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easyboats Celebrates 25 Years
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:58
Riva_Vertigo_63_1.25m_www.easyboats.com__2A lot has changed during the 25 years that easyboats has been in business. Back in the late 1980s when they started out easyboats offered the first motoryacht charter service in Mallorca and even had to persuade an insurance company to invent a policy as only sail boat ones existed.

As demand reached unmanageable levels, Lorenzo Vila, Director of Mallorca-based easyboats, explains how they faced the challenge, “We were forced to broker competitor charter boats but soon realized that not everyone shared our quality ethos. Faced with some unhappy customers we took everything back in-house and once more operated our own fleet.”

Later things changed again and, “we moved to the system that still works for easyboats today: professionally managing privately-owned boats while operating just one of our own. Laws have now tightened, the ‘cowboys’ have been wiped out and we’re grateful to have survived economic crisis by controlling our costs and maintaining our principles.”

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No Sandbanks Boat Show for 2015
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:38

webboatshowSalterns Marina and Salterns Brokerage, organisers and hosts of the award-winning Sandbanks Boat Show, have announced that the 2015 event will not be going ahead. They explained that it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep things fresh and diverse, and many other marinas are now also following the same format. For example, Poole Quay Boat Haven will be hosting their own event over the same weekend as the planned Sandbanks Boat Show (9 -10th May).

Nick Smith, Managing Director, said, “There is clearly no room for two shows to be held in such close proximity which would only dilute the standard of show that we aspire to. It may come as a blow to many exhibitors and visitors alike that our highly successful show comes to a close. We’d like to thank all who have taken part and supported us, gaining great sales and exposure over the four years we’ve been running this unique and popular event.”  

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'Solent Gateways' Public Exhibition
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

cowesA Public Exhibition detailing new concept plans, called 'Solent Gateways', for East Cowes and £15m investment for improving cross-Solent connections between Southampton and the Isle of Wight ran over two days in late November and continues until Friday of this week. The presentation shows the concept plans for East Cowes town centre. Alongside a new floating bridge, the scheme includes re-positioning the Red Funnel marshalling yard, a new ferry terminal and new public realm around East Cowes town centre.

Inward investment to support the local economy, encourage regeneration and create employment is an integral part of Cowes Harbour Commission's (CHC) vision and strategic policies for the development of Cowes Harbour and the Medina gateway. CHC believes that the Commission's investment into the new detached breakwater and associated harbour infrastructure can act as a catalyst for transformative growth throughout the Medina Valley, the economic driver for the Isle of Wight

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Finn fight looming
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00
finn1Two English born Finn sailors, once coach and student, will draw swords at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in December on Port Phillip. Both are gunning for national team selection and a chance to represent their country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ed Wright sailing for Great Britain and Oli Tweddell representing Australia, where he’s lived for the past decade.

Tweddell, currently ranked the eighth Finn sailor in the world on the International Sailing Federation’s ladder, has clashed with his former Laser teacher and mentor in the same class for the past five years. He was coached by Wright as a kid and bought Wright’s Laser when he moved off into the Finn class in 2005.

At the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne the Finns will complete a ten race program over five days in December finishing with the final medal race on the 14th.

 

 
Win Try Dive’ sessions!
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
ANDARKwebEurope’s very first purpose-built dive lake has been opened by Andark in Lower  Swanwick, Hampshire, providing world class scuba diving facilities and a host of water-based activities.

The lake, nestled amongst fields and ancient woodland, is more than double the size of an Olympic pool and offers state-of-the-art conference rooms, a café, changing rooms, shop and Wi-Fi

The lake is seven metres deep with various sunken features to explore, including the bow of a 17th century barge, a jet-ski and mirrors.  Everything has been meticulously designed by divers for divers, to provide optimum safety, alongside a mixed range of activities to hone diving skills and teach more advanced certifications.

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