Motorboat & Yachting: The UK’s biggest marina has a new arrival, after the brand new Brighton Marina Yacht Club was delivered this week.
The ongoing development of Brighton Marina has seen a new yacht club delivered to the 127-acre site. Delivered yesterday (July 30), the new Brighton Marina Yacht Club building will be opened to the public in September, offering Club Class training for people of all ages.
As well as sailing, the club has divisions for diving and motor cruising, and has been hailed by the Royal Yachting Association as a model yacht club. It’s new base is one of the largest floating buildings in the UK, with a footprint of 3,500 square feet.
Phil Thomas, commodore at Brighton Marina Yacht Club, said: “We’re here to help anyone who wants to get on the water to do so affordably.”
The new yacht club was delivered as part of a £250m redevelopment of the marina by Brunswick Developments, which has owned the site since the mid 1990s.
Works on the western end of the marina were held up for several years by planning disputes, financial issues and local protests, but finally got underway last year.
Peter Green, who is directing the current works at the marina for Brunswick Developments said: “The new Yacht Club shows how large developments such as ours can have community benefits.
“We went above and beyond our legal obligation to provide space for a new Yacht Club, and provided a purpose-built unit located in the very heart of the marina.”
Further developments planned for Brighton Marina include a new RNLI station, additional restaurants and a planned pedestrian swingbridge that would allow access to the harbour wall.
Motorboat & Yachting: American yacht designers Stephens Waring have unveiled their latest speedboat, following a two-year custom build project.
If you want to recreate the glitz and glamour of the 1920s boating scene then there are two ways of going about it: restore a classic, or build your own from scratch.
For their latest project, Stephens Waring Yacht Design worked with an owner keen to do the latter, and the results are simply stunning.
Stella Blue is the result of a two-year design and build collaboration between Stephens Waring and Tumblehome Boatshop. The 23’10” deep-vee hull features mahogany topsides, leather interiors and a fuel-injected V8 for a top speed of 52 knots.
Styled after the classic Gold Cup racers of the 1920s, Stella Blue also features a concealed stern platform, complete with swim ladder, and she will be based on Atateka Lake in upstate New York.
Reuben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop is very pleased with the finished product, saying: “The boat really works. She’s lively, and nimble, she waits on the driver for every instruction.”
His satisfaction is more than matched by the unnamed owner, who declared himself “the happiest guy in the world” upon delivery.
Practical Boat Owner: The dates for Push The Boat Out 2016 have been announced as 14 to 22 May. Organisers at the Rotal Yachting Association (RYA) hope the recent success of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, will inspire even more to get out on the water when the free and reduced sailing tasters return next year.
The 2015 Push The Boat Out (PTBO) event saw more than 24,000 newcomers to the sport attend events at almost 350 locations across the UK, with around 16,000 people taking to the water.
Venues provided opportunities to go afloat in dinghies, yachts and on windsurf boards, alongside a range of off-the-water activities.
So far, according to feedback from clubs and centres, the event has attracted more than 2,000 individual and nearly 1,500 family memberships. More than 3,000 individuals have signed up for follow-on activities including additional taster sessions and start sailing courses.
This year, for the first time, PTBO was held over a nine-day period instead of a weekend, and the same extended format will return in 2016.
In the East, Grafham Water Sailing Club held a successful open day, welcoming 50 visitors through their doors and managing to entice 30 new club members – a significant increase on last year’s numbers.
‘Clubs and centres continue to get better and better at providing a welcoming environment, and we are really excited for next year’s event which I’m sure will prove even more popular.
‘With the America’s Cup World Series taking place in the UK once more in 2016 and of course the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it is a fantastic time to reach out to those inspired to try sailing by these unique events.
‘Push The Boat Out will be the perfect opportunity for new people try out our fantastic sport.’ With clubs and centres organising next season’s activities well in advance, the dates for PTBO 2016 have been confirmed as early as possible, so that planning for individual events can begin in good time.