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THE FUTURE LOOKS ROSE-Y FOR MARITIME CHARITY
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Paul Rose, known for his BBC Two documentaries ‘Oceans’ and ‘Britain’s Secret Seas’, is one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts. As part of his continuing support for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Paul has filmed a video detailing his experiences at sea and the challenges seafarers face, both at sea and in retirement, and he urges viewers to support the Charity which works to ensure seafarers and their dependants who are suffering hardship and distress receive the assistance they need.

On supporting the Charity, Paul said: “Seafarers and the seafaring way of life is absolutely essential to our island nation.  As a maritime explorer I know first hand of the dangers of a life at sea.  You can’t work in the largest, least understood and arguably most powerful ecosystem on the planet without having a few scary moments - however, life ashore can be equally tough. When you’re retired or unable to work due to injury or illness, the support from a charity like the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society can make a big difference to your quality of life. The Society’s work is as important today as it was 175 years ago, and that’s why I’m encouraging everyone to support that work.”

www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk

 
Williams joins all-time list
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:55

Ian_Williams_GAC_PindarIan Williams confirmed his match racing calibre this weekend as the quadruple World Champion scooped a fifth RYA National Match Racing title at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend of 14 – 16th November. Ian joins a unique group of Mark Campbell-James and two-time Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Andy Beadsworth at the top of the all-time winners list with five wins each.

The Championships got underway in a light five-six knot breeze on the Friday with results going very much according to the seedings, but the big match of the afternoon saw Ali Hall beat the world number two and former world champion leaving Williams with it all to do after the opening day’s eight flights of round-robin.             

With no racing possible on Saturday due to very little wind, Sunday again started with a light five-six knot breeze with the racing more varied with unexpected wins and losses for many of the teams.

Williams, and his crew at the event, Gerry Mitchell, Simon Shaw and the British Keelboat Academy’s James French, found their winning rhythm taking nothing but race wins, while Hall who had led after Friday’s racing with five wins was only able to win one of his four races. The breeze dropped early in the afternoon and the decision was made to finish the programme at the end of the round-robin stage, handing Williams event honours with eight out of nine race wins.

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NEW ENGINE PARTNERSHIP
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:39

Cheetah Marine have partnered with Selva Marine UK to set up a sales and service centre for Selva's ‘Continuously Rated’ outboard engines, which will be available directly to commercial customers, Selva dealers and boat builders. The initial range of engines will consist of:

The Selva Dorado 996 cc @ both 25hp and 30hp
The Selva Marlin 1596 cc @ both 30hp and 50hp
The Selva Tarpon 1741 cc rated @ 40hp

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WIN A BOAT FOR YOUR CLUB
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Safety-Boat-competitionThere is still time to enter the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show / Suzuki Marine competition to win a brand new Suzuki powered Rigiflex safety boat for your club.

“The competition was launched back in July to celebrate the launch of three new safety boat packages offered by Suzuki Marine”, explained Charlotte Pearson, RYA Show Co-ordinator. “However there is still plenty of time to get your entry in and be in with a chance of winning this great prize which will be a real boon for any club.”

As well as the Rigiflex Newmatic 360 powered by a Suzuki DF9.9A engine (worth over £4,500), the winner will be invited, along with their family, to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2015 as special VIP guests of Suzuki and the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

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Turn to Starboard
Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:52

T2S1Turn to Starboard is an inspirational new sailing charity for war veterans and their families, which just six months ago was run from its founder’s front room in Cornwall. The charity is now celebrating gaining backing and support from major players including Help for Heroes, The Royal Air Force Association, The Prince’s Trust and Rustler Yachts.

Turn to Starboard supports veterans from all Services and conflicts back into civilian life through the therapeutic effects of ocean sailing and expert maritime training.

CEO Shaun Pascoe, a retired Squadron Leader who himself led countless medical evacuations in Iraq and Afghanistan, now has a strong volunteer team operating from their new HQ at Falmouth Marina backed by funding packages from Help for Heroes and RAFA.

The charity has also been gifted a £60,000 42ft yacht hull by Rustler, for which the ‘Boat Build’ fund-raising project has begun to fit her out specifically for Turn to Starboard’s beneficiaries. As Shaun puts it, supporters can literally “buy a bit of boat” and they will be able to have their name immortalised on the side of the new boat.

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TRANSFORMING BOAT TO LAUNCH
Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:18

transform

Kormoran’s prototype of its innovative transforming boat is still under construction, but is due to showcase next year at a variety of locations globally, including the Mediterranean’s luxury superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro.            

This motor yacht is designed to transform across six different configurations including Mono Hull, Katamaran, Trimaran, Night Mode, Flying Mode and Bathing Mode, give owners the opportunity to adapt the boat according to their mood or situation.

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