Monthly Archives: October 2014

More names and attractions confirmed for 2015 London Boat Show

Sunseeker, Princess and Cockwells are among the latest confirmed exhibitors for the 2015 edition of the London Boat Show

A raft of new names has been added to the London Boat Show exhibitor list, as the 2015 event at the Excel Centre starts to take shape.

Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Jeanneau, Cockwells, Williams Performance Tenders and Ribeye have all been added to the list of confirmed names, joining the likes of Beneteau and Fairline.

Running from 9-18 January 2015, next year’s London Boat Show should see the organisers deliver on their promise to bring the excitement back to the annual event.

New attractions include a 4D experience, which allows showgoers to try out six different marine environments, with the atmosphere, temperature, scent, wind and soundscape of the tropics, the Arctic and many places in between.

Visitors will be greeted in dramatic fashion, as the new ‘wall of rain’ will frame the entranceway (pictured above).

Just inside the Excel Centre, there will be the chance to plan your day using the digital information wall that displays details of all the key events, talks, seminars and celebrity appearances taking place.

Travel inspiration shouldn’t be in short supply – as well as plenty of destinations represented at the boat show, visitors can also pop next door and explore the Telegraph Cruise Show (9-11 January only).

Further attractions and exhibitors are due to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets are now available to pre-order online, with prices starting at £15 per adult (12-14 January only). 

Earlier this month, the show organisers released a teaser video for the 2015 event, and the RYA confirmed details of its member discount for the show. 

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Hanseboot attracts 24,000 visitors on opening weekend

Hamburg’s boat show Hanseboot has reported strong visitor numbers for its opening weekend (25-26 October).

The German show, which is in its 55th year, saw around 24,000 visitors pass through its doors on the first two days alone.

The event runs at the Hamburg Messe centre until Saturday 2 November, and this year’s theme is ‘Northern Waters, Northern Lifestyle’.

Boats on show at the event range from eight to 56 feet, with larger craft on display at the nearby City Marina, which can be reached by a free shuttle bus service.

Highlights include the Fairline Targa 44, which is capable of 38 knots, and the Elling E3, which is worth upwards of £530,000.

The show’s organisers have laid on a range of new attractions, such as the Canoe World and Refit Arena zones.

Tickets are still available online, priced at 12 euros (£9) for adults and 11 euros for concessions.

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RYA announces 2015 London Boat Show offers

RYA members can get £8 off tickets to the London Boat Show, where the RYA will be running its Active Marina Experience workshops

With a little over two months to go until the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January), the RYA has started to firm up its plans for the Excel Centre boating extravaganza.

The boating organisation has confirmed that its members will be able to get an £8 discount on the standard and preview day entry price of £20 per adult.

For 2015, the RYA will be exhibiting on stand D016, where showgoers can get advice and information about all aspects of boating.

Next year’s show will also see the return of the Active Marina Experience workshops, which offer top tips from expert instructors and a chance to refresh your boating knowledge.

Finally, the RYA members’ lounge will also be continued, with the Platinum Suite offering an exclusive area for members to relax with a drink and escape the crowds.

More RYA attractions and activities are due to be announced in the run up to the show.

RYA members looking to take advantage of the £8 discount should log into the members’ area of the RYA website.

Advance tickets for the 2015 London Boat Show are on sale now, starting at £10 per adult for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday tickets. Under 16s go free and concessions are available for over 60s and group bookings.

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Ben Ainslie takes to the water in Southampton on his AC45

Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie took to the Solent yesterday to sail his foiling AC45 alongside other members of the BAR team.

Setting off from their temporary base in Southampton for the first time, the crew enjoyed gusty winds off the south coast.

The boat originally race under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012/13 and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils.

Ainslie said: “Ten months ago we had nothing, so to be out there today foiling in one of these boats – after such a short time frame – is the result of a huge amount of effort from all of the team, especially the shore team and designers.

“For us sailors it’s a real privilege to get out there and sail one of these boats. It’s been a great first day and it’s a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a lot of work to do over the coming months.”

The news comes a few weeks after it was announced that Portsmouth would host the America’s Cup World Series over the next two years in the run up to the 35th cup in 2017.

Spanish charter market doubles after 12% tax cut

The Spanish government’s decision to roll out a matriculation tax exemption has boosted the local charter market

The market for charter boats in Spanish waters has doubled since the beginning of the year, according to Charter & Dreams.

Pressure from the yachting community led the Spanish government to drop its 12% matriculation tax on charter vessels over 24m, as we reported last year.

Twelves months later, Charter & Dreams estimates that twice as many charter boats are now operating in the region than in 2013.

Judith Estrella, owner of Charter & Dreams, said: “Before the tax exemption, only 15 yachts over 24 meters were operating in Spain.

“This summer, this figure was doubled and next summer we expect this number to triple, meaning that we’ll have approximately 50 superyachts with licenses to charter in Spain.”

Introduced in 2009, the Spanish matriculation levy on charter boats was the only such restriction in the Mediterranean.

It is hoped that the exemption will tempt charter skippers back to Barcelona, the Costa Brava and the Balearics.

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Scotland Boat Show reports 10% rise in visitors

Last weekend’s Scotland Boat Show at Kip Marina brought in more than 13,000 visitors

The 2014 Scotland Boat Show enjoyed a 10% increase in visitors, with the grand total in excess of 13,000, it has been confirmed.

The three-day event at Kip Marina, which ran from 10-12 October, featured RIB and dinghy taster sessions in association with Seatech training and RYA Scotland, respectively.

Other attractions included fresh local produce, a range of classic cars and a flyboarding demonstration on the water.

Key exhibitors included Sunseeker Scotland, who brought a San Remo across from Loch Lomond, and Broom Boats, who travelled from Norfolk to make their Scotland Boat Show debut with two models displayed.

Kip Marina brokerage Michael Schmidt & Partner reported that 80% of those who booked a viewing at the show we’re newcomers to the market.

And the first sale of the weekend was recorded at 10:30am on the Friday morning, when a Hanse 325 sailing yacht was sold for £90,000.

Show organiser Kevin Blumire told MBY that the local market for powerboats is on the rise.

He adds that 75% of exhibitors have already expressed an interest in attending the 2015 show, which will be expanded to include a fourth pavilion, dedicated to food and drink.

This year’s Scotland Boat Show was tied in with the Scotland Homecoming campaign, which celebrated a busy summer for Scottish tourism, with both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup hosted north of the border.

And Kevin believes that this had a positive impact on visitor numbers at the show, with visitors flocking from further afield than ever before, including a record Irish contingent.

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National Lottery pledges £11m to restore WW1 battleship

HMS Caroline is the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland and will be restored in time for a centenary celebration

A 100-year-old battleship once dubbed ‘the greyhound of the seas’ will be restored at a cost of £11.5million, following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

HMS Caroline was the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland and the project aims to have her ready for public viewings in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter by May 2016.

Described as a ‘light cruiser’ when she was built on Merseyside in 1914, the 446ft battleship weighs 3,750 tons and has a top speed close to 30 knots.

It is hoped that the restoration will be complete in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, which was the only time when the German and British navies were directly engaged during World War One.

Historic elements that have been preserved on board include the original compasses and telegraphs, four of the turbines, and many of the living quarters.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: “HMS Caroline is quite simply one of the world’s most significant historic fighting ships.

“To conserve the ship and open it to the public as a shared space, museum and cultural hub in Belfast is hugely significant to the people of all Ireland.”

Following her successful tour of duty, HMS Caroline returned to Belfast in 1924, where she served as a Royal Naval Reserve drill ship and later acted as a command centre during World War Two.

When she was decommissioned in 2011, HMS Caroline was recognised as the second-longest serving ship in British naval history, behind HMS Victory.

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Record entry for Classic Channel Regatta

More boats than ever before have entered for the Classic Channel Regatta July 11 – 18, 2015. The first weekend of the 6th edition of the biennial event will be at Dartmouth (July 11-13) and will incorporate Dartmouth Classics Weekend.

Scores of international classic yachts and their crews will enjoy a week of friendly competition as the regatta has an established  reputation for classic sailing at its very best.

The format and courses will follow the highly successful formula of previous regattas. There will be two days of racing at Dartmouth followed by the Classic Channel Race from Dartmouth to Paimpol in Brittany. After a rest day in Paimpol there will be the Round Brehat Race, then a passage race to St Peter Port in Guernsey with the regatta finishing with the Round Sark Race.

Over 50 yachts have already pre-registered for 2015 and the organizers are expecting a record entry which may well reach their maximum of 100 yachts. This includes yachts from the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, and even one S&S yawl coming up from Italy.

Yachts are divided into two main classes, Class 1 for those designed before 1969 and Class 3 for those designed between 1969 and the end of 1974. Approved production designs and more recent boats of classic style are also accepted into Class 3.

Racing will be to the JCH Classic Handicap which is free and available online and there will be both English and French Race Officers on the committee boats throughout the regatta and a high level of race organization is assured.  

For the first time there will be special classes for S&S designed yachts – a good number of large S&S designs have already pre-registered and more are expected – and also for the more diminutive, but very seaworthy and plucky, Twisters.

The regatta is a uniquely enjoyable week of varied ‘gentleman’s’ racing and informal social events at three of the finest ports in the Channel – Dartmouth, Paimpol and St Peter Port. The regatta has its own distinct Westcountry and Breton atmosphere which attracts many crews to return for each regatta.

The fleet’s arrival into the harbour at Paimpol will be part of the town’s July 14 Bastille Day celebrations – so a welcome of fireworks and festivities awaits the arriving crews.

The framed original of a painting commissioned from Paimpolaise marine artist Guy L’Hostis for the 2015 regatta will be presented at the end of the regatta as the ‘Spirit of the Regatta Trophy’ to the yacht which most successfully embraces the unique ethos and Corinthian spirit of this very friendly regatta, described by a previous winner of the trophy as ‘the world’s most enjoyable classic regatta’.

The organizers have recently set up an association of the regatta’s participants – called CRAB (for Classic Regatta Anglo-Breton). This hands ownership of the regatta to the participants and will give them the power to determine how it is run in the future.

Full information and pre-registration is at the regatta website:   

For more information please contact: Bruce Thorogood


Princess V39 to star at World Match Play golf championship

Volvo and Princess will be showcasing the 39ft sportscruiser at next week’s golf tournament

Competitors at the World Match Play golf championship will be used to coping with all sorts of pressure.

But at this year’s event at the London Golf Club, Graeme McDowell and his Ryder Cup teammates will have to focus extra hard to avoid hitting a £300,000 sportscruiser.

Princess has teamed up with Volvo to showcase its entry-level model, the V39, which will be moored on the 8th hole lake during the international golf championship at the London Golf Club, Kent.

As the tournament’s chief sponsor, Volvo would normally use the opportunity to show off its cars at various points around the course, but due to its engine supply deal with Princess, this year’s event will be a little different.

And with a top prize of more than £500,000, this year’s winner could easily afford to snap up a brand new Princess V39.

The World Match Play Championship was founded in the UK in 1964 and is returning to its roots for a 50th anniversary celebration.

With a British venue and a British motoryacht moored on the course, now all we need is a British winner. Don’t let us down, Graeme.

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