
The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to fund its lifesaving work and Slinkachu’s composition supports the Alternative Boat Race fundraising event on 10th April, taking place the day before the BNY Mellon Boat Race.
Members of the public can sponsor one of 250 floating miniature lifeboats to be in with the chance of winning the right to name one of the charity’s new D class lifeboats.
The race will kick off at 5.30pm, running between Barnes Bridge and the finish line at the University Stone, just before Chiswick Bridge.
Slinkachu, who waived his fee for the RNLI to create the set-up, said: “I’m a proud Londoner and wanted to help highlight the vital job the RNLI does on the Thames to keep us all safe.
“The crew members have to be ready to launch at a moment’s notice day or night to ensure they reach those in difficulty on the water as quickly as possible. It’s really important that the RNLI has the support of residents of London.
“I hope people are inspired by my work to come out and support the charity at this fun event, which has a serious message at its heart.”
Helen Church, who balances volunteering for the RNLI with her day job as a civil servant said: “I love being a volunteer for the RNLI and being a part of a team save lives is what it’s all about.
“Considering the amount of people that use the Thames each day and how treacherous the waters can be, it’s surprising how many people aren’t aware of the RNLI’s work in London.
“I am incredibly proud and honoured to be immortalised as part of Slinkachu’s work.”
Motorboat & Yachting: The inaugural Northern Boat Show will feature motorboats from Bavaria and Bayliner, organisers have confirmed.
A new boat show is hoping to take Liverpool by storm this summer, with Bavaria and Bayliner models due to go on display at the inaugural event.
Running over the weekend of June 5-7, the Northern Boat Show is a brand new event for boating enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Organiser Carnah Events aims to capitalise on the popularity of the International Mersey River Festival, which attracted 25,000 visitors last year.
And now the first names on the exhibitor list have been confirmed, including Maiden Marine, Windermere Aquatics, Clipper Marine and Preston Marina.
They will be exhibiting a range of power and sailboats in Albert Dock, including a new Bavaria Sport 400 (pictured above) and a Bayliner 175.
Other Northern Boat Show exhibitors include Pantaenius, Marine Teak, the Cruising Association, Liverpool Marina and Conwy Quays Marina.
Richard Milbourn, Director of the Northern Boat Show, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from companies involved in every aspect of the leisure marine industry and we are signing up new exhibitors every day.”
Richard argues that the demand is there for a boat show in the North West, as half of all UK boat owners live north of Birmingham and only 5% of the visitors to the London and Southampton Boat Shows travel down from the North of England.
“We’re looking forward to capturing this untapped market,” he adds.
General access to the show is free, but tickets to the pontoon exhibit cost £5. A £2.50 discount is available on early bird tickets bought online before May 1.