RS expands production | News | Boating Business

NEWS RS expands production 24/11/2022 Save article The RS Marine group of companies is to manufacture the Pico, Bugs, Bahias and Vagos sailing dinghies having formed a collaboration with designer Jo Richards. SHOW FULLSCREEN Ocean Play is a collaboration between RS Marine and Jo Richards The four dinghies will be manufactured by a a new company, Ocean Play, with delivery expected in late January 2023. The move comes after successful litigation against Laser Performance, which enabled Jo, who is the designer of the four boats, to approach RS with a view to producing the boats. As well as manufacturing to Jo’s original design, Ocean Play will offer worldwide customer services for all the boats. The new company will be headed up by Neil Coxon who is the ex-director of Sailing, Oman Sail and also previously ran the SailLaser operation. “I am delighted to be part of Ocean Play,” he said. “These boats have enabled so many people around the world to discover their love of sailing and their demand is still very much alive. I am looking forward to the future of Ocean Play and working with our appointed dealer network.” The newly formed company will continue to develop the brands’ markets across Europe and look to expand to other territories. The boats will continue to be made at Roto in Slovenia with Hyde Sails and Seldén supplying equipment. “Hundreds of thousands of young people have learnt to sail in Picos. We’re excited that hundreds of thousands more will as well,” says Jon Partridge, RS Marine Group CEO. “As these boats were designed by Jo – also the designer of many RS boats – they are incredibly simple and create a safe and comfortable environment for learning to sail.” Topics BoatbuildingLaserOcean PlayPicoRS Marine

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North Sails to power next America’s Cup | News | Boating Business

NEWSNorth Sails to power next America’s Cup21/11/2022Save articleNorth Sails, which has powered every America’s Cup winner since 1987, will equip all entries participating in the 37th America’s Cup with its 3Di sail technology.SHOW FULLSCREENSource: North SailsNorth Sails will supply each America’s Cup team with 3Di sail technologyzoom inzoom outThe sailmaker will supply each team with 3Di sail technology, aero engineers and exclusive access to the North Design Suite, its advanced sail design and aero simulation tool.“This event is the pinnacle of our sport and proving ground for sailing technology,” said Ken Read, president of North Sails and North Technology Group.“Because of this, North Sails keeps learning and is constantly climbing the ladder in terms of product development. It is an incredible resource for the teams and in turn, our business.”Design evolutionDuring this Cup cycle, North Sails will work in close collaboration with the teams and twelve North Sails aero engineers have signed on across the five syndicates.Two key developments from the 36th Cup were how to get more range out of the sails and how to use materials in new ways to achieve that range. As a result, within six months after the final race, North Sails made Helix Structured Luff for Upwind available for all racing clients.Barcelona, Spain, will host the 37th America’s Cup in September and October 2024. The five teams signed up to compete are NYYC American Magic (USA), Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA), Alinghi Red Bull Racing (CHE), Challenger of Record INEOS Britannia (GBR), and Defender Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL).North Sails is also the official supplier of 3Di one design sails for the AC40, which will be used for the Women’s and Youth America’s Cup events.TopicsAmerica’s CupMasts, spars, sails & riggingNorth Sails

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Clipper Race co-founders hand over leadership | News | Boating Business

NEWSClipper Race co-founders hand over leadership16/11/2022Save articleAfter 26 years, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and William Ward OBE are stepping back from heading up Clipper Ventures and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.SHOW FULLSCREENNew managementSource: Clipper RaceThe Clipper Race is now under new managementzoom inzoom outThe Clipper brands will now be led by internally appointed managing directors, Chris Rushton and Laura Ayres, both of whom have extensive experience within the company.  “Seeing the company grow from a biennial yacht race to a multi-faceted company that enables people from all walks of life to participate in sailing- whether an ocean racing experience, adventure to the Arctic or earning a world class sailing qualification, has been a privilege,” said Sir Robin.”Chris and Laura have been at the forefront of driving the business to this strong position in recent years, and we could not be more confident and prouder to pass them the helm going forward.”Next chapterChris Rushton has over twenty years of experience in the maritime industry, owning and running the widely respected Hamble School of Yachting from the age of 21. Since the leading RYA sea school became part of Clipper Ventures in 2018, Chris has continued as its director.In her previous role as head of partnerships and events at Clipper, Laura has overseen a multi-million-pound global sponsorship portfolio, with a reputation for showcasing brands and building international trade links between partners and host destinations. The co-founders won’t be disappearing completely though with William sit on the board as executive chairman and Sir Robin as non-executive director and president.Newly appointed MD, Chris Rushton added: “Sir Robin is a pioneer in driving participation in sailing. That ethos will remain at the heart Clipper Ventures. The legacy he created together with William will provide more opportunity to discover our inspiring sport.”“The growth of the business is strong, with a packed programme of sailing events next year, and of course the Clipper 2023-24 Race.” TopicsClipper EventsClipper Round the World Yacht Race.Clipper VenturesIndustry NewsSir Robin Knowx-JohnstonWilliam Ward OBE

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Cornish shipyard founder dies | News | Boating Business

NEWSCornish shipyard founder diesBy Rebecca Strong03/11/2022Save articleYacht owner and businessman Peter de Savary has died, aged 78.Founder of Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Peter owned more than 30 yachts in his lifetime and led the British challenge for the America’s Cup in 1983. The team made it to the finals of the Cup, losing out to Australia II which defeated the New York Yacht Club for the first time in 132 years.SHOW FULLSCREENPeter de Savary founded Pendennis Shipyard. Photo courtesy desavary.comHis family paid tribute to him in a statement. “He was a man of tremendous vision with boundless energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail and he inspired tremendous loyalty from all those who worked with him,” said the statement.“He was at his happiest smoking a large Cuban cigar, on a vintage sailboat with his trusty chihuahua by his side and despite all his many achievements and successes, he always maintained the most important thing in life was family.”Born in 1944 on a farm in England, Peter was an international entrepreneur who applied his ample skills in a range of areas, including the petroleum industry, shipping, shipyards, property and the hospitality industry.As well as founding Pendennis Shipyard in 1988, he owned Falmouth Docks, establishing the region as a bunkering port when he founded Falmouth Oil Services.A passionate sailor, he participated in the Admirals Cup in 1981 and was a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, The Royal Burnham Yacht Club, The Royal Cornwall Yacht Clube, Royal Dart Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club.TopicsPeople

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High-tech shipyard agreement | News | Boating Business

NEWSHigh-tech shipyard agreement04/11/2022Save articleCDK Technologies is set to acquire C3 Technologies, having revealed the two companies are in exclusive talks.SHOW FULLSCREENCDK Technologies wants to consolidate its position as a leader in the domain of offshore racingThe announcement follows on from the acquisition of CDK Technologies by Inspiring Sport Capital.“We set aside some time to analyse our environment and identify some key areas for development,” said Cyril Abiteboul, CEO of CDK Technologies. “Consolidating our position as leader in the domain of offshore racing, making our surface areas and equipment specialised to enhance our manufacturing performance with regards certain elements like foils, strengthening our teams’ expertise and lining ourselves up to become a solid partner able to support the growth of the marine sector with anything ranging from luxury yachting to low-carbon mobility solutions.”And he said the agreement to acquire C3 Technologies will accelerate the implementation of its strategy, particularly in the foil market.Based outside of La Rochelle, France, the C3 Technologies has around 28 employees and for more than 15 years has specialised in the design and manufacture of high-performance composite parts (prototypes and production) such as daggerboards and rudders, the internal structures of boats and composite technical equipment.In addition to the acquisition, CDK Technologies is also planning a 6,000m2 extension of its premises in Lorient.The work is set to begin next year and is expected to take two years.TopicsAcquisitionBoatbuildingC3 TechnologiesCDK TechnologiesFoilingFoilsIndustry News

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Approval for surveying company | News | Boating Business

NEWSApproval for surveying company31/10/2022Save articleMarine Results has been appointed as a Lloyd’s Register (LR) approved service supplier for the survey of masts and rigging.SHOW FULLSCREENMarine Results has been appointed as a Lloyd’s Register Approved Service SupplierThe appointment includes all fore and aft rigged and Dyna rigged yachts and follows a rigorous audit procedure of the rigging and survey company.As a leading classification society, LR is a principal body in the maritime sector for approving safety standards on ships and commercial vessels including superyachts.Marine Results is one of only a handful of suppliers in the world to be approved by LR for the survey of masts and rigging.All the classification societies dealt with by Marine Results are tightening up on their regulations and LR is no exception.LR requires each of the Lloyd’s classed sailing vessels to be inspected only by a Lloyd’s Approved Service Supplier for the periodic surveys which include masts and rigging.Marine Results says the approval will enable it to advance safety and performance while providing technical advisory services.TopicsLloyd’s RegisterLRMarine ResultsMasts, spars, sails & rigging

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New America’s Cup yacht | News | Boating Business

NEWSNew America’s Cup yachtBy Rebecca Strong18/07/2022Save articleExcitement is building across the racing world with the imminent arrival in Auckland of the first new America’s Cup yacht.The AC40’s build will be used in One Design mode for both the Women’s and Youth events along with being a test bed for the works teams.The AC40 under construction at the Emirates Team New Zealand’s yard Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand“We didn’t hold back on the design, we took the IP of Te Rehutai [the Cup winning boat from AC36] and translated it into the best 40-footer we could create,” said Dan Bernasconi, chief designer of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).Strict parametersWhilst the boats can be adapted following the Women’s and Youth events there are strict parameters and cost reduction measures such as a maximum of four custom foil wings and four custom flaps.Ten custom jibs and four mainsails are permitted and teams will also be allowed to build a single custom mast in addition to the two-piece supplied as standard.The hull, foil arms, rudders, mechatronics, hydraulics, and programmable logic controllers have all come from ETNZ’s design teams with the foil arms and rudders being created at ETNZ’s build facility in Auckland. The boomless, double-skinned sails have been designed in collaboration with North Sails whilst the two-piece masts have been crafted by Southern Spars in Avondale, Auckland.Down below, the auto-pilot controls the ride height only and can be manipulated, holding the wing at a certain set point below the water. If the teams want to change the pitch angle or trim differently for conditions, then there needs to be manual intervention. The top speed will be 40 knots plus.One big consideration for the AC40 global circuit is its ease of transportation. Each one will be transported on a custom flat rack which can carry the whole boat and all appendages to save on shipping costs and increase transportation efficiencies. TopicsIndustry News

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3Di technology used in windsurfing sails | News | Boating Business

NEWS3Di technology used in windsurfing sails29/06/2022Save articleEarlier in 2022, North Sails reintroduced North Windsurfing.SHOW FULLSCREENNorth Sails has reintroduced North Windsurfing. Photo courtesy North WindsurfingThe sailmaker has incorporated its 3Di technology, believed to be the first in the windsurfing arena to use this feature which is also seen on Volvo Ocean Race boats and the America’s Cup.Proprietary software, engineering and construction methods allow 3Di sails to maintain their shape to a higher level, making them stronger than laminate string sails.3Di is built up from five sub features which are incorporated and executed in a single production system, allows a three-dimensionally shaped sail to be made from a single piece instead of conventional sections of cloth panels.“By gradually changing fibre density throughout the skin we made sure load and impact requirements are being met,” said a spokesperson.“This is the result of shaping the entire skin of the sail in 3D, eliminating the limitation of shaping under battens.”Layered tapes of Dyneema Aramid fibres are used to cover all the isotropic layer of the sail,allowing different functions and parts to be incorporated into the sail, without breaking it up into different panels.Further Dyneema Aramid is sandwiched around the Isotropic Layer, with multiple layers in high load and impact areas.The batten pocket is created using a machine laid in material that bonds to the Dyneema Aramid fibres but doesn’t bond onto itself, leaving an uninterrupted and integrated tunnel with space for the batten.Topics3DiMasts, spars, sails & riggingNorth SailsNorth WindsurfingWindsurfing

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Flying test boat launched | News | Boating Business

NEWSFlying test boat launched31/10/2022Save articleINEOS Britannia, the British America’s Cup team, has launched its first test boat for the next edition of the international sailing competition.SHOW FULLSCREENThe new test boat for the INEOS Britannia America’s Cup teamCode-named T6, the 40ft boat is designed and built-in collaboration with Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, a division of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas PETRONAS F1 Team.T6 was built at Carrington Boats in Hythe. The new ‘flying’ boat was then transported to Brackley, UK, the home of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team for its fit out.The boat’s work will begin with an extensive testing period, primarily aimed at validating the team’s design tools and testing key componentry ahead of the design deadline to start the build of the team’s AC75 race boat.SHOW FULLSCREENT6 was built at Carrington Boats in Hythe“We understand from our F1 experience the vital importance of creating the best suite of tools for designing and engineering the vehicle,” said James Allison, chief technical officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas PETRONAS F1 Team. “We also understand the crucial role that validation plays in improving and coming to trust those tools.”He added: “T6 has been designed for that purpose, and we’re all looking forward to getting to grips with the data she can provide.”T6 will operate throughout the winter from the team’s new base in Palma de Mallorca with live test data and results streamed back to the design, engineering and performance teams at the team’s UK headquarters in Brackley.Work is already underway on the research and design of what will become the team’s AC75 race boat, competing for the 37th America’s Cup.The next America’s Cup will be raced in Barcelona in the 2024.TopicsAmerica’s CupBen AinslieCarrington BoatsIndustry NewsINEOS BritanniaMercedes

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