TALLEST EVER FURLING MASTHOMENEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGINGTALLEST EVER FURLING MAST12 Oct 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintSeldén’s tallest mast tops out at 33mINDUSTRY DATABASESELDEN MASTS LTDSeldén Mast has installed its tallest ever mast – for an Oyster 745.The furling mast is made from three pieces of extruded F406 aluminium mast section and tops out at 33m (108ft).The three-spreader cutter rig was custom designed and reinforced specifically for yacht to meet the structural loads which will be generated under sail.Following the initial build, the bare mast was moved into Seldén’s 41m long paint booth to be painted white.“We’re one of the only mast companies with the capability to paint over anodising, which allows for an aesthetically pleasing, as well as protected, finish to a mast,” explained Seldén MD Steve Norbury. “It’s industry leading processes, such as this, that are attractive to luxury yacht builders, like Oyster Yachts.”The hydraulically powered furling mast will allow the yacht’s new owners and crew to sail from the cockpit, reefing, furling and trimming the mainsail at the touch of a button.
GARMIN BACKS INEOS IN AMERICA’S CUP BIDHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSGARMIN BACKS INEOS IN AMERICA’S CUP BID25 Sep 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintGarmin UK and Ireland is supporting INEOS TEAM UK Photo: Cameron GregoryINDUSTRY DATABASEGARMIN UKGarmin UK and Ireland is supporting British challenger INEOS TEAM UK in its America’s Cup bid in Auckland, New Zealand.INEOS TEAM UK aims to make history next year by being the first British team to bring the cup back to British soil in its 170-year history.“We’re excited to play such an important role in a pivotal moment for INEOS TEAM UK,” said Jon Oliver, Garmin UK and Ireland MD. “The team will be working with a full ecosystem of Garmin products, from our new fēnix 6 Pro Solar smartwatches and HRM-tri straps to our Edge 1030 Plus GPS bike computers and Index Smart Scales.”Britain’s’ America’s Cup team, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, was formed in 2014 and the team joined with INEOS in 2018.Tracking performanceThe team will use the data monitored and collected by Garmin’s products to track all areas of performance and wellbeing, such as sleep, stress and heart rate, training load and training performance.“With Garmin’s support, we hope to give our absolute all in human performance as we battle to win the America’s Cup,” said Ben Williams, head of human performance, INEOS TEAM UK.
HARKEN ACQUIRED BY ITS EMPLOYEES
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSHARKEN ACQUIRED BY ITS EMPLOYEES
21 Sep 2020
Peter Harken Photo: Harken
HARKEN UK LTD
Sailing equipment manufacturer Harken has been sold to its employees.
Peter Harken, who founded Harken in 1967 with his late brother, Olaf, said that over the years they had been approached by lots of good people keen to acquire the business.
”We turned down every offer that didn’t present a brighter future for our people than we could create on our own,” he said.
A place where people take chances
“My brother Olaf, Art Mitchel and I tried to build a place where people could take chances and not be afraid to fail. More and more it’s our people who have made this place the leader it is. It’s time for those who have worked with us to own Harken.”
And he expressed his confidence in the new leadership team – Bill Goggins as chief executive, Matt Malec as chief operating officer and chief finance officer, John Jensen. He also praised the executive committee, saying he looked forward to seeing them make their mark.
Bill Goggins said that the employees had been preparing for a day like this their whole careers. “We have so much gratitude for Peter, Olaf, and Art for the trust they have shown in all of us,” he said. “It will always be Peter and Olaf Harken’s company, but starting today, it is in our care and custody.”
PLYMOUTH TO HOST EU DEBUTHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSPLYMOUTH TO HOST EU DEBUT07 Sep 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintSir Ben Ainslie will head the British SailGP team in 2021INDUSTRY DATABASESAILGPPlymouth has been selected to host SailGP’s Season two European debut when events restart in 2021.Following the season opener in San Francisco in April and New York SailGP in June, the championship will return to UK shores July 17-18.Racing in F50 boats – capable of speeds of more than 50 knots – will take place on Plymouth Sound in partnership with Plymouth City Council, with support from Associated British Ports, English Cities Fund and Sutton Harbour Group.Plymouth was selected following a competitive six-month-long bid process involving five other UK cities.AdditionNew for Season two will be the addition of the New Zealand SailGP Team to the line-up that will include Sir Ben Ainslie.“There is an element of nostalgia for me personally, having grown up and learned to sail in the West Country and now all these years later coming back to race on the international stage. Plymouth is a fantastic sailing venue with a natural amphitheater for the fans to watch these amazing F50s.”The UK event in SailGP Season one took place in Cowes in 2019, witnessed by around 24,000 spectators and reaching a total global audience of 231 million.Further dates and venues will be announced in the coming months.
FIND YOUR GROOVE WITH CYCLOPS SMARTLINK
HOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGELECTRONICSFIND YOUR GROOVE WITH CYCLOPS SMARTLINK
14 Aug 2020
The smartlink wireless load sensor Photo: Cyclops Marine
Cyclops Marine has launched a new wireless load sensor designed to help sailors find their groove, record their settings and most importantly repeat those settings.
smartlink delivers onboard, real-time dynamic load measuring, wirelessly feeding the data to a mobile application or the boat’s instruments via NMEA2000 Gateway and cable. The sensor was developed in partnership with INEOS TEAM UK.
“At INEOS TEAM UK, we consider Cyclops Marine our go-to experts when it comes to wireless load sensors,” said Andrew McLean, team leader systems engineering, INEOS TEAM UK. “Forging a close relationship with our suppliers is one of our core values, especially when that company manufactures in the UK.”
Find your winning settings
Manufactured in low density titanium, smartlink is lightweight and simple to add inline to any soft stay or sheet. Once fitted, the smartlink will help sailors find their winning settings and be able to repeat those proven settings for the wind conditions and the sea state.
“At any point in time, sailors can see what loads they are working with,” said Ian Howarth, chief executive at Cyclops Marine. “Teams are feeding back they are trimming their boats better, more consistently and sailing faster. Real time loading with visible numbers makes this easy.”
Available for loads of 2, 5 and 10 tonnes, smartlink has a battery life of 200 hours allowing for around 25 to 30 days of racing. smartlink is the second product in the smart range from Cyclops Marine, following the launch of its smart tune turn screw.
CYCLOPS MARINE EXPANDS IN EUROPE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCYCLOPS MARINE EXPANDS IN EUROPE
17 Aug 2020
Cyclops Marine has appointed a French and Italian distributor
Cyclops Marine has appointed French rigging and hardware wholesaler XPO as its distributor for France and Velamania as its Italian distributor.
XPO supplies the performance racing market and is keen to embrace new technology.
“These products will make a huge difference to how people race their boats, knowing the repeatable fast numbers for the rigging and line loads,” said Xavier Phelipon, XPO CEO. “With the wireless technology it is so easy to see immediate benefits.”
Velamania CEO, Paolo Torre added: “This innovative technology is essential for the racing sailors, we love to bring new products to the market that will help our customers sail faster and safer.”
The Cyclops Marine Smart range of products is a new generation of wireless load sensors for use in the sailing environment.
The products enable sailors to set their boats up for repeated optimum performance.
FITTINGS MANUFACTURER ACQUIRED
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSFITTINGS MANUFACTURER ACQUIRED
07 Aug 2020
John Buckley has acquired heritage boat-fittings manufacturer Davey & Co
DAVEY & CO LONDON LTD
Heritage boat-fittings manufacturer Davey & Company London, has been acquired by John Buckley, owner of Harbour Marine Services.
The acquisition seals a long-standing connection between the two companies – Harbour Marine specialises in classic boat restoration including several Little Dunkirk Ships on which Davey’s traditionally-manufactured bronze fittings have been used.
“I have great respect for Davey & Co’s British made ethos and high-quality product,” says John. “My intention is to protect that and create many more opportunities for Davey to be known as the ‘must-have’ quality fitting for traditional boat owners internationally.”
Davey and Co, established in 1885, is a leading British manufacturer of traditional boat fittings to boat-owners worldwide and still uses many of the patterns and designs that were used in Victorian times.
This results in authentic, high quality and covetable fittings that are perfect for classic boats and also bring a traditional style to more modern vessels.
Davey’s MD of 25 years, Peter Tracey, will be stepping down in the early autumn with Jeff Webber taking over the role. The business will continue to operate from its Colchester base whilst continuing to employ all existing staff.
Jeff has more than 20 years’ experience of the marine industry and has been brought in to deliver John’s vision for the business.
“This is a great opportunity and I look forward to taking up the reins from where Peter left off. Both John and I agree that British made philosophy of Davey & Co and quality products must be preserved.”
CHARLESTOWN ARRIVAL LAUNCHES NEW CHARITYHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCHARLESTOWN ARRIVAL LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY10 Aug 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrint‘Mascotte’ entering Charlestown Photo: James PearceThe arrival of ‘Mascotte’, the largest surviving Bristol Channel pilot cutter, into her new home in Charlestown marks the launch of a new sailing trust.The Rich’s Boat Charitable Trust was founded by Mascotte’s owner in memory of her skipper of nine years, Richard Clapham, who took his own life last year.Jessie Atkinson, Charlestown Harbour vessel manager, said that Richard was passionate about Bristol Channel pilot cutters and incredibly knowledgeable. “I know he’d love to think people are benefitting from Mascotte, taking good care of her, learning and sharing his passion for sailing,” she said.InspirationalBuilt in 1904 by Thomas Cox & Son in Newport, Mascotte is believed to be the third largest Bristol Channel pilot cutter ever built. Fully restored in 1994, she will be used as an inspirational and educational sailing tool, providing an opportunity for team building and a way to boost confidence and morale.The Trust’s aim is to bring an essence of Rich’s passionate sailing style to others to provide opportunities for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get out on the water or sail a boat as historically significant as Mascotte.The Mascotte will be available for day sailing from Charlestown throughout August and for exclusive hire via Airbnb, sleeping up to 10 guests from September 2020.
EARLS COURT SHOW RISES
HOMENEWSPROMOTIONSBOAT SHOWSEARLS COURT SHOW RISES
14 Jul 2020
Earls Court will host the new virtual London boat show in 2021
EARLS COURT BOAT SHOW
The Earls Court boat show is to return in 2021.
The show – albeit virtual – will take place under the name of UK Boat Show, offering visitors the chance to visit stands, chat to exhibitors live, watch demonstrations, take part in webinars and do virtually everything that can be done at a physical show – except meet up at the Guinness stand.
It is organised by life-long sailor and virtual technology specialist Andy Beharrell and Beryl Chalmers, former Cruising Association general manager.
“All the top boat and equipment brands, big and small, have jumped at the chance to be part of the first virtual London boat show,” said Beryl.
“In the current climate we are all looking for the best way to get products directly in front of our customers. With everyone now much more familiar with online technologies, there has never been a better opportunity to talk directly to your existing and potential customers.
Join us for the most cost-effective and efficient marketing opportunity in years.”
UK Boat Show is a social enterprise and the event will be non-profit-making.
Profits from the show will be divided between Sailability (sailing for disabled people), marine conservation charities and sailing as rehabilitation charities.
The show will take place from January 7 – 10 2021. Tickets are available from ukboatshow.co.uk
MARLOW ROPES INTRODUCES DYNEEMA TO ROPE RANGE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSMARLOW ROPES INTRODUCES DYNEEMA TO ROPE RANGE
15 Jul 2020
Marlow Ropes has begun using bio-based Dyneema Photo: Marlow Ropes
MARLOW ROPES LTD
Marlow Ropes has begun using bio-based Dyneema, helping the company achieve its sustainability and carbon footprint reduction targets.
Bio-based Dyneema has identical technical characteristics and performance as conventional Dyneema but uses waste from the pulp and timber industry as its primary raw-material.
Reduced CO2 emissions
Bio-based Dyneema is ISCC-certified as sustainable and renewable via ‘mass-balancing’ which means that the Ethylene feedstock used to make bio-based Dyneema is transitioned from conventional petrochemical sources to sustainable and renewable sources with no change to the manufacturing process or the quality and performance. Any rope made with bio-based Dyneema by Marlow directly contributes to reduced CO2 emissions and has a lower environmental impact.
Every tonne of bio-based Dyneema used reduces carbon emissions by 5 tonnes compared with one tonne of conventional Dyneema. And the comparison with generic HMPE is even starker – 1 tonne of bio-based Dyneema produces 29 tonnes less CO2 than 1 tonne of generic HMPE.