Author Archives: Peter Nash

America’s Cup: is the honeymoon over?

By | February 13, 2019

In the absence of an independent league office to manage the mischief, the complicated dynamics of the America’s Cup can lead to… complications. While the rules in the protocol seek to keep the competition in the middle of the course, the actions of the players often bang the corners for advantage. When the period for… Read More »

Benetti launches a ginormous hybrid gigayacht with six decks and a helipad

By | February 13, 2019

Last week, Italian shipyard Benetti launched its second gigayacht in two months, currently called FB272, from its yard in Livorno. Clocking in at about 328 feet, the steel yacht with aluminium superstructure is fuelled by a hybrid propulsion system made up of two diesel-electric engines and two Azipod propulsion units that are in turn connected… Read More »

SailGP: butterflies about opening night

By | February 13, 2019

With lessons from the past, Sir Russell Coutts seeks to finally put ‘his show’ on the stage. Since 2007, when he revealed his vision of the World Sailing League, to the America’s Cup in 2013 and 2017 which saw the template take shape, Coutts has been wanting to produce a commercially viable spectator extravaganza. Failed… Read More »

HMRC awards new logistics contract to support customs compliance

By | February 12, 2019

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has awarded a new £71 million contract to support existing customs compliance work, as it moves inland pre-clearance checks to new multi-purpose sites. Following a full procurement exercise, logistics firm, Wincanton, will work in partnership with HMRC and Border Force providing logistics. HMRC and Border Force undertake targeted checks inland,… Read More »

Testing the mixed event initiative

By | February 12, 2019

With the emphasis by the International Olympic Committee for there to be events in which men and women compete together, the proposed Sailing Program for the Paris 2024 Games will convert the current format which has separate men’s and women’s racing in a two-person dinghy event to one mixed event. The 470 Class has been… Read More »

£67.4 million Ipswich tidal flood barrier officially opened

By | February 12, 2019

The Environment Agency’s new tidal flood defence barrier for Ipswich has been officially opened by Floods Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey, ensuring more than 1,600 homes and 400 businesses are better protected from flooding and the impacts of climate change over the course of the next century. Costing almost £70 million, the new flood defences centrepiece… Read More »

B&G partner with the AHOY project

By | February 12, 2019

B&G®, the global leader in the design and manufacture of world-class sailing electronics, is pleased to announce their support for the AHOY project. At the centre of the project are four friends, Alexandre, Thibaud, Romain and Jérémy, who for the last year have been preparing for a tour of the Atlantic. Their mission carries a… Read More »

RYA welcomes recent government announcement

By | February 12, 2019

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, recently announced his vision to help children build character and resilience. Speaking at the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference on 7th February, Mr Hinds spoke of the importance of character building activities in helping young people succeed in life and even improve academic outcomes. The Department for Education… Read More »