Great white shark bites Australian fishing boat

Caught on camera: the moment a 5m great white shark attacks a small fishing boat off Fremantle, Australia

David Lock was fishing with his father, Andrew, at 8.30am

Wednesday when a great white took a snap at their


Salmon fishing in a favourite location near Carnac Island

off Fremantle, south of Perth, the two men were astonished when a great white

shark began chasing the salmon Andrew had just hooked.

David Lock was reported saying: “I was just filming as my

dad hooked up a salmon and out of the blue comes a shark, we didn’t think he

was interested at the time and ended up he was, he launched at the fish and

launched at the boat.”

The shark, which was about 5m long, missed the salmon as it

launched itself, and instead hit the 7m fishing boat, knocking David and Andrew

over, and leaving bite marks on the hull of the boat.

“Got bite marks on my boat now. They’re pretty big, 50cm

from one end to another,” said David.

“It touched my right knee with what must have been its nose

or fin – that’s how it close was.

“It’s the shark’s playground, not ours and we’ve got to

remember how powerful and dangerous these sharks are, you can’t take it for


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DAME Award winners at the Marine Equipment Trade Show

Six category winners were chosen from a shortlist of 45 products, whittled down from 116 entries

The DAME Award Winner and Category Winners for 2014

were announced this morning at the Breakfast Briefing ahead of METS – the Marine Equipment Trade Show.

The DAME Awards brings together many of the important global marine product launches of the year with world recognised experts in boat and industrial design and construction.

The DAME Jury inspected 116 entries from

23 countries. It nominated a total of 45 products from this

field for consideration in the final judging rounds.

The Jury

decided that six products were of high enough quality to win

in their respective categories when moderated across the

whole field of DAME Award entries.

Seabung, as featured in Practical Boat Owner’s November issue New Gear pages, was credited as being this year’s stand out example of a simple idea to address a known issue.

Designed to enable a seacock to be replaced with a boat still in the water, the Seabung device uses a flexible dome mounted on a post with integrated safety lanyard eyelet.

This enables a boat owner to push the Seabung through a skin fitting to seal the dome against its outside flange.

Seabung director John Ford said: ‘I was very surprised to win a Dame Award. We only entered last minute. I’m amazed.’


Marine’s revolutionary new MOB (man over board) light achieved top honours in the Life Saving and Safety Equipment category.

Glomex weBBoat 4, as featured in the PBO’s December 2014 New Gear pages, won the Electronics and Marine Related Software category.

Marinco by BEP’s Pro-Installer EZ-Mount Battery Switches scooped the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings award. The Jury really appreciated the simplicity

and ease of installation of this product; instead of working from the rear of the switch, you install the base, connect the cables and then attach the actuator and cover.

From the six category winners, an ultimate

DAME Award winner was chosen: the Jefa Steering Traveller, which removes the need for bulky steering

quadrants and improves rudder feedback at the helm for twin rudder, twin

wheel sailing yachts.

The Jury also identified

12 Special Mentions (non-winning products that nevertheless

merit commendation).

Chairman of the DAME Awards Jury, Bill Dixon said: ‘Developing new, well designed and innovative products is very difficult for relatively low manufacturing volumes.

‘Nevertheless many of the companies that we recognised in this year’s nominations have looked at a problem, found a new and interesting way to solve it and come up with a confident solution.’

Pictures: Seabung director John Ford and designer Chris Palliser; Exposure Marine’s Tom Harrop with their award

120 MPs unite in call for greater protection of UK seas

120 Members of Parliament (MPs) and 20 Peers are today calling for a full network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas.


They are supporting 21 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) – including Marine Conservation Society, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and WWF – who are championing Wildlife and Countryside Link’s ‘Marine Charter’ campaign.


The Charter is calling for commitments within the 2015 General Election manifestos for a full network of Marine Protected Areas in UK Seas.

It is five years ago to the day since the landmark Marine & Coastal Access Act (2009) was passed with overwhelming cross-party support.

The centre-piece of this legislation was the commitment to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas in response to the widely acknowledged crisis facing the health, diversity and productivity of our seas.


Joan Edwards, chairman of Wildlife & Countryside Link’s Marine Working group, said: ‘This political support has added considerable weight to the united call from NGOs, overwhelming numbers of the public and the scientific and industry communities.

‘It is important, however, that this support translates into a firm, timetabled commitment as the parties craft their manifestos.’

While this Parliament has seen the first Marine Conservation Zones established in English Seas, and Scottish Government has designated 30 Nature Conservation MPAs in Scottish Seas, we remain a long way from the full network.

Throughout our seas 35 marine species are still considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Only 27 of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones originally proposed for the English component of the UK network, critical to restoring iconic habitats such as eelgrass beds and chalk reefs, have so far been designated.

For a full list of MPs and NGOs supporting Link’s Marine Charter campaign please visit

Picture: Cancer pagurus, commonly known as the edible crab, among other marine life. Credit: Rohan Holt/Marine Conservation Society

Search for man washed from sea wall in Torquay

The local coastguard have spent Thursday night searching for an elderly man suspected to have been washed from the sea wall in Torquay.

A search was underway last night amid severe weather conditions after a man was believed to have been washed into the sea.

The coastguard were called just after 9.30pm on Thursday to look for a man who is thought to have been washed off the sea wall on Meadfoot Sea Road in Torquay. 

A member of the public said he

briefly glimpsed an elderly man before large waves crashed over the wall

and he disappeared from view.

Torbay coastguard, two lifeboats

from Torbay and the RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor

searched the area extensively throughout the night but were unable to

find anything. 

The Maritime and Coastguard

Agency this morning stated: “Unless any new information comes to light,

the search has been stood down.”

“Weather conditions on scene are described as poor, with 1.5-metre swell and a strong onshore wind.” 

The news comes after the Met

office issued a severe wind weather warning for various parts of the UK,

forecasting strong gales and heavy swells along the coast.

Devon has been especially badly hit, with winds reaching up to 90mph, causing Dawlish train station to temporarily close. 

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Photo released of missing sailor

Police making enquiries into a yachtsman’s disappearance off Brighton have released a photograph of the missing sailor.

Leonard King, aged 74, of Alfriston, East Sussex hasn’t been seen since Sunday lunchtime after setting in his 70ft Sunseeker boat.

An extensive search got underway on Sunday evening when Mr King did not return home as expected and his luxury motor cruiser was found drifting at Brighton marina.

The search, which has now been suspended pending new information, involved the Shoreham and Newhaven Coastguard Rescue teams, Shoreham, Newhaven and Brighton lifeboats.

Conditions were so challenging that the RAF helicopter Rescue 125 had to be stood down due to an active lightning storm in the area.

After searching throughout the night, Brighton, Shoreham and Newhaven lifeboat crews were stood down at around 5.30am on Monday, but launched again at 7am at first light.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter 104 from Lee-on Solent also participated in Monday morning’s search.

Mr King’s wife Stephanie said it was very unusual for her husband to go missing.

She said: ‘I can’t understand what has happened. He is a very experienced yachtsman. He has all his equipment doubled up and is always careful. That is the way he runs things.’

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries continue into the disappearance of yachtsman Leonard King on Sunday, November 9.

‘Detectives are investigating the circumstances leading up to his boat being found drifting at Brighton marina as part of this missing person enquiry.

‘Officers are working with other agencies such as the coastguard and the RNLI and Mr King’s family is being supported.’

Route du Rhum record ‘scared’ Loïck Peyron

Bravo Loïck Peyron, who has won the single-handed Route du Rhum race and set a new record of 7d 15h in the 31m trimaran Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII.

In a race characterised by fatigue and stress, and an incident that brought him dangerously close to capsize, Peyron nevertheless dominated.

He led from the first night at sea, racing a boat he was only brought in to handle as relief skipper two months ago when Armel Le Cléac’h damaged his hand. He had planned a very different race, having this year restored a sistership to Mike Birch’s Olympus Photo, which won the first race in 1978.

But this 103ft giant is a different beast. Taking over on Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII, Peyron joined a nine-strong fleet of giant mulithulls designed originally for crewed records, a class the race dubbed the ‘Ultimes’.

These giant mulithulls require utmost care, especially in the squall conditions of the tradewinds.

Peyron sailed 4,199 miles over the ground at an average of 22.93 knots.   He arrived after a tense last night at sea, closing land and dodging fishing boats, yet he was reported to be relaxed and on good form.

“It is a very nice victory, but a team victory,” he commented. “I was not supposed to be on this boat two months ago. I was supposed to do the Rhum race on a very small yellow trimaran, which will be the case in four years time – I will be back. But it is not a surprise because I knew that the boat was able to do it. I knew that the team was able to help me a lot.

“The last day was difficult; there was a lot of maneuvering to be done.

“I never imagined that I would win a Route du Rhum on a boat like this. A race like this is never simple and that is what is so exciting and incredible about it. It is also very stressful for the boat to withstand such high speeds in bad seas. I was able to sail the boat well but was scared.

“This is what the multihull game is all about. You have to constantly manage the boat. One night I fell asleep at the helm and nearly capsized the boat. This is a great victory; possibly one of the nicest and breaking the record is the cherry on top of the cake.” 

At the age of 54, his Route du Rhum triumph is another new summit for Peyron, who can turn his hand in many yachts, from foiling Moth dinghies to the America’s Cup. ?

On course to finish second, some 140 miles behind, is Yann Guichard in Spindrift 2, a much bigger 130ft trimaran – in fact, this was the boat in which Peyron set the outright round the world record in 2012.

Read Elaine Bunting’s comment, ‘the world’s greatest sailor’, here.

Brand new Motor Boat & Yachting website launched

The new online home of Motor Boat & Yachting has arrived and it has been designed to be easier to use than ever before

The online home of Motor Boat & Yachting has been completely redesigned to make it easier than ever before to keep up with all the goings-on at Europe’s best motorboat magazine.

On the new you will find more news, features, galleries and top tips, along with a new layout to show off all our best photos and videos.

The site is completely compatible with tablets, mobiles and all other Android and iOS devices that can connect to the internet.

Old favourites like Spot The Boat will continue, but we will also be bringing you more boat reviews and gear tests.

We’ve also added new sections covering Cruising, Gear and Training with expert articles from the Motor Boat & Yachting team.

Don’t forget you can still subscribe to our interactive iPad edition to get the full Motor Boat & Yachting magazine delivered to your tablet every month.

Angel of the North creator sets sights on new sites

Four coastal areas around the UK have been chosen among five sites for new sculptures by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley.

The art installation project to mark The Landmark Trust’s 50th year will see the five sculptures installed between May 2015 and May 2016 at:

LAND comprises five distinct life-size standing sculptures by Antony Gormley cast in iron and installed at five Landmark Trust sites personally selected by the artist:

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland

Lengthsman’s Cottage, Lowsonford, Warwickshire

Lundy Island, Bristol Channel

Founded in 1965, the Landmark Trust has rescued and restored almost 200 extraordinary buildings that would otherwise have been lost and given them a safe, secure future by letting them out for holidays to pay for their maintenance.

For its 50th anniversary, Landmark sought to do something for everyone, not just for the 50,000 people who stay in their buildings each year. LAND is the result.

The five life-size vertical body-forms aim to add a point of focus to each location, being thoughtful to their setting, encouraging visitors to contemplate the specific elemental conditions of each site, and in the case of the four coastal locations, the different qualities of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Kilbrannan Sound, and the Bristol Channel.

Gormley said: ‘The challenge is to make the verticality of each sculpture the focus, as a kind of rod or conductor for thoughts and feelings that might arise at a site.

‘The sculptures identify the place where a particular human body once stood and anyone could stand, and in that respect they are open spaces empty of content and waiting for your attention.’

The sculptures will have full public access and be free for everyone to enjoy.

Golden Weekend launch

The launch of LAND will coincide with Landmark’s special Golden Weekend. On 16-17 May 2015, 25 Landmarks will open to everyone

Anna Keay, director of The Landmark Trust, said: ‘We are hugely excited to be working with Antony. He had the idea some years ago to join the British Isles together in one installation and we are thrilled that Landmark can make this idea a reality through our amazing sites.

‘We hope that the whole nation will want to experience, enjoy, and of course, share their thoughts and responses on LAND with us.’

Pictures: Lundy Island, Bristol Channel

Studio casting for one of the LAND works. Credit: Antony Gormley Studio

CRN and Riva to star in Hamburg art exhibition

A 68m superyacht concept and a sculpture of a Riva tender will form the centre piece of the Hamburg exhibition

Hanseboot is over for another year, but the Hamburg boating scene hasn’t completely gone into hibernation just yet.

CRN and Riva have teamed up with one of the city’s foremost museums for a new art exhibition with a nautical twist.

Rich Pickings: Displaying Wealth is open until 11 January at Hamburg’s Museum Für Kunst Und Gewerbe and features a display called ‘The Finest Art on Water’.

This area includes concept art for a 68-metre CRN superyacht (pictured above), as well as a sculpture of the Aquariva Cento tender.

Commissioned to celebrate the 100th Aquariva built, the Cento is a limited edition 33ft model that came with twin 380hp Yanmar engines.

Luca Boldrini, sales and marketing director at CRN, explained the thinking behind the collaboration:

“Art and design have always played an integral role in all that CRN and Riva stand for and we are incredibly proud of ‘The Finest Art On Water’ and its ability to transcend a yacht from an object to a covetable piece of art.”

With bold styling from Officina Italiana Design, the display hopes to challenge art lovers and yacht aficionados alike.

As curator Christian Jankowski puts it: “The yacht is the perfect sculpture, a perfect self-contained vessel of information.”

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