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Yachting Blog


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AC75 Class Concept Revealled


Emirates Team New Zealand have announced their concept for the yacht that will be raced in the 36th America's Cup and in true America's Cup style it looks like it is going to produce another heart in mouth fleet of hyper racers. It was known that the class would return to more traditional monohulls after several events in ever more powerful multihulls but what I was not expecting were asymmetrical foiling boats. The boats get furling code zeroes for the lighter winds (a step towards gettin...

School Takes Part in Fastnet


I was introduced to sailing in the second year of high school. The local authority school that I attended had it's fair share of social "issues". Despite being one of the three lowest attaining schools in Edinburgh they offered some great outdoor activities. I enjoyed kayaking, skiing and orienteering trips but my absolute favourite activity was the sailing. The school taught us to sail Wayfarer dinghies on an inland loch and I was instantly hooked. I am convinced that the sailing I did as a res...

Clipper Yacht Runs Aground


Most sailors are familiar with the nighttime Vestas grounding in the last Volvo Ocean Race. This time it is the turn of another round the world race, the Clipper (which is not unfamiliar with groundings), to have one of their yachts running seriously aground in the middle of the night. Andy Woodruff's new boat Greenings ran aground to the west of the Cape Peninsula at about 20 minutes before midnight the first day of their leg. The weather was not extreme and thankfully all 18 aboard esca...

Yachtswomen Rescued after Five Months Adrift in Pacific


The US Navy's USS Ashland has rescued two very relieved sailors along with their dogs after they had been adrift in the Pacific for five months. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set off from Hawaii for Tahiti on the 3rd of May but on the 30th of May their engine failed because of "bad weather". It is speculated that they also sustained damage to their mast. Despite this they carried on with their voyage. They drifted at sea in their yacht Sea Nymph until the 25th of October when thankfully ...

Volvo Ocean Race Women


The Volvo Ocean Race are in the midst of announcing a raft of rule changes and the first change is an interesting one. The gist of the rule is that you can have a maximum of seven men (one less than previously) or eleven women on a yacht if the crew is all of the same gender. This is similar to the 2014-15 race where Team SCA was an all woman team with more crew members than the male boats. Team SCA rotated a lot of their crew members between legs but despite this the came second last. When yo...

Be My Eyes For Android


Of the millions of apps that are launched many of them are a waste of time, either because they are dire or because they are so compelling they literally waste your time. The Be My Eyes app falls into neither of these categories because it is an app that provides social good. The concept is simple. When a visually impaired user requires help with a task they fire up the app which connects them with one of over half a million sighted volunteers. Sighted volunteers provide simple help such ...

Hurricane Irma Damages Yacht Charter Fleets


The Caribbean yacht charter industry is used to dealing with the hurricanes that batter their islands every Autumn. To cope they take their large fleets to "hurricane holes" where the mangroves protect the yachts from the worst of the wind and waves. Paraquita Bay is a popular hole. This is where The Moorings and Sunsail take their large cat fleets for protection. Unfortunately Irma battered her way through Paraquita Bay and has caused what surely must be millions of dollars worth of damage ...

Shoe Dog


Bill Gates recommended that I read Shoe Dog. I read Shoe Dog. It is the autobiography of Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, and is a compelling story about how a student from humble beginnings set up what is now the world's largest athletic shoe manufacturer. The main thing that I found striking as I read the book was that it was a company that struggled to pay its bills for many decades. Their sales kept growing until they had millions of dollars of turnover each year but there was a cons...

Customer Tweets Tesla for New Feature and Elon Delivers


It is refreshing to see social media used correctly by a large company. Many times replies to suggestions that customers make on Twitter are bland or politely worded excuses. I have a lot of respect for the can do attitude of Elon Musk at Tesla and his reply to a Tweet on August the 19th has reinforced my opinion that he is refreshingly proactive. Paul Franks Tweeted "@elonmusk can you guys program the car once in park to move back t...

Edinburgh Yachtsman Wins YJA Yachtsman of the Year


Congratulations to the novice deaf sailor from Edinburgh, Gavin Reid, who won the prestigious YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2016. Gavin beat off many of his yachting heroes to win the award for his bravery when he volunteered to leave the safety of the Clipper yacht he was crewing on out in the south Pacific ocean to swim to another yacht, scale the swinging mast and rescue a crew member that was tangled in the rigging.

Bearded Adventurer Undertakes First LEJOG Sailing Record


One of my modern day heroes is the bearded adventurer Sean Conway because of his inspiring "can do" attitude. When he thinks about a challenge he then rapidly gets on and does it. This has culminated in him being the first person to complete a length of Britain triathlon. He's not sailed much though. Infact I venture a guess that he has swam further than he has sailed. That's about to change though. He's teamed up with experienced racers Phil Sharp and Alex Alley. They will set off up th...

Charter Yacht Breaks Another Transatlantic Record


Congratulations to the crew of Leopard which was the first yacht to finish the ARC race with an astonishing time of 8 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes over the 2,700 nautical mile course. In doing so it has beaten the previous record by almost 55 hours. Leopard is now the holder of four transatlantic records. What I find most impressive about these achievements is that Leopard can be switched from being a record breaking racer to a luxury charter yacht by swapping her spinnaker for a lightwei...

A Preview of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2014


Each year in early December, the Caribbean yachting season kicks off with the much-loved Antigua Charter Yacht Show, as over 90 superyachts converge on the beautiful island to show off their charter attributes. Far from the commercial buzz of Fort Lauderdale and Monaco shows, the Antigua event offers a more relaxed and personal experience, welcoming brokers and press on board to experience first-hand the luxury and professionalism of the internatio...

Bing Predicts Scottish Referendum Outcome


I'm very impressed to see that Bing can predict the future based on its research as it crawls the Internet. Companies have been analysing social media posts during an event before, usually with the help of a hashtag but this is the first time I am aware of a search engine trawling newspaper articles to predict an outcome. Bing's predictions are still in their early days but the results are highly impressive. It predicted virtually every winning team in the Brazil World Cup. As a Scot who l...

The Benefits of a Yacht Wedding


Many clients call us for weddings on yachts in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale or NYC areas. Getting married on the water is a fun, unique and original venue for a wedding and not as expensive as you may think; in the first place, weddings and other special events on yachts are generally organized as all-inclusive packages that may include the wedding ceremony, (generally performed by the Captain or an officiant of your choice), the champagne toast, table center pieces, the Wedding cake, ceremony set...
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