Boating Business | IMO quashes yachting industry hopes

IMO QUASHES YACHTING INDUSTRY HOPES

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20 May 2019

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Turkey and ICOMIA sought unsuccessfully to mitigate the adverse affects on the yachting industry of IMO Tier III regulations Photo: ICOMIA

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The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has rejected a proposal submitted by Turkey and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) that sought to mitigate the impact on the yachting industry caused by Tier III regulation.

Turkey and ICOMIA proposed an alternative standard for vessels currently covered under a delay provision which expires in 2021. Meeting this standard results in reduced guest cabin space as gas exhaust treatment systems have to be installed.

The consequence of this could render yachts just above the 24m threshold commercially unattractive, a segment that ICOMIA considers crucial for the marine industry.

A hard fight

Udo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA said that the council fought hard to advocate for the industry. “Having been involved with this file for the last 11 years, at this stage it is difficult to capture the impact this decision will have on vessel design, let alone our industry,” he said.

“We are most grateful to those IMO member states who supported our proposal and would like to mention in particular Turkey for co-sponsoring this document and the associated lobbying efforts, as well as Malta for their efforts on the European stage.

“I also would like to thank the yards who supported our advocacy effort, namely Ferretti Group, Overmarine, Monte Carlo Yachts, Princess Yachts, Sanlorenzo Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking Yachts,” he added.

Despite ICOMIA’s significant efforts the proposal was rejected, meaning that the regulation will be implemented from 2021 for vessels below 500gt, with significant implications for the superyacht industry.

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Boating Business | 2024 Olympic boats chosen

2024 OLYMPIC BOATS CHOSENHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS 2024 OLYMPIC BOATS CHOSEN20 May 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe Laser has been selected as the single person dinghy for the 2024 Paris OlympicsThe Laser will again be the men’s and women’s one-person dinghy at the 2024 Paris Olympics.The decision was made at the latest World Sailing Council meeting where the IKA Formula Kite was selected as the mixed kiteboard and the 470 as the mixed two-person dinghy.A board of directors’ recommendation to select the RS:X as the men’s and women’s windsurf equipment was rejected meaning a new proposal will be required.The process on selecting the equipment for the mixed two-person offshore keelboat was also confirmed. A decision will be made about the equipment, selected from a list put forward by a working party, no later than December 31 2023.Proposals will now be invited by classes, associations and manufacturers that will be evaluated against key criteria.IKA Formula Kite Class was approved as the equipment for the mixed kiteboard eventThe selection of the Laser is subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, following a ballot vote.Four boats were initially put forward – the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero (which had been recommended by the Equipment Committee) however the Laser won in the first round of votes. The move comes as litigation is ongoing between the International Laser Class Association and boatbuilders Laser Performance.

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Boating Business | Marlow Ropes becomes INEOS Team UK supplier

MARLOW ROPES BECOMES INEOS TEAM UK SUPPLIER

HOME NEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUT MARLOW ROPES BECOMES INEOS TEAM UK SUPPLIER

08 May 2019

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INEOS Team UK testing rope. Credit Marlow Ropes

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Marlow Ropes has become the official supplier to INEOS Team UK, the British challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.

The British rope manufacturer will be working with the team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie to develop bespoke, sustainable rigging solutions to race the latest generation of 75’ monohull foiling America’s Cup Class boats. Mr Ainslie’s relationship with Marlow stretches back many years from its his days of competitive sailing.

Paul Honess, leisure marine director at Marlow Ropes, commented: “We are very proud to be the official supplier to INEOS TEAM UK. Our collaboration with the America’s Cup teams in the past has contributed to the development of the Marlow Grand Prix range that is used on the wider race boat circuit at all levels.

“Developing sustainable products and bespoke rigging solutions that are tested on some of the most demanding systems found on yachts today is crucial to Marlow’s future product innovation.”

The agreement follows the companies’ technical partnership for the 35th America’s Cup cycle.

Marlow Ropes has also become an official supplier to New York-based yacht club American Magic, which will also be competing in the America’s Cup.

Marlow Ropes is a finalist in the Innovation Award category of the Ocean Awards for its Blue Ocean Dockline, a marine industry first. The eco-conscious rope is made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles.

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Boating Business | First new model for Oyster Yachts

FIRST NEW MODEL FOR OYSTER YACHTS

HOME NEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDING FIRST NEW MODEL FOR OYSTER YACHTS

09 May 2019

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Oyster has launched its first new model since the company was relaunched last year

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Oyster has launched its first new model since the company was bought out of administration in 2018.

The Oyster 565, developed with Humphreys Yacht Design, is being described as an entry-level yacht that uses the latest generation of Oyster hull shapes.

It has been designed for friends and family to sail with no need for a professional crew.

“She is a truly spectacular sailing yacht and – though at the smaller end of the Oyster fleet – does not compromise on comfort or performance,” said naval architect Rod Humphreys. “This year’s order book is already almost full and that is – of course – a huge source of pride for us and for the whole team at Oyster. This is just the beginning…”

Order book

Several new models are due to follow on from the 565 added Oyster CEO and owner Richard Hadida, who explained that the company has an almost full order book.

“Words cannot describe the excitement I feel to see Oyster enter such an exhilarating phase in its evolution,” he said.

“The 565, fondly known as our ‘pocket superyacht’, is everything an adventurous couple or young family could want. A reflection of this is our ever-expanding order book. This is an important moment in Oyster’s history and I look forward to many, many more.”

Yacht features include twin-rudders and a hull form that allows for different layout and keel options.

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Boating Business | Fischer Panda powers disabled sailor’s dreams

FISCHER PANDA POWERS DISABLED SAILOR’S DREAMS

HOME NEWSPROMOTIONSSEAWORK FISCHER PANDA POWERS DISABLED SAILOR’S DREAMS

13 May 2019

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Fischer Panda is supplying equipment to help Natasha Lambert sail across the Atlantic Photo: Fisher Panda UK

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Fischer Panda UK is powering the dreams of young disabled sailor Natasha Lambert in her attempt to become the first person to sail across the Atlantic by breath control.

Natasha, 21, who has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy, sails using the sip-puff system which was developed by her father Gary and uses a single straw enabling her to control both the steering or helm and the sails.

Raising awareness

Raising funds for three charities – the RNLI, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing – Natasha is also raising awareness of disabled sailing during her three-week crossing from the Canaries to St Lucia.

“This has been a huge project for us to take on, the cost of which is phenomenal, so to receive this major piece of equipment is a real boost,” said Gary.

Adaptation

Providing vital systems for Natasha’s 46ft catamaran Blown Away, Fischer Panda has donated a Panda PMS 9000 ND generator which is being installed on the yacht as it undergoes special adaptation by Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight.

Fischer Panda has also supplied reverse cycle units to provide extensive air conditioning throughout the yacht and a watermaker capable of producing 70 litres per hour.

“Thank you so much for your help to make my dream of sailing an ocean possible,” said Natasha. “I can’t wait to sail across the Atlantic.”

Fischer Panda will be exhibiting at Seawork International in June on stand Q2.

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Boating Business | Name change for Laser dinghy

NAME CHANGE FOR LASER DINGHYHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS NAME CHANGE FOR LASER DINGHY29 Apr 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe class-approved Laser dinghy has changed its name to ‘ILCA Dinghy’ Photo: PixabayINDUSTRY DATABASEINTERNATIONAL LASER CLASS ASSOCIATIONThe International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced that all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the ‘ILCA Dinghy’ name.The ILCA recently terminated the contract of long-time builder of the class dinghy, LaserPerformance, which owns the rights to the Laser trademark. Scuttlebutt Sailing News reports that the name change, effective from 25 April, will apply to all three rig sizes allowed by the ILCA Class but will not affect existing ILCA-authorised boats and equipment.”It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50-year history,” said class president, Tracy Usher.Industry supportTracy said the ILCA is grateful for the support from the racing community and sailing industry as the association looks to involve new manufacturers following the loss of LaserPerformance. She admitted that the timing was not ideal, but sought to reassure customers.”Europe may see a slight increase in delivery times, but other regions will soon see their orders filled more quickly and efficiently than under the previous builder,” she said.Olympics uncertaintyThe Laser dinghy has been used at the Olympics since the Atlanta games in 1996. Its use is guaranteed at the upcoming 2020 games in Tokyo but a decision is yet to be made for Paris 2024 and beyond.ILCA has said that it plans to contact its members, districts and national sailing federations over the next 30 days with guidance on how to easily order boats and equipment.

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Boating Business | Tall Ships Youth Trust new flagship appeal

TALL SHIPS YOUTH TRUST NEW FLAGSHIP APPEALHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS TALL SHIPS YOUTH TRUST NEW FLAGSHIP APPEAL11 Apr 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe Tall Ships Youth Trust is raising money for a new flagship Photo: Tall Ships Youth TrustThe Tall Ships Youth Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds for a new flagship to help the next generation learn valuable life skills.The charity hopes to raise £5m for a new 24-berth schooner-type vessel which it will use to give disabled and disadvantaged young people physically and mentally challenging sail training adventures.Benefiting from the charity is Josh who was 16 when he first set sail with the trust. “Honestly, I don’t think I’d be around anymore without my initial voyage,” he said. “Tall Ships was the spark needed to ignite my trail of fortunate events in life.”Five million pounds will enable the charity to buy a vessel on the open market, re-engineer the internal layout to take groups of young people and buy the equipment needed to ensure she meets Maritime and Coastguard Agency standards.NamingAll donations are welcome with £20 allowing the purchase of a safety harness and £1000 providing a full medical kit. Commercial sponsorship opportunities include naming the ship or a voyage, sponsoring a berth and having the company logo worn by staff, supporters and voyagers together with a mention on the charity’s website.Former director of BAE Systems, Sir Richard Olver, is giving his backing to the charity’s latest endeavour. “I want as many young people as possible to have an opportunity to sail with us, particularly those who have had a tough start in life,” he said. “In a world that can exclude young people, sailing as part of a Tall Ships Crew makes for an inclusive and truly empowering few days.”

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Boating Business | LaserPerformance rebuts ILCA licence claims

LASERPERFORMANCE REBUTS ILCA LICENCE CLAIMS

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04 Apr 2019

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LaserPerformance has responded to ILCA’s claims that it refused to allow its manufacturing facilities to be inspected Photo: pixabay

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Dinghy manufacturer, LaserPerformance, has hit back at the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) following its decision to revoke the manufacturer’s licence, calling its claims ‘falsehoods’ and ‘misleading’.

The ILCA has revoked LaserPerformance’s right to supply the dinghies amid concerns that the manufacturer has refused access to allow the boats to be inspected.

The contract between the two is subject to an agreement first put in place in 1998 allowing ILCA to use the Laser trademark. This agreement is due to be renewed on 31 August 2019.

Refused to renew contract

In a statement issued on Facebook, LaserPerformance asserts that ILCA has ‘steadfastly’ refused to renew the agreement meaning that the manufacturer is reluctant to allow inspection by the ILCA with only five months before the licence expires. LaserPerformance also states that it allows inspection by other regulatory bodies.

LaserPerformance also points out that seeking new manufacturers for Laser products is only possible outwith LaserPerformance’s territory and that it has successfully defended encroachment on to its territories in the past. LaserPerformance territory covers all regions except Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea.

Olympics concerns

As a result of this, LaserPerformance raises concerns that the 2024 Olympics will be affected, pointing out that France is in a LaserPerformance region and therefore only LaserPerformance boats would be authorised.

To ‘prevent the implosion of the Laser class organisation’ LaserPerformance urges ILCA to sign the renewal agreement and also recommends that the organisation returns to Europe where three quarters of Laser sailors live and sail.

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Boating Business | Clipper signs with Hyde Sails again

CLIPPER SIGNS WITH HYDE SAILS AGAIN

HOME NEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING CLIPPER SIGNS WITH HYDE SAILS AGAIN

05 Apr 2019

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Hyde Sails is to partner with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for the next two editions

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has renewed its partnership with Hyde Sails for a further two editions of the event.

Hyde Sails was initially appointed official supplier to the 2009 – 10 race and since then has designed, developed and produced the sail wardrobes for the fleet.

“The challenging 40,000nm race route enable Hyde Sails to continually test and develop our sails in the most extreme conditions and translate the learnings into other products across the business,” said Nigel Grogan, Hyde Sails MD.

Clipper Race chairman and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston added: “As a global sailing race the importance of our sail supplier is crucial to the performance of our yachts and the success of each campaign.

“Hyde Sails proven record of quality, durability and level of professional support to the Clipper Race team over the last ten years means that our relationship continues to grow and I look forward to another exciting edition being powered by Hyde Sails.”

Modifications

Each edition has seen improvements and modifications to the sails. For the 2019-2020 edition, changes include a development of the flyaway spinnaker containment tabs fitted to the luff of the downwind sails as a sustainable alternative to wool.

There have also been changes to the fore and aft sails and small construction changes on spinnakers to aid performance and longevity.

The agreement will also include support from Hyde Sails in the form of sail care training for skippers and crew.

The Clipper 2019-20 Race will begin this summer from the UK with stopping in South America, South Africa, Australia, China and the USA, before returning to the UK 11 months later.

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Boating Business | ILCA revokes LaserPerformance licence

ILCA REVOKES LASERPERFORMANCE LICENCE

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29 Mar 2019

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LaserPerformance has lost its licence to supply the ILCA with Laser dinghies Photo: pixabay

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The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has revoked the licence of long-time builder of the class dinghy, LaserPerformance.

ILCA reports that the Anglo-American manufacturer breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA) by failing to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built.

Class president, Tracy Usher said that ILCA was disappointed to see the long and productive relationship come to an end. “We had to move ahead in order to protect the level of competition and the investment for the 14,000 members of the International Laser Class and the more than 50,000 sailors around the world who regularly sail the Laser dinghy,” she explained.

No other option

With its UK-based manufacturing facility, LaserPerformance was the ILCA-approved builder producing boats for most of Europe, Asia and the Americas. In a statement, Tracy said that the ICLA was left with ‘no option’ after the builder’s refusal to allow inspection of the boats being built in their manufacturing facility.

There are two other manufacturers of class legal boats, one in Japan and another in Australia. With these firms picking up the slack, ILCA expects the disruption to be minimal or non-existent and executive secretary, Eric Faust, has emphasised that the 2020 Olympics and other major ILCA events will be unaffected.

“Doing what’s right for the sailors is really all that matters,” said Eric. “We’re confident that we’ll see new builders coming on line soon and that we’ll once again have a robust dealer network around the world in plenty of time for the lead up to the 2024 Olympics.”

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