Motorboat & Yachting: Baddies give chase in a pair of identical black Frauscher Mirage speedboats as James Bond tows a water-skier.
The newest James Bond movie Spectre comes out next month but for fans who can’t wait that long, Heineken has released a slice of 007 action as part of their latest ad campaign ‘The Chase’.
In this tongue-in-cheek advert, Daniel Craig jumps into a Riva-esque tender and is pursued by a gang of bearded villains driving two identical Frauscher Mirage powerboats.
The comic twist is added by a female water-skier who is unwittingly towed along for the journey, disrupting a wedding, stealing Odd Job’s hat and (you guessed it) picking up a tray of Heineken in the process.
If rumours are to be believed, this is a taste of the kind of high-speed on-the-water action we can expect from director Sam Mendes’ upcoming blockbuster, which is released in the UK on October 26.
As well as Daniel Craig, the cast of Spectre includes Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Lea Seydoux, but we’re more interested to find out whether the Frauscher Mirage will be making another appearance. Here’s hoping…
Pratical Boat Owner: A 10m yacht that ran aground two miles north of Hook Head, in County Wexford, Ireland is believed to have drifted free from its moorings.
Volunteer lifeboat crew launched yesterday morning following reports of the grounded cruiser. Upon arrival, the lifeboat crew found the unmanned yacht sitting deep in the water, perilously close to the rocks.
First on scene was Fethard RNLI Inshore lifeboat whose crew established a tow with the yacht, however this proved unsuccessful.
Shortly after, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene and put two crew on board the casualty vessel with a pump to try and drain the water from the yacht and establish a tow to recover it to a nearby harbour.
However, once on board, the lifeboat crew discovered that the yacht had taken on a large amount of water and that it was in danger of sinking. When they attempted to establish a tow the vessel dangerously dipped low into the water and the attempt was abandoned.
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter Rescue 117 were also called out to the incident.
A decision was taken to leave the vessel as it was determined that the crew were in danger if they stayed on the yacht.
Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat spokesman Neville Murphy said, ‘The yacht had taken on a huge amount of water and as such it proved too difficult to safely recover her.
Once it was established that there was no threat to life and it was clear it was too dangerous to safely recover the vessel we made the right decision to step away.’
At present the vessel is still aground and an attempt may be made to recover her at low water.
Motorboat & Yachting: The British sailboat manufacturer will be exhibiting the Spirit Yachts P40C this week at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The new arrival weighs in at just 4.5 tonnes, meaning that its twin 260hp Yanmar inboard engines are capable of propelling it up to a top speed of 40 knots.
The Spirit Yachts P40C also has the styling to fit in among the Monaco jet set, with the graceful lines and high-quality materials that you’d expect from a superyacht tender.
Sean McMillan, CEO and chief designer at Spirit Yachts, said: “We have applied the same level of attention to detail and technicality to the P40 as we do to our range of sailing yachts.