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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Aug-2018

Published by TI Media Limited Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk Sailing in the slow lane For most of us boating is a pastime; an escape from the pressures of ‘real life’ – a chance to enjoy the present moment without thinking of the future or the past. There are, of course, people for whom boating is real life: fishermen, shipping and ferry crew, surveying, offshore installation support etc. But there is one thing all those professional seamen have in common: they don’t need to know anything about sailing. Professional sailors do exist, but vanishingly few outside the ‘sailing-as-pastime’ or sail racing economy. In the February issue I wrote about modern trading under sail, profiling several different projects attempting to make a living by transporting goods under sail. In this issue…

3 min.
and they’re off: 2018 golden globe race gets under way

After all the preparations, the Golden Globe Race skippers finally got under way on 1 July 2018. Their aim: to sail solo, unaided and non-stop around the world without the use of modern technology. It was clear when they crossed the start line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France that many would be fighting over every mile during the race, which will take 9-10 months. There is a distinct mix of professional sailors and amateurs taking part in the event, which marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Professional offshore racer Philippe Péché was the first to cross the start line in his Rustler 36, PRB. He was just ahead of his biggest rival, fellow Frenchman and former Vendée Globe competitor, Jean-Luc van den Heede, who…

1 min.
invasive species risk after holyhead disaster

The Scottish Government has issued an advice notice about the potential spread of a non-native marine invasive species from Wales to Scotland. Didemnum vexillum (D. vex), commonly called carpet sea squirt, was known to be living on the floating pontoons, ropes and chains at Anglesey’s Holyhead Marina, which was severely damaged in March by Storm Emma. Despite attempts to contain the debris, some of it spread to the wider marine environment. Carpet sea squirt forms large mat-like structures that smother local flora and fauna, impacting the fishing industry and aquaculture. A Scottish Government spokesperson encouraged boat users to help. Sightings of the carpet sea squirt or possible Holyhead Marina debris should be reported to the Scottish Environment and Rural Services on 08452 302050 or email: info@sears.scotland.gov.uk…

6 min.
reprieve for sailing brand henri lloyd

Five Henri Lloyd stores have been saved, along with stock and assets after the sailing clothing brand went into administration. Aligro UK Limited has agreed to buy shops at Salcombe, Dartmouth, Cowes, Cheshire Oaks and Lymington, securing the jobs of 38 store staff and six employees at Henri Lloyd’s head office in Manchester. The clothing company blamed ‘challenging trading conditions on the high street’ for the administration, which has left 128 staff redundant. Stores in Falmouth, Truro, Street and Swindon have closed, along with the 20 House of Fraser concessions. In March Swedish investor, Aligro Group, agreed to buy the Henri Lloyd brand and trademarks to revitalise the firm, which was struggling financially, and had already taken steps to reduce costs. Despite this, the sailing brand went into administration in June. Aligro believes maintaining…

1 min.
new insurance for uk visiting denmark

The RYA is warning boaters that new insurance requirements for personal watercraft and speedboats in Denmark apply to both Danish and foreign-flagged vessels. The country has recently introduced compulsory liability insurance for watercraft for which, under the Danish regulations, a certificate of operation is required. It only applies to certain planing boats under 15 metres, such as personal watercraft and speedboats. Boat operators must have an insurance certificate that includes details of the boat owner, the hull number and expiry date of the policy, which can only be taken out with members of the Danish Insurance Association. The Danish Cruising Association and the Danish Sailing Association are offering to assist boaters that need to take out the insurance, which must cover compensation of up to DKK27m for personal injury and DKK13.5m for property…

1 min.
diary dates

Arnside Maritime Heritage Exhibition, 14-15 July, at Arnside, Cumbria. alasdairsimpson2@gmail.com Volvo Cork Week, 16-21 July, hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven. An eclectic mix of classes and competitors. corkweek.ie Western Boat Show 2018, 20-22 July, staged during the Bristol Harbour Festival. westernboatshow.co.uk Thames Traditional Boat Festival, 20-22 July, at Henley. This 40th anniversary event will feature a range of river craft from coracles to Dunkirk Little Ships. tradboatfestival.com Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta, 20-22 July, hosted by Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. royalsolent.org Cornish Wharram Hui 2018, 27-30 July, at Devoran, Cornwall, gathering of multi-hull enthusiasts. wharram.com Pocklington Canal Bicentenary Festival & Boat Rally, 28-29 July, held at Canal Head and Melbourne Arm. canalrivertrust.org.uk Nottinghamshire Riverside Festival, 3-5 August, Nottingham Embankment, River Trent.…