WORLD SAILING AND ICOMIA JOIN FORCESHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSWORLD SAILING AND ICOMIA JOIN FORCES07 Oct 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintWorld Sailing and ICOMIA have joined forces to increase participation in sailing whilst ensuring the sport has a sustainable future Photo: PixabayINDUSTRY DATABASEICOMIAWorld Sailing, the world governing body of the sport and ICOMIA, the global voice of the recreational marine industry, have joined forces to ensure a sustainable future for the sport.World Sailing and ICOMIA have a shared vision to grow participant numbers whilst safeguarding the environment. As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two organisations will collaborate on a variety of common interest areas such as vessel recycling, hybrid propulsion and sustainable maintenance.“We cross paths with ICOMIA regularly when lobbying at an international level for the benefit of recreational boating,” said Dan Reading, World Sailing’s head of sustainability. “By joining forces to strengthen the link between the marine industry with end users, we can be more effective in creating a more sustainable sector.”Under the MOU, both organisations will share statistics and data with the aim of increasing the number of people who are active on the water.Increasing the industry’s profileUdo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA added: “By formalising the strategic partnership with World Sailing, our organisations acknowledge the benefits of the knowledge, resources and positively increasing the industry’s profile.”ICOMIA is an international association and longstanding stakeholder in the working groups of the EU Commission, employing technical and environmental specialists who are already engaged in EU related work. Founded in 1907, World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing and comprises 144 member national authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 world sailing class associations.
SUNSEEKER LAUNCHES NEW SUPERYACHT DIVISION
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSUNSEEKER LAUNCHES NEW SUPERYACHT DIVISION
30 Sep 2019
The new 161 yacht. Sunseeker is launching a new superyacht division Photo: Sunseeker
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Sunseeker has announced its intention of moving into metal-built yachts with the launch of a dedicated superyacht division.
Announcing the new direction, chief executive Andrea Frabetti also spoke of the company’s ambitions to double the yard’s range to 26 models from 38ft to 50m by 2022. Since 2000 Sunseeker has delivered 137 yachts over 100ft and has now set its sights on a distinctive range of superyachts from 101ft to 161ft.
The expansion of its superyacht line has in part been motivated by the loss of customers as the market moves into larger, metal-built vessels. It has been a long-term ambition of Sunseeker’s to move into metal-hulled designs and the company has now teamed up with Falmouth-based Pendennis and ICON in the Netherlands to realise those plans.
Global sales director, Sean Robertson, added, “A move into metal means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project.”
Pendennis will build the new 133 yacht with its ‘dramatic new look’, announced earlier this year at Cannes Yachting Festival, whilst ICON will build the flagship 161 yacht at its Harlingen shipyard.
Between 2019 and 2020, Sunseeker plans to invest between £10m and £15m a year in new products, starting with the Hawk 38 and Predator 60 Evo in 2019.
Andrea added: “Looking ahead, we will further develop the framework for the business, aided by a £50m CAPEX investment in R&D, new products, innovation and technology over the next five years.”