Boating Business | Land Rover BAR rules the waves at Portsmouth

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Land Rover BAR rules the waves at Portsmouth

24 Jul 2016

The Land Rover BAR team celebrate their win at Portsmouth

Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team have won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event.

This year the full race schedule was completed, unlike 2015 when the last day of racing was cancelled due to weather conditions.

“I think it’s been a brilliant weekend,” said Sir Ben Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR.

“For us to race in Portsmouth, in front of our home crowd with the weather playing its part and two cracking days of racing, as a home team to win in front of our home crowd is the best thing we could do.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the awards in front of a packed home crowd having watched the second day of racing from a Land Rover BAR support boat.

“The Duchess is Patron of our 1851 Trust and it means a lot to have them here. We are very proud of our British heritage and to have them here is very special,” explained Sir Ben.

The win puts the British team into first place on the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, overtaking Emirates Team New Zealand who drop to third with ORACLE TEAM USA in second, Softbank Team Japan in fourth, Artemis Racing fifth and Groupama Team France in sixth.

“We’re up at the top of the leaderboard, but we have a lot of work to do before Bermuda next year, but we’re performing well and our goal is to bring the Cup home. It may take us a while but when we do, it will be the most amazing event right here in Portsmouth,” added Sir Ben.

The America’s Cup World Series action now moves on to Toulon France in September, Fukuoka, Japan in November before the final of the America’s Cup in Bermuda next year.

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Boating Business | Sustainability award for Land Rover BAR

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Sustainability award for Land Rover BAR

25 Jul 2016

The Land Rover BAR base at Portsmouth

Land Rover BAR is forging ahead with its goal to become the UK’s most sustainable professional sports team with its headquarters receiving a BREEAM Excellent award.

The team’s 74,000sq.ft waterfront home on Camber Quay, Portsmouth, which opened in June 2015, has been designed and built to reduce carbon emissions.

A transparent roof lights the building’s atrium, giving natural light on every floor, reducing the demand for interior artificial light.

“It is also used to draw air up through the building, releasing it through glazed louvres to help regulate internal temperatures,” explained architect Vivienne Conway.

Other features include 432 solar panels that generate 20% of the building’s energy, with the remaining electricity supplied by renewable sources.

Another feature is a heat-saving air cushion around the building to control the amount of sunlight entering the building, reducing the energy used for cooling.

Ecology efforts include saving oysters from a dredge site and moving them to protected oyster beds to help restart a viable population in the Solent region.

Around the area, 69 new species of marine life have been found on the site compared to eight prior to the development.

The organisation is working alongside sustainability organisation 11th Hour Racing, and with the help of Land Rover and other sponsors, BT and Low Carbon, is committed to becoming the most sustainable sports team in the UK.

“We are proud of Land Rover BAR’s achievements and progress across the board of their sustainability strategy, which is highlighted in the team’s headquarters,” said Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing president. “The team’s base is a true testament to innovation, technology, long-term vision and sustainability.”

He added: “By investing in such a progressive structure, Land Rover BAR has demonstrated how smart sustainable design and construction can lead to enormous gains in terms of efficiency – not only as far as energy, but also at a competitive and sporting level.”

“We want to achieve a lasting legacy,” added team head Sir Ben Ainslie. “As sailors we see the threat to the oceans at first hand.”

BREEAM is a worldwide certification.

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Triple crown victory in Volcano Race | Yachting News Report | The Business of Boat Ownership and Marina Berths

Triple crown victory in Volcano Race


George David’s mighty Rambler 88. Photo: Gianluca di Fazio/IMA

George David’s Rambler 88 won the sixth edition of the 398-mile Volcano Race in a time of 1 day, 14 hours and 20 minutes demolishing the race record and winning both line honours and the overall prize based on corrected time, thereby achieving the coveted ‘triple crown’.

The race started from Gaeta, between Naples and Rome, with the fleet then heading down the coast of Italy and across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Competitors then round the Aeolian Islands of Alicudi, Vulcano and Stromboli – one of Europe’s most active volcanoes – before returning past the Sorrento peninsula, Capri and Naples, to Gaeta.

Rambler 88’s record time came as a shock as a zone of high pressure had been long forecast. “I am surprised because the conditions were supposed to be light around the race course, but we averaged 10 knots,” says David. “We kept going pretty well… part of it may have been down south [when we kept moving] due to some wind shear and some wind aloft.”

For the first time this year, in addition to the Maxi entries, smaller boats with an IRC rating down to 1.102 were allowed to compete in the Volcano Race. They sailed a shorter course of 329 miles, rounding Stromboli and Strombolicchio. Eddie de Villiers’s Welbourn 46 Hi-Fidelity won this division.

Rambler 88 owner George David receives the Volcano Race line honours trophy from IMA Secretary General Andrew McIrvine. Photo: Gianluca di Fazio/IMA

George David enthused about the race: “It is early in the season so a great time of year and a beautiful race course. We have been around it several times in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and it just seemed even better rounding Vulcano, Alicudi and Stromboli, which is such a distinctive island. It is just a great place to race. And Gaeta is a great little town. It is highly recommended – a great place. There was a good fleet, a mix of boats, good conditions and great scenery. I’ve had a great time here.”

The Volcano Race is organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA) in conjunction with the Yacht Club Gaeta and is hosted by the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia. This year’s race is the second of four events in the IMA’s inaugural Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.

Rambler 88’s next big event will be in a cooler climate for the Royal Ocean Racing Club/Wicklow Sailing Club’s Volvo Round Ireland Race – a 704-mile non-stop dash around the Emerald Isle that starts on June 18.


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Cats on Fire in Cardiff Bay


Oman Air go in to the final day’s racing in pole position. © Lloyd Images

In the third event raced in the stunning new fleet of GC32 foiling catamarans, Morgan Larson’s Oman Air team notched up another victory that sees them retain the overall lead in the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series. Cardiff Bay delivered stunning conditions that saw the boats hit speeds of up to 35 knots in front of thousands of spectators.

However, the final day could not have been closer, with the Omani team of Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth and Nasser Al Mashari only narrowly retaining their lead thanks to a dramatic late charge by Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team.


Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team took first, second and third place respectively at Act 3, Cardiff. The teams celebrate on the podium at the prize giving ceremony. © Lloyd Images

Larson’s team went into the final day with a commanding 17-point lead, building on this with a second place in the first race. However, just as it looked as though victory was assured, the Red Bull team mounted a spirited comeback, winning the next race and taking second place in the final two.

Clearly rattled, Oman Air finished last in the final race. However they had done just enough earlier on in the day to guarantee victory, sneaking the overall win by just six points after 29 races.

“We’re feeling fantastic,” Larson said. “It was a tough end to the day but we did what we needed to do. It’s great to come away with a win. Red Bull Sailing Team did an awesome job with their comeback, hats off to those guys. We’ve got a couple of weeks now to enjoy some time out before we regroup for Hamburg.”


Oman Air sail alongside CHINA One on Cardiff Bay. The American skipper helmed the team to Act victory, despite recording their worst result of the regatta in the final race of the day when they finished last in the seven-boat fleet. © Lloyd Images

The result propels the Red Bull team into second on the overall scoreboard, leapfrogging Swiss crew Alinghi who finished fourth in Cardiff. “We’re delighted – it was another final day that was almost perfect for us,” Hagara said. “Apart from being over the line in one race we did everything really well. This is a message to the other teams that we mean business. We have the crew to win the Series and now we just have to push.”


Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Cardiff final standings

1st Oman Air (OMA) 300 points.

2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 294 points.

3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 286 points.

4th Alinghi (SUI) 282 points.

5th CHINA One (CHN) 274 points.

6th Sail Portugal (POR) 239 points.

7th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 161 points.


Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 overall standings

1st Oman Air (OMA) 35 points.

2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 32 points.

3rd Alinghi (SUI) 30 points.

4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 25 points.

5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 25 points.

6th CHINA One (CHN) 21 points.

7th Sail Portugal (POR) 20 points.

8th Team Turx (TUR) 11 points.


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Cats on Fire in Cardiff Bay

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Summer launch for Dehler 34

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Destination: La Grande-Motte, France

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‘Toughest job in media’ attracts record interest| Volvo Ocean Race

‘Toughest job in media’ attracts record interest


Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica / Volvo Ocean Race


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Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team / Volvo Ocean Race

There are just hours remaining until phase one of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter recruitment campaign closes – and over 10,000 hopefuls from 126 countries have flooded the campaign website so far (full story below)

– 10,000 hopefuls from 126 countries flock to campaign website

– Applications received from film-makers, war reporters, professional journalists and fresh new talent

– Second application window opens at 1000 UTC on Friday 22 July

ALICANTE, Spain, July 15 – There are just hours remaining until phase one of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter recruitment campaign closes – and thousands of hopefuls from around the globe have already responded to the Race’s call.

The storyteller search – which ends at 1800 UTC today – has seen almost 10,000 candidates from 126 countries flood the campaign website to discover how to join the next batch of elite reporters willing to tackle the world’s toughest offshore challenge in the 2017-18 edition.

Leon Sefton, Head of Television and OBR recruitment project leader, is delighted with the results so far. “We’ve received a truly inspiring response from a variety of adventure film-makers, war reporters, professional journalists from leading global organisations, and fresh new talent, all in their own way demonstrating the kind of edge and desire that we’re looking for,” he said.

“Choosing who will make the final cut isn’t going to be an easy task, but it’s a great problem to have.  We’re delighted to see evidence of the calibre of storytellers we’ve aimed to attract – applicants who have a clear passion for living life to the fullest, and who convey that energy and spirit through their work.

“We are working through the first batch of applications now, and the best of this group will be given priority when we run our onboard sea trials later this year.”

And for those who haven’t yet been able to send in their submission, there’s good news – from 1000 UTC on Friday 22 July, the Race will provide a second opportunity for hopeful candidates to apply. This second window will close on Friday 16 September at 1800 UTC.

“Due to the adventurous nature of this role, and the high-quality of proven storyteller we’re searching for, many potential candidates who have already contacted us have been unable to submit their application in time because they are currently engaged in a project, working offshore or on an expedition in remote corners of the globe,” continued Sefton.

“We’ve heard their feedback, and will offer a second intake window for applications starting from the end of next week.”

He added: “Everyone should have a fair chance to throw their name into the hat for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and top candidates from this second batch will be offered any remaining slots in the sea trials.”

Dubbed ‘the toughest job in sports media’, it’s a unique role that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Embedded in the middle of the action, the squad of multimedia journalists will move between race teams, leg by leg, to transmit the raw story from the oceans as it unfolds.

The event, which since 1973 has pitted the best professional sailors on the planet against each other over some 40,000 nautical miles, covering four oceans, five continents and nine marathon months, requires multi-skilled and experienced media professionals to join the crews onboard and report back to shore from the most remote and hostile regions on the planet.

“For a professional storyteller, I’m certain that there’s no greater challenge on earth than this,” explains American filmmaker Amory Ross, who has performed the role in the last two editions of the race.

“You are pushed far beyond your physical, mental and creative limits in a way that can compare with little else.”

To push content from the world’s oceans to race fans takes some serious technology. Every boat is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, remote-control cameras, microphones and custom-designed media stations.

Cutting-edge communications support, provided by Inmarsat since 2005, delivers daily multimedia content to serve a global audience of tens of millions – via high-speed satellites – from each of the super-charged 65-foot racing boats while at sea.

The ideal candidates to join the elite storytelling squad, will be capable of producing high-quality video, photo and written content on a daily basis, whatever the conditions.

It cannot be underestimated how tough this role is to perform, day in, day out, in boat-breaking conditions and with little to no sleep.

The work of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporters is regularly featured across some of the world’s most recognisable media outlets, such as The Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Red Bull Media House and 242 broadcasters on 83 television channels around the globe.

“The Onboard Reporters in the Volvo Ocean Race need to be much more than just a pretty face with a microphone. In fact, they may be performing the toughest job in sports journalism,” wrote award-winning journalist Tim Wendel in a Huffington Post story.

To apply during the second intake, potential candidates should visit the campaign website,, from 1000 UTC on Friday 22 July, and follow the brief to produce example work.

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UPDATE: Volvo Ocean Race announces Team AkzoNobel as first entry of 2017-18 edition| Volvo Ocean Race

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UPDATE: Volvo Ocean Race announces Team AkzoNobel as first entry of 2017-18 edition


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Team AkzoNobel

Dutch campaign, Team AkzoNobel, has today been announced as the first entry of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – over 15 months before the start of the next edition.

UPDATE: The link at the bottom of this release now includes a VNR (shotlist at the bottom)

– First-time skipper Simeon Tienpont will lead the boat

– AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands

– The 2017-18 race will see the fleet sail over three times more Southern Ocean miles than in 2014-15

Dutch campaign, Team AkzoNobel, has today been announced as the first entry of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – over 15 months before the start of the next edition.

Backed by AkzoNobel – a leading global paints and coatings company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, employing around 45,000 people worldwide, and whose portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. The boat will be led by first time skipper Simeon Tienpont (NED), who will be racing in his third Volvo Ocean Race.

Having made his debut as a rookie onboard ABN AMRO TWO in 2005-06, he returned to the world’s toughest offshore race to join Team Vestas Wind for the final two legs of the 2014-15 edition – and is delighted to be leading the Dutch campaign.

“I’m honoured and incredibly excited to be skipper of Team AkzoNobel,” said Tienpont, 34, who has also been part of two winning America’s Cup teams – BMW Oracle Racing in the 33rd edition, and Oracle Team USA in the 34th edition, in an illustrious sailing career.

“We’re both focused on high performance and share the same passion for success,” he continued. “I can’t wait to start racing.”

Conrad Keijzer, ExCo member, AkzoNobel, said: “The Volvo Ocean Race offers an unparalleled storytelling and brand-building platform over a prolonged period of time.

“The company can raise awareness for its capabilities; excite and captivate both new and existing audiences and customers; develop business opportunities; attract talent and create a sense of pride and excitement among employees.”

He continued: “Partnering with Simeon to form Team AkzoNobel is a winning combination – he’s a true leader who puts safety and teamwork first and is both determined and inspirational.”

Mark Turner, Volvo Ocean Race CEO, is delighted with the Dutch entry: “It’s exciting that our first team announcement comes early in the cycle, is backed by a global brand, and features a first-time skipper. Those are three great positives for the Volvo Ocean Race.”

He continued: “The route for the next edition will feature more action, more speed, more tough miles and more host venues, but a shorter race – a move that takes the Race closer to its original roots and heritage, while improving its strong commercial value and excellent business case for sponsors.”

Team AkzoNobel represents a nation with not only a rich maritime heritage, but a special connection to the Volvo Ocean Race, with Dutch teams having lifted the trophy three times, in 1977-78, 1981-82 and 2005-06.

Indeed, Dutch sailing legend Conny van Rietschoten remains the only skipper in the history of the race to have won two editions in a row, and Tienpont, who won the prestigious Conny van Rietschoten trophy – the highest honour in Dutch sailing – in 2013, is proud to be following in the ‘Flying’ Dutchman’s footsteps.

“The Netherlands are very fond of this race and that’s all because of Conny van Rietschoten,” he explained. “He brought the event, then called The Whitbread, to an entirely new level. He built his boat in an excellent Dutch boatyard and recruited professional sailors from all around the world.”

The team announcement comes less than a week after the Volvo Ocean Race unveiled an exciting new route for the next edition of the 43-year-old event.

The racetrack, which is seen as a return to the race’s roots, will require teams to sail over three times more distance in the Southern Ocean than in the previous edition – and the fleet, which departs Alicante, Spain in autumn 2017, will race around 45,000 nautical miles (nm) around the planet.

Visiting 11 cities across five continents, the Volvo Ocean Race represents a unique opportunity for AkzoNobel, which has a presence in over 80 countries, to showcase its products before a huge global audience.

“Add in Simeon’s impressive track record and it’s this irresistible combination of experience, tradition, expertise and human endeavour which will prove so vital once the world’s premier offshore race is underway,” concluded Keijzer.

To celebrate the announcement of the Dutch team in The Hague, the Scheveningen pier underwent a colourful makeover, which will remain a remarkable eye-catcher until the Race finishes with a grand finale in The Hague in summer 2018.

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Marlow Ropes Award for Jack Wetherell | News | News & Events | RYA

Marlow Ropes Award for Jack Wetherell

June 23, 2016

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Podium Potential Laser sailor Wetherell awarded £2,500 of Marlow Ropes

Jack Wetherell, from Doncaster, is the latest member of the British Sailing Team’s Podium Potential squad to be awarded the Marlow Ropes Award following a 23rd place finish at the highly competitive Laser World Championships, Mexico in May.

Awarded to Podium Potential sailors each quarter, the Marlow Award supports up and coming sailors with a grant worth £2,500 to spend at Marlow Ropes over the next year.

First introduced in 2002, the Marlow award makes a real difference to promising young sailors. The 22-year-old has posted a number of successful results over the last few months including a tenth place at the Princesa Sofia Regatta, Palma in April. Wetherell followed this up with a 23rd place at the most recent Laser Worlds, his highest place finish at a major championship.

Podium Potential Manager Barrie Edgington nominated Wetherell for the award following his good results: “Jack has continued his good form this year making the medal race and posting tenth at the Princess Sofia Regatta in April and recently has returned with a milestone 23rd at the 2016 Laser Worlds.

“Great progress for Jack and validation of his professionalism and hard work. Being supported with the best ropes in the business via the Marlow Award will further underpin his performance and progress towards his goals.’’

Wetherell has been working hard and is pleased to have recognition for his performance: “Receiving the Marlow Ropes award is fantastic for me because having an industry leader like Marlow putting faith in me is a great show of confidence. Over the last two events I have achieved a top 10 at the Palma EUROSAF and 23rd at the Laser World Championships in Mexico.

“My success has come from a great partnership with my coach James Gray, we identified some areas to work on after the Europeans earlier in the year and one of the biggest gains came from a different approach to starting.”

Milly Stone, Marketing Executive, Marlow Ropes said: “The Marlow Ropes Award was designed to try and help the up and coming sailors of the British Sailing Team progress into the Podium Squad and give them all of the equipment they need in order to progress their career.

“The Award this time around will allow Jack to play around with different types of ropes to ensure he finds the right ropes to suit his style of sailing.

“In all the years that we have run the Marlow Ropes Award we have always received feedback from the sailors and worked with them extensively on new products for each Olympic cycle. We find that working with the team is vital as the feedback we receive is influential in developing and improving our products at Marlow.”

As well as supporting up-and-coming sailors, Marlow Ropes is also the Official Supplier to the British Sailing Team thanks to its industry-renowned reputation for producing products tried, tested and trusted in the world’s harshest environments.

For further information on Marlow Ropes including the latest products and technical information visit For the latest news from the British Sailing Team visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BritishSailing

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Boating Business | Preferred bidder named for Lydney Harbour

Email Print Preferred bidder named for Lydney Harbour11 Jul 2016The Environment Agency (EA) has chosen Richard Cook of Severn and Wye Smokery as the preferred bidder for Gloucestershire’s historic Lydney Harbour.The EA will now begin negotiations around the details of transfer and the associated harbour authority responsibilities, a process that is expected to ‘take a while’ to complete.In the meantime the EA says it will continue to manage and operate the harbour and work closely with Mr Cook to ensure solid foundations are put in place to support his proposals and secure a smooth transition.In addition, the EA will continue to protect the community through the operation and maintenance of the flood risk assets on site throughout the transfer to the new custodian and once the transfer has been completed.The canal and basin complex was built around 1810, however Pidcock’s Canal was constructed from 1790 onwards, connecting Upper and Lower Forge at the head of Lydney Pill.Further development took place after the initial opening with an outer harbour and north pier.The tidal basin was closed in 1976 and in 1980 the harbour, including the lower and tidal basins and the pier, was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.The docks were re-opened in 2005 and there is also a marina with mooring facilities for around 50 boats.The sale of the harbour is linked to a wider regeneration initiative for Lydney.”We see transferring the harbour as an essential step in revitalising the area and ensuring that all users retain the ability to use the Harbour and its surroundings with enhanced facilities,” said Ian Jones, EA area environment manager. “We look forward to working closely with Mr Cook over the coming months.”

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