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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...

Resume Rafiki Rescue


We are surprised that the search for the four crew of Cheeki Rafiki was called off so quickly by the US and Canadian coast guards. It is unlikely that they were able to do an effective search of the area given the poor visibility during the search phase. PLBs being activated by the crew over a period of time of time very strongly suggests that the crew are still alive and that they are likely to be in their 12 man liferaft. As a commercial yachtmaster I am surprised that the search was called...

We Taught Them Not To Click


For many years we have been educating users that they should take care not to click links in emails that they were not expecting. The message about the dangers of phishing emails has got through and consumers are good at deleting emails that they think are suspect. A problem that we have been noticing is that website owners are having their websites suspended because they are unaware that the new WHOIS Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) emails that they are receiving are legitimate. These emails ...

News Anchor


Dutch news reporter Claudi Groot Koerkamp learnt a little bit more about boats and how cold rivers can be when she tried to interview the major of Kampen. This might be perhaps the only time that a major's chains of office have been used to try to rescue a man overboard. Despite his quick thinking a launch with two rescuers in drysuits was required in the end to bring this accident to a happy ending.

The Yacht Dice Game


We are pleased to launch the first version of our online Yacht Game. The yacht dice game does not seem to have anything to do with any kind of yacht that I am aware of but due to its name it seemed like the perfect game to adopt as our official game. The game was launched in the early hours of this morning in honour of my brother's birthday (he likes to play a commercial version of the game) and so you can happily fritter away a few moments on a Friday aft...

Ian Williams in First Time German Victory


In an authoritative victory, Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar won this year's Match Race Germany in Langenargen. This marks his very first success in the event, and has given him a promising position to work from going into the rest of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It was not necessarily a thrilling final race, as on the final day, only one encounter took place between Williams and his adversary Adam Minoprio of

Are You Cookie Compliant?


More than nine months since all UK websites were required to gain 'implied consent' from their users to use cookies to monitor their website visits most websites are still not doing so. The benefits of the EU directive that have lead to this law are debatable but it is now the law so companies have to abide by it by asking their users for consent. Many of the websites that are telling users that they are using cookies do nothing more than tell users that they are using cookies. We provide...
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