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.
OCEAN RACE REBOOTS WITH TEN YEAR PLAN
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSOCEAN RACE REBOOTS WITH TEN YEAR PLAN
17 Jul 2020
The next edition of The Ocean Race will begin In Alicante in October 2022 Photo: The Ocean Race
The next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain in October 2022, finishing in Genova, Italy in the summer of 2023 during the race’s half-century anniversary year.
For the first time in race history further event timings have also been confirmed through the next ten years and a feasibility study is currently underway for a European race to take place next summer.
The change to the start date for the next edition of the round the world race follows a strategic planning process and consultations with stakeholders to determine the best path forward in a sporting landscape altered by Covid-19.
“Since 1973, The Ocean Race has been one of the toughest challenges in sport,” said race chair, Richard Brisius. “As an international sporting competition, with stops on six continents, we are deeply connected to the changing reality of sailors, teams, cities and partners across the world.
“We have worked positively together over the past months to develop a stable and improved future and this has led to the first ever ten-year plan of The Ocean Race.”
The next edition of the race will be open to fully-crewed entries in the V065 and IMOCA60 class and the full sustainability programme, a core pillar of the race, will continue to grow under the banner of Racing with Purpose.
Previously announced host cities and partners will be involved for the 2022-23 event and subsequent editions have been announced for 2026-27 and 2030-31 with racing scheduled in between editions.
PARTNERSHIP HELPS PROMOTE FOILING
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSPARTNERSHIP HELPS PROMOTE FOILING
16 Jul 2020
The Nikki Photo: GP Watercraft
ANDREW SIMPSON & ASSOCIATES
The Andrew Simpson Foundation and GP Watercraft have teamed up to help increase participation in sailing.
GP Watercraft is providing Andrew Simpson Centres with demo foiling boats for use on RYA foiling courses, national foiling initiatives and performance foiling programmes. The partnership will help offer foiling tuition on purpose-built, user-friendly foilers for all ages of sailor.
Skeeta and Nikki
The Skeeta is GP Watercraft’s latest third generation foiling dinghy and is designed by Skeeta Foiling Craft. Marketed as the ultimate all-found foiling dinghy, the Skeeta is said to have excellent handling and stability in displacement mode. The dinghy has a scow hull and freely-pivoting foils and over-rotating rig. Its wings can be removed in less than five seconds.
The Nikki is a new dinghy aimed at younger sailors. With a fully open, modern scow, the Nikki has a simple foiling system which reduces the chance of foil crashing and wings which can be installed or removed in seconds. The two-piece carbon fibre mast has different length mast bates to suit the sail size.
PLANS ON COURSE FOR RACE STARTHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSPLANS ON COURSE FOR RACE START20 Jul 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe Lonely Rock Race will start in August. Photo curtesy RWYCThe new Lonely Rock Race is to go ahead this summer.With the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic easing, Chris Arscott, race director and commodore of Plymouth’s Royal Western Yacht Club, is hopeful the offshore yacht race can be run as planned.What with little time to plan what is a legendary historical offshore race, the club’s race management team knew from the outset that putting the race together would be a huge ask, he said.However, after taking advice from medical professionals, port authorities and the competitors, he says the club is continuing with current arrangements.“We remain hopeful that the Lonely Rock Race will be the first true offshore race following the Covid-19 lockdown,” he said. “As things stand, we have measures in place which will allow us to provide the race.”The race – open to all boats under 70ft in length – will start from the vicinity of Ryde in the Solent on August 16. Competitors will pass the Isles of Scilly, sail round the Fastnet Rock, pass the Isles of Scilly again and finish in Plymouth Sound.