>> EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SELDEN SPONSORED SUSIE GOODALL Interview with the only female participant in the Golden Globe Race p.06

>> IS BITCOIN CRYPTOCURRENCY THE FUTURE OF YACHT BROKERAGE? MAINSAIL gets the views of the top international brokerage leaders regarding cryptocurrency p.12

>> GABART: WE CAN STILL RAISE THE LEVEL OF THE GAME AND GO MUCH FASTER François Gabart talks with MAINSAIL after setting a new solo round the world record p.22

>> DESIGN, INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE A DPS tribute to the largest and most successful B&Y awards event in Malta p.28

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Cover Story

Exclusive Interview with Selden Sponsored Susie Goodall

High-class interview with the only female participant in the Golden Globe Race, who is

sponsored by DHL and Seldén Mast


Is Bitcoin Cryptocurrency the future of Yacht brokerage?

It seems only a matter of time before the yacht brokerage world embraces cryptocurrency.

MAINSAIL gets the views right from the top international brokerage leaders



My name is Azzam and I am the princess of the Super


The largest Super Yacht Azzan of 180 metres


Gabart: We can still raise the level of the game and go

much faster

François Gabart talks with MAINSAIL after setting a new solo round the world record


Y.CO Clearwater: Stewardess takes stand against plastic

waste harming marine life

Elizabethh Finney highlights the importance of ocean conservation within the yachting industry

The Malta International Boats and

Yachting Awards 2017

Design, Innovation & Excellence

A DPS tribute to the largest and most successful boats and yachting awards

event held end November 2017


Issue 7 >> 04


30 Incredible stories of survival at sea

Unbelievable and amazing sea endurance

and rescue accounts

36 Spotted in the Mediterranean

MAINSAIL’s binoculars falls on some of the most

extravagant super yachts cruising the Med


40 Fairline Yachts reveals location of

new production facility

We go behind the secret location of the new Fairline

facility disclosed as Hythe, Southampton Water, on

England’s South coast

44 EQIUOM Celebrates successs

Eqiuom’s delight and success at the prestigious

Citiwealth IFC Awards


46 As rich as it is fragile

An exceptional volunteers with the Biological

Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF), to assist

in the long-term monitoring efforts of this

environmental NGO, who monitor and safeguard the

sea biodiversity around the islands of Malta

Quote of the Month

“and I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get

high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky. and I

will never grow so old again, and I will walk and talk,

in gardens all wet with rain...”

Van Morrison

Editor’s Note

Welcome to MAINSAIL 2018 first issue.

One reason I like sailing is that it is one of

the few endeavours in which the concept of

individual responsibility still has meaning. It is

much easier to blame someone or something

else for the consequences of your decisions

than to admit any fault on your own part—it

goes back as far as Eve and the serpent—but on

a small boat you soon run out of things to point

your finger at. In the end, one has to assume

overall responsibility of their own words, deeds

and actions.

This should remind us about it every time we

do something dumb on board. One fringe

benefit of experience is that the magnitude of

your mistakes tends to decrease; where once your errors may have resulted

in sinking, dismemberment or drowning, their effects now usually range from

slightly painful to rather humiliating and, often, moderately expensive.

There was the time an unsecured gallon of diesel toppled over in the cockpit

locker during a particularly exuberant daysail and half of it glugged into the

bilge. It wasn’t my fault, of course. That wind hadn’t been forecast at all.

Damned the weather services.

There was the episode with the angle grinder, when I was trying to grind off

the remnants of an old depth sounder housing glassed onto the hull. Who

could have predicted the grinder would twist in my hand and cut through the

cable for the new depth sounder? Poor design, obviously. Must send a stiff

letter to…

I have other such stories, as no doubt do most boat owners. No matter how

smart or careful you are, sooner or later you will do something dumb, and

even though there will always be the temptation to blame something or

someone else, you’ll know that you, yourself, were at fault.

When you are in charge of a small boat on a big piece of water you know that

just about every decision you make has a consequence whose effects will be

felt—if not immediately, then in hours or days. Most of the dozens of small

decisions we make each day in our landlubber lives have little or no meaning;

fish or meat for dinner, go to the gym in the morning or after work, walk in

the evening or go cycling.

It’s different on a sailboat. Small mistakes can lead to big ones more quickly

than you think. I was once almost decapitated in a crash gybe in 20 knots of

wind—was it the fault of the novice on the wheel, the kayaker he was trying

to avoid, or the skipper—that would be me—who had given a greenhorn

more responsibility than he was ready for?

Every mistake is a lesson learned, as long as you take ownership of it. Tell

yourself that next time you forget to unplug the shorepower cord before

powering out of your slip. You will feel better. Maybe. I hope 2018 will confirm

the lesson learned and so justice is done!

I shall be bringing you more news from across the industry across the coming

weeks as the sun begins to peak through the clouds and ring in the first

calendar events of Spring.

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Cover Story Interview


The only female participant in the Golden Globe Race

by Susannah Hart

2018 heralds the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's historic non-stop solo circumnavigation on his

32-foot yacht Suhaili. 2018 also sees the start of the Golden Globe Race to celebrate Knox-Johnsons' epic

adventure. On the 1st July, 30 intrepid sailors will leave Les Sables d'Olonne, France to complete a 30,000-mile

voyage, nonstop, alone and without outside assistance. Susie Goodall, aged 28, is not only the joint youngest

skipper in the race she is also the only female following the withdrawal of Brazilian Izabel Pimentel. Susannah Hart

caught up with Susie, who is sponsored by DHL and Seldén Mast, to find out more about this courageous young

woman, what attracted her to the race and the challenges she faces.

SH: You have been sailing with your family since

you were a child but what is it that attracts you to

sailing now?

SG: I think it is that it is just so simple. You go out

on the ocean and all you do is sail, life is just simple

and straightforward. It's very in the moment.

SH: Did you have a sailing hero or heroine when

you were growing up that encouraged you to

continue sailing?

SG: I always admired Ellen McArthur. I was 12 or

13 I think when she came back after the Vendée

Globe. She was so inspiring to me as there was this

tiny woman who had just done this incredible thing.

I just followed everything she did, so she was really

my sailing hero.

SH: What was it about the Golden Globe Race

that attracted you as opposed to something like the

Vendée Globe?

SG: Well, I think I could relate to the Golden Globe

because they are boats that I grew up sailing and I

thought 'I know those boats, I'll just get one and

off I go!'. You look at things like the Vendée Globe

and it's probably like someone who drives a Skoda

looking at a Formula One car – my boat's a Skoda

and I've never driven a formula one car! I think I

could just sort of picture [the Golden Globe] easily.

SH: You are at an age where GPS and modern

sailing technology has been around all your

sailing life. How have you got used to the idea of

not having this and coping with this challenge?

SG: The way I grew up sailing, the boats I used to

sail didn't have great technology so it was always

paper chart and that sort of thing. Even in the last

five to ten years it has not been ultra modern kit that

I've been using and if I have tried to use it I am just

totally lost, I'm not one for technology, I struggle

with an iPhone.

SH: So the lack of technology is less of a challenge

than it could be?

SG: From that point of view it would be more of a

challenge if I had all the latest technology as I can't

even turn the stuff on! So that was part of the appeal

as well, it's simple.

SH: How have your family reacted to your entry

to the race? Was it difficult to tell them of your


SG: Dad's super supportive. He's the sailor. He

will ring me up and say "Have you thought of this,

what about this or that?" My Mum's the same,

super supportive but it was hardest to tell my Mum

because I am the only girl in the family. She wasn't

so surprised but I didn't tell her everything at first

though. I called her up and said I had been accepted

into this race around the world. She was like "Oh

right, OK". I told her when it was, but I didn't say

it was non-stop and then slowly I drip fed the rest of

the information so it wasn't such a shock.

SH: What preparations are you doing apart from

refitting the boat?

SG: So training for it, when I got the boat I did a

loop of the Atlantic to get to know the boat. Fitness

wise the easiest way is to sail but with the boat out

the water it is hours in the gym to be as fit as possible

before the start. There are ways of keeping fit on the

boat but it is never as good. Yoga is one of the best


SH: For strength or for mental preparation?

SG: For avoiding injury. If I do lots of yoga then

I can do loads of weight stuff and not get injured

so I am trying to bring that onto the boat to use

throughout the race. It is one of my biggest fears,

getting injured on the boat.

SH: What do you see as the greatest challenge of

the Golden Globe Race for you?

SG: I think probably the mental side of it, as it's nine

months alone.

SH: What are you planning on doing to cope with

the isolation?

Susie Goodall © Susie Goodall Racing

SG: Meditation and yoga are great for it, but I have

seen a mental coach. She works with the rugby

Seven's boys. This isn't something that she normally

does. She is a trained psychologist but focuses on the

mental side of [competitive] sport.We have basically

gone through how the brain works, ways of coping

under pressure and different mental techniques,

tactics if you like, which has been super super helpful.

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Cover Story Interview



During a ceremony that took place at Palazzo Giureconsulti

in Milan, UPS has awarded Absolute Yachts as winner of

“Export2Succeed” for being the best exporting SME of

the year. This initiative has been launched together

with “L’Imprenditore”, the monthly magazine of

“Piccola Industria di Confindutria”: the aim is

to promote the internationalization of the

SME and of the “Made in Italy” products,

recognizing the Italian export champions.

expensive project. During the six-year period between

2012 and 2017, the company has never moved

backwards, considering the workforce, the advertising

investments and above all the investments for the

ongoing renewal of the products. This led to the Global

Project that has been involving us in three dimensions:

technical, organizational and communicative.”

To best manage the presence in the different Countries,

Absolute has been supported over the years by a solid

sales network. The organization includes a satellite

company in the USA, the handling of 3 international

events namely Cannes, Düsseldorf and Hong Kong, a

technical training of the local players through meetings

and trainings at our headquarters and in several international

locations, as well as the participation at over 50 international

Boat Shows.

The Global Project has virtually led Absolute close to all the yachting

users, who perceive its Italian identity not only through the creativity of

its products but also through the reliability of the territorial organization: the

Absolute creations offer to the ship-owners more extensive, more comfortable

and more efficient uses compared to the competitors and to the traditional

design guidelines.

A board leaded by Diego Mingarelli, Vice President of “Piccola Industria di

Confindustria” has evaluated the nominations: the other members were Karl

Haberkorn, UPS Italy managing director; Fabrizio Rigolio, Rizoma CEO;

Stefano Zapponini, executive manager of the magazine “L’imprenditore”.

Karl Haberkorn stated that the company who has won this award “has shown a

concept going beyond the Italian boards”, adding also “We hope that its success

could show how doing business in an increasingly international market could be

a winning strategy for the SME and the Italian start-ups”.

Today the Absolute Global Project success is a reality. “Today Absolute has

become a sold global reality of the recreational boating. During the years of the

project’s development, we have received many international awards in Europe

and Asia and above all our turnover has grown in double figures, right when the

international yachting market was facing a shrinking or static period”, concludes

Mr. Mastroianni. MS

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Absolute stood out between the nominated companies thanks to its ambitious

project, the “Absolute Global Project”, here described and summarized in the

words of Engineer Cesare Mastroianni, Absolute VP Sales & CCO: “The wellknown

crisis at the end of the 2000s has given rise to our active reaction and our

determination to overcome the market difficulties through an ambitious and

Issue 7 >> 08

Warm summer nights may seem far

away, but it’s never too early to book

your summer events and parties!

Penthouse offers a spectacular 360

degree panoramic view of Mdina,

Rabat and the surrounding countryside

creating the perfect natural backdrop

to your event.

Whether it’s an elegant evening with

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launch or a full blown party....

Penthouse is the place to be. >> 09

Charter Bookings

Booking up:

The Charter forecast for 2018

With reports of a bumper Mediterranean

season and quality vessels in hot demand,

Sophia Wilson talks to the charter industry

to get the insider lowdown…


“The charter market in 2017 was the strongest market we have seen in a decade,”

says Burgess charter manager Ben Harwood. It’s a statement of positivity echoed

across the industry, with brokers reporting more enquiries and strong demand

during the peak periods of last year. “Generally, charter clients were spending

money, booking early and upgrading their trips rather than taking the cheaper

options that were presented,” says Northrop & Johnson’s charter retail director

John Cichanowicz. “As long as the markets continue to rally [at least in the US]

and the world keeps spinning, clients are spending money and want to charter

bigger, better yachts.”


“All signs point to another very good year; Caribbean bookings are still coming

in and there has been good flow for the Med,” says bluewater’s Jim Acher. Traditional

destinations are still expected to thrive but the Adriatic is predicted to welcome

a record number of charter yachts. “The Western Mediterranean remains

the most popular charter destination, with most clients wanting to cruise around

the South of France and Italy,” says Gathercole. “However, Croatia is becoming

increasingly popular, with demand for this region increasing every year.” With

better facilities in the region – two new marinas (Portonovi and Luštica Bay) are

scheduled to open in Montenegro this summer – and Albania looking to get a

slice of the superyacht action, this looks set to grow. “The Adriatic increases in

popularity year on year with many owners now basing their yachts there for the

entire summer season and yielding good results,” adds Harwood.

"Croatia will be one of the hottest markets due to tourism marketing, word of

mouth and more owners wanting to visit the Dalmatian Coast," says Shannon

McCoy, luxury yacht advisor at Worth Avenue Yachts. "They have done a great

job to raise awareness of their beautiful country." MS

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Cryptocurrency in Yacht Brokerage

Is Bitcoin and cryptocurrency

ure of yacht brokerage?

Royal Yacht Brokers

With the value of Bitcoin soaring over the past six months, it seems only a matter

of time before the yacht brokerage world embraces cryptocurrency. But why has

it not take the charter market by storm yet? And what are the key hurdles to

buying and selling yachts via Bitcoin? We spoke to five top yacht brokers to get

their view.

Tommaso Chiabra of Royal Yacht Brokers, the most recent brokerage firm

to embrace this trend told Boat International: “When it comes to the luxury

industry, most clients are last-minute in their decisions especially in regards to

yacht charters and planning their holidays. By using cryptocurrency they can

send us their funds virtually immediately so that we can meet their needs and

preferences and they can start their charter as soon as they wish.”

Tommaso Chiabra

Chiabra, who has been following the rise of cryptocurrency for a long while,

adds: “We do believe the blockchain system is fully adaptable to the luxury

industry and can see there is a clear advantage to other brokers also in terms of

transparency of payments and KYC [identification and verification].”

26 North Yachts

Florida-based 26 North Yachts also sees great potential in cryptocurrency

to disrupt the brokerage market. Co-founder Mike Carlson said: “Our

announcement regarding cryptocurrencies three and a half years ago generated

a tidal wave of interest that has continued to this day. That said, many of these

clients ultimately made the decision to use US dollars instead.”

Sounding a note of caution, he added: “There is more due diligence required

on our end for cryptocurrency transactions, because we as a brokerage house

have to go to even greater lengths to confirm that we understand the source

of a buyer's funds, in order to ensure that we are complying with all legal and

regulatory requirements.”

The reduced costs and increased speed of asset transfers were highlighted by

Carlson as the two key benefits that draw clients to cryptocurrency, and for these

reasons, he can only see this trend accelerating in future.

26 North Yachts Co-founder Mike Carlson

“The train has already left the station in regards to cryptocurrencies. In fact,

we could envision a future where any yachting transactions done in Dollars or

Euros would seem old-fashioned and unnecessarily expensive to execute than the

cryptocurrency alternative,” he predicts. “We're not quite there yet, but we're a

lot closer than we were when we made our Bitcoin announcement.”

Issue 7 >> 12

Cryptocurrency in Yacht Brokerage

British GT Championship

Fairline Yachts is going racing

Luxury British motor yacht

manufacturer, Fairline Yachts

is revealed as a lead sponsor of

Rick Parfitt Jnr Racing for the

British GT Championship.

The #1 Bentley sponsored by Fairline Yachts at Morton’s in Berkeley Square

Rick Parfitt Jnr was joined last night (28 February) by Russell Currie, the

Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, as he unveiled the livery for his British

GT Championship Bentley at the exclusive Morton’s Club on Berkley Square

in London, famous as the home of the original Bentley Boys. The striking new

race livery was revealed to the crowd of VIPs, sponsors and keen motorsport

enthusiasts, and clearly showcased the exciting new partnership between the

champion racing driver and the luxury British motor yacht manufacturer.

Russell Currie comments on the sponsorship, saying, “We are proud to be the

lead sponsor of Rick Parfitt Jnr and the number 1 Bentley in this year’s British

GT Championship. 2017 was an incredible year for Rick and we look forward

to supporting him on the track in the upcoming season. This partnership is a

great opportunity for our customers to join us and be part of the action with

‘back stage’ access to the team, drivers and hospitality at each of the events. The

team at Fairline Yachts is backing Rick all the way.”

Rick has won many accolades and achieved over 20 podium positions in his

comparatively short racing career. In his debut year he became the British GT4

Champion and last year, only five years from his first race, he became the first

driver in history to win both the GT4 and GT3 British GT Championship titles.

For 25 years the British GT Championship has been at the heart of motorsport

in the UK and has established itself as the world’s foremost domestic GT series.

161 million households worldwide tune in to watch the racing and, with

glamorous supercars racing bumper-to-bumper, ground-shaking noise, breath

taking speeds and all the drama of pit stops and driver changeovers, it is clear

that this is a spectacular experience not to be missed. MS

The 2018 race calendar:

31 March – 2 April Oulton Park, UK

28 – 29 April Rockingham, UK

26 – 27 May Snetterton, UK

9 – 10 June Silverstone, UK

21 - 22 July Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

4 – 5 August Brands Hatch, UK

22 – 23 September Donington Park, UK

For further press information please contact:

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Three methods for seizing shackles

Chris Beeson

Shackles are often under high load. If one shakes open, the result

could be dangerous. Chris Beeson shows how to make sure it won’t.

I used to be doubtful about the necessity of seizing shackles. Nip the pin up tight

with a shackle key or pliers and how can it possibly come loose? My mind was

changed in 2011, while checking the rig of the old Jeanneau we used in our Crash

Test Boat series. This was the rather concerning sight we found at the masthead.

The spinnaker block shackle’s pin had shaken itself free. Had we hoisted and

flown an offwind sail, it would have draped itself expensively over the bow,

possibly tearing itself in the process, as soon as the halyard chafed through on

its mast exit.

What if a shackle securing a cruising chute sheet turning block rattled itself loose?

You would have all the load in the sheet firing a block across the cockpit with

potentially lethal consequences.

The problem is that boats are subject to a lot of vibration. Wind through the

rigging creates vibration, current across an anchor chain creates vibration, engines

cause vibration, so does sailing into waves. Shackle pins will work themselves free

and problems will result. To prevent them doing so, we seize them.

We use one of three methods of seizing, or securing, the pin to ensure that it

simply can’t loosen. One is using threadlock, which glues the pin in place but not

with ‘super-glue’ adhesion so it can still be undone with standard tools.

A second method is using electrical cable ties, though it is worth remembering

that these are subject to UV degradation and probably won’t last more than a

season if they’re always out in the sun. The third method, the gold standard

method of seizing shackles, is to use Monel wire. That isn’t subject to UV

degradation and has excellent corrosion resistance properties. MS



Seizing with glue

We used Loctite 243 Blue, but search online for

‘threadlock’ if you want to see a range of alternative

products that will do the job just as well as this one

Apply the threadlock to the thread of the shackle

pin. It’s not very viscous, so make sure you’ve got

something down to protect the deck from any drips

Once you’ve got good coverage on the entire

thread, screw the shackle pin into the shackle, again

watching out for any drips

Use pliers or a shackle key to nip up the shackle as

tight as you can. This will help the glue to adhere

without any risk of movement

This is the finished result. It’s the quickest and neatest

of the methods and there’s no external seizing to foul

on anything. Very tidy

Cable ties are cheap to buy online or from many

hardware shops. Thread it through the pin’s hole,

then through the shackle’s loop

Next push the tie through the ratchet lock and pull

it up as tight as you can. This will prevent the shackle

pin from unscrewing itself

To make the cable tie seizing as compact as possible,

use pliers to pull the tie through the ratchet lock as

tight as you can manage

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Snip off the excess length of tie leaving only a very short stub, to reduce any risk

of the tie fouling or chafing on anything. It looks much neater, too

The finished article. It’s the quickest, simplest method and a good short-term

solution. ideal for shackles that need to be undone occasionally over the course

of the season

Here we see a cable tie seize on a shackle used to connect anchor and chain. It’s

exposed to the sun, so is likely to become brittle from UV degradation after a

year or so

To start, with the shackle pin nipped up tight, cut a piece of wire about 15cm

(6in) long and hold 5cm (2in) of it under the side of the shackle

Poke the wire up through the hole in the shackle pin then down through the

shackle itself and repeat so you have two loops of wire around the shackle and

through the pin

Use pliers to tighten the wire as much as you can to snug down the seizing onto

the shackle. This helps to prevent any movement in the wire

With the second loop of wire wrapped and tightened, use pliers to twist the two

ends of the wire together, again keeping it tight

Once you have got five or six twists on the ends, snip off the excess wire, press

the twist against the shackle body and you’re done

This is Monel wire seizing on a spinnaker halyard block shackle. It’s a strong and

durable solution for shackles that you can’t inspect regularly

Issue 6 >> 18


Super Yachts

My name is

Azzam and I am

the princess of the

Super Yachts

How do you define a super yacht? When its length reaches at least

the 40 meters. Well some 4611 vessels amongst which are now in

navigation would actually meet with this criteria whereas 10 years

ago less than 3000 would have met this, therefore representing a 57% increase.

The largest of those is precisely 180 metres and her name is Azzam. While the

total value of yachts completed in the UK in 2016 is reaching €230,000,000 you

must also consider that the current share in the market is quite significant with

a total amount in United Kingdom in the past 10 years of €1,900,000,000. To

put it in perspective in the same period of time but on a global scale the figure is

€40,947,000,000. This according to SuperYachtiQ a sister brand of SuperYacht

Times which provides strategic data on the subject.

Hence no wonder why London hosted the first edition of SuperYacht Gallery, an

event powered by Saatchi Gallery and staged in the world famous art institution.

The brainchild of SuperYacht Times publisher Merjin de Waard and Dutch

yacht industry expert Marijn Smit and yacht brokerage firm Edmiston, the

event is a new take on showing this type of luxury goods. For the first time

ever, international authorities from the industry from craftsmanship experts to

business leaders reunited in a gallery format showcasing the “crème de la crème”

of yachting. The most searched after shipyards in the world supported the event

of course which also included art, something that really makes sense when some

of the world’s greatest private collections are actually housed on yachts. Not to

forget photography and design with works from Arik Levy and Zaha Hadid.

Visitors could also attend discussions and panels all coming in a very cutting

edge and innovative setting. We are yet looking forward to the next edition !

'Sailing Cluster' © Jeff Brown

“Having worked in the yachting industry for years, there isn’t a place where

industry intelligence, inspiration, and business can take shape at once. And

certainly not in such a setting. The yachting world is full of dreamers and

innovators, so we invented a new format with a more artistic expression of our

world.” said Marijn Smit.

“We were thrilled to bring to London the world of yachting. It is a business and a

lifestyle unfamiliar to most but of interest to many. I wanted to make the subject

accessible and not only to insiders. To welcome those who want to learn about

the brands or the business, but also those who want simply to get inspired. We

designed a format that is familiar to the audience: an art exhibition” said Merijn

de Waard. MS


Azzam, longest yacht in the world, 180 metre.

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Super Yachts > 21

Sailing Speed Record

Gabart: ‘We can still raise the level of the game

and go much faster’

French offshore sailor, François Gabart

has, subject to ratification by the World

Sailing Speed Record Council, set a new

solo round the world record

Celebrations as MACIF arrives home.

Credit: Jean-Marie Liot/ALeA / Macif


fter setting a new solo round the world

record, François Gabart has said he believes

the feat can be done even quicker. The

French offshore racer smashed the record on Sunday

(17 December), completing his voyage in 42 days,

16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. This broke

the record set by Thomas Coville on 25 December

2016 (49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds)

by 6 days, 10 hours, 23 minutes and 53 seconds.

Gabart’s MACIF trimaran covered a true distance of

27,859.7 miles, with a true average over the course

of 27.2 knots. Speaking after crossing the finish

line, the 34-year-old skipper said he needed three

things to succeed: a good boat, good sailing and

a little success. ‘I had to keep up the pace and I’m

really proud of my circumnavigation. I didn’t make

too many mistakes. At the same time, I believe that

we can still raise the level of the game and go much

faster,’ said Gabart.

‘And that’s really inspiring. I am reserving this

challenge for another time. There’s plenty more to do

and to imagine, to sail fast on these boats,’ he added.

Gabart, who won the 2012-13 Vendée Globe,

admitted he was frightened during his record

breaking voyage, especially when he saw an iceberg.

‘That took me by surprise. Even though you deal

with it, in the hours that follow you say to yourself:

“What do you do when it gets dark 4 hours later?”


Credit: Yvan Zedda/ALeA/Macif

By Katy Stickland

You react passively and fatalistically. You

can’t do anything. What’s more, you

are in the screaming sixties (60° S), an

area of the world where there’s nothing

if you hit something. If a boat was to

come, it would arrive three weeks later,’

he explained.

French Sailing Federation with be ‘either

neutral, for or against’ the Golden Globe


The French Sailing Federation - Fédération Française

de Voile (FFV) - will be deciding in the new year if


Bid to be fastest round world

Maxi-trimaran heads up South American coast

‘So, I was glad to get away and at the same time, after

the event, now that I’m here, I’m delighted I saw an

iceberg. It’s amazing. I always thought that seeing

icebergs would be one of the things on my life’s to-dolist,

but I was thinking of doing this much later, when

I retire, with a good boat in South Georgia. I hadn’t

anticipated an iceberg during a record attempt at 35

knots. Fortunately, it turned out okay, but it added to

the depth of feeling.’

Incredibly, his MACIF trimaran finished the record

breaking voyage in ‘really good condition’. ‘On the face

of it, everything withstood the weather, even though

she had one hell of a battering. It was very violent. The

boat was built wonderfully well,’ noted Gabart.

‘Up until this year, we regularly had small problems.

I think that we needed two years to test her reliability

with a view to a round the world. It was a wise decision

to take this two-year approach. I’m really proud of this

boat and the work of the team. It’s just fantastic, as we

started out with a blank page.’

‘Four years ago, the specifications were to sail round

the world as fast as possible single-handed, with a

budget and a launch date, full stop. We couldn’t

really go in all directions. We could have built a

French Sailing Federation with be ‘either neutral, for or

against’ the Golden Globe Race

50-foot long catamaran. Together with the team

we thought things through a great deal. I think we

made the right choices. I work with a wonderful

team, as deeply devoted and committed as ever, and

extremely meticulous. I share a collective pride with

the whole team and with Macif,’ continued Gabart.

‘It’s been really hard for weeks. I’m sore all over. It

hurts when I raise my arms, but I’m holding out

because of the adrenaline and the euphoria,’ added

the French skipper.



Architects: VLP

Construction: CDK Technologies (project

management), Multiplast (Central hull, mainsheet


Launch date: 18 August 2015

LOA: 30.00 m

Beam: 21.00 m

Max draught: 4.50m

Number of daggerboards: 3

Air draught: 35 m

Upwind sail area: 430 m²

Downwind sail area: 650 m²

Creditline: Yachting Monthly; francois-gabart-soloround-world-record-macif-trimaran

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Malta Maritime Forum

Education Programme 2018








Teen Café Initiative - TM

Marine Induction Course - MMRTC

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers -

Open Day

3rd MMF Education Committee Meeting

Marine Induction Course - MMRTC

Teen Café Initiative - TM

Foundation Course - ICS

CSC Awareness Course - CTIA

4th MMF Education Committee Meeting

Marine Induction Course - MMRTC

5th MMF Education Committee Meeting

Marine Induction Course - MMRTC

Foundation Course - ICS


Teen Café Initiative - TM

Pro-Crew / Super Yachts Master - MCAST

Placement of Marine Engineers in the Maritime Industry - University of Malta

Volvo Ocean Race

Tough Sailors

had decided to sponsor a regatta around the world. In this first edition, 17 boats

with 167 crew members in total set sail on Leg 1 to Cape Town, South Africa.

MAPFRE team at the top of the scoreboard

In the 2017-2018 edition, MAPFRE returned to the Volco Ocean Race – with

a clear goal of winning the trophy for the first time in Spain’s history. The Squad

includes Olympic Gold Medalists, America’s Cup Winners and some of the

most regarded offshore sailors on the planet. The MAPFRE team has been

doing extremely well, winning a number of legs and staying in the top position

in others. The seventh leg will start on the 18th of March, and will take teams to

Itajaí, Brazil. To follow their journey visit:

MAPFRE Middlesea is offering a chance to one of its clients to win a trip to

Hague, where the Volvo Ocean Race will end. To learn more, visit the official

Facebook Page.

Volvo Ocean Race

Interesting Facts

- 167 boats and 2030 sailors have taken part in 12 editions of the event.

- 43 different nationalities are represented by the crew who have sailed in the race

since 1973.

- 5 sailors have lost their lives at sea during the race:

- 12,300 nm, the longest leg in race history: Leg 5 Quingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro,

Brazil. It took the fleet over 40 days to complete.

- 29 boats took part in the 1981-82 race, the largest fleet ever.

- The closest finish came in the 2005-06 race when Movistar beat ABN AMRO

ONE into Wellington, New Zealand by just 9 seconds.

Volvo Ocean Race

Seven teams compete for the Volvo Ocean Race trophy

across 45,000 miles and six continents

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's toughest sailing event, where the elite of the

sailing profession battle it out on the most treacherous oceans. Often referred to as

the ‘Everest of Sailing’, the race is the ultimate test of sailing skills and athlete stamina.

The 2018- 2018 edition takes the teams across 45,000 nautical miles around

the world, passing across four oceans, six continents and 12 landmark ports.

Teams are making their way across Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne,

Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg and

finishing of at The Hague. The race started at the beginning of October and will

end at the end of June.

Each sailing team has 9 professional sailors who race day and night for more

than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. The crew members are also trained in

medical response, sail-making, engine repair, nutrition and hydraulics. The crew

follow three or four-hour cycles, known as watch systems of being on duty or

off duty – depending on the number of crew on board. They are likely to burn

between 5,000 and 6,000 calories in one day.

The first edition of the Volvo Ocean Race – then called Whitbread Round the

World Race, started in Portsmouth, UK on September 8, 1973, when Whitbread

Issue 7 >> 24

Boat Insurance

Regardless of whether you use your boat for sailing competitions, or merely to

enjoy a Sunday afternoon with your pals, do not underestimate the importance

of boat insurance. Adequate boat insurance protects your vessel while it is both

on land and on sea and will help you sail with peace of mind, knowing that

should the unthinkable happen, you are covered.

MAPFRE Middlesea’s boat insurance cover offers protection against accidental

loss or damage to the motors, electrical machinery, battery and equipment. Such

damage can occur when the boat hits an underwater or floating object, causing

damage to the hull and propeller.

The insurance will also cover any unforeseen malfunctions which are caused by

latent defects, faulty designs or construction failures.

The policy will also cover your legal liability, should someone on board your

vessel be injured or dies. The injuries suffered are also covered by the personal

accident clause.

MAPFRE Middlesea’s insurance policy covers damages caused while the vessel is in

transit by road or ferry anywhere in Malta, including loading and unloading. The

reasonable costs incurred including salvage charges in preventing and minimising a

loss and for inspecting the boat following grounding are also covered. MS

For more information or for a quote, visit

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Plastic Pollution

Divers free a seal entangled in a fishing net

Y.CO Clearwater

Stewardess takes stand against

plastic waste harming marine life

Credit Troy Mayne

By Elizabeth Finney

It took a whole year to treat the turtle and unfortunately, his story is not

uncommon – many turtles not as lucky as the one saved by the Step One crew

are found with their intestines full of plastic. Plastic bags floating in the water

are easily mistaken for jellyfish, a popular meal among turtles. It is estimated

that more than 100 million marine animals and birds are killed each year due to

entanglement or consumption.

Divers free a seal entangled in a fishing net

As more than eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the oceans

every year, Y.CO’s Clearwater initiative is highlighting the importance of ocean

conservation within the yachting industry and how crucial it is to protect the

oceans for future generations.

In the latest in the Clearwater series showcasing the importance of plastic

awareness, Elizabeth Finney of Boat International meets with Natalya Scudder at

the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, who shares her experience of realising how singleuse

plastics can have a huge impact on the environment. Scudder is a stewardess

on board 55 metre Step One, which is available for charter with Y.CO.

“Last year when we were based in Costa Rica we had an incident where there

was a turtle floating next to the yacht,” she explains. “It was just floating on the

surface of the water so we decided to pull it out and we called the vet. It turns out

that the turtle had swallowed a plastic bag,” she adds.

More than 300 tonnes of new plastics are used every year, half of which is singleuse.

Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide, each

of which is said to have a ‘working life’ of just 15 minutes. Plastic has become

seemingly intrinsic to our modern way of life and avoiding it is near impossible.

Globally, more plastic has been produced in the last ten years than throughout

the whole of the last century.

According to a report by Plastic Oceans, a charity working closely with Y.CO,

there is more plastic in open oceans than plankton and it is getting eaten by a

huge variety of marine life. The report, which was written by Dr Geoff Brighty,

Jo Ruxton and David Jones, says: “Intake of plastics into loggerhead turtles

in the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and Madagascar included rope, line,

polystyrene, hard and soft plastic, and plastic caps – 51.4% of the turtles had

ingested marine debris, the majority of which was plastic (96.2%). This was the

highest number, weight and volume per turtle reported to date.”

“That’s when I realised the impact that we have on the ocean. It was horrible

and it made us realise that we need to make a difference,” Scudder says. This is

a global issue and there are plenty of ways to help. In a speech to captains and

crew at Monaco Yacht Show, Clearwater spokeswoman Emily Penn said: “It can

be very slow and difficult to make changes to national legislation. But on board

a yacht [captains] are the law. You make up the rules and you have the power to

change things for the better.”

Y.CO has announced that yachts and crew who offer outstanding contributions

to charity or ocean conservation will be recognised through official accreditation.

Additionally, Y.CO captains can nominate crew-members as "plastic heroes"

when contributing to ocean conservation and plastic awareness. MS

Creditline: Boat International





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Boat Show / Newport Trophy Boat Regatta Show 29



stories of survival at sea

By Special Correspondent

Mathew Bryce found 13 miles from the Scottish shore


Jose Salvador Alvarenga

Image copyright AFP

A surfer who was recently

rescued by helicopter off the

coast of Britain after spending

32 hours at sea is the latest

in a long series of maritime

survival stories Matthew

Bryce, 22, was described

as being "extremely lucky"

to have stayed alive for so long in such cold water. But how does his

achievement compare with other stories of survival at sea?

Jose Salvador Alvarenga - '13 months'

In January 2014 Mr Alvarenga was rescued by people living in the Marshall

Islands in the Pacific Ocean, suffering from severe dehydration, back pain and

swollen joints. He said he had survived more than a year at sea, covering an area

of 8,000km (5,000 miles) in a fibreglass boat by catching fish, birds and turtles

with his bare hands.

His ordeal apparently began when he left Mexico for a fishing trip in December

2012 and was hit by a storm, which sent him off course. An accompanying

fisherman, Ezequiel Cordoba, died while they were stranded at sea.

Mr Alvarenga said that he stayed alive by drinking urine, rainwater and the blood

of birds. However in 2015 he denied claims in a lawsuit filed by Mr Alvarenga's

family that he committed cannibalism by eating his crewmate to stay alive.

Jesus Eduardo Vidana, Lucio Rendon and Salvador Ordonez - 'Nine months'

Jesus Eduardo Vidana, Lucio Rendon and Salvador Ordonez were found,

emaciated, by a Taiwanese fishing vessel on 9 August 2006 in south Pacific waters.

The three men said they set out on a shark-fishing expedition from the Mexican

Port of San Blas - some 8,000km (5,000 miles) away - the previous October.

The said their 8m (27ft) boat had been caught by strong winds and dragged

out to sea. They later ran out of fuel and were left at the mercy of the currents,

surviving on raw fish, birds and rainwater.

The trio said that two other crew members died because they were not able

to stomach the diet, and their bodies were thrown into the sea. They denied

allegations from some people that they may have been trafficking drugs or had

resorted to cannibalism.

When asked why they seemed to be in such good health after such an ordeal,

they replied that the tuna fishermen who had rescued them had treated them

very well.

Lapahele Sopi and Telea Paa - 'Four months'

Lapahele Sopi and Telea Paa from Samoa in the South Pacific survived for four

months adrift at sea in a small metal boat.

The pair were rescued in 2001 in Papua New Guinea - 4,000km from their homes.

A local doctor treating the two survivors said it was a miracle that they survived.

Two other men died of thirst and starvation during the ordeal.

Mr Sopi, 36 at the time, told local media they survived by eating fish and

drinking rainwater. Mr Sopi and Mr Paa, were rescued by a villager in Milne

Bay, Papua New Guinea, who paddled his canoe out to them after they had fired

off their last flare.

Other well known survivors

• Poon Lim was stranded at sea on a raft for 133 days on the Atlantic after his ship

was torpedoed by a U-boat in during World War Two, eventually being rescued off

the coast of Brazil

• Maurice and Marilyn Bailey spent 117 days adrift in the Pacific in a rubber dinghy

after their yacht capsized by a whale off the coast of Guatemala in 1973

• Deborah Kiley and a crew member survived five days on a life raft off the US coast in

1982 - without food or water - after their boat was hit by a storm. Two of the five crew

members with them on the raft drank salt water, became delusional and were eaten by

sharks. A third died from wounds sustained during the sinking. Ms Kiley's story was made

into the film Two Came Back

• Captain Oguri Jukichi spent the longest period adrift at sea - along with one of his

sailors - between 1813 and 1815, according to Guinness World Records. It says the two

Japanese men survived about 484 days after their ship was damaged in a storm off the

Japanese coast. They drifted in the Pacific before being rescued off California on 24 March

1815. While 12 crew members died of vitamin deficiency, the pair survived by eating

from hundreds of bags of soy beans

• Scottish sailor Dougal Robertson survived for 38 days with five others in a small dinghy

in the Pacific Ocean in 1972, after their schooner was holed and sunk by killer whales

west of the Galapagos Islands

• US adventurer Steven Callahan survived 76 days in a life raft in the Atlantic in

1982 after a whale rammed into the hull of his vessel. He described his adventure in

the best-selling book Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea (1986) and gave advice in the making

of the film Life of Pi MS

Creditline: BBC

Jesus Eduardo Vidana, Lucio Rendon and Salvador Ordonez

Image copyright AFP

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Vittoriosa Waterfront

With the restoration of its waterfront completed just a few years ago, the 16th

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yacht marina are al fresco cafés and upmarket dining establishments which

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Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo

With no fewer than twelve beaches across the Maltese archipelago awarded the

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Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay, Gozo

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Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta

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Crystal Lagoon, Comino

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Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta

St Peter’s Pool

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Sailing Guide


By Chris Beeson

Consider wind and waves when planning and, as Norman Kean

explains, you will be able to predict and avoid rough waters

Understanding sea state for better passage planning

The basic driver of sea state is of course the wind. The stronger the wind, the

greater the distance over which it blows unimpeded (termed the ‘fetch’), and the

longer it blows for, the bigger the waves – up to a limit, for the wind strength.

Waves – as our stomachs know – are not generally regular. A typical wind-driven

wave pattern is a combination of many wave trains, each with different wave

height (trough to crest) and period (the time interval between crests). When

these combine, the result appears as groups of waves. Waves passing one spot will

build to one or two big ones, and then diminish again before the cycle repeats,

while a short distance away the same thing is happening, but not in step, so to

speak, and the sea surface is a continuous grid of these fan-like wave groups.

The pattern is often best appreciated from the air, in breezy conditions. In a small

vessel it’s often possible to steer between the groups in such a way as to dodge

the biggest waves. If you’re watching waves break on a beach, it’s remarkable

how often two or three big ones arrive in succession. In a random wave pattern,

consisting of combinations of many wave trains of different heights and periods,

about one wave in 25 will be twice the average height, and given several thousand

waves – say 12 hours at sea – there is an excellent chance of meeting one three

or even four times the average. Casually labelling these as ‘rogues’ or ‘freaks’, as

the media often do, is thus not entirely appropriate, but it meets the need for

sensational headlines.

Significant wave height is the average of the highest one-third of waves. This is

regarded as the figure of greatest interest to sailors, and it’s the one that’s quoted in

buoy reports and wave height forecasts. Long waves with long periods move faster,

survive longer and travel further, and the most extreme example of this is a tsunami.

What causes dramatic sea states?

With winds of Force 5 or so, a lot of the wave crests topple over and break, and

this of course becomes more frequent and heavier as the wind gets stronger.

But it’s not the only factor at work. Wave motion involves a disturbance in the

water that extends down to about half the wavelength below the surface. A

diver hovering underwater moves in a vertical circle as each wave passes. Except

in breakers, there’s no net onward movement of water. But when the water is

moving bodily in the opposite direction, the wind-driven waves are effectively

slowed so the energy transforms into shorter, steeper, higher waves – this is the

wind-over-tide situation. When the wave height to wavelength ratio is around

1:7, the waves break, forming over-falls. The converse is also true, but we tend

not to notice.

In water shallower than half the wavelength, the seabed starts to interfere. It

slows the waves down, and again they pile up, getting shorter, steeper and

higher. An underwater reef offshore can cause

a bigger wave than usual to rear up, apparently

out of nowhere, and break, sometimes with

tremendous violence. In the North Atlantic, the

swell’s wavelength can be 500 metres or more,

and because it’s the wavelength that influences

the effect, it can happen in surprisingly deep

water and with little warning. Even the edge

of the continental shelf, 100-200 metres

down, is less than half the wavelength so it

affects the sea state (200 metres horizontally

is only a good golf shot, after all) and this

is one reason for the reputation of the Bay

of Biscay.

A river mouth bar provides the setting for the worst of both worlds – outgoing

stream meets onshore waves over a shallow patch – while the combination of

an irregular bottom, strong tide and exposure to heavy seas can be spectacular.

In places like Corryvreckan, the Pentland Firth and Portland Bill, even in the

absence of any wind or swell, the tide by itself creates a disturbed sea – a race –

and there may be standing waves, which rear up continuously in the same place

and can be almost wall-like.

Waves impinging on cliffs with deep water at their foot tend to bounce back,

and the result is a jumbled and chaotic sea state of dancing peaks and hollows.

The French have a word for it: clapotis. The term is familiar to kayakers, who

frequent places like that, but the clapotic sea state is strangely absent from the

sailor’s vocabulary.

Waves radiate outwards in all directions over long distances from a storm centre,

and as they travel, the component wave trains sort themselves out. The smaller,

shorter waves quickly lose their energy and disappear, leaving the longer-period

waves to reach coasts up to perhaps 1,000 miles away, in the form of swell. This

long, regular roll from a distant storm may be quite unrelated to the wind-driven

sea conditions locally, but it can have a big impact on passage planning, safety

and comfort. If there is also a big local sea running in a different direction, a

cross sea results, which can produce steep and dangerous waves. Because of their

length, swell waves are also particularly prone to rearing up in shallow water.

Surfers love them. They call them prowlers.

How does sea state affect your passage planning?

Unless you’re a real glutton for punishment, you’ll prefer not to sail in steep and

breaking seas. So do your homework and give an unavoidable wind-over-tide

headland an extra-wide berth. Check the reports from met buoys, and look at

sea state forecasts to see what swell conditions will be like. In a big sea, stay away

from shallows and shoals.

At harbour and river mouth bars, check the swell direction, and if things are

marginal, try to time your entry for a high and rising tide. Some places and

passages may have to be avoided altogether. A long (even barely perceptible) swell

can make for a rolly and sleepless night at anchor, and swell waves are apt to be

refracted round headlands, so bear in mind that an apparently sheltered bay may

not be as snug as it looks on the chart.


But when all’s said and done, there’s something very pleasant about the steady

motion of a good boat in an ocean swell. A life on the ocean wave!


Around Ireland, and in addition to the standard met buoys, seven navigational


buoys measure conditions including sea state, and tweet the data every 20 minutes.

The Douglas scale, devised in the 1920s, is used to describe sea state in


forecasting and reporting:

0 Glassy calm

0 to 0.1m Rippled calm

0.1 to 0.5m Smooth

0.5 to 1.25m Slight

1.25 to 2.5m Moderate

Phenomenal seas might occur two or three times in a winter, off Cornwall,

the west of Ireland or Scotland, and in the northern North Sea. The highest

recorded wave off the Irish coast was one of 25m, at the Kinsale Field gas rigs

in February 2014. MS

Creditline: Chris Beeson

2.5 to 4m Rough

4 to 6m Very Rough

6 to 9m High

9 to 14m Very High

More than 14m Phenomenal





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CMI Colloquium Malta > 35


Spotted in the Mediterranean

Pictures courtesy of Giannis Roditis

Maltese Falcon

The 88 metre Perini Navi superyacht Maltese Falcon has been

spotted cruising around the Eastern Mediterranean. Pictured

above in Rhodes on November 8, she has since sailed to Symi,

Fethiye in Turkey, Kea and Perama, where she moored up on

November 13.

In recent months, she has also been spotted in the Ionian Islands,

Monaco, Palma and the Maddalena Archipelago.

Delivered in 2006, her highlights on board include spa facilities,

a fully-equipped superyacht gym and an al fresco cinema.

Pictures courtesy of / @fipacunha (top left) / @nicktsekossantorini (right)

/ @frauscherboats (bottom left)


After departing from Palma on September 30, the extraordinary

trimaran Adastra arrived in Port Adriano, Spain, on October 11

(pictured above, bottom left). She has also been spotted recently

off Santorini (right) and in Marina de Cascais (top left). Leaving

Gibraltar on November 11, it is thought that she is now on route

to the Panama Canal.

Delivered in 2012 by McConaghy Bo ats, the 42.5 metre

multihull yacht boasts a spacious and contemporary interior with

plenty of natural light. Her compact yet elegant exterior deck

opens straight out to the water and features an al fresco dining

table and a large comfy sofa. MS

Creditline: Boats International

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19 boats totally destroyed

in boatyard fire in Gharghur

Nineteen boats were destroyed by a fire in a boat yard in Tal-Balal, near

Gharghur, on the morning of Thursday 1st February, 2018.

The Civil Protection Department said 19 boats and yachts were destroyed

by the blaze, with personnel managing to prevent the fire from spreading

further. The operation to put out the blaze, which is believed to have

started just after midnight, lasted over seven hours involving four officers,

14 fire fighters, and eight fire trucks. 180,000 litres of water and 7,000

litres of foam were used to bring the inferno under control.

The police said that there were no injuries. A man who was on site said

boat owners were seen crying in the boatyard as months of hard work went

up in smoke. MS

Creditline: Baskal Mallia; TMIS

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Boat Manufacture

Fairline Yachts reveals location of

new production facility

British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, releases further

information regarding its new manufacturing facility, announced during

Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The location of the facility has been

disclosed as Hythe, Southampton Water, on England’s South coast.

Fairline has taken possession of the 5-acre (20,000 sq metre) waterside location.

Building work is expected to take around nine months to complete. Fairline is

expecting to launch the new facility and begin boat building on the South Coast

in the late summer of 2018.

The new manufacturing facility will enable Fairline to build larger yachts,

which has not been possible at the firm’s existing Oundle, Northamptonshire

location. The boat yard’s manufacturing base in Oundle will continue to operate

and will build boats up to 60ft. Boats over 60ft will be built at the new site in

Hythe with testing, commissioning and customer handover also taking place

there. Conveniently located in Southampton Water, the facility has large vessel

deep water berths and over 200,000 sq feet (18,000 sq metres) of undercover

manufacturing space. It is expected the new facility will initially create up to 200

jobs in the Southampton area.

Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, comments, “As the global

yachting market evolves, clients from across the world are increasingly demanding

larger yachts than we’ve been able to create. Our new site, to be named Fairline

Marine Park, will boast state-of-the-art facilities, giving us room to expand and

create bigger boats, whilst making the most of the existing boat building skills in the

location. By increasing our manufacturing capabilities across both Northampton

and Southampton, we are future-proofing Fairline Yachts and retaining our

commitment of investing in British boat building.” MS

Creditline: Fairline Yachts

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Important Event




ednesday May 2, the fourth edition of the international maritime

exhibition - the Danish Maritime Fair - will start at the exhibition

centre Lokomotivværkstedet in Copenhagen. Up to 5,000 visitors

are expected, not only people from Scandinavia but from all over the maritime

world. The 2018 Fair has been expanded compared to the last Fair in 2016,

and already now the area sold is 20 percent higher than in 2016. But there

are still some attractive exhibition stands available for those who have not yet

purchased one. Alongside the 3-day long Fair, an extensive maritime conference

and meeting program take place at Lokomotivværkstedet.


The Danish Maritime Fair 2018 is a unique opportunity for companies to

showcase their products and competences to purchase strong visitors. Many of

the visitors hold management positions in the 120 shipping companies who are

expected to attend the exhibition again this year.

The clarity of the exhibition makes it possible for exhibitioners to concentrate

on the most important visitors, and in addition to this, our newly developed

Partnercare Program will help exhibitors to get in contact with the right visitors.

The rustic facilities and the exclusive Networking Dinner will ensure great

opportunities for networking and for maintaining and expanding contacts

in all fields of the maritime industry, including representatives from major

organizations and key authorities. It is still possible to book an exhibition

stand for your company at the fair. This can be done by contacting booking@ and by telephone +45 7020 4155

Further information can be found on the Danish Maritime Fairs new website: www.


The ticket sales for the Danish Maritime Fair is now open, as well as registration

for the conferences, workshops and events that take place at Lokomotivværkstedet

alongside the exhibition. This is done via the exhibition's website www. Admission tickets, which give entry to

all three days of the exhibition, cost 200 Danish Kroner. Some conferences,

workshops and events are free to attend, while others require payment. The

method of payment is by debit card via the DMF-website.

Besides accessing the Fair and the conferences, workshops and events that

don’t require payment, all visitors are welcome to visit our restaurant where it is

possible to purchase food and beverages. There will also be free access to lounge

areas where visitors alongside exhibitioners are able to relax, meet or study some

of the many maritime publications distributed at the Fair. The last edition of the

Danish Maritime Fair, which was held in October 2016, was attended by more

than 4,600 visitors, of which more than every 10th person was either company

owner or top manager. 120 shipping companies chose to send one or more

employees to the fair. Every fourth visitor came from abroad, and 71 countries

from all over the world were represented at the exhibition.

Further information can be found on the Danish Maritime Fairs new website: www.

Conferences, workshops and events

Two major international maritime conferences, and a number of smaller

workshops and events, will take place at Lokomotivværkstedet alongside the

Danish Maritime Fair in May 2018. The Danish Maritime Fair is part of Danish

Maritime Days, an event that takes place from the 1st to the 4th of May. The

event aims to showcase the innovative Danish maritime industry.

Danish Maritime Technology Conference - gathers national and international

maritime stakeholders for two short conference days. With keynote speakers

and introductory speakers from at home and abroad, the Danish Maritime

Technology Conference focuses on digitalization, new technologies and

competences that comply with increasingly smarter, greener and more intelligent

maritime systems. The conference takes place 2-3 May, and is hosted by Danske

Maritime together with several members, including ABB, MAN Diesel &

Turbo, Wärtsilä, Alfal Laval, C-Leanship, Pureteq and Danfoss.

Opening Oceans Conference - focuses on commercial and sustainable business

opportunities in the maritime industry, and how these can be extracted through

new cooperation projects and competency exchanges across industries and

operators. Central themes include energy production and access to minerals,

changing logistic demands, food production, and releasing value from the everincreasing

flow of ocean-related data. Timed to coincide with Danish Maritime

Days, the conference will attract key players within maritime and the ocean

industry, as well as financial, advisory, and policy leaders. Nor-Shipping are in

charge of the conference, which is held from the 2nd to 3rd of May.

At present, two workshops have been planned: the Maritime Logistics and Cyber ​

Security at DTU on May 2nd, and the Driving Human Performance seen from

an organizational perspective on May 3rd. Green-Jakobsen is in charge of the latter

event. In addition to these workshops, the event Danish Ship of the Year will be

held, although a date for the event has not yet been announced - plus numerous

workshops and events that are still in the process of being planned. MS

Further information can be found on the Danish Maritime Fair’s new website:

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Equiom welcomes Yachting

Consultant on board

Equiom, the international professional services

provider, has appointed Geoff McCumesky to take

on the position of Yachting Consultant, a new

role created to meet the growing demands of

Equiom’s multi-jurisdictional yachting and

crewing services. The appointment comes

as the Equiom yachting team gear up for

a busy yachting season between now and

their flagship event, Monaco Yacht Show,

which takes place in September.

Appointment > 43

IMO News

Equiom celebrates success

at the Citywealth IFC Awards

Colin Gregory (centre) with Trust Company of the Year - Malta Award

Leading professional services provider Equiom is celebrating a win across two

jurisdictions following the Citywealth International Financial Centre (IFC)

Awards, a ceremony that highlights excellence in the private wealth sector. Equiom

was named Trust Company of the Year – Malta for the second year running and

won Runner Up for the Trust Company of the Year – Jersey category.

The well-attended ceremony was held at the Rosewood London Hotel on 25

January 2018 and saw Equiom compete against other prominent businesses in

the sector. Several representatives attended from a number of Equiom’s offices,

including Colin Gregory, Managing Director of Equiom Malta who was happy to

collect the award for Trust Company of the Year – Malta. He commented on the

win: ‘Attending the IFC Awards is a major event on the Equiom calendar because

Citywealth is an extremely reputable and established awarding body. For Equiom

to be nominated for Trust Company of the Year in several of our key jurisdictions

is a huge achievement. To pick up the award for Malta and be named Runner Up

for Trust Company of the Year – Jersey is a fabulous achievement for Equiom and

the result of a considerable team effort across the Group.

In Malta, we have recently moved into new offices and expanded significantly so

it’s an extremely exciting time for the business. I would like to say a big thank you

to our clients and contacts for their voting support and the panel of judges for once

again recognising Equiom as a leader in its field across our jurisdictions.’ Equiom was

assessed on its technical expertise, market-leading products and services, innovative

solutions to private client challenges, contribution to the profession, and leadership

and vision, among other criteria. The winners were selected following both public

voting and judging by a panel of highly respected and experienced practitioners.

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About Equiom

Equiom is fast becoming the stand-out business in the fiduciary services sector, with

offices in some of the world’s premier International Finance Centres - including

the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta,

the State of Qatar, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It provides a range

of innovative and effective fiduciary solutions that have widespread appeal to both

corporations as well as high net worth individuals globally. Equiom’s experienced and

highly qualified teams offer services in specialist sectors including trust, corporate,

property, family office, eBusiness, yachting, aviation, crewing, tax and VAT. Equiom

is an independent, management-owned company focused on strategic thinking and

quick responses to clients’ requirements. It is a thriving business, continually seeking

to develop its product range, in order to provide both existing and potential clients

with an unrivalled range of options and opportunities. MS

Value-added tax on yachts: Commission opens infringementprocedures

against Cyprus, Greece and Malta

The Commission decided today to send letters of formal notice to reduction without proof of the place of actual use. Malta, Cyprus and Greece

Cyprus, Greece and Malta for not levying the correct amount of have established guidelines according to which the larger the boat is, the less the

Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the provision of yachts.

lease is estimated to take place in EU waters, a rule which greatly reduces the

applicable VAT rate.

This issue can generate major distortions of competition and featured heavily in

The incorrect taxation in Cyprus and Malta of purchases of yachts by means

the coverage of last year's 'Paradise Papers' leaks.

of what is known as 'lease-purchase'. The Cypriot and Maltese laws currently

The Paradise Papers revealed widespread VAT evasion in the yacht sector, classify the leasing of a yacht as a supply of a service rather than a good. This

facilitated by national rules which do not comply with EU law. As well as the results in VAT only being levied at the standard rate on a minor amount of the

infringement procedures launched today by the Commission, the European real cost price of the craft once the yacht has finally been bought, the rest being

Parliament has recently indicated that its new committee to follow up on the taxed as the supply of a service and at a greatly reduced rate.

Paradise Papers would also look at this issue.

The 3 Member States now have two months to respond to the arguments put

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation forward by the Commission. If they do not act within those two months, the

and Customs Union, said: “In order to achieve fair taxation weneed to take Commission may send a reasoned opinion to their authorities. MS

action wherever necessary to combat VAT evasion. We cannot allow this type of All rights reserved - Copyright 2018

favourable tax treatment granted to private boats, which also distorts competition

in the maritime sector. Such practices violate EU law and must come to an end."

Since the beginning of its mandate, the Juncker Commission has been at the

forefront of European and international efforts to combat tax avoidance and tax

evasion. When it comes to VAT, recent Commission initiatives seek to put in place

a single EU VAT area which is less prone to fraud and to enhance cooperation

between Member States. The problem of VAT fraud knows no borders and can

only be solved effectively by a concerted, joint effort of Member States.

In detail, the infringement procedures launched today concern:

A reduced VAT base for the lease of yachts – a general VAT scheme provided

by Cyprus, Greece and Malta.While current EU VAT rules allow Member

States not to tax the supply of a service where the effective use and enjoyment

of the product is outside the EU, they do not allow for a general flat-rate

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Maltese Marine Biodiversity

Ornate wrasse

As rich as it is fragile


The sea around the islands of Malta abounds with an amazing wealth of

different species including marine mammals, fish, crustacean to invertebrate

species. As volunteers, with the Biological Conservation Research

Foundation (BICREF), to assist in the long-term monitoring efforts of this

environmental NGO, we have learned so much about this interesting

diversity of life so unique to this sea and the Mediterranean. Indeed, every

day, using a simple snorkel mask and tube, any tourist or local can observe

this wonderful biodiversity too. It is possible to observe both animal and

plant species: some very common while others very rare.

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Maltese Marine Biodiversity > 47


CCN 102 Flyingsport

takes shape ahead of

Italian yard Cerri Cantieri Navali has released the first in-build photo of its

latest 102 Flyingsport yacht, which is due to hit the water next year.

As the behind-the-scenes image below reveals, this 31 metre fast planing yacht

will sport a vibrant red exterior finish on both the hull and superstructure. The

CCN 102 Flyingsport has the performance to match its sporty looks. Construction

on the sixth hull in the series began on speculation and the project was sold

earlier this month to an American couple by Total Marine.

Comprised of a GRP hull and superstructure, this RINA-class yacht will offer

By Chris Jefferies

2018 launch

accommodation for up to eight guests in four cabins

arranged as a master suite, a VIP and two twins, while

the crew quarters allow for a staff of up to three people.

Interior designer Tommaso Spadolini has worked

with the yard to develop and American-style layout

with a country kitchen-style galley on the main deck.

Al fresco relaxation options include a large circular

foredeck seating area with sunpads forward — ideal

for relaxing away from prying eyes while moored

stern-to in port.

Meanwhile, the superyacht sundeck measures 28 metres square and boasts an

extendable dining table, barbecue and further sunbathing space. Power will

come from a pair of 2,600hp MTU diesel engines twinned to ZF Searex surface

drives for an exhilarating top speed of 40 knots and comfortable cruising

at 30 knots.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard

include the 27 metre Fuoriserie yacht Freedom, which will be launched for

renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli next summer. MS

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Campbell Shipping migrates to Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) has reached an agreement with Campbell Shipping, a ship

management company headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas, to migrate its fleet

of dry bulk carriers to Fleet Xpress.

The commitment will involve a migration and upgrade from Inmarsat’s XpressLink

services to Fleet Xpress, in a move to ensure ships managed by Campbell ships

will continue to have the best satellite connectivity service available on the market,

according to Capt. Anindya Dasgupta, VP Human Capital, Campbell Shipping.

“This upgrade will mean our ships will benefit from faster connections to the

Internet, available through a single cost-effective package,” said Capt. Dasgupta. “It

will enable us to accelerate improvements in other areas of vessel IT infrastructure,

allowing more activities and functions to be supported and carried out on board.

Fleet Xpress will help us to stay ahead of the game.”

Campbell Shipping regards resilient and high-performance IT and

communications infrastructure as essential in enabling its management system,

the Campbell Target Operating Model (C-TOM), to perform to its full potential;

ensuring vessel productivity and safety, and alleviating the isolation sometimes felt

by those working at sea.

“Our success is directly attributed to the company’s philosophy of building better

lives for the people we employ,” said Capt. Dasgupta. “Although we are in the

business of moving cargo, we never forget our commitment to our team members.

Today’s seafarers want to stay in touch with their families and remain connected

to the rest of the world. Reliable connectivity is therefore crucial. Faster on-board

Internet and low-cost calling options will result in improved morale, contributing

to productivity and the retention of talent in the company.

“We expect the additional bandwidth provided by Fleet Xpress will also facilitate

closer monitoring of day-to-day vessel operation, which, over the longer term, will

lead to gains in operational efficiency and cost savings.”

Gert-Jan Panken, Inmarsat Maritime’s Vice President for Merchant Marine

emphasised Inmarsat’s longstanding relationship with Campbell Shipping,

describing the ship manager as “a keen early-adopter of our latest maritime

connectivity solutions”.

“The willingness of Campbell Shipping to invest in Fleet Xpress stems from its

sincere commitment to delivering improved levels of crew welfare. It also reflects

the belief that high-throughput broadband at sea will open new opportunities

for enhanced vessel and fleet operation.” MS

For further details, please contact:

JLA Media Ltd., Wimbledon Village Business Centre, Thornton House, Thornton

Road, London SW19 4NG

Tel: +44 7949 708679; Email:

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MiGEA 2018: Malta’s largest and most prestigious Gaming awards are back!

Sensational Award Ceremony produced with finesse and precision

Welcome to the most highly recognized excellence awards in the Gaming industry.

These Gaming Awards recognise the greatest titles, teams, and individuals from across the gaming industry. A must-see

stop for hundreds of attendees. Categories catering to all major verticals of the gaming industry: MiGEA 2018 will host 24

unique awards categories- Definitely the most comprehensive awards encompassing all aspects of gaming. Awards are a

great opportunity to receive world-class recognition for your gaming projects.

Be a part of a whole new kind of gaming festival experience that can only be found

in the heart of the celebrated MiGEA event.

MiGEA Award Finalists Receive:

Being shortlisted as a finalist for one of our categories is rewarding in its own right. TIGA will ensure that:

• all finalists are included in press releases and relevant MiGEA’s marketing emails;

• coverage on MiGEA’s website, Malta Business Review fb page; Sunday Trends Fashion & Lifestyle

magazine fb page and also The Malta Independent Online website;

• promotion on MiGEA’s social media channels.

• Unique event live-streaming on U-Tube and facebook

MiGEA Award Winners Receive:

industry recognition at the Awards Ceremony in Malta attended by industry leaders and the media;

• a weighty MiGEA trophy and accredited certificate!

• PR through MiGEA’s press releases, live-streamed Press Conference which are sent to trade press and

national / international press;

• coverage on the main MiGEA website, and affiliated magazine/newspaper fb pages and in MiGEA’s

newsletters to over 200,000 database customers;

• a ‘winners’ signature logo which you can attach to your email or website.

This event is in aid of the Children’s Cancer Foundation Puttinu Cares and also

The Community Chest Fund patronised by HE The president of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.

Nominee entry and Sponsorship opportunities are available. These levels of sponsorship packages are designed for

companies and organisations desiring recognition as a strong community partner. All of these leader sponsorship packs

include basic value added benefits, and are designed to fit your marketing needs and budget. Additional Event and

Program or Category sponsorship packs are also available.

For Further Information:

Margaret Brincat

9940 6743;

Maritime News

ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software

stand-alone system, allowing users to create the calculation reports while editing

cross section data or operating the calculation window. The program interface

has also been streamlined to be more user-friendly.

ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software

PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.5.0.0, developed in response to the IACS

Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT).

The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT

(Rule Change Notice 1 to CSR 01 JAN 2017 version) including amendments

based on feedback from the industry.

In addition to the incorporation of the latest rule amendments, various functions

were also added or improved for the PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) prescriptive

calculation software and direct strength assessment software. The calculation

report function found in the prescriptive calculation software is now turned a

The prescriptive calculation software now includes enhanced data linkage

function for body plan data from 2D CAD software. The enhancement makes it

possible to create sectional data from body plan all at once, eliminating the need

for repetitious data conversion. In addition, the data linkage function allows

user to import transverse member data from NAPA Steel models into the initial

design function of the software directly. The direct strength assessment software

now includes a “parameter check and update” function which can detect modeldependent

parameters and update them automatically. Several enhancements

and new functions are expected to greatly contribute to reductions in necessary

man hours and shorter design lead times.

PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.5.0.0 was developed by ClassNK to offer the

industry the highest level of support in the design of safer ships compliant with


For further details, please contact:

JLA Media Ltd., Wimbledon Village Business Centre, Thornton House, Thornton

Road, London SW19 4NG

Tel: +44 7949 708679; Email:

Sailing Charity the Andrew Simpson Foundation to Open its First International

Sailing & Watersports Centre on the Shores of Lake Garda in Italy

The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that

from April 1st 2018, they will be opening a new not-for-profit sailing and

watersports centre based at Campione del Garda c/o Univela Sailing, the

world-class sailing venue situated on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy. The

Centre will be the first ASF centre to open outside the UK and will act as a

European hub aiming to attract sailing enthusiasts, beginners to experts, from

far and wide.

The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Lake Garda will offer a full

residential package as well as RYA sailing, windsurfing and powerboating

courses, foiling experiences and courses, high level sailing clinics, RYA Instructor

training, regatta support and boat charter. The Centre will cater for individuals,

groups and families looking for the ultimate in sailing and watersports training

as well as schools looking for a top-class adventure trip.

Importantly, all the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres act to enable the

Foundation to deliver its mission, in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, to

increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through

sailing. The Centres ultimately provide the Foundation with a sustainable

method of delivering charitable benefits over the long-term that are not totally

dependent on grants and donations from the public.

The new centre at Lake Garda, like all Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres, will

deliver the Foundations Charitable Community Sailing Programmes aimed at

improving the lives of disadvantaged young people within the surrounding areas.

In 2018, the Foundation aims to get over 10,000 disadvantaged young people on

the water through its centres so that they may experience the benefits of sailing.

Paul Goodison, Olympic Gold medallist and ASWCs Director commented “It

is amazing to see a sailing and watersports centre open on Lake Garda in Bart’s

name. He would be hugely proud to see the work that is being done in his name,

and the tens of thousands of young people benefitting from a sport which he

truly loved.”

Arianna Mazzon, Univela Owner added: “ The team at Univela are very excited to

welcome the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre to Campione del Garda. We

have worked for many years to ensure we have the best facility possible for sailors

and watersports enthusiasts. It is an honour to be linking with such a fantastic

charity and we look forward to a long relationship where we will be focusing on

offering the most incredible experiences for our customers on Lake Garda.” MS

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