Bermuda

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First Deployment of a Kymeta Sat Antenna

FMC GlobalSat has deployed the world’s first use of the Kymeta software-steered satellite antenna aboard a sportfishing yacht, delivering satellite and wireless network access through its 4G/LTSAT service. Through this solution, the award-winning S.Y. Bad Daddy, a 76-foot Spencer, has global access to FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LTSAT converged communications platform to receive uninterrupted network connectivity in port and at sea. The solution aboard the S.Y. Bad Daddy leverages a Kymeta…

Ellison and Coutts Launch League for 'Supercharged' Cats

Former America's Cup winners Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts launched a new league on Wednesday, with six national teams sailing in a series ending in a two-boat $1 million finale.SailGP will go live in Sydney, Australia in February 2019 with 50-foot foiling catamarans powered by wing sails which the organizers expect to reach speeds of more than 50 knots (93 kilometers per hour) as they fly above the water."With equally incredible technology across our one-design fleet, we expect to see thrillingly close and competitive racing…

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New Zealand Sailors Race for Triple Crown in Volvo Finale

New Zealand has a lot at stake in the final stages of the Volvo Ocean Race, with two of its best sailors vying for an elusive "Triple Crown" along with the America's Cup and Olympic gold.Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, Olympic partners in the 49er class and fellow America's Cup winners, will go head to head in the penultimate leg of the race which sets sail from Cardiff for Gothenburg, Sweden on Sunday.But only one of them can win the round-the-world race and achieve the treble no sailor has managed…

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Ainslie in Hunt for Cash to Fulfil America's Cup Dream

When Ben Ainslie is not out sailing with his crew, he is busy inside Land Rover BAR's futuristic headquarters raising the money he needs to make his America's Cup dream a reality. Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor and a winner of the "Auld Mug" with Oracle Team USA in 2013, is racing to secure at least 100 million pounds ($141 million) needed to design, construct and race the latest version of America's Cup boat. "We are on that funding trail right now ... Land Rover have been fantastic as title partner and some of the other partners are coming back in…

Lionheart (Photo: Claasen)

Lionheart Prepares for Next Challenge in Newport

When she was completed by Claasen in 2010, the 43.40-meter Lionheart was the largest J-Class yacht ever built. It was a distinction she kept until the recent launch by Vitters of Svea, which came in at 20 centimeters longer. Lionheart was the first of her kind with an aluminium hull and incorporated lots of research gleaned from previous Js: no expense was spared to make her as competitive as possible in the regatta circuit. As one of the finest examples of a J-Class yacht today…

Photos: Meike Brunssen/Knierim Yachtbau

With 80 Years Around the World

Never before has someone at the impressive age of 80 sailed around the world non-stop. New Zealand-born Dr Stanley Paris wants to be the first. What's more, the American now residing in St. Augustine, Florida is planning on breaking the course record from Bermuda to Bermuda. The extreme sportsman had an offshore yacht ideally suited to the task built at the Kiel-based Knierim shipyard in Germany, a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN – Superyachts Germany working group. The Finot-Conq FC3 53 is 17.33 metres long, 5.26 metres wide and is very racy.

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BWA Yachting Renews Pact with International SeaKeepers

BWA Yachting, a  provider of marine agency services to superyacht owners and their crews, has renewed its partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. The aim of the partnership is to increase participation from yachts in assisting with ocean research, conservation and education. The partnership enters its second year with an emphasis on the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which utilizes private vessels for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments.

Kings Point Marina (Photo: Marinetek)

Marinetek Builds Megayacht Marina for America’s Cup Site

When the America’s Cup fleet arrives in Bermuda in January 2017 a new destination resort and marina with a range of mooring options will be open to visitors eager to follow the action. Marinetek, an internationally acclaimed marina design and build company headquartered in Finland, is putting its expertise to work on a marina system that includes berths for 21 visiting megayachts at the resort’s King’s Point Marina. King’s Point will be the hub of a new luxury residential community designed by SB Architects as a ‘contemporary interpretation of British Colonial architecture’.

Capt. Mike Martel

New Yacht Delivery Service: Delivery Passagemakers

Two experienced USCG licensed Captains based in Rhode Island have teamed up to launch a multi-faceted yacht delivery service. Capt. Bill Madison, with more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed Ocean Master with a 1600-ton (GRT) ticket, and Capt. Mike Martel, with a 100GRT near-coastal license, have partnered to form Delivery Passagemakers, combining their experience, sea-knowledge, and compatible approach to serve boat owners, brokers, and anyone needing a vessel moved from Point “A” to Point “B”.

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The Role of Simulation Software in Yacht Racing

Cape Horn Engineering was founded in 2007 with the vision of using the best available CFD tools for the design of racing yachts. They have been involved in several America’s Cup campaigns and their designs have dominated the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race for almost a decade, winning three times in a row, with ABN Amro (2005/06), Ericsson Racing Team (2008/09) and Groupama Sailing Team (2011/12). Cape Horn Engineering is proud to be involved in the design team at Land Rover BAR…

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New Docks for Americas Cup Base in Bermuda

SF Marina Systems USA announced it has provided docks for the Cup base in Bermuda. A provider of concrete floating structures including concrete docks and floating breakwaters, SF Marina Systems installed the first dock system in the Dockyards area for the Oracle team’s support boats and the racing catamarans. The Dockyards location has constant commercial activity going on as it acts as one of Bermuda’s commercial ports. As a result, portions of the dock system need to be periodically removed to allow the berthing of large ships.

Iain Percy (Artemis Racing) and Ross Wilkinson (Crewsaver) Photo Credit @ Sportography

Artemis Appoints Crewsaver As Safety Supplier

Crewsaver announced that it has been selected by Artemis Racing to become its Official Safety Supplier for the 35th America’s Cup. With the America’s Cup taking place in Bermuda in June 2017, and with the preliminary Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series commencing in July 2015, there’s mounting tension and excitement as the teams prepare their campaigns and equipment to take on each other in extreme foiling catamarans. Crewsaver, a Survitec company, and one of the world’s leading personal floatation equipment manufacturer…

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World's Largest Sailing Yachts Get the GAC Treatment

GAC has smoothed the transit of the world’s largest sailing yacht through the Suez Canal, and was at hand when she called at ports in Oman and Sri Lanka. The integrated package of support services at multiple ports for the 93-m long three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner ‘Eos’ was coordinated by the GAC Bunker Fuels specialized superyacht department based in Southampton, UK. In Egypt, GAC's Suez Canal Transit Services team took care of her passage through the waterway from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.

ohn Hemingway poses next to photo of grandfather Ernest Hemingway at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort.

Hemingway Joins Anglers for Upcoming Wahoo Smackdown V

Following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, author John Hemingway this year has run with the bulls in Pamplona and will be soon fishing the big game grounds off Bimini—the same tiny Bahamas out island where Papa Hemingway chased marlins and tuna aboard his beloved Pilar in the 1930s. In November, John Hemingway will return to Bimini, this time chasing speedy Wahoo as Grand Marshal of the popular Wahoo Smackdown V series, hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina in Alice Town.

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The Landing School to Graduate 78 Students

Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design to Give Keynote Address. On June 21 The Landing School will celebrate its 35th annual commencement, graduating 78 diploma students, a record high. Graduates in the Marine Systems, Yacht Design, Composite Boat Building and Wooden Boat Building programs will hear speaker Michael Peters, Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design. Students and their families will also enjoy the christening of the boats built this year. The Wooden Boat Building program will christen three Flyfisher 22s and three Joel White Pea Pods.

FIPOFIX Making Second Transatlantic Crossing

The extreme sailor Sedlacek passed the Bermuda’s. Already 1,200 nautical miles in the wake of the FIPOFIX. Departing on May 16, 2014 at 17:40 MESZ from West Palm Beach (U.S.) for the second crossing race to Les Sables d’Olonne (France), the extreme sailor Harald Sedlacek and his only 4.9 meter short volcanic prototype FIPOFIX reached on Sunday evening the north of the Bermuda’s. The second record crossing race which brings the extreme sailor back to Europe, is going until now without any technical problems.

NV Charts Bermuda Islands Chart Set Available

NV Charts offers detailed chart set for the Bermuda Islands in paper and instant-download digital format for use with chartplotters, PCs, and mobile devices with NV Charts’ FREE NV App. NV Charts’ Region 16.1 chart set for the Bermuda Islands is offered exclusively by NV Charts, a global supplier of precision charting products for mariners. The new Bermuda chart set, Region 16.1, is the latest and most complete charting package for the navigationally-hazardous Bermuda islands to appear in many years…

UK Families ask U.S. to Resume Search for Sailors

The families of four British sailors missing since their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean three days ago appealed to the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday to resume its search. Last contact with the missing yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, was on Friday after it ran into difficulties about 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean. A search was called off on Sunday after two days as the U.S. Coast Guard said it did not have the capability to support a large-scale search.

(Credit: Center for Coastal Studies (CCS))

Boaters Enlisted to Help Track Whales

Yachters and sailors are invited to help scientists track the movements of endangered humpback whales between NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort. Carib Tails is a collaboration between the sanctuary and partners at Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic, Agoa Marine Mammal Sanctuary/French Antilles, Bermuda Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the marine mammal sanctuaries of the Windward and Leeward Dutch Antilles…