TALL SHIPS RACES POSTPONED
HOMENEWSCOVID-19TALL SHIPS RACES POSTPONED
27 Apr 2020
The Tall Ships Races will not take place during 2020. Photo credit Sail Training International – Valery Vasilevskiy
Sail Training International has postponed the Tall Ships Races 2020 until next year due to the coronavirus epidemic – the first time this has happened since the event was first held in 1956.
The race attracted more than 4,000 young people from 59 nations in 2019 and attracted nearly six million visitors in the six different race stopover ports.
This year’s event had been scheduled to start in Lisbon on July 2 and finish in Dunkerque on August 9, visiting Cadiz and A Coruna en route.
“It’s a great sadness to us and this year’s host ports to have to postpone the event until next year, but we all agree that a public gathering of this size is out of the question in the midst of a pandemic,” said Jonathan Cheshire, chair of Sail Training International, the UK-based charity that coordinates worldwide sail training. We feel for all the young people who will be disappointed by the decision, but public health and safety must take priority. The financial impact on the charity will be serious, but survivable.”
Prior to the outbreak, Sail Training International had begun a search for new sponsorship to put the event on a more secure long-term footing.
The event received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its work in bringing together large numbers of young people from both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War years.
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OUTHAUL TRAVELLER KITS FROM BARTON MARINE
HOMENEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGINGOUTHAUL TRAVELLER KITS FROM BARTON MARINE
17 Apr 2020
Barton Marine has developed a range of outhaul traveller kits Photo: Barton Marine
BARTON MARINE EQUIPMENT LTD
Following customer feedback, Barton Marine has introduced a range of outhaul traveller kits.
Coming in three sizes for yachts up to 32, 36 and 42ft, each kit comes with a 2.4 or 3m ball bearing track, track end caps, stainless steel fixing screws and aluminium anodised fixing slugs.
Many cruising yachts have been built with in-mast furling mainsails which work well when new but over time can become less efficient. Barton’s new kits enable easy retro-fitting of the new track on to the boom and include a traveller car with upright pulley block which runs on ball bearings.
Furler unit upgrade
Barton has also upgraded two of its furler units. The 42334 bottom furler unit now includes a thicker lining within the furler moulding and a re-profiling of the rope containment forks whilst the 42336 top swivel has been upgraded to incorporate an 8mm halyard clevis pin.
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CHEWING GUM TECHNOLOGY KEEPS SAILORS COOLHOMENEWSAFTERMARKETCLOTHINGCHEWING GUM TECHNOLOGY KEEPS SAILORS COOL20 Apr 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintMusto’s Sunblock Dynamic range contains Xylitol to keep you cool Photo: MustoINDUSTRY DATABASEMUSTO LTDMusto has produced a collection for the British Sailing Team containing a chemical that helps keep sailors cool.The Sunblock Dynamic range contains Xylitol, the chemical in chewing gum that gives the fresh sensation. This enables the kit to lower the surface temperature of the body by up to 3˚C.Nick Houchin at Musto told Boating Business more: “Xylitol yarns have a chemical reaction when in contact with water or sweat that provides a cooling effect.”Combined with the nylon-based fabric, moisture is also absorbed and released to cool the surface temperature of the skin by up to three degrees.”Musto worked with the British Sailing Team to develop the garments that could specifically help cool them in the hot and humid conditions they were likely to encounter at the Olympics in Tokyo. The aim was to create a lightweight breathable garment which would actively cool them when it mattered most.“If they are able to keep cooler than their competitors, it would give them a big advantage out on the racecourse,” explained Nick.The fabric technology was tested in laboratory conditions against a regular polyester sports garment. Observed after a ten minute run in 23˚C at 65% humidity it was found to provide a surface temperature that was one to three degrees lower
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COVID-19: SAILCLOTH AS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCOVID-19: SAILCLOTH AS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
03 Apr 2020
The UK Sailmakers gown prototype modelled by Clare Hayes Photo: Afloat
UK MCWILLIAM SAILMAKERS LTD
Sailmaker Barry Hayes and his UK Sailmakers firm in Ireland are using their skills to make protective equipment for local healthcare workers helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The firm, based in Crosshaven, has suspended its usual operations and instead will deploy its sail making skills to make protective clothing.
“Hopefully we can help in any way we can,” said Claire Morgan, UK Sailmakers’ director. “The sailing season is basically down the toilet. We have to hang tough for a few months.”
The company, which began trading 47 years ago, has held a meeting with the Health and Safety Executive to put forward its plans and determine whether the gowns are suitable for use by the medical profession.
Finalising the design
“We’re in our initial stages of finalising our design and materials to use,” Claire said. “We have sent samples off to a couple of nursing homes as well.”
The firm will be using spinnaker cloth which is lightweight, waterproof, durable and doesn’t rip easily. It can also be cleaned and disinfected easily – the perfect material for protective clothing.
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RIVER MARINAS RETAIN GOLD STATUSHOMENEWSMARINASRIVER MARINAS RETAIN GOLD STATUS06 Apr 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintMercury Yacht Harbour is just one of MDL’s Hamble River marinas to retain its Five Gold Anchor statusINDUSTRY DATABASEMDL MARINASAll three of MDL’s Hamble River marinas have retained their Five Gold Anchor status following a three-yearly inspection by The Yacht Harbour Association.“We are delighted and very proud to have our Five Gold Anchor accreditations confirmed again,” says Kerry Marriott, MDL’s head of operations (Central and Chichester). “The criteria for the award are focused on customer centric services and we are so pleased that we’ve been recognised for all the hard work we put into providing the best customer experience for our berth holders and visitors.”Strong environmental awareness across the marinas – Port Hamble, Hamble Point and Mercury Yacht Harbour – was highlighted, with all three marinas scoring 100% in environment management and practices.The marinas also did well in the on-shore facilities sections with Port Hamble Marina earning 93%, Hamble Point achieving 97% and Mercury Yacht Harbour 94%.A berth holder survey formed part of the accreditation process with the assessor noting there was ‘excellent customer feedback on customer service and staff attitudes’.
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