Yachting Boating World: Officers with the New South Wales Police Force are searching for the owner of FireFly. The yacht was found drifting off the state’s northern coast.
A man came across the yacht in shallow water at Samurai Beach. When he could not find anyone on board, he towed the vessel out to deeper water and anchored it.
The man then contacted Marine Rescue and Marine Area Command at around 3pm. The police believe that a 48-year-old man from Tasmania may have been residing on the FireFly.
A large scale search to find him started today, 18 May. It involved officers attached to Marine Area Command and Port Stephens Water Police, with assistance from Volunteer Marine Rescue, Surf Lifesaving, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and local police.
The search covered an area from Nelson Bay to Stockton Beach. It was suspended at 3pm local time and is expected to resume on 19 May.
“At 8am tomorrow (Thursday 19 May 2016), officers attached to Marine Area Command with assistance from Port Stephens Water Police will conduct a recovery search,” said a New South Wales Police Force spokesman.
“Due to conditions of the water, it is unlikely the 48-year-old man was able to survive,”continued the spokesman.
Detectives are continuing with inquiries regarding the FireFly. Officers believe the yacht may have been around Lemon Tree Passage on the morning of 17 May.
Practical Boat Owner: An explosion and fire aboard a small sports boat on the Hamble River created a ‘huge plume’ of smoke that could be seen for miles around.
A huge plume could be seen from Hythe on the other side of Southampton Water.
A spokesman for Hamble Lifeboat said a ‘large explosion’ was seen and heard by the Hamble Lifeboat crew at around 8.30pm yesterday evening, whilst conducting training for the evening.
Hamble Lifeboat immediately informed the UK Coastguard of the incident and also requested Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service assistance.
The lifeboat was on scene within a couple of minutes and found the vessel ‘completely on fire’.
The spokesman said: ‘It was quickly established that there was only one person involved and he was safe and well away from the vessel.
‘The vessel on fire then drifted away from the pontoon and due to the flood tide went upstream. The lifeboat was able to safely attach a line and get the vessel away from other yachts and craft moored on the river.
‘Once under tow, the lifeboat crew were able to use their pump to extinguish the fire whilst they brought it to the slipway, where the fire crews from Hightown Fire Station were waiting.
‘Once it was established that there was no further danger and everything was safe, the fire crews and the lifeboat returned to their stations. Hill Head CRT and Hamble Harbour Master also attended.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The superyacht fire in Marmaris marina destroyed two vessels, and at least one of the owners got a considerable payout from Insurers.
His superyacht Barbie was one of the two vessels that were completely gutted by the blaze at Marmaris marina in the morning hours of January 4 after flames spread from nearby superyacht 73m Lurssen The One.
Now two months later, the Insurers Hiscox MGA of superyacht Barbie have confirmed that they have paid out $20 million (roughly £13.8 million) to the owner.
“Barbie is the largest claim that the superyacht insurance market has had to deal with in quite some time”, said Paul Miller, director of underwriting at Hiscox, in a statement released this week.
“That it was paid in full within 60 days of the event will hopefully help the owner to reach closure from this traumatic incident,” he added.
The insurance policy of superyacht Barbie was purchased through Yachtsure24 and was underwritten by a syndicate of 14 insurers, including Lloyd’s of London.
Whether the insurers can claim their costs from the owner of the other superyacht The One remains to be seen, as the cause of the Marmaris superyacht fire is still under investigation.
Yachting Boating World: Changes to visa regulations for non-EU boaters are being sought in a bid to boost the economy. Cruising Association member Kingsley Ross believes changing visa regulations for non-EU boaters will help boost the economy.
With sailors from outside the EU limited to cruising in EU waters for just 90 days out of every 180, Cruising Association member Kingsley Ross believes this is forcing boaters to spend more money in countries outside the Schengen area.
A proposal to introduce a touring visa that allows visitors to remain in the EU for longer periods of time solely for tourism purposes was proposed by the EU, however legislation was never passed.
Kingsley Ross has started a survey to find evidence of the number of people affected and the potential financial loss to EU countries.
“The survey is not for people who have yet to cruise in Europe even if they plan to in the near future and it does not collect any identifying information/
“A major motivation for creating the touring visa is the revenue that increased tourism will bring. This survey is intended to help establish what cruisers are spending in and around Europe. Based on our current information, the adoption of this proposal will not occur before 2016.”
If you are affected by the changes, you can complete a copy of the survey here
Pratical Boat Owner: This weekend marks the start of RYA Push the Boat 2015 with sailing clubs and training centres across the nation offering free and discounted taster opportunities for all to ‘have a go’.
More than 340 venues will be taking part in the national event, providing everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, with the chance to get out on the water and discover the sport of sailing.
The week-long Push the Boat Out 2015 will run from tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, to Saturday 17 May.
All you need for any of the open days or ‘try sailing’ sessions is warm clothing, soft soled shoes and a waterproof if it’s raining. The clubs and centres will provide everything else! Booking may be required for some of the activities.
Jackie Bennetts, RYA club support advisor, said: ‘RYA Push the Boat Out provides a fantastic opportunity to show people just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing locally.
‘People think it’s an expensive sport but the reality is you don’t even need to own your own boat! A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-£15 a month and most clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5 or sometimes free depending on the club or centre.’
Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend.
For full details about what’s going on near you visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ptbo
Motorboat & Yachting: The RNLI has teamed up with Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology to help create the next generation of lifeboats.
Students from the university’s School of Marine Science and Technology will be carrying out trials, both in the lab and at sea, to analyse lifeboat design. The team hopes to improve on three key areas: speed, safety, and efficiency.
Lloyds’ Register will be acting as a third-party adviser, helping to peer review the new guidelines for lifeboat design.
Federico Prini (pictured above), research associate at Newcastle University, added: “When the RNLI’s lifeboats travel at speed and in rough seas, they can be subject to frequent and significant slamming as the boat crashes against the waves.
“Measuring these forces and the resulting impact on the vessel is crucial in order to design a craft that is capable of withstanding the loads experienced during rescue operations.”
The resultant design will be used to update the Severn class of lifeboats, the most recent of which was launched in 2005. Measuring in at 17m (55’9”) a Severn lifeboat costs more than £2million to build, and 44 of the 46 launched since 1992 are still in active service.
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.”
Yachting Boating World: Director James Marsh will embark on a film depicting Donald Crowhurst’s yacht race attempt this spring with Colin Firth in the lead role.
The British businessman is believed to have committed suicide while competing in the circumnavigation event, which saw Sir Robin Knox-Johnston crowned the winner.
Crowhurst, who intended to use the prize money to support his failing business, was not a skilled yachtsman and made slow progress around the global course.
As the weeks went on, he eventually abandoned the race and reported false positions to race organisers, leading everyone to believe he was winning the race, when really he was in last place.
His boat Teignmouth Electron was later found drifting and recovered logbooks indicate that he’d suffered a mental breakdown due to the pressure and had jumped overboard.
The Theory of Everything director James Marsh will be taking the helm on the latest depiction of Crowhurst’s journey, with shooting set to begin in the spring.
So far, a total of four films have been produced on Crowhurst’s ill-fated expedition, with Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films behind the latest one.
Several plays and novels have also been written about the tragic story.
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Yachting Magazine: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt joined forces to promote a new style of tennis, make magic in process.
Recently, Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt were brought together to promote a new tennis concept called FAST4.
Yachting Boating World: The Olympic sailor revealed his plans to wed his fiancé earlier this week.
Writing in the Daily: Telegraph about his achievements this year, Ainslie said: “What a 12 months it has been. To top it all off I got engaged to Georgie a couple of months ago and
we will be getting married over the festive period.
“Truly, this has been a remarkable year.”
The sailor, who recently suffered from man flu during the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, hopes he won’t be “sneezing and sniffing” his way down the aisle.
Speaking about his
professional achievements, Ainslie added: “I was not sure that much could top
the experience of the Americas Cup last autumn but the thrill of setting up a
new team, virtually from scratch, working with such a talented group of people
to reach the position we find ourselves in now, has been incredible.
“I could not be more excited about the future of Ben Ainslie Racing heading into 2015.
“We will return with renewed vigour in the New Year. I’ve just got a small date to keep first. And yes, there may be a boat involved on the honeymoon!”