Boating Business | Walcon Marine appoints Scott Dawson

WALCON MARINE APPOINTS SCOTT DAWSON

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12 Jul 2019

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Scott Dawson has joined Walcon Marine

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Walcon Marine has appointed Scott Dawson to the role of sales and business development.

His previous roles include a period at modular docking solutions provider Versadock and a stint at marine distributor Furneaux Riddall.

His interest in the leisure marine sector also extends to winning national titles in both dinghies and keel boats and he is has also swum, run and cycled non-stop around the Isle of Wight.

“We look forward to Scott bringing the same level of energy to business development here at Walcon,” said James Walters, Walcon Marine MD. “He has a wealth of knowledge to contribute to our already well-established team and we look forward to the new opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Scott will be applying his experience in technical sales, engineering solutions and customer service to develop new opportunities in the leisure, commercial and public sectors.

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Boating Business | INEOS TEAM UK chooses Harken

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15 Jul 2019

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Harken is to supply INEOS Team UK with deck hardware and winches

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Harken has signed as a technical supplier to INEOS TEAM UK, supporting the team in its campaign for the 36th America’s Cup.

The sailing team has been working with Harken designing, testing and manufacturing componentry integral to the performance of the team’s test boat, coded named ‘T5’ together with two AC75 race boats.

Harken will also supply the team with deck hardware including winches and pedestals, gearboxes, blocks and hydraulic componentry produced in the company’s American and Italian factories.

INEOS TEAM UK team principal and skipper, Ben Ainslie and CEO, Grant Simmer, both have historic relationships with Harken; Harken supported Ben during his successful Olympic campaigns in the Finn dinghy and Grant has previously worked with the marine hardware company throughout his Cup career.

Never-before-imagined

“Each Cup cycle is unique. We well may look back on this one and remember it for these never-before-imagined AC75 foiling monohulls,” said Grant.

“With so much to learn and so much to create for the first time, we must limit risk wherever we can.

“Selecting Harken was the natural choice—as much for the confidence they’ll deliver, as for the quality of what they’ll build for our team.”

Harken chairman, Peter Harken added: “This work we’re doing with INEOS TEAM UK represents some of the toughest challenges we’ll ever confront. It’s not going too far to say we built our whole company to be ready for what we’re doing here.”

INEOS TEAM UK will launch its first AC75 race boat in the Solent this summer.

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Boating Business | Sailing’s F1 to visit Cowes

SAILING’S F1 TO VISIT COWESHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS SAILING’S F1 TO VISIT COWES15 Jul 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintSix F50 catamarans will race off Cowes next month as part of the SailGP eventSailGP will make its debut on European waters next month.On August 10 and 11, the event – dubbed the F1 of sailing – will serve as the opening feature of Cowes Week regatta on the Isle of Wight.Teams from Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States will compete in the penultimate event of the inaugural 2019 season.The event was established at the end of last year by Sir Russell Coutts and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, with teams competing in identical foiling 50ft catamarans – F50s – trying to break sailing’s elusive 50-knot speed barrier and also racing for a $1m winner takes all end of season prize.Athleticism“We are very excited to bring SailGP to the UK for the first time,” said Sir Russell. “Cowes is considered the home of UK sailing so where better to showcase the speed, technology and athleticism involved in SailGP.“There are a number of teams capable of winning races and events – and the pressure will be on for the Great Britain team”Races have already taken place in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. The final event will take place in Marseille in September.The GB boat will be helmed by Olympian Dylan Fletcher.The Cowes races will take place off Egypt Point. The Port of Southampton will host the teams during the event.

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Boating Business | Sailingfast and Ovington Boats partner

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08 Jul 2019

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Ovington Boats and Sailingfast are to further develop their partnership

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Sailingfast is to further develop its partnership with high performance dinghy boatbuilder, Ovington Boats.

The company will now take on responsibility for promoting key classes in Scotland, working with class associations and supporting sailors.

The news comes as building work continues on a new office for Sailingfast after the company secured funding £47,259 from Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER for the work.

Sailingfast was established in 2002 and is owned and run by husband and wife team, Emma and Duncan Hepplewhite.

“For the last 17 years my wife and I have worked from a shed which has no central heating or electricity,” said Duncan.

“During the Scottish winters, it can be very challenging so this funding will make a huge difference to our working environment.

“It will also enable us to employ more people and to continue to grow our business.”

Sailingfast has worked with Ovington Boats since 2010 with the developing partnership aimed at growing the Optimist and 29er fleets in Scotland.

“Our partnership with Ovington Boats and its reputation for making the very best boats sits perfectly with our ambitions,” explained Duncan. “We are delighted to be working with Ovington Boats and have some very exciting plans for the future.”

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Boating Business | Sunsail invests in new Jeanneau fleet

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08 Jul 2019

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Sunsial is to buy a fleet of 25 new Sun Odyssey 410 yachts. Pic credit: Jerome Kelagopian

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Sunsail is to invest £3.75m into its UK fleet with the addition of a fleet of new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 yachts.

The yachts – 15 new Sunsail 41.0 yachts in 2020 with a further ten in 2021 – will be based at Port Solent in Hampshire.

“At Sunsail we are continuously looking at ways to improve the experience for our customers and we are proud to announce the most significant investment by a charter company in the UK for the last decade,” said Simon Cross, Sunsail president.

“The acquisition of these top-quality new yachts will provide a fantastic matched fleet sailing opportunity that is fun, exciting, safe and combines comfort and luxury, unrivalled by any other charter fleet in the UK.”

Features of the Sun Odyssey 410 include a full-length chine, twin rudders, a reverse bow and a more efficient engine design than previous models.

Sunsail has so far signed four sponsors for the first four yachts – Breathe Oceanic, TheYachtMarket.Com, Opihr Gin and Raymarine.

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Boating Business | Partnership aids Olympic desires

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25 Jun 2019

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Hannah Diamond and Henry Bomby will campaign one of the new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300s

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UK Jeanneau dealer Sea Ventures and Cowes based Offshore Academy have formed a partnership designed to aid Britain’s quest for medals in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The boat broker has supplied an initial four Sun Fast 3300 boats, one of the contenders for the double-handed offshore category.

Hannah Diamond and Henry Bomby will campaign one of the boats, working alongside Jeanneau to finalise the detailing and optimisation prior to full production starting in the autumn.

“The new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 is designed by Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier and is a balanced and versatile boat optimized for IRC,” commented Nigel Colley, Sea Ventures MD.

“We are delighted to be supporting The Offshore Academy and such talented British sailors as Hannah and Henry – the Sun Fast 3300 was designed with the intent to be raced double handed and so it will provide a good test bed for their campaign.”

Significant development

He added: “This is the first time we have had a UK based Jeanneau professional ‘works’ team’.

“The knowledge and development the campaign will undergo will significantly benefit current and future Sun Fast customers in terms of training, development and performance.”

Charles Darbyshire, Offshore Academy director, said: “Having a manufacturer works team allows The Offshore Academy to bring together current partners and leading industry suppliers to support Henry and Hannah in this exciting campaign, whether testing new products and ideas or simply long-term testing of existing equipment.

“The link with the factory is a significant development in the sport.”

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Boating Business | Lignia aims for ambitious growth

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26 Jun 2019

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Lignia has ambitious plans for growth Photo: Lignia

South Wales-based modified timber manufacturer, Lignia Wood Company, has unveiled ambitious growth plans, having secured up to £5m development capital funding from its institutional investors.

Production is now up and running at the manufacturing plant in Barry, South Wales and the business is selling in the UK and exporting to the US.  The equity investment, which brings Lignia’s total fundraising to £17m over the past three years, will support the planned expansion by funding the capital expenditure needed to increase production capacity.

Hans Ng, Lignia’s chief executive, said that company had transitioned from R&D into commercial production. “This new investment from our institutional investors will support the expansion needed to meet the growing demand for Lignia products and is a great expression of confidence in the Lignia team. There is a recognition among our investors that our efforts are helping to contribute to the efforts to save the planet’s precious resources,” he said.

The company has developed significantly since establishing its Barry site three years ago, recently making three high-profile appointments to its leadership team, and will now look to commercialise Lignia in the UK, USA and Europe.

Lignia uses FSC certified softwood harvested from sustainably-managed forests to create its Lignia, Lignia Fire and Lignia Yacht products which have performance characteristics and aesthetic properties similar to those of popular hardwoods.

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Boating Business | Repeatable settings achieved

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26 Jun 2019

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Spinlock’s Rig-Sense is available in two sizes

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Spinlock launched its Rig-Sense product at the end of the last Olympic cycle.

Now the rig-tuning tool is being used by several of the current Olympic squads who want to record their data and repeat their rig settings.

“Everyone is after data,” explained Doug Vincent, technical sales and support for Spinlock.

“People want to understand the art of tuning their rigging and sharing data. In the past it’s always been a bit of a black art.

“With Rig-Sense, the settings are consistent and repeatable, with a variation of plus or minus 5% between devices.”

A composite leaf spring is calibrated to output repeatable tensile load readings to a direct linear scale in kilogrammes, rather than having to check and calculate loads on a set of tables.

The device is available in two models – for 2-5mm and 5-8mm wire and can be used with an app that will record measurements and allow favourite rig settings for different conditions to be repeated.

It is designed to be used with wire or fibre cable rigging.

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Boating Business | Landau ‘soapboat’ brings history to life

LANDAU ‘SOAPBOAT’ BRINGS HISTORY TO LIFE

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27 Jun 2019

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Landau’s ‘soapboat’ Photo: Landau UK

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South coast-based company, Landau UK, is been selected to take part in the Red Bull Soap Box Race on 7 July at Alexandra Palace in London.

From hundreds of applications just 70 were chosen for their unique wackily-wheeled soapbox to take part in the show which will air on Christmas Day.

Swanwick-based Landau UK put forward a proposal to bring history back to life with the ‘soapboat’, a reproduction of ‘Foxtrot 8’, a Falklands landing craft currently being restored by Landau as part of the ‘Memorial Fleet’ project at Boathouse 4 in the historic dockyard at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Landau has form for its wacky renovations: the company previously made a hotdog cardboard boat which won a creativity award at Seawork International 2018.

In other news, Landau UK’s chief executive, Ben Metcalfe and his 7-year-old daughter are taking on a challenge at the end of July to drive from John O’Groats to Lands’ End in a 1955 Land Rover to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

More details can be found at Mr Metcalfe’s Just Giving page.

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