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Cannes Yachting Festival

Cannes Yachting Festival © Cannes Yachting Festival

Traditionally the first show on the nautical calendar and Europe’s leading in-water boat show, in this year unlike any other, the 2020 Yachting Festival will also be the first event on an international scale to reopen in the post-lockdown period. This new year remains true to the show’s DNA with almost 400 boats presented ranging from 3 to 43 metres, ...

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Cancelled Hamilton Island Race Week 2020

Hamilton Island Race Week 2019 © Craig Greenhill / www.saltydingo.com.au

The Queensland Government has recently declared numerous COVID-19 hotspots and yesterday announced the inclusion of Greater Sydney. In light of this announcement and despite our best intentions to host the event, our Race Management team who are so vital to the smooth and fair conduct of the sailing, are now unable to travel. As such, we have made the tough ...

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Sailing and swimming with Orcas

Humpback whale and Barba, Troms region 2016. © David Go

Google the name Andreas B. Heide, and what you’ll find is not your average run-of-the-mill guy. After all, how many people do you know who go free diving with Killer Whales; in the Arctic no less? Crazy as it sounds, this is exactly what Jeanneau owner, Andreas Heide does. Andenes, February 2020. – photo © Sophie Bolesworth Growing up close ...

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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

©Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

2020 edition Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez In line with the global health situation, the organisers of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez remain on alert. The goal: to maintain what has for decades made the success of these regattas unique to the world for modern and classic boats, while optimally adapting the programme on land, for the public, as for the sailors themselves. ...

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Energy Observer

Energy Observer in the Islands of the Saintes in Guadeloupe - photo © Francine Kreiss

In a world ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, the crew of Energy Observer, the first vessel powered by renewable energies and hydrogen, has revised its programme, which was originally supposed to lead her to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games. Furthermore, following her first transatlantic passage from Saint-Malo, the floating laboratory, which is self-sufficient in energy, has undergone her first ...

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Desperately seeking solutions – Steel Sapphire

Desperately seeking solutions © Peter Bernard

Death or severe illness. Economic meltdown. Loss of personal income. Future instability. Massive disruption to daily life. For so, so many different reasons, Covid-19 is having a drastic impact on just about everyone on the planet. Until a vaccine is developed and distributed, shelter in place seems to be the preferred solution. If you were overseas when this all started, ...

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Sail Scotland

Pleasure yachts at Kytra, Caledonian Canal © Peter Sandground

The Scottish Government’s promised £100 million COVID-19 fund to support small and medium-sized businesses and the self-employed opened yesterday for applications – to the delight of Sail Scotland and its members. The national marine tourism body has been fiercely lobbying the Scottish Government for additional assistance for its members, joining voices with Wild Scotland to support the wider marine and ...

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Race for Water Odyssey 6 month postponement…

© 2020 Race For Water

The Race for Water foundation is postponing the Asian stopovers of the Odyssey for six months but remains committed to the preservation of the oceans! The Board has decided to reschedule the Race for Water Odyssey stopovers, initially planned for the period between May to August 2020, to the last quarter of the year, from October to December 2020. The ...

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Energy Observer arrives in Martinique

Arrival of Energy Observer in Martinique - photo © Energy Observer Productions - George Conty

On Tuesday 21 April, the first hydrogen vessel powered by renewable energies docked in Fort-de-France (Martinique, Caribbean) after her first transatlantic passage. Setting sail from Saint-Malo, the journey of around 5,000 nautical miles took just over 30 days, during which time it was totally self-sufficient in terms of energy, with no CO2 or fine particle emissions. Victorien Erussard, Captain and ...

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Piracy news

2020 Q1 IMB Piracy Report © ICC International Maritime Bureau

Piracy and armed robbery a threat to ships’ crews, warns IMB Seafarers face continuing threats from pirates and armed robbers on the world’s seas, says the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), reporting 47 attacks in the first three months of 2020, up from 38 in the same period last year. Pirates boarded 37 ships in the first quarter of 2020. ...

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