Losses estimated at over US$ 3 million following yacht fire at marina

The time when Fort Lauderdale Fireboat 49 went towards a burning yacht at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the firefighters looked at flames which soared over fifty feet into the night sky. They also saw millions and millions of property being destroyed.

Speaking about Wednesday night’s blaze that damaged 2 luxury vessels berthed at 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Tim Heiser, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Deputy Chief, told that it burned very hot, it was very smoky and very dangerous conditions because it was pretty much zero visibility.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue fire marshal Jeffrey A. Lucas said that they believe that this is really accidental, and are waiting on some information that would confirm that.
Well, the fire sprang up aboard Journey, which is a 68-foot Fairline fiberglass yacht valued at US$ 3 million and is a real loss, stated Captain Ron Tetreault, who is also the lead investigator for the fire marshal’s office. (more…)

Sailing Today: Lagoon 39 on test

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Super Yachts are set to come to Baltimore, reports

Chesapeake is all set to be back on the map for millionaire yacht owners. Well, the state legislature altered a law to do that only. Alex DeMetrick has a whole lot more on what backers hope would be trickle-down economics from yachts.

At present, this is the only super yacht in local waters. This is visiting Annapolis Yacht Basin, before going towards the Mediterranean. Vessels this grandeur are a very rare sight in Chesapeake, because it takes a state licensed bay pilot to navigate.

Annapolis Yacht Basin Dockmaster Steve Grace aid that years ago when they began to put the pilots on the boats, they began diverting the bay altogether and staying outside the fees they had to pay.

All huge commercial watercraft need a bay pilot to direct their travel. After all, there are few worthful obstacles to deal with, and unseen problems under the water. When Maryland law needed pilots and their US$ 268 per hour fee on all vessels larger those seventy nine feet, visits like these to the Inner Harbor vanished. (more…)

Teresa Carey Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Sailing/Cruising French Polynesia – Pt. 3 – Tahuata – Marquesas

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Cumbrian sailor turns pro yacht master just at 18

Recently, a Cumbrian sailor has become a pro yacht master at the age of 18, scoring him one of the youngest person ever to do that. Dominic Jackson is depicted as a natural sailor by his family members and he is celebrating the accomplishment after finishing a grueling 18 week course on the island of Cumbrae, Scotland.

Dominic born with only one hand and this is why he is registered disabled. He sailed throughout the night up east coast of Isle of Bute with 2 others to achieve the title. While on board, the Cumbrian sailor had to purely depend on his skills as well as calculation as no tech help was allowed.

He has sailed since he was 10 years old. And, the youngster is now set for a life on seas after he qualified as a skipper. Rod Smith, Cumbrae’s pro yacht master instructor, told that to pass this course aged 18 is very unusual as the course is very intense and it involves all aspects of learning – starting from skippering a boat, to theoretical elements, like meteorological testing and navigating. (more…)

Winter Sailing on Puget Sound/Seattle Catalina 36

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Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Sailing

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Dedicated Alan Honored With Top Sailing Award

Alan Salerman, the dedicated sailing hero from Worcestershire would be receiving one of the most esteemed RYA (Royal Yachting Association) awards from Princess Royal HRH- RYA President. The award would be conferred upon him soon by end of November 2014 as an acknowledgement of his immense contributions to sailing.

Salerman hails from Rubery, Bromsgrove based Arden Sailing Club would be reportedly recognized with the very prestigious Lifetime Commitment RYA Award at the national governing body of sailing’s yearly awards ceremony that would be hosted at London.

The Arden Sailing veteran has been quite an enduring personnel on the sailing scene across West Midlands for more than 4 decades now. However, his most significant legacy is probably the contributions he made in steering his club’s re-establishment near Pershore whilst it was compelled to move out from its earlier site in the year 1997.

Albeit a small one when it comes to club size, yet it was Alan’s zeal and determination that made Arden quite a packed one with sufficient members needed for a fresh beginning.

The sailing veteran discovered the new location & almost single-handedly got the blueprints drawn & planning permission granted. His strong refusal to surrender in times of rejection also led him to gather more than 35,000 pound of funding & the ultimate outcome of his enthusiasm were impeccable facilities where a lion’s share of work was being carried on by the members of the club. Needless to mention, it was Salerman’s passion that inspired the other members of the club as well to buck up with a fighting spirit.

The sailing hero was nominated by his own club for this prestigious award & selected as the winner by the Awards panel of RYA. He would be honored with a certificate, commemorative medallion & a great celebratory lunch as well with HRH Princess Royal present at the ceremony

Piet Veerman – Sailin’ Home (1987)

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Yachts of the world owned by billionaires

With the several brand of yachts thronging the markets, the demand for these yachts have been increasingly high over the few years. The race of the ownership of the mega yachts is on among some of the greatest billionaires of the world.
Russian business magnet, Roman Abramovich, tops the list as he owns the world’s largest yacht , Eclips that he purchased in 2010, that has a length of 536 foot and cost $ 1 billion. This unique yacht has two helipads, disco, cinema, hair salon and a restaurant.

The next most striking yacht is possessed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates. Its cost goes up to $600 million and has a length of 590 feet. It is said to have 50 private suites and had taken four years for German builders to construct it. You probably won’t see it up for charter on yachting in Scotland website any time soon!

Topaz, which is 147 meter in length and cost about $527 million comprises of a helicopter landing pad, Jacuzzi, fitness center and much more. It has been owned by Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Apart from these three luxury yachts there are some other magnificent ones like A, worth $390 million owned by Andrey Melnichenko. This has a striking feature of a bed that rotates at the touch of the button allowing a perfect view of sunrise and sunset. Serene worth $330 million, Radiant worth $320 million, Pelorus and Al Said both worth $300 million are some other mega yachts with striking amenities. These yachts with their grandeur and luxuries resemble small cities on water and a treat to watch.