Featuring interior design and futuristic engineering that would grace the foyer of any avant-garde luxury home, Oxygène Yachts’ Power Catamaran AIR 77 is quite a sight. Watch reviews editor, Lenny Rudow in action below:
Oxygene Air 77 – designed to circulate fresh breeze into every corner of the boat.
One of Lenny’s favourite boats at the show – easy to see why…
Not one for the faint-hearted. A compilation of boat lift disasters that will, if nothing else, remind you to stand clear whenever a boat is suspended in the air.
Mercifully, the video doesn’t go on too long, which may indicate that such events are very rare. However, the truth is that it’s just very rare to capture the event on camera – certainly when nothing goes wrong, it’s a pretty boring bit of footage!
December and January are sleepy periods for northern European boat owners – the perfect time to sit back in a warm living room and enjoy a spot of winter reading. In July we published a useful round-up of the boating stories from the first half of the year, so it makes sense to follow it up with a second installment. Enjoy the ride and feel free to add any favourites of your own in the comments below.
Relax and enjoy a spot of light reading on boats.com – Image courtesy of ‘africa’ / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
So, for starters, perhaps you’re feeling pessimistic; down in the dumps about the state of your boat, the lack of funds, time and energy to keep everything afloat and everyone happy. Well don’t worry – we all feel that way: read Lenny Rudow’s hilarious 5 reasons to own a boat and get over it already! Or, you might enjoy planning a holiday instead.
10 boats you must drive before you kick the proverbial bucket.
And last, but not least, the long winter evenings are a chance to catch up on the video category: including most recently (and spectacularly), some footage of what may be the biggest wave ever surfed. Click the image below to watch – don’t have nightmares – and enjoy your winter!
This has been a good Autumn season for big wave surfing on the west coast of Europe, as this mind-blowing bit of footage taken near the town of Nazaré on the coast of Portugal proves.
The surfer is Brazilian Carlos Burle and the wave has been reported as being over 30 metres (100ft) from trough to crest, which would make it the biggest wave ever surfed.
After about 20 seconds he was knocked down by a 50′ tall mountain of white wash. He survived. Earlier in the day he helped rescue a female surfer who broke her arm and had to be resuscitated on the beach.
The huge waves are created by an underwater canyon. The surfers are only able to ride such enormous swells by towing in behind a jet-ski or personal watercraft (PWC) and letting go at speed.
It was a year ago almost to the day that the Vestas Sailrocket team smashed the world speed sailing record with Sailrocket2. Now, for the first time, see the full record setting run from start to finish in this nine-minute video. Warning: there is some swearing!
Since 2004, the world speed sailing record had been set and broken only by windsurfers and kite boarders, apart from the foiling trimaran Hydroptere in 2009. Kite boarders broke their own record three times in 2010, inching gradually up to 55.65 knots. Then in 2012, Sailrocket 2 overcame its final technical problems and jumped up first by 4 knots to 59.23, followed swiftly by a staggering average speed over 500 metres of 65.45 knots and a top speed of 67+.
But the next challenge to the world record may come from the Hydroptere team (the 2009 record holders) with a Sailrocket influenced design: Hydroptere Rocket.
Sailrocket 2 prepares for world record run November 2012
The crew of a Clipper round the world race yacht were lucky to survive unscathed over the weekend when a rogue wave slammed into the side of the 70ft yacht ‘Great Britain’ smothering the entire cockpit in foam and water and hurling three of the crew off their seats onto the cockpit floor. See for yourself in this rare video footage of a rogue ocean wave.
Despite being knocked out cold, crew member Jim Hendry appears in the video to have made a full recovery and even requested to return to the action! The skipper described the conditions as blowing 55 knots, gusting 70. Other boats in the fleet have recorded gusts over 100 knots in the past few days.
Clipper Yacht Great Britain: rogue wave video image
Ocean adventures on the silver screen are few and far between – and most are basically unwatchable for anyone who loves sailing and boating. But ‘All is Lost’, which is released in the UK in late December has been getting good reviews in the USA. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
The production used three identical Cal 39 yachts and Redford reportedly carried out many of the stunts himself.
If off-road, high-energy amphibious adventuring is your thing, or if you fancy driving your jetski home from a day out on the water – without the need for a car and a trailer – then take a look at this new beast from Gibbs Sports.
It’s amazing nobody thought of it sooner: it takes just four seconds, once you’ve driven it into the water, for the wheels to fold up, then off you zoom. The price tag is steep at £25,000 ($40,000), but the independent mobility makes it potentially much more than just an excellent toy: think rescue services, trekking way off the beaten track, exploring remote islands. But still so much fun!
See for yourself the Gibs sports quadski in action
It was a battle of America’s Cup tacticians on Sunday October 13 in the thrilling finale of the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, being held in Bermuda.
Francesco Bruni beat Ben Ainslie in a thrilling final race at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda.
In one of the most exciting finals in Argo Group Gold Cup history, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa put a stop to the comeback kid, Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) BART/Argo Group. Bruni won the first two races and then Ainslie took two and looked like he was going to add a Gold Cup comeback to his America’s Cup record.
Bruini would have nothing of that and sailed flawlessly in the final race to win the King Edward VII Gold Cup and US$50,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.
Bruni had great pace at the start of the final race. He was on starboard, to weather of Ainslie and on the line right on time. In the North-easterly breeze, he took Ainslie all the way up to the wall at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel gaining separation on the way.
When they tacked for the obstruction, Bruni was clearly ahead and then gained on the long port tack to the weather mark. Ainslie couldn’t pull another catch-up out of his legendary bag of tricks.
Bruni and his crew Pierluigi de Felice, Xabi Fernandez and Nick Hutton were jubilant. This was the first time an Italian has ever won the King Edward VII Gold Cup. It was a historic victory for Bruni who comes from Palermo, Sicily and had lost only one race in reaching the finals. Ainslie had lost only two, so the cream had really risen to the top.
Both Bruni and Ainslie had come through the Semi Finals Sunday morning with perfect 3-0 records. Ainslie defeated Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX. Bruni handled defending champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone. Canfield went on to beat Minoprio in the Petite finals and take 3rd place and putting Minoprio into 4th.
Iain Percy won the Wedgewood trophy and Nicoli Sehestead won the Jordy Walker Trophy as the most improved sailor in Match Race Association or Tour events.
“To win every start against Sir Ben Ainslie in the finals is pretty big,” commented Bruni. “We were quite sure we could separate it and the plan in our mind worked beautifully. Every cross, we were ahead. After we were 2-2 we are very happy we didn’t let it slip away from our hands. We sailed Sir Ben to the wall and he asked for room to tack. It was a huge setback for Ben because when he tacked around we just had him and powered ahead.
“It has been a really great return to the world tour. And, I need to thank Luna Rossa for bringing us here. It has been a great reward for all of us after a lot of hard work.
Sir Ben Ainslie: “It was a great final. Ultimately we were beaten by a better team. They started their races better and they became the team that we could not beat today. We are here to honor the memory of our friend Andrew “Bart” Simpson and we have got a lot of support from everyone here for our Foundation. We sailed well today and we are glad we got the band back together in honor of Bart who was such an ambassador to the sport.”
Visit Bermuda for the Argo Group Gold CupThis year marked the 63rd staging of the King Edward VII Gold Cup, with previous winners including some of the greatest names ever to match race. Since the event was reformatted to be an event under the Match Racing Association in 1985, multiple winners include Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS), and Ben Ainslie (GBR).