Boating Business | Record numbers at Vendée Globe



16 Mar 2021







Yannick Bestaven won the Vendée Globe. Photo: Jean-Louis Carlia/ Alea

The 2020/21 Vendée Globe single handed sailing race saw record numbers of both starters and finishers with an unprecedented 76% of starters completing the round the world course.

Winner was Yannick Bestaven with his 2016 foiling boat ‘Maître CoQ IV’, in a race that saw 33 starters including the highest ever number of female starters (six women vs none in the 2016 race and two in 2012).

And there were the greatest number of finishers: 25 classified on the final rankings and two completing the course outside of the race after abandoning. The women’s record for the race was broken by Clarisse Crémer in 87d 02h 24m 25s, seven days faster than Ellen MacArthur in 2001.

This edition of the race saw foiling boats that were bigger and more powerful, offering a more rounded overall performance, or designed to engender a specific strength or performance profile with the latest generation of boats designed around the foils in terms of hull shape and structures.


These new generation boats showed big spikes in speeds in certain conditions, however only two of these made it into the top ten,  with Charlie Dalin first over the finish line, finishing second after time compensations and Thomas Ruyant fourth, again after time compensations due to the rescue of Kevin Escoffier after his boat split in two.

These two latest generation IMOCA boats had problems with their port foils due to different reasons but showed their speed on the sections of the race where they could use their starboard foils in favorable sailing conditions.

Older boats on which skippers were able to harness their full potential fared well. In addition to Yannick Bestaven’s win, Louis Burton, on Bureau Vallée 2, the former Banque Populaire d’Armel Le Cléac’h – the winner in 2016, took third place. Jean Le Cam on Yes We Cam with straight boards from 2008 took fourth place.

Boris Herrmann became the first German skipper to start and finish the race. Kojiro Shiraishi became the first Asian and Japanese skipper to finish the race.

Ari Huusela became the first Finnish and Nordic/Scandinavian skipper to start and finish the race in the top ten.

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Boating Business | New 52ft racing yacht nears completion

NEW 52FT RACING YACHT NEARS COMPLETIONHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGNEW 52FT RACING YACHT NEARS COMPLETION17 Mar 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe new CF 520 is due to launch next month Photo: Fibre MechanicsINDUSTRY DATABASEPreviousFIBRE MECHANICSFOX’S MARINA IPSWICH LTDFIBRE MECHANICSFOX’S MARINA IPSWICH LTDNext12The first of a series of new 52ft racing yachts is nearing completion and due to launch in April 2021.Fibre Mechanics has completed production of the new IRC yacht, designed by Carkeek Design Partners, and the boat is now at Fox’s Marina and Boatyard in Suffolk for fitting out.The new CF 520 is a semi-custom racing yacht is a development of Carkeek’s Fast 40 design, built from full production carbon reinforced tooling and constructed in carbon epoxy pre-preg with a honeycomb core.FastnetThere are high hopes for the new yacht which will be racing in UK waters this summer in a programme culminating in the 700-mile RORC Fastnet Race in August.Fox’s work on the new yacht includes fitting the keel, rudders and steering system; custom fabrication of deck gear components; installation of hydraulic system, deck gear, winches and pedestal drives; fitting out of interior including engine and water ballast system; installation of the complete electrical system and instruments and preparation and fitting of the rig and rigging.

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Boating Business | Covid-19: Roadmap to reopening leisure marine



08 Mar 2021







Restrictions on boating and watersports will be lifted over the coming months Photo: Neuza Aires Pereira



British Marine has welcomed the news that from 8 March all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned craft and self-drive day hire boats for single households and support bubbles, can resume in England.

Following discussions between the government and British Marine a roadmap has been produced detailing how the leisure marine industry should interpret the government’s plan on lifting Covid-19 restrictions. Lesley Robinson, chief executive of British Marine, said that the roadmap provided hope and reassurance.

“I am pleased that the collaboration between government, other user groups and ourselves has resulted in aligned guidance for marine businesses and participants,” she said. “I am cautiously optimistic about the months ahead, based on the assumption that, as the vaccine rollout accelerates, the phased easing of restrictions is achievable.”

Roadmap to reopening

The roadmap includes a matrix specifying at which point restrictions can start to lift for categories such as hotel boats, self-drive hire boats, skippered boats, watersports activity and trading and private boats. The statement makes clear that at each point restrictions will be assessed against the vaccine rollout, infection rates and any new variant.

Wider restrictions such as social distancing and minimising travel will continue to apply as will limits on the number of people allowed in groups.

Guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differs and British Marine is engaged with the government regarding plans set out by the devolved administrations.

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Boating Business | New home for SIBS 2021?



01 Mar 2021







SIBS 2021 will take place from September 10 – 19



Southampton International Boat Show 2021 could move to a new location in the city with a new layout and entrance this September under plans being discussed between organisers British Marine and Southampton City Council.

However, BM CEO, Lesley Robinson is keen to stress the existing Ocean Hall will feel very similar to that of past years.

The plans could mean the show moves along the city walls which, says Lesley would mean more integration with the city. There could be a bridge to Mayflower Park and the marina which would remain as part of the plans.

“It will be the biggest change in 30 years if it happens,” said Lesley who added that zoning the show into different categories is also under discussion.

“It will make a lot more sense,” she explained. “We want new visitors to the show to know where to go.”

The plans are part of BM’s efforts to encourage more people particularly those new to boating to visit the show.

Other plans could include free or reduced rate entrance for students and new attractions.

The event is set to run concurrently with MDL’s Ocean Village show with both MDL and BM ‘engaged in discussions’ with the aim of maximising both shows.

It is still unknown whether the two organisations will work together, however Lesley is keen to stress that: “Everything needs to be in the best needs of the industry. All options are on the table.”

She added: “We’re very open minded.”

Both shows are scheduled to take place September 10 – 19.

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Boating Business | Melissa is the new CEO

MELISSA IS THE NEW CEOHOMENEWSPEOPLEMELISSA IS THE NEW CEO01 Mar 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintMelissa Payne is heading up the media requirements for the OGR and the GGR sailing eventsFormer senior IMG executive Melissa Payne, has been appointed CEO (Media) for the Ocean Globe Race (OGR) and the Golden Globe Race (GGR) round-the-world sailing events.Melissa, Payne, who left IMG last year after 20 years, was previously vice president, head of technical services and also head of sailing/ nautical sports at IMG Media.During her time at IMG, she worked on two America’s Cups, the World Match Racing Tour, Extreme Sailing Series, the Volvo Ocean Race and the H20 series.Her new role will oversee all media requirements for the two events, including sponsorship, media sales, production and distribution.The GGR starts in Sept 2022 and the OGR in Aug 2023 – marking the 50th anniversary of the original Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race.

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