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European Commission to take UK to court over red diesel

The European Commission is taking the UK to court for "not properly applying" excise rules over red diesel. According to a report on BBC News, the EC is stepping up their opposition to current UK laws that allow the restricted use of red diesel in recreational vessels. Red diesel is intended for the use by fishing vessels and can be up to 40% cheaper than normal fuel due to its lower tax duty.It is marked with a red dye to distinguish it from standard fuel.The EC said that some were breaking the rules but that at some refueling points they had no other choice."Private leisure boat owners are often in a situation where they can only purchase marked fuel," said an EC statement."As a consequence, private leisure boats may not pay the right amount of tax."UK boaters should follow ...

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Facebook post saves capsized dinghy sailor

A teenage sailor, stranded after his boat capsized, was lucky to be found by Fowey lifeboat crew as he tried to swim to safety late last night. The 18-year-old's boat had capsized and dismasted, throwing him into the sea. With his telephone affected by the water and only allowing him to post on Facebook, the sailor posted a message to say he was stranded. Brixham Coastguard was contacted just before 11pm last night by police who'd taken a call from the teenager's mum. She said his post on Facebook said he was in trouble on his Laser sailing dinghy. Fowey lifeboats launched soon afterwards, with the all-weather lifeboat searching the area towards Portmellon, while the crew on the inshore lifeboat headed out to search towards Pentewan. Mevagissey and St. Austell C...

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Man Overboard

One of the worst case scenarios when sailing offshore, especially beyond the range of immediate rescue help, is of a crew falling overboard when you are piling downwind under spinnaker. In a typical bluewater situation, the crew would likely be shorthanded (and suddenly one down), the yacht would be under autopilot, the boom held by a preventer and the spinnaker pole fixed with in position with a foreguy and afterguy.Getting the crewman back safely is all up to you; it's life and death. So how should you go about it?This is one of the situations that we are testing and demonstrating on our latest video techniques series, which we are carrying out this week in Fiji (where else?). We have joined Dan and Em Bower, charter skippers and owners of the 51ft Skyelark of London. Dan and Em are h...

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The final phase of the Giraglia Rolex Cup

By Gemma Fottles Today sees the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup enter its final phase with the start of the 241nm offshore race. Some 213 yachts are expected to take part – a new record fleet. The mythical course which usually takes crews from France to Italy via the Giraglia rock off the northern tip of Corsica offers an alternative finish this year in Monte-Carlo. The unique opportunity to combine the finish of this celebrated race with the inauguration of the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse has been embraced by all involved. The 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet ranges in size from 100 feet down to 30 feet. If conditions permit, Esimit Europa 2 - the largest and fastest yacht - will seek to dent its record time of 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds set in 2012 over a ...

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Are You Really Ready to Move Ashore?

Written by: Rose Jolis Written by: Rose Jolis   How many times have you felt at the end of your rope, or perhaps a little trapped by your golden handcuffs?    How many times have you thought about moving ashore- or actually did, and then got there and didn\'t know what to do with yourself, or spent all of your money in the first six months because you were living the dream?   It's not an easy transition onto land. For most us 'yachties' it's the light at the end of the tunnel: to live in your own place, have your own big bed, maybe a pet. To create your own schedule and eat what you want and when you want it.   But then the little realities of paying for rent and groceries get in the way.  All of a sudden, some things yo...

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Yacht Provisioning: An Elephant Named Rose

Written by: Jo Morgan Written by: Jo Morgan Written by: Jo Morgan   Part 2: In last month's feature, yacht provisoners shared their stories about wacky requests, such as provisioning live crickets to feed a yacht's iguana and supplying haute couture.  The stories don't stop there though- who would have thought provisioners delivered hay to yachts, or were asked to source unborn lambs?  Also this month: do you think yacht crew work the hardest of anyone in the industry?  Read on: you might be surprised.   The Smoking Gun Over time, all provisioners become accustomed to the pressure, strange requests and moving destinations of the yachts they supply. In fact, all provisioners contacted for this piece replied that the wildly changing demand...

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Mate/Bosum or Deckhand

  Hi my Name is Andy I am German to search for a new Boat.(Languarge speaking: German,English,Spanish,Italien and basic Turkish) Experienced Mate ( OOW 3000gt. ) looking for permanent position/Day . Experience on Deck as well as in the Engine Room, painting, varnishing, sanding, refinishing, cleaning etc. I am an honest hardworking professional with an open and outgoing personality, who enjoys being part of a great team. I am actively increasing my knowledge through ongoing training and working experience. I have a great health, physically fit, non-smoker, and I will be an enthusiastic and friendly member of any crew I am actively looking for a job on motor yacht as Mate and assistant engineer. I have all necessary documents and knowledge.STCW-95 ENG 1,Yachtmaster Offshore, OOW...

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Brand NewWord

As i look back on my life ifind that i havent done the things i dreamnt of when i was a little girl. Growing up in one of the poorvillages in Zimbabwe my cream was to leave the moment i finished school. but being poor and not having enough knowledge i found myself stack in everyday life of working to hand in mouth. now i want to change my world , im going to travel and everyAfrican girl child will talk about me. i will change the way we look at life.   Watch this space people here im going to be the queen of the yacthing industry. 

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Tracking & MOB Systems to Live By

It's no coincidence that "The Iliad" was set on a boat: It's the one place where we are totally subject to nature's whims. For anyone who has ever gone to sea in bad weather, there is always a sense of relief when you tie off and once again set foot on solid ground. Today, with more sophisticated rescue systems, it's a less terrifying prospect. We have GPS navigation and hourly weather reports. We have sturdy boats, backup tenders and life-rafts. And, in the event of an emergency, we have the tracking technology to facilitate rescue operations that would never have been feasible even one generation ago. It all started with the arrival of GPS, says Jeremy Harrison, president and managing director of McMurdo Group. "[GPS] was a huge leap in technology,...

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