35 TONNE RIGGING PRESS MOVED TO EUROPEHOMENEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING35 TONNE RIGGING PRESS MOVED TO EUROPE10 May 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintOYS’s rod rigging press has been transported to DenmarkINDUSTRY DATABASEOCEAN YACHT SYSTEMS LTDWhat is believed to be the largest rod rigging head press in the world has arrived at BSI Group headquarters in Denmark, following a huge logistical operation.The press, originally built for OYS weighs more than 35 tonnes, stands 4m tall and runs on hydraulic pressure up to 600 bar. It has the ability to head standing rigging up to a break load of 1,600,000lb.The press was built to complete the rigging on the 70m Mirabella V in 2003 whose rod has a break load of 750,000lbs.Subsequent projects after Mirabella V include superyacht projects around the world.“Following the acquisition of OYS rigging into the BSI Group of companies at the end of 2020, it made good commercial sense to bring the press to Denmark,” said Morten Madsen, BSI Group CEO. “With the press here in Denmark we will continue to service OYS service agents and customers, and we can now increase the capabilities and our offering to BSI Rigging customers also.”
ARTHUR BEALE CLOSES PHYSICAL PREMISES
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSARTHUR BEALE CLOSES PHYSICAL PREMISES
30 Apr 2021
Alisdair Flint is to stay on as a shareholder and director
ARTHUR BEALE LTD
One of the oldest chandleries in the UK, Arthur Beale, is to close its shop doors in Shaftesbury Avenue after 150 years of business at the premises.
The chandlery has suffered with the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns and says it can no longer warrant paying the rents that a central London shop demands.
“We were left in a very precarious financial state as a result of the pandemic and were unsure if we were going to survive at all,” said a spokesman.
“We have no choice but to leave and move on to pastures new.”
In addition, two new investors, Hugh Taylor and James Keef have taken over the business and will inject capital and management expertise into the company.
Hugh has a commercial background in marketing and previously ran an ecommerce wine business.
James has had an international career in finance and lives in Sweden.
Alasdair Flint will continue to be a shareholder and a director of the company.
The company has leased a new warehouse in Buckinghamshire and will continue to sell products online.
In addition, its clothing range will be expanding.
The directors are also looking to the future and hoping to have some form of London presence again by Christmas.
The business was established as a rope maker more than 400 years’ ago.
NEW COWES WEATHER STATION GOES LIVE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSNEW COWES WEATHER STATION GOES LIVE
14 Apr 2021
Data from two new monitoring stations is now displayed on CHC’s website Photo: Cowes Harbour Commission
COWES HARBOUR COMMISSION
Two new environmental monitoring stations on the River Medina on the Isle of Wight are now helping commercial and leisure vessels navigate the harbour safely.
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and OceanWise completed the project to install a fixed weather station at Shepards Marina providing tide height and visibility information and a floating weather station in the main harbour giving information on harbour wind speed and direction, temperature and barometric pressure. Data is then fed to the online Cowes Weather Station on the CHC website.
Cowes Harbour Master Ed Walker said that navigational safety was the harbour’s top priority. “The new Cowes Weather Station is the latest CHC stakeholder benefit project designed to help us, leisure and commercial stakeholders continue to operate safely,” he said.
Monitoring the environment
“Delivered with OceanWise’s expertise in marine data it will also enable CHC to monitor and manage key environmental data for the harbour.”
OceanWise has installed similar systems at other ports in the UK, including ABP Southampton, London, Dover and Liverpool. For this project at Cowes, the company used a range of monitoring instruments including the Valeport Tide Gauge and Biral Visibility Sensor. Data from the sensors is collected and transmitted using the company’s telemetry service and data management and display system (Port-Log).
OYSTER YACHTS: REBUILDING A BRITISH ICON
HOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGOYSTER YACHTS: REBUILDING A BRITISH ICON
16 Apr 2021
Richard Hadida took over the helm at Oyster Yachts in 2018 Photo: Oyster Yachts
Oyster Yachts is on track with its three year plan to rebuild a British icon in the global marine sector.
Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic the company’s year end results for 2020 show that Oyster is back in profit with a turnover of £19.8m and gross profit of £2.5m.
“The pandemic has inevitably caused a delay to the turnaround plan,” said chief executive, Richard Hadida in the company’s latest strategic report, “but this is now firmly back on track and I am building a business with a long term sustainable and profitable future for the next generation of Oyster owners.”
New models and strong sales
Since 2018 when gaming entrepreneur Richard acquired the business, 40 yachts have been sold and order books are full for the next two years. 2019 saw the launch of the new 565 and off-plan sales of this year’s new models, the 595 and 495, are strong.
In three years, Oyster has grown its skilled workforce from ten to 420 and created the Oyster Yacht Apprenticeship Academy to invest in boatbuilding skills, being voted Employer of the Year by City College Southampton.
The company has invested in new production and technology on board its yachts, investing in Lloyds certification to give buyers an assurance of quality. It has developed its existing sites in Wroxham and Southampton and opened new facilities at Ashmanhaugh and Hythe, increasing the company’s estate by 70% and staff numbers by a further 70. Historic site Hythe, once home to the Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boats, will be the home of the new 495 launching later this year.
OCEAN RACE EUROPE TO COLLECT CLIMATE DATAHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSOCEAN RACE EUROPE TO COLLECT CLIMATE DATA19 Apr 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintFitting of the microplastic data equipment Photo: Jesus Renedo/Volvo ABINDUSTRY DATABASEVOLVO OCEAN RACETeams taking part in the inaugural Ocean Race in Europe will carry equipment on board to capture data on microplastics and the impact of climate change on our oceans.Two classes of boat will take part in the race held in May and June this year – the IMOCA 60s and VO65s. Two VO65 teams – AmberSail2 and W Ocean Racing – will take samples of microplastics as they race whilst the 11th Hour Racing Team’s IMOCA 60 will take continuous measurements of indicators of climate change such as levels of carbon dioxide, sea temperature and salinity.The data collected will be passed to organisations that are studying and mapping these issues, including the European Commission funded EuroSea, the Surface Ocean Carbon Dioxide Atlas, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Utrecht University. “We know how important the ocean is, not just to the sport we love, but in regulating the climate and providing us with food, jobs and the oxygen we breathe,” said Mairéad O’Donovan, The Ocean Race’s Science Programme lead.Understanding ocean health“By capturing data about the state of our seas, through this unique collaboration between sailors and ocean research organisations, we are able to contribute to increased understanding of ocean health,” she added.The Ocean Race launched its science programme, part of its ‘Racing with Purpose’ sustainability initiative, during the 2017-18 edition of the round-the-world sailing race. For the next edition in 2022-23 the science programme will be expanded further, with even more boats carrying specialised equipment.
MARLOW EXPANDS INTO NEW FACILITIES
HOMENEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUTMARLOW EXPANDS INTO NEW FACILITIES
31 Mar 2021
Marlow Ropes has partnered with SailGP supplying lines for the event
Marlow Ropes expanded into new offices and factory space at its UK HQ in 2020, a move that has enabled the company to enhance its rope-making capabilities and increase capacity in key areas such as splicing and twisting yarn.
“With investment in its technical lab area which includes a new 100 tonnes tensile testing machine, amongst other testing equipment, it will allow an even greater commitment to R&D and innovation,” explained marketing manager Emma Donovan.
“With over 200 years of experience and knowledge in the rope-making industry, Marlow’s technical ability is hard to rival.”
Over the last two years Marlow Ropes has focused on sourcing sustainable and bio-based materials, reducing waste and lowering its carbon footprint.
This has led to a partnership with SailGP, suppling the event with lines from its new eco-conscious ranges, including the bio-based Dyneema fibre for use onboard the high-speed F50 foiling catamarans and Blue Ocean dock lines made from 100% recycled waste from plastic bottles to aid docking logistics.
The company is hoping to schedule a series of open day events once Covid restrictions allow, to show products, technical abilities, educational resources and production capabilities.
LEGAL ACTION AGAINST RS SAILING
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSLEGAL ACTION AGAINST RS SAILING
06 Apr 2021
Boat Tech Srl is claiming RS Sailing breached its distribution agreement
Boat Tech Srl has taken legal action against H. Taylor and Sons (Brockley) Ltd, trading as RS Sailing, claiming an unlawful breach of its distribution agreement.
In a statement, Aldo Rinaldi, CEO of Boat Tech, says the agreement was terminated in February 2021 after 15 years working together.
Aldo claims his company had an exclusive agreement to distribute RS sailing dinghies in Italy, however RS entered into a new distribution contract with Negrinautica Srl in September 2020.
The latter has also been sued, with Boat Tech citing unfair competition.
The court of Milan has been asked to prohibit the sale of RS Sailing boats by parties other than Boat Tech.
Aldo points out that RS Sailing imposes UK jurisdiction on its distributors, however where the market is seriously violated – as he claims in this instance – he is bringing his case before the Italian justice system which does not allow the exclusive protection of Italian SMEs to be delegated abroad.
In his statement, Aldo claims Boat Tech has distributed RS sailing dinghies with ‘diligence and professionalism’.
RECORD NUMBERS AT VENDÉE GLOBE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSRECORD NUMBERS AT VENDÉE GLOBE
16 Mar 2021
Yannick Bestaven won the Vendée Globe. Photo: Jean-Louis Carlia/ Alea
The 2020/21 Vendée Globe single handed sailing race saw record numbers of both starters and finishers with an unprecedented 76% of starters completing the round the world course.
Winner was Yannick Bestaven with his 2016 foiling boat ‘Maître CoQ IV’, in a race that saw 33 starters including the highest ever number of female starters (six women vs none in the 2016 race and two in 2012).
And there were the greatest number of finishers: 25 classified on the final rankings and two completing the course outside of the race after abandoning. The women’s record for the race was broken by Clarisse Crémer in 87d 02h 24m 25s, seven days faster than Ellen MacArthur in 2001.
This edition of the race saw foiling boats that were bigger and more powerful, offering a more rounded overall performance, or designed to engender a specific strength or performance profile with the latest generation of boats designed around the foils in terms of hull shape and structures.
These new generation boats showed big spikes in speeds in certain conditions, however only two of these made it into the top ten, with Charlie Dalin first over the finish line, finishing second after time compensations and Thomas Ruyant fourth, again after time compensations due to the rescue of Kevin Escoffier after his boat split in two.
These two latest generation IMOCA boats had problems with their port foils due to different reasons but showed their speed on the sections of the race where they could use their starboard foils in favorable sailing conditions.
Older boats on which skippers were able to harness their full potential fared well. In addition to Yannick Bestaven’s win, Louis Burton, on Bureau Vallée 2, the former Banque Populaire d’Armel Le Cléac’h – the winner in 2016, took third place. Jean Le Cam on Yes We Cam with straight boards from 2008 took fourth place.
Boris Herrmann became the first German skipper to start and finish the race. Kojiro Shiraishi became the first Asian and Japanese skipper to finish the race.
Ari Huusela became the first Finnish and Nordic/Scandinavian skipper to start and finish the race in the top ten.
NEW 52FT RACING YACHT NEARS COMPLETIONHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGNEW 52FT RACING YACHT NEARS COMPLETION17 Mar 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe new CF 520 is due to launch next month Photo: Fibre MechanicsINDUSTRY DATABASEPreviousFIBRE MECHANICSFOX’S MARINA IPSWICH LTDFIBRE MECHANICSFOX’S MARINA IPSWICH LTDNext12The first of a series of new 52ft racing yachts is nearing completion and due to launch in April 2021.Fibre Mechanics has completed production of the new IRC yacht, designed by Carkeek Design Partners, and the boat is now at Fox’s Marina and Boatyard in Suffolk for fitting out.The new CF 520 is a semi-custom racing yacht is a development of Carkeek’s Fast 40 design, built from full production carbon reinforced tooling and constructed in carbon epoxy pre-preg with a honeycomb core.FastnetThere are high hopes for the new yacht which will be racing in UK waters this summer in a programme culminating in the 700-mile RORC Fastnet Race in August.Fox’s work on the new yacht includes fitting the keel, rudders and steering system; custom fabrication of deck gear components; installation of hydraulic system, deck gear, winches and pedestal drives; fitting out of interior including engine and water ballast system; installation of the complete electrical system and instruments and preparation and fitting of the rig and rigging.
COVID-19: ROADMAP TO REOPENING LEISURE MARINE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCOVID-19: ROADMAP TO REOPENING LEISURE MARINE
08 Mar 2021
Restrictions on boating and watersports will be lifted over the coming months Photo: Neuza Aires Pereira
British Marine has welcomed the news that from 8 March all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned craft and self-drive day hire boats for single households and support bubbles, can resume in England.
Following discussions between the government and British Marine a roadmap has been produced detailing how the leisure marine industry should interpret the government’s plan on lifting Covid-19 restrictions. Lesley Robinson, chief executive of British Marine, said that the roadmap provided hope and reassurance.
“I am pleased that the collaboration between government, other user groups and ourselves has resulted in aligned guidance for marine businesses and participants,” she said. “I am cautiously optimistic about the months ahead, based on the assumption that, as the vaccine rollout accelerates, the phased easing of restrictions is achievable.”
Roadmap to reopening
The roadmap includes a matrix specifying at which point restrictions can start to lift for categories such as hotel boats, self-drive hire boats, skippered boats, watersports activity and trading and private boats. The statement makes clear that at each point restrictions will be assessed against the vaccine rollout, infection rates and any new variant.
Wider restrictions such as social distancing and minimising travel will continue to apply as will limits on the number of people allowed in groups.
Guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differs and British Marine is engaged with the government regarding plans set out by the devolved administrations.