Boating Business | Sailing returns to school curriculum

SAILING RETURNS TO SCHOOL CURRICULUMHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSAILING RETURNS TO SCHOOL CURRICULUM12 Sep 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe RYA has welcomed news that sailing and windsurfing will once again be taught in schools Photo: RYAINDUSTRY DATABASEROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATIONSailing and windsurfing will once again be part of PE in schools following a 2018 public consultation by the Department for Education (DfE).The consultation looked at proposals to add activities to the published GCSE, AS and A level PE activity lists. A total of 1,077 responses were received putting forward 82 activities. Sailing and windsurfing are two of 13 new activities that have been added, having been removed in 2014.Sarah Treseder, chief executive of RYA said that the return is a major boost and will help develop the sport. “It opens the door for even more young people to experience sailing and what it can do for their personal development, as well as providing even more variety across the PE curriculum,” she said.Hugely grateful“We are hugely grateful to the many RYA members, affiliated sailing clubs, schools, teachers and parents who supported our campaign for inclusion in the list by responding to the consultation and appreciate the opportunity to have worked with DfE officials and awarding organisations to explain and make the case for the inclusion of sailing and windsurfing.”As the national governing body for sailing and windsurfing, the RYA will now work with the government to develop guidance on how sailing and windsurfing can be taught and assessed in a consistent way.The revised lists will be used from September 2020 onwards.

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Boating Business | FIBRE Mechanics invests



05 Sep 2019







FIBRE Mechanics new oven was designed in-house

Composite boat builder FIBRE Mechanics has invested in a new 48m hull oven at its Lymington factory.

The oven will be used to cure carbon fibre pre-preg yacht hulls and decks and was designed by the in-house project team.

“We constructed our first pre-preg oven here in the Lymington factory over 25 years ago when we were building a 90ft carbon cruising yacht,” said Gary Vaughan, director of operations. “This new oven has come together far quicker than that one and requires a lot less energy to get up to temperature.

“It’s good to see we have learned something over the years.”

Assembly operations

The new oven has a retractable roof to allow use of the overhead gantry crane during assembly operations and can be sectioned into smaller units as required.

At present it is partitioned to form a 34m oven for the hull of a new project starting this month and a 14m oven for a large vacuum table, currently being used to manufacture bulkheads and structure for the Gunboat 68 catamaran.

Powered by electric heaters, with 15 separate heat inlets, the new oven is capable of raising the temperature to 105° centigrade.

Temperature and vacuum pressure can be controlled, monitored and logged across all component surfaces for cure cycles that are often in excess of 48-hours duration.

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Boating Business | Yacht designer Don Pye dies



28 Aug 2019







Don Pye has died aged 93. Pic: Holman & Pye



Yacht designer Don Pye has died aged 93 following a heart attack.

Don partnered with Kim Holman in 1964 and the pair formed Holman & Pye, designing yachts for several production yards including Bowman, Wauquiez, Seamaster, Hustler and Oyster.

After David Cooper joined the business, the firm became respected throughout the sailing world for designing practical seagoing yachts with great performance.

The company had a close relationship with Oyster and the boatbuilder’s founder Richard Matthews designing the UFI 34 and other UFO models before the first Oyster branded yacht – the Oyster 37 – in 1978.

Rob Humphreys took over the design of Oyster yachts after Don retired from Holman & Pye in the mid-1990s, with many of his original concepts still incorporated in the yacht designs.

Today around 5,000 yachts designed by Holman & Pye are still sailing around the world – and winning races – including six Rustler 36s that took part in the 2018 Golden Globe race around the world for amateur sailors.

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Boating Business | Vintage boats on show on Isle of Sheppey

VINTAGE BOATS ON SHOW ON ISLE OF SHEPPEYHOME NEWSPROMOTIONSBOAT SHOWS VINTAGE BOATS ON SHOW ON ISLE OF SHEPPEY02 Sep 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe ‘Cambria’ sailing barge arriving at Queenborough for the Classic Boat Festival Photo: KentOnlineVintage boat enthusiasts have flocked to the fourth Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival at Queenborough Harbour on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.The festival, held on 31 August to 1 September, featured more than 15 boats, tugs and yachts, all designed or built before 1970. Any boat, be it wood, steel, aluminium or fibre glass, sail or steam, is welcome and highlights included a 79 tonne wooden sailing barge and the Hjordis, built in 1956 and restored from wreck after being purchased at auction in 2015.The weekend, which coincides with the 61st round-the-island yacht race is ‘the place to be, if you love old boats’ said Queenborough Harbour operations director, Geoff Reed. Organised by the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, the 40-mile endurance race is the UK’s longest dinghy, sailboard and catamaran race.Thames sailing bargeThe Cambria was built of wood at Greenhithe in 1906 and was the last barge to trade entirely under sail, taking her last cargo in 1970. Owned and operated by the Cambria Trust, she was moved from the Dolphin Yard Sailing Museum in Sittingbourne to Sheerness Docks in 2006 and then to Faversham for restoration in 2007, completing in 2011.Another highlight was the much smaller Hjordis, built in 1956 and bought as a wreck at auction in July 2015 by Ian and Jamie Bone. “The poor boat was in a dilapidated state and looking very sorry for itself. Once we started work many marine professionals and shipwrights advised us it may be kinder to get a skip and dispose of her,” said Ian Bone.‘Beauty shines through’When the restoration began to reveal mahogany planks beneath the flaking paint the new owners pressed ahead. “We spent thousands of hours of hard work. Now her beauty now shines through,” said Ian Bone.Another classic is Doris the Thames Bawley, the XPilot, which runs trips to the Second World War Maunsell sea forts, and the Spirit of Sheppey which is reintroducing ferry trips from Queenborough to Southend after a recent engine transplant.

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