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Jet skis - can your yacht and crew legally let guests on jet skis?

RYA Personal Watercraft Instructors training for Super yachts In 2007, the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) introduced the onboard introduction to Personal Watercraft Safety course for Super Yachts, designed for owners and guests using Personal Watercraft (PWC) such as Jet Skis during their holiday onboard. The "Yacht" becomes the training centre, with the provision of qualified onboard crew holding the RYA Personal Watercraft Instructors Certificate (PWI). The recognition allows yachts to issue RYA training and certificates to crew, guests and owners; giving them the freedom to use the boat's PW equipment.   How to become an RYA Personal Watercraft recognised training centre for super yachts. In order to offer this training onboard your vessel, yo...

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Newport Charter Yacht Show Announces Seminars for 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. (March 8, 2012) – Another exciting component to the already dynamic and newly revitalized Newport Charter Yacht Show (NCYS) has been announced by Newport Harbor Corporation, the show's new owner. Industry focused seminars will be featured each day of the June 18-21 event, which will be held at the Newport Yachting Center in historic downtown Newport, R.I, immediately before the start of the America's Cup World Series.  The Newport Charter Yacht Show, the only one of its kind in the U.S., caters to the charter yacht industry with a showcase of luxury charter yachts as well as ancillary boating goods, services and educational information.  It also allows consumers (attending with brokers) to learn more about vacationing on one of the many world-cl...

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GROUPAMA SURVIVE POUNDING AS BATTLE FOR SECOND BOILS OVER

March 9, 2012 - 1430 UTC Leg 4 Day 20.  The six-boat fleet has taken a severe pounding over the last 24 hours with fierce head winds and strong currents combining to whip up mountainous seas on the approach to the northern tip of New Zealand.Leg leaders Groupama sailing team gave the fleet a master class on how to deal with the hideous conditions, maintaining an average boat speed of around 13 knots despite the colossal seas.Photo: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean RacingAt 1300 UTC today they held a 110 nautical mile lead on the fleet with 225 nm to sail before the finish in Auckland. Groupama helmsman Charles Caudrelier said the French crew was exhausted from a night of sail changes and tacking in winds up to 31 knots and waves as big as eight metres, but they remained resolute to h...

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Galapagos islands as a yachting destination

1 March 2012, Galapagos Islands.  Exotic destinations around the globe rather than the traditional ones are now days more desirable by luxury travelers. Exotic destinations are getting more inquiries than ever before; most of those destinations had set eyes on the yacht charter industry, among them the Galapagos Islands. Located on the Equator in the vast Pacific Ocean, the archipelago has a unique and fragile ecosystem. No other destination compares to the Galapagos Islands due to their status as a National Park and Marine Reserve completely protected by the government of Ecuador, who has kept the 90% of this paradise untouched by human's settlements and pollution. Yacht Charters in the Galapagos are starting to be very popular as an option to spend a memorable vacation with fam...

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22 Years for Murdering Captain Drew Gollan

11 February 2012 - St. John's Antigua- Sylvester "X Tool" Lindsey of Potters was yesterday sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing Australian boat captain Drew Gollan on January 22, 2009. High Court Judge Richard Floyd, in imposing the sentence, considered the time Lindsey, 24, was on remand. "The three years you spent in prison is time served," Justice Floyd said. The trial for the 2009 slaying began last November with Lindsey professing his innocence. He  changed his plea to guilty two days later, after the jury visited the crime scene. Before that, the court heard that Lindsey and at least three friends were on a joyride in the English Harbour area when Gollan, his wife and child were spotted walking along Pigeon Point main road. Lindsey rep...

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M/Y Yogi Sinks off the coast of Greece

  18.02.2012 - The Greek coast guard has rescued eight people from a 60-meter French-flagged yacht which suffered mechanical failure in gale-force winds off the coast of the Aegean island of Skyros. The coast guard said two Air Force helicopters and a Navy frigate, as well as coast guard vessels and four commercial ships headed to the assistance of the yacht, registered as Yogi, after its captain sent out a distress signal Friday morning. The captain said the yacht was taking on water and he had ordered the ship to be abandoned.   Built by Proteksan Turquoise in 2011, the yacht was reported to be in difficulties this morning in the area between the islands of Skyros and Psara, 19 nautical miles off the coast. A 'mechanical failure' has been blamed for the inci...

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The Cruising Club of America has awarded its 2011 Blue Water Medal

New York, N.Y., USA (January 30, 2011) – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has awarded its esteemed 2011 Blue Water Medal to Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericson for a commendable 24 years and 135,000 miles of sailing the oceans of the world with a focus in the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean. The first Blue Water Medal was awarded in 1923; and is given to "the most meritous example of seamanship." Its recipient is selected from among amateurs of all the nations." The medal will be presented by Commodore Daniel P. Dyer, III at the annual Awards Dinner on March 2, 2012 at New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. Matzen was born in Germany in 1956 and grew up to be a wooden boat builder. In 1981,Matzen purchased Wanderer III, a 30 foot wooden sloop, bui...

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LEADERS TUSSLE AHEAD OF SOUTH CHINA SEA SLOG

January 31, 2012 - 1500 UTC Leg 3 Stage 2 Day 10.  Team Telefónica were fending off relentless attacks from Groupama sailing team on Tuesday, clinging to the lead as the fleet continued the race through the South China Sea.Groupama's persistence took them to within four nautical miles of Telefónica, the overall race leaders, at 1440 UTC, with PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG a lurking presence 11 miles behind the frontrunner.Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race.  Starboard tack for the long haul, onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China."It's going to be tight with Groupama," said Telefónica's Australian navigator And...

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Our Sincere Apologies, Prime Minister

9 January 2012 - Our apologies, Prime Minister. I'm sorry we were not racing around the world trying to establish a world record on a ten million dollar sailing vessel that was wrecked by a storm. I'm sorry we were not a Russian poaching vessel stealing Patagonia toothfish from the waters off the coast of Antarctica where we breached our hull and needed your help. I'm sorry that we are not an eco-tourist vessel grounded on the beach of Antarctica in need of your assistance. Unfortunately we're not setting world records, poaching fish or gawking at penguins. We're trying to stop illegal whaling. Surely you remember that back in 2007, Peter Garrett promised us that your government was going to get tough on whaling and that your government was actually goi...

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Zhik Etchells Nationals: entry deadline looming for quality fleet

23 Jan 2012 - Entry to the Zhik International Etchells 2012 Australian Championship, to be held by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, closes in just under one week on 2nd February. Regatta Director David Ritchard is looking forward to welcoming entries from around Australia even if the skippers haven't qualified for the World Championship in Sydney, to be held later in the month. Registration for the event will be held on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February. Included in the program is pre-measurement of the boats that are competing in the Worlds. "From Monday 6th to Thursday 9th we plan is to do as many boats as possible. This will help take the load off when the boats go down to Sydney," Ritchard said. World Champion in 2010 and defending natio...

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