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.
Thursday 12th January 2017
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...
Thursday 3rd December 2015
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...
Friday 5th December 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...
Tuesday 28th October 2014
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...
Thursday 4th September 2014
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...
Monday 19th May 2014
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.
Wednesday 16th April 2014
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...
Friday 31st January 2014
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 Tuesday 25th June 2013
The RNLI has been successful in applying for planning permission to build a new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at their Poole headquarters. This is great news not just for the RNLI who will save about £3.7m each year by being able to build their own boats but is also a great boost for the local economy with the creation of 90 new jobs. It will be interesting to see which other boat building yards spring up around Sunseeker and this new factory. This is going to be an amazing achievement for the ...
Thursday 10th January 2013
I have been taking advantage of the quiet holiday period to take some care of the cases that have been protecting our stuff on the boat. I decided to remove the residue left by some sticky labels that were on the Peli Cases. Instead of buying yet another specialist product I rooted around the kitchen and tried some grapeseed oil. I poured a little of it onto the case, smeared it around a little with my fingers and then removed the oil and gunk with some cotton wool. It worked like a dream and...
Friday 28th December 2012
The Anstruther lifeboat got into the olympic spirit at sunset yesterday by coming to the aid of Anstruther's Christmas tree which had toppled into the harbour. This is one of the many rescues that the RNLI has made this year. I think it could be made into a festive song something like: Six Royal Decades Five Olympic Rings Forty flood victims Three Shannon lifeboats Two lifeboat stations And a soggy Christmas Tree
Friday 21st December 2012
I have been putting together some plans for an ambitious side launching offroad boat trailer to allow the safety boat to be launched in less accessible locations. Whilst doing some research I came across this very cool boat launcher.
Tuesday 18th December 2012
After a decade of planning, building and sailing very, very quickly Paul Larsen's Vestas Sailrocket 2 has broken the sailing speed record by averaging 59.38 knots over 500 metres. Once the World Speed Sailing Record Council has ratified the record I am sure the team will be having a well earned party. It is an amazing engineering achievement to get a boat to sail at three times the speed of the wind. Lots of factors contribute towards this including the usual suspects of lightweight materials...
Thursday 22nd November 2012
This seven minute video by the BBC featuring Scottish double Olympic gold medal winner Shirley Robertson is a great introduction to racing rules and tactics.
Friday 9th November 2012