CREWSAVER UNVEILS NEW SAFETY LINES AT METSTRADEHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGSAFETYCREWSAVER UNVEILS NEW SAFETY LINES AT METSTRADE22 Nov 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe Crewline Pro range Photo: CrewsaverINDUSTRY DATABASECREWSAVER LTDCrewsaver has launched a range of new safety lines.The Crewline Pro safety line range is designed for those who have a need to tether to a yacht in unstable conditions, where there may be risk of falling overboard.“Our goal is to introduce a brand-new safety line range, for those in high performance racing environments, where nothing but the best technology will do,” explained Crewsaver’s commercial director, Matt Bridge.The full rangeSelf-locking safety hooks with a wide opening allow the user to easily attach the Crewline Pro to the lifejackets or safety harness attachment point and a suitable anchor point on the yacht as required.The hydrophobic webbing helps to keep the safety line as light as possible, even in the harshest environments, as it reduces the amount of water absorbed compared with more conventional safety lines. The range is available in four models including elastic and non-elastic with a choice of a single, double or triple hook set up. Crewline Pro is ISO 12401 approved and includes an overload indicator which is activated once placed under an excessive load of 400kg. The range will be available from March 2020.
SAILGP RETURNS TO COWES IN 2020
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSAILGP RETURNS TO COWES IN 2020
15 Nov 2019
Cowes will again be the venue for SailGP
COWES WEEK LIMITED
SailGP is to return to Cowes in 2020, with the British team aiming to improve on its 2019 performance.
The UK leg of season two will take place on August 14-15 during Cowes Week with the world’s fastest sail racing boats competing on the Solent.
“Our apprenticeship is over now that season one is finished, it’s time to deliver and bring it home for the British fans,” said Great Britain SailGP team CEO Chris Draper. “The turnout last year was unbelievable and something we hadn’t experienced in the sport before, so we can’t wait to unleash the F50s on our home waters and showcase speeds and technology not often associated with the sport.”
It is estimated around 24,000 spectators turned out to witness the Cowes event in 2019 with US$24m contributed to the community.
“Cowes had some of the most exciting action of season one and we can’t wait to see what’s in-store for next season’s event,” said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. “Cowes is renowned as an iconic sailing venue but also the south coast is a big tourist destination in the summer and we look forward to welcoming both existing and new fans to witness SailGP.”
Strong winds contributed to heartbreak for the British team which had to retire from racing after sustaining damage during a nosedive.
The event takes place in F50 catamarans that are capable of speeds over 50 knots.
Other confirmed events are Sydney, San Francisco and New York.
11,000 ANTI-CHAFE PADS SOLD
HOMENEWSAFTERMARKETCHANDLERY11,000 ANTI-CHAFE PADS SOLD
06 Nov 2019
Wear and Tear Pads has collaborated with 3M
Wear and Tear Pads has developed a new adhesive system, in conjunction with 3M.
The anti-chafe product has been designed by chartered engineer Andrew Grogono with applications ranging from superyachts to sailing dinghies.
The pads are comprised of ultra-thin marine grade stainless steel sheets with a high spec self-adhesive backing.
“Over 11,000 of these simple stainless-steel self-adhesive chafe protection pads have now been sold worldwide,” says Andrew.
“Rope and line chafe damage to gelcoat surfaces is not only difficult to repair but it also reduces the sales value of yachts which have otherwise been well cared for.”
He added: “In addition, unsightly chafe damage is easily concealed behind the polished stainless steel.”
The product doesn’t need screws to fit as is the case with more traditional rubbing strakes.
CALL FOR MANDATORY KEEL GUIDANCE
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCALL FOR MANDATORY KEEL GUIDANCE
07 Nov 2019
Comar Yachts’ Comar Comet 45 ‘Tyger of London’ capsized in December 2017. Image: MAIB
MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BRANCH
MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BRANCH
A major accident has prompted a call to require manufacturers provide guidance on the inspection and maintenance of keels fitted to their craft.
Following the investigation of the keel failure and capsize of Comar Yachts’ Comar Comet 45 Tyger of London, off Punta Rasca, Tenerife in December 2017, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) recommended in its accident report that British Marine propose changes to the International Standards Organisation (ISO), to require, rather than recommend, this guidance.
The recommendation was initially made in June 2018 and followed the initial MAIB investigation. The investigation found that the failure of the keel structure caused the loss of the keel and led to the 13.77m yacht capsizing.
Technical inspection of the keel plate, recovered with the hull, revealed that the keel had not been manufactured in accordance with the designer’s drawings. Furthermore, the unusual keel design meant that the condition of the weakest part of the keel structure could not be monitored or inspected as it was hidden within the external lead casting, stated the report.
The MAIB has issued a safety bulletin advising owners of yachts fitted with similar keels to note that due to its design, the condition and tightness of the keel bolts do not indicate the true condition of the keel. It said owners should arrange for an out of water inspection by a suitably qualified surveyor if a yacht is damaged, grounded or if there is any doubt as to the condition of the keel.
MAIB’s keel guidance recommendation was backed by Andrew Moll, chief inspector of marine accidents. On publication of the report last month, he said: “The failure of Tyger of London’s keel is a timely reminder that a yacht’s keel is a safety critical item, and it should be surveyed and inspected regularly with this in mind.”
The incident, involved Tyger of London heeling to starboard, capsizing and inverting. The crew were able to release their lifelines and fall into the water where their lifejackets automatically inflated. They were rescued by another yacht, St Barbara V, whose skipper raised the alarm.The EPIRB and liferaft were not rigged to float-free and the crew did not have time to release and operate them before the yacht capsized.
The reported stated that multiple actions have been taken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and BM to improve guidance on keel inspection and the stowage of lifesaving appliances.
EXPLORER YACHT FROM HEESEN AND WINCH DESIGN
HOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGEXPLORER YACHT FROM HEESEN AND WINCH DESIGN
08 Nov 2019
The Xventure Photo: Heesen
Dutch yacht builder, Heesen, has teamed up with British studio, Winch Design, to create a new explorer yacht.
The 57m Xventure was launched at the New York Yacht Club and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With an FDHF hull, the seven-star yacht has a cruising range of 5,000 miles and is fully IMO Tier III emissions-compliant. An optional hybrid propulsion system is also available to further reduce her carbon footprint.
The new yacht has an interior volume of approximately 1,280GT, floor-to-ceiling windows and a full-beam owner’s apartment. Also on board are an upper deck saloon, main deck guest suites and an observation deck with glass-ceilinged winter garden.
Ready to explore
With access for an Airbus H135 helicopter, large tender, jet skis or submarine, Xventure comes equipped for a variety of expeditions. The double-height tender garage accommodates an 11.4m Intrepid 375 Sports fishing boat port-side, with a second 8.6m Beachlander in a side garage.
Personal watercraft, scuba diving equipment storage, a 4.5m crew tender and storage for fishing equipment and small toys are also easily accommodated.
SHIP RECONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSHIP RECONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD
11 Nov 2019
The Sutton Hoo Ship could take two years to build
A campaign to raise £1m to reconstruct the Sutton Hoo Ship has received the backing of a British Museum lead curator.
Gareth Williams, who specialises in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage and has an interest in experimental archaeology, is supporting the ‘Make Ship Happen’ campaign that has been launched by the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company to help fund the project.
All that was left of the 90ft royal ship that was buried with gold 13 centuries ago were markings in the sand but It is hoped that the ghost ship can be bought to life through the use of digital plans and CGI images.
“This is an incredible exciting project,” said Gareth. “There has been some very successful work done building replicas and reconstructions of Viking ships in the past – and even smaller versions of the Anglo-Saxon ship from Sutton Hoo.”
“But this is the first time anyone has attempted to build a full-scale reconstruction of this vessel – and test it on water.”
It is anticipated the vessel will take two years to build at the site of the former Whisstocks Boatyard in Woodbridge.
“We cannot wait to watch this magnificent vessel slide down the slipway into the river, before making the maiden voyage,” added Philip Leech, chairman and director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company. “We hope this ship will provide key insights into Anglo-Saxon construction, skills and seamanship.”
Once complete the full-size replica is set to be used as a movable educational exhibition.
SARAH AND SAM TO HOST RYA DINGHY SHOW
HOMENEWSPROMOTIONSBOAT SHOWSSARAH AND SAM TO HOST RYA DINGHY SHOW
11 Nov 2019
Sarah Ayton will be one of the hosts of next year’s RYA Dinghy Show
ROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION
Double Olympic gold dedallist Sarah Ayton OBE is to join with British Sailing Team’s Sam Whaley to host the 2020 RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting.
The show theme is ‘a world of opportunity – see where dinghy sailing can take you.’
From competing on the race course, to travelling the globe, a career on the water, or spending valuable time outdoors with family and friends, the show will celebrate the wealth of opportunities that dinghy sailing provides.
Sarah is known as one of the ‘three blondes in a boat’ trio from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she won her second gold medal in the Yngling class.
She was also named Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2016 and is currently a performance coach, motivational speaker and mum to her two boys.
Sam initially enjoyed racing at his local sailing club before entering his first national competition in 2011.
After that he was hooked and at 19 knew he wanted to pursue a career in sailing. He is now a member of the British Sailing Team competing in the Laser class.
The show will take place at Alexandra Palace, London, over the weekend of February 29 – March 1 and will include a range of speakers on the Great Hall and West Hall Stages and in the Knowledge Zone.
LASER 5000 REUNION ON HAYLING ISLAND
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSLASER 5000 REUNION ON HAYLING ISLAND
30 Oct 2019
A reunion of Laser 5000 sailors will be held on Hayling Island Photo: Sailjuice
Some of twin-wire skiff sailing’s early pioneers are set to meet at Hayling Island Sailing Club on 30 November for a Laser 5000 class reunion.
When the Laser 5000 came on to the scene in the early 1990s, it spawned a revolution in high-speed skiff sailing. The early days of the 5000 attracted some names that have gone on to achieve great things elsewhere in the sport including Olympians Adrian Stead and Paul Brotherton.
Andy and Ian Budgen were one of the most successful crew in the Laser 5000’s heyday, and it’s Ian who, along with Joe Burnie, Steve Norbury, Tracey Covell and Simon Spolton, decided to get people back together for a celebration.
Best sailing ever done
“Whenever you speak to anyone who raced the Laser 5000 back in the mid-nineties, they remember it as some of the best sailing they’ve ever done,” said Ian, who has gone on to forge a career as a professional sailor including a stint in the Volvo Ocean Race. “It was 1994, with the Audi Laser Eurocup, when the 5000 really hit its stride. We had TV coverage and that enabled many of us to get sponsorship that helped cover your costs of competing for the season.”
If you were part of the Laser 5000 scene in the 90s or any time since, details can be found on the Facebook event page “Laser 5000 25 Year Reunion”.
SAILGP F50 WINS GOSLINGS BOAT OF THE YEAR
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSAILGP F50 WINS GOSLINGS BOAT OF THE YEAR
01 Nov 2019
SailGP’s F50 catamaran has won Goslings Boat of the Year Photo: Jon Buckle/SailGP
The fastest sailboat in the world, the SailGP F50 catamaran, has been honoured as World Sailing’s 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year.
The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing and took place at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda. SailGP was also shortlisted in two other categories – the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award and the Hempel Team of the Year Award, which recognised the Australia SailGP Team’s performance in Season 1.
SailGP’s chief executive, Sir Russell Coutts, said that the award was a recognition of the company’s strategic development. “The F50s produced some spectacular racing and we ended the season with all teams winning at least one race,” he said. “The continuous development and innovation, incredible speeds and close nation against nation racing helps to set us apart. The incredible performance of the F50 plays a critical role in delivering an unmatched sporting experience to a global audience.”
Revolutionary wing system
The F50 was awarded the Boat of the Year prize as it is undergoing exciting design and engineering updates to ensure it stays at the forefront of the sport. Currently, new modular wingsails are under construction. A first-of-its-kind system, the wing comprises four modular sections that can be constructed together in different combinations to produce varying sail lengths from 18 to 29 metres, enabling the F50s to compete in a wide range of weather conditions. The new wings will debut at San Francisco SailGP, May 2 – 3, 2020.
BAINBRIDGE MARINE PRODUCT ROUND UPHOMEXPORT BBDISTRIBUTOR’S ROUND-UPBAINBRIDGE MARINE PRODUCT ROUND UPThe Albin Pump Marine manual compact toilet, now distributed by Bainbridge Photo: BainbridgeINDUSTRY DATABASEBAINBRIDGE MARINEDuring 2019 Bainbridge signed new technical partnerships, overhauled its blocks and rigging offering and collaborated with a marine pump solutions brand.Morbern Europe joined Bainbridge’s offerings in March when the distributor took on the company’s range of marine cover fabrics.Carine Equeter, Morbern Europe’s sales and marketing director, said at the time that the company’s fabrics fitted in with Bainbridge’s high performance offering. “Their e-shop, trade counter and dedicated sales team are real assets for manufacturers such as Morbern, looking to grow their brand and market share in the UK and beyond,” she said.Technical partnershipsIn June, Bainbridge entered into partnership with Kingfisher Yacht Ropes, a move described at the time by Bainbridge’s MD, Andrew Smith, as an ‘opportunity to offer both breadth of choice and quality of product’.Another technical partnership saw Bainbridge join forces with Rock Oil to launch a revitalised marine product range of a basic grease through to a high specification race lubricant. Both Kingfisher and Rock Oil can now be purchased via Bainbridge, with full ranges offered.Blocks and riggingGermany-based Sprenger has also joined the Bainbridge product family, helping to expand the distributor’s range of entry level products.Bainbridge has also launched a range of tenders under the AquaMarine brand which it acquired in 2011 and entered into collaboration with Albin Pump Marine that sees Bainbridge offering the full product range including a manual compact toilet.