Royal Southern YC News: A glittering night of prizes & surprises!

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Press Release
Date: 14th November 2017
Issued on behalf of the Royal Southern Yacht Club
by: Peta Stuart-Hunt

A glittering night of prizes & surprises at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Annual Prizegiving

The delighted Champion of Champions 2017! From L-R: Illywhacker helm David Hitchcock, the Sponsor, Lennon Chandler from Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams, co-owner & skipper of Illywhacker.


Report: Phil Riley
Hamble, Hampshire, UK 
The Royal Southern Yacht Club’s glittering annual prizegiving concluded a highly successful 2017 season which has seen the Club run and host a succession of high-profile events including World, European and National Championships.

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Palma Plays Host to Final Melges 40 Grand Prix Event of the 2017 Season

The prestigious waters of Palma de Mallorca, Spain will act as center stage for final Melges 40 Grand Prix showdown of 2017

(14 November 2017 / Palma de Mallorca, Spain) – Hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma, the Melges 40 fleet is set, ready and fully prepared to race the final event of what has been an incredible, inaugural Grand Prix season.

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Fincantieri seeks to delist Vard; Mysteries of the NVDC revealed — a little

Shallow draft Incat Crowther cat has next gen propeller tunnel
November 14, 2017 — Built by Australia’s Richardson Devine Marine shipyard, the 30 m passenger ferry Isle of la Digue is the latest Incat Crowther design vessel for Seychelles operator Inter Island Express. Requiring a very shallow draft to afford access to the operator’s confined harbor berth, Isle of La Digue is the first vessel to feature Incat Crowther’s innovative new generation propeller tunnel. The tunnel significantly reduces propeller draft, yet offers a flat transom which can integrate with standard fixed or active interceptor systems.

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Melges 24 Stories: TAKI 4 Atop The Wave

TAKI 4 ITA778 team at the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship in Miami – photo (c) Pierrick Contin –

November 13, 2017 – IM24CA – Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion two years in a row, the Corinthian winner of the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, missing only two Corinthian podiums of the series’ events  – this is how Italian team TAKI 4 has been printing their footsteps in the history of Melges 24 class.

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Tuco adds autonomous control to its workboat options; Rolls-Royce unveils an LNG-fueled superyacht concept

VIDEO: Tuco adds autonomous control to its workboat options
November 13, 2017 — Faaborg, Denmark, based Tuco Marine is launching Denmark’s first commercially available line of remote controlled and autonomous workboats. Tuco is using technology developed by Boston, MA, based Sea Machine Robotics, Inc. The Tuco launch announcement comes on the eve of an international conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority in Copenhagen.

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Two sentenced in collision case; Bollinger delivers FRC 26 USCGC Joseph Gerczak

Two sentenced in collision case that involved “illusion of motion”
November 10, 2017 — The U.K.Maritime and Coastguard agency reports that a former captain and marine pilot have each been given four months suspended sentences after pleading guilty to offenses in connection with the December 3, 2015 collision between the Panama registered pure car carrier City of Rotterdam and the Danish registered RO/RO ferry Primula Seaways on the River Humber.

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Fijian people are immensely proud and in love with their islands. The nation pride themselves on not only giving back to their environment, but also by looking after it. The Mamanuca Islands have an incredible list of eco-tourism destinations where visitors can not only enjoy the beautiful pristine environment, but also give something back to the local community of where they are staying.


Protecting wildlife is a crucial part of Fijian life and Fiji is the perfect destination to see exotic creatures in their natural habitats. The Mamanucas are set amongst the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific and being fringed with coral reefs, rich in different species of marine life, the islands are the perfect destination for water-lovers.  Guests shouldn’t be surprised to spy the blacktip reef shark which takes up residence in the warm waters of the islands, or dolphins splashing in the wave breaks as they explore the islands.

For guests who want to get up close and personal with their wildlife, the Kula Wild Adventure Park is an environmental showplace of the South Pacific. Situated near Sigatoka, it is home to endangered Fijian iguanas, baby snakes and hawksbill sea turtles. Working in cooperation with the National Trust for Fiji, the Endangered Species Recovery Council of San Diego and the Parks Board of New South Wales (PBNSW) Australia, the park is the only captive breeding facility in Fiji for endangered and indigenous species.

However, it’s not just the Kula Wild Adventure Park who is encouraging guests to learn more about the endangered species of Fiji. Tavarua Island has also been working with the Fijian Department of Fisheries to care for and nurture the endangered giant clam species. The isle recently welcomed 500 baby clams to the island with hopes of improved reproduction in the wild among the local reef and Fiji as a whole. The fishing restrictions established recently by the Tavarua habitants and surrounding villages helped to rehabilitate the reef system surrounding the island.

Another key resort contributing to preserving the environment is Castaway Island, committed to ecological responsibility and protecting the island’s lavish tropical vegetation. The white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs ensure that guests get to relax and leave the island in a better condition than they found it, through eco-friendly activities.

The Islands also have the Mamanuca Environment Society. The Society is committed to the promotion of awareness of the need to protect the marine and terrestrial resources of the Mamanuca Region and to assist in the environmentally sustainable development of these resources, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The environment is now at the forefront of all Fijians minds, and Tourism Fiji has produced a film narrated by ocean explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau to showcase the hard work that the industry is doing to protect and conserve their islands.  Featuring the Yasawa islands, as well as the Mamanuca Islands, it is an awe-inspiring video that highlights Fiji as a sustainable holiday destination where visitors come and make a difference. To download this video in HD please click here and to dowload the video in 4K please click here.

Now easier than ever to reach, Fiji Airways provides flights from Singapore and San Francisco to Fiji. Fiji Airways also connects with flights from Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Los Angeles, so holidaymakers from the UK will need to change at one of these destinations.  Korean Air also offers some fantastic rates via Seoul.

For more information on Fiji please visit and images can be found at

Gondan wins contract for powerful icebreaking escort tug; Jeffboat plans to lay off 278 workers

Gondan wins contract for powerful icebreaking escort tug
November 9, 2017 — Spanish shipbuilder Gondan has signed a contract with the Port of Luleå, Sweden, covering construction of a new hybrid-powered 36 m RAL TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking escort tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. The shipyard was selected as the result of a rigorous international competition among qualified shipbuilders. According to the port, the tug represents an investment of SEK 150 million (about $18 million).

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The Valencia Boat Show received a total of 14,728 visitors in the five days it was held

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The Valencia Boat Show received a total of 14,728 visitors in the five days it was held

The Valencia Boat Show received a total of 14,728 visitors in the five days it was held

– The Valencia Boat Show featured four professional days and an open day with free entry
– The event confirms that in 2018 it will be held from the 31st of October to the 4th of November
The Valencia Boat Show, which was held from the 1st to the 5th of November in Valencia Marina, received a total of 14,728 visitors in its five days of exhibition, with a 50% increase in ticket sales compared to last year. The show attracted an equal number of visitors as the last edition despite having two days less – five days instead of seven – and just one open day with free entry compared to two open days in 2016. In the 2016 edition the average number of daily visitors was 2,142, while this year it has been of 3,000, which represents an average increase of 40% visitors per day. The open day attracted about 8,000 people who came to see the exhibition of new boats, engines, accessories and nautical services and to participate in the free activities that were held on Sunday in Valencia Marina.

The representatives of the show confirm that operations have been closed and there are others in progress that will be closed in the coming weeks, and that it is expected that this year’s turnover will greatly exceed last year’s figure of 4.3 million euros in boat sales.

“We are very satisfied with this year’s results, both in terms of the operations carried out and in the number and profile of the visitors, who are users of the nautical industry and interested in the purchase of boats, products, accessories and marine services. The Valencia Boat Show made a commitment in 2016 that has been confirmed to be a success, and today we are a show in full expansion, which I believe has come a long way”, said the director of the event, Fernando Jimenez, last Sunday.

From the 31st of October to the 4th of November in 2018
In 2018, the Valencia Boat Show will be held from the 31st of October to the 4th of November, coinciding again with the All Saints holiday, which is expected to attract visitors from all points of the mainland taking advantage of the bank holiday weekend and Valencia’s good connections and favourable weather. The show will again have four professional days and an open day with free entry on the Sunday with activities for all audiences, as it is the format preferred by exhibitors, according to the survey carried out by the organisation.

About the Valencia Boat Show

From the 1st to the 5th of November – La Marina de València

The Valencia Boat Show, which will be held from the 1st to the 5th of November in Valencia Marina, has surpassed last edition’s figures, with more than 80 exhibitors and over 150 new boats from the main national and international boatyards, in addition to a wide range of marine engines, services and accessories. This year the show has enlarged its exhibition space to 16,000 m2, thanks to the addition of a new covered area in Tinglado nº2 of Valencia Marina, and has filled up the exhibition capacity and available moorings.

The Union of Nautical Companies (UEN), an association of companies in the nautical sector of the Valencian Community, has organised the Valencia Boat Show since 2009, making it an event organised by and for the nautical industry.

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Photography: Vicent Bosch

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Photographer: Vicent Bosch

Carnival and Shell ink North American LNG fuel supply agreement; Gibbs & Cox to offer OSD-IMT designs in U.S. market

Latest FORAN build includes major upgrades
November 8, 2017 — As part of its Shipyard 4.0 Digitalization Strategy, Spanish engineering and technology group SENER has upgraded its FORAN CAD/CAM/CAE system. The improvements in the various design packages are incorporated in the latest FORAN build, launched last month. The naval architecture package has been enhanced with tools for reading the previous “classic” intact and damage stability definition files, making it possible to reuse legacy projects on the new platform, and includes new stability criteria, more flexibility for configuring reports, and different visualization and user interface improvements.

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