Boating Business | INEOS Britannia team unveiled

INEOS BRITANNIA TEAM UNVEILED

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSINEOS BRITANNIA TEAM UNVEILED

05 Oct 2021

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Sir Ben Ainslie, Dave Endean, Toto Wolff and James Allison during the launch of INEOS Britannia with Inside Tack host Georgie Ainslie. Photo: Finn Pomeroy for INEOS Britannia

INEOS Britannia has announced its core team to lead the British challenge for the 37th America’s Cup.

The British America’s Cup team has come together with Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, a division of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, to form INEOS Britannia. Leading INEOS Britannia on and off the water into the 37th America’s Cup will be Sir Ben Ainslie, four-time Olympic gold medallist and one of only two British sailors to have won the America’s Cup.

Ben Ainslie said: “As we enter our third campaign, we have taken a lot of learnings from our previous challenges and assembled a world class team combining talent from Formula 1 and the America’s Cup. Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science bring a legacy of design to the table. They are proven winners, it’s in their DNA, it’s in their culture.”

James Allison will be the technical lead as chief technical officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and INEOS Britannia.

Through Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, Geoffrey Willis will be dedicated to INEOS Britannia as technical director, having previously worked in the America’s Cup with Peter de Savary’s Blue Arrow Challenge.

Leading the design concept for INEOS Britannia’s AC75 boat will be naval designer, Martin Fischer. He was most recently a key part of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s design team for two America’s Cup campaigns.

Dave Endean, project director for the team’s 36th America’s Cup campaign, completes the leadership team as COO.

The INEOS Britannia sailing team is currently in the process of reforming. Giles Scott, the team’s Tactician in Auckland, has become one of the first sailors to re-sign with the team following his gold medal in the Finn Class in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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Boating Business | Ben Ainslie takes ownership of SailGP team

BEN AINSLIE TAKES OWNERSHIP OF SAILGP TEAM

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSBEN AINSLIE TAKES OWNERSHIP OF SAILGP TEAM

07 Oct 2021

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Sir Ben Ainslie, CEO of the Great Britain SailGP Team, at the wheel of the British F50 Photo: Javier Salinas for SailGP

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The British SailGP team has become the first of the eight SailGP teams to become a third party-owned franchise with Olympic sailor and America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, taking the majority share.

When Sir Ben entered SailGP for Season two, he secured an option from Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison to take ownership of the team franchise if the team’s running costs and liabilities were covered in full. Through an investment from Chris Bake this option has now been exercised and Sir Ben and Chris Bake now take majority ownership of the team with Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing Inc retaining a minority equity.

Elevating the profile of sailing

“When I was first invited to lead the Great Britain SailGP Team by Russell Coutts, I was immediately impressed by Russell’s and Larry Ellison’s vision of a global, sport and sustainable racing circuit which could really elevate the profile of sailing and provide continuity, which I have always been very much aligned to,” said Sir Ben.

One of the first projects Chris will work with SailGP on is biofuel solutions to support the league’s transition to ‘100% nature power’ by 2025 both on and off the water. He is also keen to promote diversity and inclusion within the sport. “Over the past couple of years I have been very impressed and supportive of the work SailGP is doing in this space, particularly through their gender equity initiative,” he said.

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Boating Business | Ambitious project for Vendée Globe skipper

AMBITIOUS PROJECT FOR VENDÉE GLOBE SKIPPERHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGAMBITIOUS PROJECT FOR VENDÉE GLOBE SKIPPER04 Oct 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintArmel Tripon on ‘L’Occitane en Provence’A Vendée Globe skipper is working with Airbus Technocentre on the development of a new IMOCA monohull sailing yacht made from declassified carbon fibre and composite remnants.Armel Tripon from Nantes in France, who finished 11th in the 2020 edition of the single-handed round-the world sailing race, is keen to design a more sustainable boat and is calling on companies to support him in this innovative endeavour.“I am committed to leading by example with an innovative project that will attempt to initiate alternatives in terms of nautical construction in order to, in time, master and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Armel.Defining the sailing of tomorrow“Here we define the sailing of tomorrow, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. It is up to all of us, now, to convince companies to join us in this human challenge,” he added.Supporting Armel and AIRBUS are architect VPLP which worked with Airbus more than 20 years ago on the Hydroptère project to design an experimental hydrofoil trimaran and the IMOCA Class, which regulates the construction of these boats.“Armel Tripon is one the most innovative skippers of the IMOCA class and Airbus is a global, technological benchmark. Reducing carbon footprints in our projects is a priority for the coming years,” said Antoine Mermod, president Classe IMOCA.

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Boating Business | Ambitious project for Vendée Globe skipper

AMBITIOUS PROJECT FOR VENDÉE GLOBE SKIPPER

HOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGAMBITIOUS PROJECT FOR VENDÉE GLOBE SKIPPER

04 Oct 2021

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Armel Tripon on ‘L’Occitane en Provence’

A Vendée Globe skipper is working with Airbus Technocentre on the development of a new IMOCA monohull sailing yacht made from declassified carbon fibre and composite remnants.

Armel Tripon from Nantes in France, who finished 11th in the 2020 edition of the single-handed round-the world sailing race, is keen to design a more sustainable boat and is calling on companies to support him in this innovative endeavour.

“I am committed to leading by example with an innovative project that will attempt to initiate alternatives in terms of nautical construction in order to, in time, master and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Armel.

Defining the sailing of tomorrow

“Here we define the sailing of tomorrow, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. It is up to all of us, now, to convince companies to join us in this human challenge,” he added.

Supporting Armel and AIRBUS are architect VPLP which worked with Airbus more than 20 years ago on the Hydroptère project to design an experimental hydrofoil trimaran and the IMOCA Class, which regulates the construction of these boats.

“Armel Tripon is one the most innovative skippers of the IMOCA class and Airbus is a global, technological benchmark. Reducing carbon footprints in our projects is a priority for the coming years,” said Antoine Mermod, president Classe IMOCA.

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Boating Business | boatfolk acquires Whyboats

BOATFOLK ACQUIRES WHYBOATSHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSBOATFOLK ACQUIRES WHYBOATS20 Sep 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintWhyboats will be renamed boatpoint HambleWhyboats boat brokerage has been acquired by boatfolk.Whyboats, based in Hamble, was established in 2011 as a boat brokerage focusing on sales of monohull yachts, motorboats and catamarans.After a move to Deacons Marina, it was appointed as the England, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales exclusive agent for Elan Yachts in 2016.The acquisition will see Whyboats become a boatpoint – boatfolk’s boat sales business – brokerage.The business will be renamed boatpoint Hamble and will continue to be based at Deacons Marina and will continue to be an Elan Yachts dealer.PartnershipIt will be the seventh boatpoint office, run in partnership with Network Yacht Brokers.boatfolk runs 11 marinas, including Portishead, Conway and Rhu.“boatfolk is an ambitious marina group looking to build on its success in the marina management business by incorporating an in-house boat sales business – boatpoint,” said outgoing director of Whyboats, Ian Watkins.Whyboats co-director, Andrew Hyland, will stay on and head up the new boatpoint brokerage office in Southampton. He will also join boatpoint as group operations manager.The sale was managed by First Peninsular Marine.

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Boating Business | Barton to show new cleats and kits at SIBS

BARTON TO SHOW NEW CLEATS AND KITS AT SIBS

HOMENEWSPROMOTIONSSOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOWBARTON TO SHOW NEW CLEATS AND KITS AT SIBS

06 Sep 2021

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Barton Marine is unveiling new products at SIBS 2021 Photo: Barton Marine

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Barton Marine is launching several new products at Southampton International Boat Show 2021 on 10 – 19 September.

Alongside a selection of the company’s existing range will be three new Vang and Mainsheet kits, all making their UK and European debut. Barton technical experts will also be on hand to provide advice on picking the right deck equipment solutions.

The new kits are available in sizes 2, 3 and 5. Size 2 is suitable for boats up to 22ft and is fitted with shackle fittings and a spliced soft eye for maximum strength whist sizes 3 and 5, suitable for yachts up to 25ft and 35ft respectively, include robust snap shackles top and bottom.

New cleats

Barton will also be unveiling its new 32mm stainless steel sliding cleat to replace the previous generation cast aluminium version. Acting as a mid-ship spring cleat for yachts with limited access under the side deck, the cleat is simply slid and locked on to a genoa track.

Mounted onto the push pit rail, the stanchion lead block with cleat enables cleating of the genoa furler control line with one action, doing away with the need to cleat off on the deck or cockpit coaming.

The block fits 25mm diameter tubing and has an adjustable, stainless steel securing ring and will fully rotate about the swivel head to match the pulling angle.

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Boating Business | Sails, spars and rigging on show at SIBS

SAILS, SPARS AND RIGGING ON SHOW AT SIBSHOMENEWSPROMOTIONSSOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOWSAILS, SPARS AND RIGGING ON SHOW AT SIBS25 Aug 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintJeckells uses offcuts to produce its sails, reducing waste in the process Photo: JeckellsINDUSTRY DATABASEPreviousROLLY TASKER SAILSDOLPHIN – SAILS | COVERS | TENSILE AWNINGSKEMP SAILS LTDJECKELLS THE SAILMAKERHARKEN UK LTDROLLY TASKER SAILSDOLPHIN – SAILS | COVERS | TENSILE AWNINGSNext12345Every aspect relating to sails, spars and rigging will be on show at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show on 10 – 19 September.Amongst the many companies exhibiting at the show, both from the UK and further afield, will be Rolly Tasker, Kemp Sails, Dolphin Sails, Harken, Jeckells and VMG Technology Masts & Marine Systems.Rolly Tasker’s stand will be featuring ten mini sails, each of which is an exact replica of a real sail, just in miniature. The company will also be showcasing a new range of Sveggen-manufactured furlers for Asymmetric and Code Zero sails with torsion lines.Kemp Sails, which carries out all its sail design and manufacturing in the UK, will be showcasing its new Anchor Vane which is designed to stabilise the boat to the breeze whilst at anchor whilst VMG Technology Masts & Marine Systems will be displaying equipment from LeisureFurl in-boom furling, Gold Standard Rigging from Italy, masts and spars from Pauger Carbon Composites and ropes and lines from Armare Ropes.New technologyDolphin Sails has recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility on the south coast, investing heavily in scanners, data capture tools and design software. The company will be demonstrating how it uses this technology to create its sails, covers and awnings.Harken’s stand will be packed with its full product range of winches, furlers, travellers and genoa leads, mainsheet systems, blocks, and complementary hardware. New products on show include the innovative non-absorbent and non-abrasive Marine Grip.Finally Jeckells will be showcasing its performance cruising sails and sail handling systems, demonstrating the company’s commitment to reducing waste through the use of offcuts.

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Boating Business | Accreditation for Marine Results

ACCREDITATION FOR MARINE RESULTS

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSACCREDITATION FOR MARINE RESULTS

09 Aug 2021

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Marine Results Palma facility has been awarded load testing and lifting accreditation

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Superyacht rigging and inspections company Marine Results has gained accreditation from the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) for its load testing and heavy lifting certification service.

The LEEA is a global trade association for the lifting industry.

Marine Results has, for a number of years, provided a heavy lifting inspections, certifications and installations service within its rigging and survey projects, with a particular focus on the superyacht sector.

The accreditation is for the company’s Palma, Mallorca facility.

“As longstanding rigging suppliers, the accreditation to LEEA enables us to capitalise on our many years of experience in designing, producing and load testing running rigging for large sailing yachts,” said Lockie Stewart-Baker of Marine Results.

The company also provides consultancy and guidance on the maintenance schedules required for lifting equipment as required by EU regulations.

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Boating Business | Greener Dyneema to be trialled by racing team

GREENER DYNEEMA TO BE TRIALLED BY RACING TEAMHOMENEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUTGREENER DYNEEMA TO BE TRIALLED BY RACING TEAM29 Jul 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe new recycled-based Dyneema will be made using plastic waste Photo: Abdul Raheem Mohamed/EyeEmINDUSTRY DATABASEMARLOW ROPES LTDRoyal DSM, SABIC and CirculariTeam are joining forces to create recycled-based Dyneema using mixed plastic waste.The greener Dyneema will be produced by DSM using SABIC’s certified circular ethylene. The new material will be piloted by the 11th Hour Racing Team when they take to the water using Marlow Grand Prix ropes made with the recycled Dyneema fibre instead of the standard offering. There are also plans to trial the new product in a pelagic trawl net application.Jon Mitchell, Marlow Ropes MD said the company was proud to be one of the first manufacturers to demonstrate the material’s feasibility. “Our products are trialled and tested by professional offshore sailing teams including 11th Hour Racing Team, a proud partner of ours at Marlow, with whom we share a progressive approach to seeking sustainable solutions: no more business as usual,” he said.Reducing waste and emissionsThe circular ethylene, from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio, uses mixed plastic waste. This approach prevents plastic from becoming waste, reduces carbon emissions by avoiding incineration and helps preserve fossil resources.Jan-Lodewijk Lindemulder, president of DSM Protective Materials said that the pilot was a key milestone on the journey towards delivering a fully circular Dyneema. “By working with partners from across the value chain, we are able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the world’s strongest fibre – and we will continue to explore ways of reducing and eliminating waste across the entire product lifecycle,” he said.

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Boating Business | Olympic sailor and Laser designer dies

OLYMPIC SAILOR AND LASER DESIGNER DIES

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSOLYMPIC SAILOR AND LASER DESIGNER DIES

21 Jul 2021

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Bruce Kirby who died at the age of 92 on 18 July, photographed at Kiel Week in 1972 Photo: Dick Enersen

Bruce Kirby, three-time Olympian, sailing journalist and inventor of the Laser dinghy has died at the age of 92.

Born in Ottawa in Canada, Bruce began his working life as a newspaper journalist before specialising in sailing journalism, becoming editor of One-Design and Offshore Yachtsman, now Sailing World.

He was a keen yachtsman from the beginning, competing in International 14 dinghies from age 15. Design was always a passion and after being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. “I had a copy of Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design,” he once said.

“If you can understand 50 per cent of what’s in that book, you can design a boat. Design isn’t brain surgery.”

Designing the Laser

It was whilst working at Sailing World in 1969 that the Laser was designed, beginning its life as a doodle whilst Bruce was talking on the phone. Now renamed the ILCA following a legal dispute, the 50-year-old singlehander now numbers more than 220,000.

Although best known for the Laser, his design career featured many more classes including the Sonar, Kirby 25, Ideal 18 and the America’s Cup Twelve Metres as well as production cruisers such as the San Juan 24 and 30 and offshore racing boats like the Admiral’s Cup 40’ runaway.

Bruce was also a fêted sportsman, representing Canada at three Olympic regattas as well as the America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup and International 14ft Class at team racing. He was inducted into the Canadian and US Sailing Hall of Fames and Order of Canada, the International Yacht Racing Hall of Fame and the International Laser Class Association Hall of Fame amongst other recognitions.

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