Croatia Set To Hosts The Biggest Boat Show Ever

The Biograd Boat Show (BBS) was especially created to give an opportunity to nautical tourism to develop efficiently in Croatia and to give the necessary boost to the boating industry. After the success of the 2013 Biograd Boat Show, the organizers have decided to make the 2014 Biograd Boat Show the biggest boat show that has ever been held in Croatia.

This year the number of exhibitors in the show has increased. Seminars in relation to boat maintenance are going to take place during the boat show. Along with that more than hundred second-hand vessels are going to be displayed in the event.

Ever since the Biograd Boat Show became a part of the IFBSO (International Federation of Boat Show Organizers), it has turned into the major boat show held in Central Europe.

The 16th edition of Croatia boat show is going to be held from 23rd October to 26th October, 2014 and around 250 exhibitors are going to participate in the event. An information centre on yacht charter might also represent around five hundred boats at the BBS.

Nada (36 meter long event ship of BBS) is going to offer free tours to the visitors and will be utilized for all kinds of presentations and meetings.  The RIB vessels (high speed ones) and semi-submersibles are going to offer free rides as well.

BBS regatta (one-day event), Elan 210 match race, the Austrian Offshore Cruising Championships are some of the regattas that are closely associated with the Biograd Boat Show.

Along with the events related to the boating industry like seminars, regattas, meetings etc. the BBS provides for biggest entertainment shows, fashion shows, concerts, art exhibitions and so on to keep the visitors thoroughly entertained.

The entry fee for the show is five Euros for the adults and kids aged fourteen or under that have free admission.

Two rescued in west Cork yacht mishap

Survivors of the the west Cork boating mishap that took the life of a sixty six year old man spent the evening on an island after their yacht capsized. A pair visiting from the United Kingdom were seen on a cliff at the Castle Island which is just off the mouth of Schull harbor by rescue personnel early yesterday.

Denis Quinlan, the Schull Inshore Lifeboat PRO, told that they were incoherent, even though they were in a frowzled state and visibly shook. Speaking to the rescuers, the couple told that all three on board were in the water clinging to the vessel, a 19ft Drascombe Lugger, after it capsized. Continue reading Two rescued in west Cork yacht mishap

Waiting for the sun-powered yacht race

Monaco has always been known for the most exciting Formula One Grand Prix finals and also for its annual yacht show. This time of the years some of the world’s most fascinating, luxurious and largest sailboats adorn the Port Hercule. However put your seatbelts on this summer, for the Solar1 Races and Vripack are combing the both to bring to you, the first time ever, solar-powered, yacht Grand Prix at the solar1 race. This is scheduled to take place from July 10 to July 12.

The origin of the solar-powered races can be traced back to 2006, the Dong Energy Solar Challenge in Holland. This race originally had two divisions: the hobby-level cruising class and a professional yachting class whose cost made it prohibitive for most of the competitors. After three years in the hobby-level, Vripack came up with an idea of uniform racing. This third level would be for testing the skill of the sailor and not the craftsmen. All the boats designed would be of the same calibre and hence provide a uniform ground for testing.

For this new platform the Vripack designing team has come up with the new V20 series, which has a molded carbon frame and as many solar panels as possible for powering the boat. “There’s not that much boat” as Droogsma says comparing the standard V20 and the Navy vessels that Vripack also build. This V20 takes a mere one and a half month to build because it lacks the complex onboard systems. This is set to reach 18 mph which is 9mph less than the standard professional yachts, but is also just one-third the price of the latter. This also saves up the cost of fuel as the concept of solar power is no longer hypothetical, now all we can hope for is a sunny day.

Outstanding Performance By The Scarlett Runner

From the north of Deshaies, Guadeloupe to English harbor and Antigua, about twenty yatches entered the race. A hot easterly breeze of about 15 loops moving somewhat to the south with a sensible sea state formed champagne terms and conditions for the fleet. Just about 42 miles of ocean race is the customary feeder race for Antigua saling week.

Rob Date, an Australian RP52 Scarlett runner, completed the ending line underneath fort charlotte Antigua, finishing the race within the given time of just around three and half hours.

Rob Date stated that their aim was to start well and try to go ahead of spirit of adventure and get the victory line before them. He said that they had a bit of problem with their code zero which they natured out but overall it was a nice practice, it was a fine shake out for the crew. The next day they will be racing around Antigua and this boat will go on a long one rather than short ones and so they are going to get out there.

All the way from Melbourne Australia covering about 18000 miles, Scarlett Runner has cruised to Antigua. Rowan Disco Leaper has cruised the entire way on Scarlett runner. They have completed only the half route and this is not the end, they have not been counting the miles. They will be sailing far to Hawaii. This is the first occasion on which any of the team has been on Antigua saling week.

At the prize distributing ceremony Scarlet Runner was adjudged winner on corrected time. By just five minutes on the corrected time Stephen C. Schmidt American Santa Cruz 70 stood in the second position. Third position was held by the Alex Johnston’s Grenadian oceanis 461 who was battling with William Bagget and Hans’s Lammers.