Catamarans – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 21:19:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saltwaterconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Catamarans – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ 32 32 Classic professions allow a lively start to ARC 2022 https://saltwaterconnections.org/classic-professions-allow-a-lively-start-to-arc-2022/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 21:19:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/classic-professions-allow-a-lively-start-to-arc-2022/ Classic professions allow a lively start to ARC 2022 by World Cruising Club Nov 20 21:19 UTC November 20, 2022 ARC 2022 © James Mitchell It was an exciting start to the 37th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) today, Sunday November 20, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as a northeast […]]]>

Classic professions allow a lively start to ARC 2022

by World Cruising Club Nov 20 21:19 UTC
November 20, 2022

ARC 2022 © James Mitchell

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It was an exciting start to the 37th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) today, Sunday November 20, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as a northeast swell gave the boats a boost. ‘mail. A total of 138 of the 143 strong fleets set off for the 2,700nm sail to St. Lucia, with a long-range forecast promising good trade winds to take them to the Caribbean. More than 800 crew members are taking part in ARC 2022 aboard a diverse fleet of cruising yachts with monohulls, multihulls and a motorboat leaving Gran Canaria today.

Host to the start since the first ARC in 1986, Las Palmas Marina comes alive again with the annual event for the two-week rally pre-start programme. Participants enjoyed exploring Gran Canaria, and the city of Las Palmas was excellent in provisioning and preparing for the crossing to Saint Lucia, which is expected to take 18-20 days for the average cruiser. World Cruising Club rally organizers carried out safety checks for each boat and organized a varied program of seminars and social evenings before departure, fueling the rally camaraderie evident at every dock in the marina. “It was a really smooth operation, all aspects here in Las Palmas,” said Mark Lawrence, crew aboard Australia’s Dufour 56 Smooth Operator. “The services and facilities have been really good, from the riggers to the provisioners, and it takes so much stress out of the preparations to have all this support. Now we feel, ‘let’s go’! great trade winds sailing towards the Caribbean! ”

There was an emotional farewell atmosphere as the marina in Las Palmas gradually emptied, leaving the pontoons bare for another year. The Gran Canaria Tourist Board, Las Palmas Port Authority and Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas have been wonderful hosts for ARC participants over the past two weeks, and crews have said goodbye to the city with waves and cheers as the yachts came out in procession from the marina.

Over the past 48 hours in Gran Canaria, as the crews made their final preparations for the start of their Atlantic crossing, strong gusty winds from the NE created a significant 1.5m swell; ideal for surfers, but today causing some discomfort to boats on the starting line. The wind was more easterly than typical for an ARC start, meaning it was white sail reaching the start in winds of 18-20 knots. The weather forecast for the next 24 hours shows winds around 20 knots, with stronger gusts in the acceleration zone south of Gran Canaria. The acceleration zone extends 100 nautical miles from the island, where its 2,000 m high mountain causes a significant increase in the strength of the winds to the south of the island. Skippers will need to take precautions, reef early and sail further south sheltered from the strongest winds for the first 24 hours. With daylight tomorrow, their fleet should head for more stable trade winds, particularly south of the rhumb line, a pattern that should hold for at least the first week of the crossing.

With the committee ship, the Meteor of the Armada española (Spanish Navy) in place, the first departure was for the Multihull and Open divisions, just as the sun rose after a cloudy morning. Despite a reef or two, the performance catamarans sailed at 5-6 knots at the start, led by the all-electric catamaran ITA 14.99 Nanomole (MLT) skippered by Ulrik Bjerl Nielsen from Denmark.

Then a smaller than usual ARC Racing fleet battled the swell on the coast line and it was a safe and steady start with many days of ocean sailing ahead. Harmony 52 Sao Jorge (GBR) took the lead to cross the line first, followed by the Beneteau First 53 Firstlady (DEU) and the smaller Beneteau 40.7 Escapado (GBR) following in third position. Both Sao Jorge and Escapado are charter boats from the UK-based Sail Racing Academy, carrying guest crews with a professional skipper and mate on board.

It was a spectacular sight as the white sails of more than 100 Cruise Division yachts dotted the blue horizon of Las Palmas Harbor at 1:00 p.m. Anthony Auger’s Oyster 665 Patience of London (GBR) was ahead of the fleet, with strong winds already propelling them towards Saint Lucia.

As the fleet leaves Gran Canaria in its wake, a classic trade wind sail is expected as the boats head south before turning to point their bows towards IGY Rodney Bay Marina. From the youngest crew, aged just two, to the oldest skipper over 80, ARC sailors from 35 different nations will soon adjust to life on the waves after a rush of preparations before departure. All ARC boats are fitted with YB Tracking satellite trackers, allowing family and friends to follow the fleet from the comfort of their own home via the ARC website or the YB Races app.

The departure of the ARC fleet sailing direct to Saint Lucia today means a combined total of 234 yachts will cross the Atlantic under the ARC banner in November 2022. The ARC+ fleet of 91 yachts departed Mindelo, Cape Verde , for the second leg of their final crossing. Friday, direction Camper and Nicholson’s Port Louis Marina in Grenada. A further 43 yachts will join the second edition of ARC January, setting sail in the new year, in a third transatlantic rally organized by the World Cruising Club, sailing from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.

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All American wins contract for California patrol boat https://saltwaterconnections.org/all-american-wins-contract-for-california-patrol-boat/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:18:21 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/all-american-wins-contract-for-california-patrol-boat/ November 18, 2022 All American Marine renderings All American Sailors Inc. (AAM), Bellingham, Washington, recently obtained a contract from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for a 74’x27.5′ catamaran patrol boat. The aluminum catamaran will patrol the coastal waters of the State of California and international waters for the CDFW. The twin-engine, fixed-propeller […]]]>

November 18, 2022

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All American Sailors Inc. (AAM), Bellingham, Washington, recently obtained a contract from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for a 74’x27.5′ catamaran patrol boat. The aluminum catamaran will patrol the coastal waters of the State of California and international waters for the CDFW. The twin-engine, fixed-propeller patrol vessel will be built to Coast Guard standards.

The airboat-assisted vessel of Technical designAuckland, New Zealand, will combine innovative design features essential to modern maritime law enforcement and is based on the AAM-built Captain Murchison, built for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A great feature included in the vessel is Teknicraft’s Rapid RHIB launch and recovery system. This feature, integrated into the stern of the vessel, will increase safety and reduce the time and manpower required to deploy the vessel’s rigid hull inflatable boat, AM said. It will allow deployment and recovery in less than a minute.

Additional vessel features include a full package of state-of-the-art electronics which contains a Flirt M400 XR High resolution thermal imaging video with tracking to aid in patrol duties along the California coast.

“We are excited to announce another contract for this innovative construction at AAM,” said Ron Wille, president and COO of All American Marine, in a statement. “Our core mission is to build the most technologically advanced ships in the world, and we have already started work on this state-of-the-art patrol vessel.”

CDFW’s mission is to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats on which they depend, for their ecological values ​​and their public use and enjoyment. The mission of CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division is to protect California’s natural resources and ensure public safety through effective and responsive law enforcement.

The semi-displacement catamaran hull of this vessel was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft. The design incorporates a Teknicraft hull form and is complemented by Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave breaker which is positioned between the catamaran’s sponsons to break up wave action and provide reduced drag while conducting rescue missions. research.

For the operator, one of the most valuable features of this vessel is the excellent fuel economy. With a 2,000 gallon. full capability, long-range performance was critical to the design process of this ship.

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‘Energy Observer’ stops in Kochi to spread self-sufficiency message https://saltwaterconnections.org/energy-observer-stops-in-kochi-to-spread-self-sufficiency-message/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:36:18 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/energy-observer-stops-in-kochi-to-spread-self-sufficiency-message/ Kochi: Energy Observer, the first zero-emission ship powered by renewable energy and hydrogen, has called at the port of Kochi, its 75th in its six-year expedition around the world to experience and spread the message of sustainable and self-sufficient energy solutions. The catamaran is the first French ambassador for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set […]]]>

Kochi: Energy Observer, the first zero-emission ship powered by renewable energy and hydrogen, has called at the port of Kochi, its 75th in its six-year expedition around the world to experience and spread the message of sustainable and self-sufficient energy solutions.

The catamaran is the first French ambassador for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, and arrived there after 17 days of sailing and 1,645 nautical miles from Langkawi in Indonesia.

On the occasion of the ship’s stopover, the Energy Management Center (EMC), the state-appointed agency to enforce energy conservation law in Kerala, organized an event Special – “Green Hydrogen Pathways for a Sustainable Future”, a forum bringing together many Indian institutions around the challenges of green hydrogen development.

The ship is anchored at Bolgatty Palace and will be in Kochi, the only port of call in India, until November 24. Numerous conferences are organized throughout the port call, including interaction with the crew aboard the ship for students, teachers and researchers from the University of CUSAT.

Victorien Erussard, the captain and founder of Energy Observer, said the yacht, developed in France, had been sailing for five years as a laboratory for ecological transition.

“This stopover will also be an opportunity to welcome on board all the players involved in the energy transition, including the partners of Energy Observer”, he declared to the press on Monday.

Lise Talbot Barré, Consul General of France in Pondicherry and Chennai, said the stopover comes at a time when France and India are strengthening their cooperation to advance carbon neutrality and develop renewable energy.

“I am very happy to present the laboratory vessel for ecological transition, Energy Observer, to our Indian friends in Kerala, this state of the Indian Union so close to the hearts of the French. This stopover will allow us to strengthen synergies between French and Indian players in the fight against climate change,” Barre said.

She added that Kerala’s green hydrogen mission enabled it to be the first state to include hydrogen mobility in its zero emission mobility policy.

“France is investing massively in this area, which opens up new opportunities for scientific and economic cooperation between our two countries. The transition to a low-carbon economy is a priority of the strategic partnership between France and India,” he said. she stated.

Dr R Harikumar, Director of the Energy Management Center (EMC), which is under the Department of Energy, Government of Kerala, said he is striving to achieve energy efficiency in all sectors of the economy of the state of Kerala.

“We are convinced that green hydrogen plays an essential role in decarbonizing our economy and protecting the environment, in the framework of the latest modification of the energy conservation law adopted at the national level, in From this perspective, we are delighted to support Observer’s Energy L’escale by organizing a 3-day workshop that will bring together all the key players at the regional and federal level who are committed to the energy transition,” said Harikumar.

First French ambassador of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, this world tour also aims to explore all the solutions accelerating the ecological transition and to raise awareness among all audiences, decision-makers and industrialists through a series of inspiring and educational content (documentary films, web series , scientific articles and traveling exhibition, etc.).

The crew allowed the media a peek inside the 30-foot-long vessel which comfortably seats five crew members.

The ship has 202 square feet of solar panels above, which makes efficient use of solar energy. It also has state-of-the-art equipment to collect wind energy. The boat can produce hydrogen directly on board, by electrolysis of seawater.

The crew said they had been sailing on solar, wind and hydrogen power for five years and had sailed for 40 days during the 2020 COVID lockdown without making port.

The ship is scheduled to visit 50 countries and 101 ports, including ports of historical significance, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, endangered ecosystems, in addition to attending international events.

It is the first ship equipped with autonomous means of hydrogen production on board and without greenhouse gas emissions thanks to renewable energy.

The hydrogen produced is stored in a 62 kg tank. The vessel also includes a traction kite and two reversible electric hydrogenation motors, a lithium battery (106 kWh), a watermaker, an electrolyser, a compressor and a fuel cell.

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By Any Means Necessary – Florida Powerboat Club Fleet Safely Returns to Key West https://saltwaterconnections.org/by-any-means-necessary-florida-powerboat-club-fleet-safely-returns-to-key-west/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:09:31 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/by-any-means-necessary-florida-powerboat-club-fleet-safely-returns-to-key-west/ With Subtropical Storm Nicole threatening to ruin the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run’s 30th anniversary, attendees had to get creative if they wanted to be there. Wednesday’s departure was off-limits and Thursday’s waters were sloppy to choppy, depending on who you asked and what boat they were on for the 200-plus mile trip. […]]]>

With Subtropical Storm Nicole threatening to ruin the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run’s 30th anniversary, attendees had to get creative if they wanted to be there. Wednesday’s departure was off-limits and Thursday’s waters were sloppy to choppy, depending on who you asked and what boat they were on for the 200-plus mile trip.

Danny DeSantis said the 2022 Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run was a breeze in his Skater 426 catamaran. Photos by Jeff Helmkamp copyright Helmkamp Photos.

For Skater Powerboats 426 catamaran owner Danny DeSantis, who visited on Thursday, most of the race was a breeze, with a fun little kicker at the end.

“It was perfect, two to three feet inside,” he said. “The outside was solid five to six feet, but I like this.”

For Ron Szolack and Todd Fountain, the key to success was leaving early in the week and setting up base camp at Marathon. Photo courtesy/copyright Ron Szolack

The weather picture started to look grim on Monday, leading Ron Szolack and Todd Fountain – two Michigan natives who spend a lot of time in Florida – to take a different approach with their 42- and 41-foot Cigarette Racing Team center consoles. They left early that day.

“We stopped at Hawks Cay Resort on Monday and stayed there until Wednesday morning,” Szolack explained. “Then we raced from there. It wasn’t difficult at all, just two feet.

Nor-Tech takes a different approach to this year’s Key West Poker Run.

The Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats team members and some of their customers left their boats at home and arrived on the party bus. Still others chose to tow their boats to Key West. “Of the 290 boats we had registered, I bet we probably ended up with 150 that went down on their own bottom.”

Among those towing their boats was Stephen Miles of Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky. Miles and his wife, Heather, towed their MTI 340X catamaran to Key West. But more than the rough water forecast, a potential mechanical problem motivated him to tow his car.

Size mattered more than usual at this week’s Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run.

And coincidentally, this is an excellent choice.

“I had a message on my Mercury monitor and just wanted Lee Murray of Murray Marine in Key West to take care of it with a shift actuator,” Miles said. “It turned out that I had a burnt out engine.

“But I’m still the luckiest guy in the world,” he continued. “Lee Murray had a Verado 350 outboard with 90 hours for sale. So I bought the motor, ripped the powerhead off and swapped it with mine, put my ECU in and…boom.

It is better to be lucky than good sometimes. Ask Stephen Miles.

Of course, the traditional Key West Poker Run spectacle continued. According to Jones, about 120 boats sank on Thursday and another 30 came in Friday’s surge, which was added to help compensate for Wednesday’s departure cancellation.

“The weather was much better on Friday,” Jones said. “It was still a bit windy, but the conditions were nice.”

Enjoy more action at the 2022 Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run.

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Experience the luxury of the F1 Grand Prix Final https://saltwaterconnections.org/experience-the-luxury-of-the-f1-grand-prix-final/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:52:47 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/experience-the-luxury-of-the-f1-grand-prix-final/ The Formula 1 season finale is set to take place in Abu Dhabi and this year a number of draw events are taking place in the Arabian Gulf including the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show and the World Cup soccer. This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will include new grandstands to get closer to the […]]]>

The Formula 1 season finale is set to take place in Abu Dhabi and this year a number of draw events are taking place in the Arabian Gulf including the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show and the World Cup soccer.

This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will include new grandstands to get closer to the 1,000hp F1 cars in the championship finale on November 20. luxury experience.

F1 Grand Prix

Towards the end of the F1 season, rumors of driver team changes and inaugural laps in new liveries dominate the headlines. This year is no different and the simmering heat of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will be the stage for the world’s greatest motorsport drivers to give us a taste of what to expect from teams like Ferrari, Mercedes and this year’s success story, Red Bull.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the Canadian Grand Prix in June | Source: Shutterstock

In case you missed it, this year Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has equaled the most wins ever in the F1 championship, stepping onto the podium 14 times. Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc is the closest contender with three wins for the season.

Abu Dhabi is shaping up to be a celebration of the underdog and something of a redemption after Red Bull was controversially and falsely accused of exceeding its budget cap last year by A$224 million.

If there isn’t enough excitement on the track to keep you busy, take a trip to Ferrari World. Located on Yas Island, the signature theme park is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, tallest loop and tallest space structure ever built on the planet. You can do a few laps in a real Ferrari, drive Ferrari karts and soak up the party atmosphere.

Ferrari World on Yas Island
Ferrari World is home to the tallest space frame structure in the world | Source: Yas Marina Circuit

Where to stay

Abu Dhabi is very well equipped to welcome visitors who wish to watch the race from the deck of their superyacht. The Yas Marina has 227 berths up to 90 meters with additional berths for vessels up to 175 meters. These paddocks offer excellent views of the track and are the perfect location for the legendary post-championship after-parties for which Abu Dhabi has become famous.

Tranquility

Oceanco

  • – 91 meters
  • – Built in 2014
  • – 22 beds in 11 bedrooms, 31 crew members

The tranquility is perfect for post-race evenings and Abu Dhabi is the perfect location for the charter yacht to show off its luxury credentials.

A magnificent owner’s suite has its own private terrace with a jacuzzi for a quiet cocktail after spending the night in and around a 23 square meter circular plunge pool on the enormous upper deck.

Source: Camper and Nicholsons

You’ll have the best view of F1 in Abu Dhabi from the imposing five-deck yacht. Before the race, be pampered at the relaxing Tranquility Beach Club equipped with a Finnish sauna, steam room, experiential showers, plunge pool, massage room and treatment room .

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Mariott

  • – 499 hotel rooms and suites
  • – 6 restaurants
  • – 85,000 square meters

The location of this five-star hotel could not be more ideal for attending the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Opened the same year as the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in 2009, the hotel has been optimized to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.

The suites and rooms are chic and stylish and very often have stunning views of the racecourse. If you want to stay in the ultimate luxury, the 409 square meter bi-level Extreme Wow Suite should be at the top of your list.

Source: Marriott

Dining options include a range of gourmet dishes to suit all tastes. From a contemporary plant-filled dining room with a retro caravan to expansive rooftop bars, pools and sunbathing areas, there are plenty of options for a luxury wine and dine.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

Watching Formula 1 from a superyacht is a bucket list experience usually reserved for those with a sought-after berth at Port Hercules, but few realize how close you can get to the action in Yas Marina at Abu Dhabi.

If you have the privilege of watching the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix from a superyacht and want to board the most luxurious yachts in the Arabian Gulf, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show runs from November 24-27 in ADNEC Marina, less than 30 minutes from Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show
Source: Abu Dhabi International Boat Show

Italian Evo will present its very first vessel, the iconic 13-meter R4. A hydraulically extendable deck, which opens on either side as well as at the stern, creates 40% more space for sunbathing, fishing, swimming and just plain having fun on the water.

Source: Evo

Ecological responsibility is becoming more and more important for yacht owners and the Polish company Sunreef is one of the hottest brands. They will be bringing one of their best-selling Sunreef 60 sailing catamarans to Abu Dhabi this year.

The Persian Gulf is known for its scorching sun and desert winds. Sunreef made the logical decision to harness these energy sources for hotel propulsion and charging, dramatically reducing carbon emissions on board its environmentally friendly catamarans. Offering a leisurely way to sail, owners of Sunreef Yachts include Rafael Nadal and Fernando Alonso who say they are easy to use, spacious and beautifully luxurious.

Source: Sunreef

Yasalam post-race concerts

After the finale of the Formula 1 racing calendar, Abu Dhabi will host the biggest post-race party of the year. Massive international acts are planned for three days of celebrations at the Yas Marina, Paddock Club and nearby Etihad Park.

There will be a festive atmosphere after the final race on Sunday and the official after-party will include special guests Fatman Scoop and British DJ Russke. Rapper, Dave and RnB superstar Usher will perform earlier on Thursday, November 17, and Swedish House Mafia will provide the beats on Friday, November 18.

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On Saturday, November 19, multi-Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar is set to take the stage and, as a grand finale, ’80s rockers Def Leppard will blast some anthems on Sunday, November 20.

It’s not just world-class events that bring the world’s elite to the Arabian Gulf, it’s also home to some of the most opulent and luxurious hotels, restaurants and experiences in the world.

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Frustrated Scottish islanders plan to run their own ferry service | Scotland https://saltwaterconnections.org/frustrated-scottish-islanders-plan-to-run-their-own-ferry-service-scotland/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 20:35:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/frustrated-scottish-islanders-plan-to-run-their-own-ferry-service-scotland/ Scottish islanders who are fed up with the country’s slumping ferry service are to investigate the running of their own ferries, claiming they have lost patience with government clumsiness. After years of service cancellations and outages, the islanders of Mull and Iona want to replace car ferries run by state-owned company CalMac with their own […]]]>

Scottish islanders who are fed up with the country’s slumping ferry service are to investigate the running of their own ferries, claiming they have lost patience with government clumsiness.

After years of service cancellations and outages, the islanders of Mull and Iona want to replace car ferries run by state-owned company CalMac with their own community-run service, using three faster catamarans.

Their announcement came as Nicola Sturgeon, the Prime Minister, prepares for an MSP investigation into allegations that a botched ferry building contract was rigged to save one of the Clyde’s last shipyards.

Sturgeon is due to appear before Holyrood’s public audit committee on Friday as part of its investigation into costly overruns that have hit the construction of two much-needed ferries to Arran and the Western Isles. She will have to face difficult questions.

The purpose-built ferries were due to enter service in 2018 at a cost of £97million. Now at least five years behind schedule, spending watchdog Audit Scotland predicts the boats will cost at least £240million.

A BBC Scotland documentary alleged last month that Ferguson Marine, the Clyde shipyard that won the contract in 2016, secretly received the vessels’ precise specifications, drawn up by the owner of the government ferry CMAL, when it was bidding for the works.

The BBC said this allowed the company to totally revise its designs midway through the tendering process – a change no other bidders were allowed to make. Ferguson’s was also able to bid without proving that it had bank guarantees as insurance against contract failure.

After a series of government delays and bailouts totaling £45million, the company collapsed in administration and had to be nationalized in 2019 by the Scottish government to secure the construction of the ferries.

Both ferries are designed to use climate-friendly hybrid engines that run on batteries and liquid natural gas. It emerged earlier this week that the first vessel due to enter service in 2023, the Glen Sannox, will run on diesel for seven months because the yard failed to order a crucial part for the hybrid engines.

John Swinney, Sturgeon’s deputy, told the BBC that documentary ministers shared responsibility for the Ferguson debacle. “There was a collective failure,” he said, later saying MSP Audit Scotland had been tasked with investigating the BBC allegations.

Jim McColl, a millionaire investor and former ally of Alex Salmond, the former prime minister, who owned Ferguson’s when the contracts were awarded, insisted he did not know at the time that any no other bidder had these specifications.

“Looking back, it put us in a very strong position,” he said, and denied any wrongdoing.

Opposition parties say the Ferguson fiasco is just one of many troubled Scottish National Party government deals that have put hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money at risk, including the purchase of the Prestwick Airport and underwriting guarantees worth £545 million for ailing aluminium. foundry at Fort William.

For islanders it is emblematic of a sometimes chaotic ferry service that has severely damaged vital tourism for the Hebrides, left islanders unable to get to hospital appointments, weddings and sporting fixtures, and resulted in millions of pounds in trading losses for traders. , farmers and entrepreneurs.

They say the services are deteriorating. Between January and September this year, CalMac, the company which operates 34 ferries between 50 ports across the islands and the west coast, canceled more than 8,100 departures, including 1,500 for mechanical reasons.

Joe Reade, chairman of the Mull & Iona ferry committee and owner of the Tobermory-based Island Bakery, said their islands already had a strong tradition of community ownership, including forests, affordable housing and the buyout of Ulva, an island just off the west coast of Mull.

The Hebrides ferry services in Scotland are a fully state-run monopoly: CalMac runs the services and CMAL owns the boats. Both are overseen by Transport Scotland, a government agency that manages the country’s road networks and oversees public transport.

In a sign of the local importance of the problem, the feasibility study into the costs and risks of Mull running its own ferry service is being funded by another state agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

“The Hebrides ferry services are among the most inefficient, expensive and costly in the world,” Reade said.

“We need more capacity, higher frequency, better reliability, greater weather resistance, longer hours of operation and more convenience.

“These improvements can only be achieved if ferries are cheaper to buy and operate. Currently, no one has an interest in improving the price-performance ratio.

With Ferguson now set to complete the ferries, the Scottish government is hoping the Holyrood inquiry will put an end to this saga. At the end of October, he announced that two new ferries were on order for £115million, using the same design as two boats being built – in Turkey – for services to Islay.

“The Scottish Government is absolutely committed to improving the vital ferry fleet and better meeting the needs of island communities,” said Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Transport.

Reade remains impressed; these new ferries were first offered in 2012, he said, and remain far more expensive than necessary.

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New ferry ruling is another example of shameful waste of taxpayers’ money https://saltwaterconnections.org/new-ferry-ruling-is-another-example-of-shameful-waste-of-taxpayers-money/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:57:42 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/new-ferry-ruling-is-another-example-of-shameful-waste-of-taxpayers-money/ THE proposal to buy two more ferries, possibly from the Turkish yard building the new Islay ferries (“New Calmac ferries to be ordered to ease pressure”, The Herald, October 27), is good news for the communities of Arran and the Minch Triangle who have been requesting twin ship service for many years. Am I cynical […]]]>

THE proposal to buy two more ferries, possibly from the Turkish yard building the new Islay ferries (“New Calmac ferries to be ordered to ease pressure”, The Herald, October 27), is good news for the communities of Arran and the Minch Triangle who have been requesting twin ship service for many years.

Am I cynical in suggesting that the almost indecent haste of this announcement is an attempt to ignore and dismiss the proposals of Stuart Ballantyne and the Clyde Catamaran Group? Mr Ballantyne, a Scotsman, has a worldwide reputation and is an acknowledged expert in the construction and use of catamarans as ably demonstrated by the success of Pentalina and Alfred on the notorious Pentland Firth route. The recognized international reputation of Mr. Ballantyne contrasts sharply with that of CMAL who, with the inexplicable support of our government, continue to order ever larger and more expensive monohulls with a longer delivery time and a much higher cost than the catamaran equivalent.

This waste of taxpayers’ money has been and continues to be a disgrace given that the cost of £105m could buy four catamarans of similar capacity. How long must this last until common sense prevails and CMAL’s wings are clipped?
J Patrick Maclean, Oban

• THE next two Caledonian MacBrayne ferries could well be built in Turkey. I wonder how long it will be before we can go to the bookies and place a bet that these ships or the ships currently under construction in Port Glasgow will be the first to sail?
Scott Simpson, Glasgow

Grateful for new attitudes

I NOTE Neil Mackay’s excellent article on people with Down syndrome (“There’s decency there, and this TV series proves it,” The Herald, October 26). He writes that Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy with Ralph and Katie on TV show the progress that has been made over the past 70 years in attitudes towards disabilities.

My own experience was when my brother was born in 1944 with Down’s Syndrome, confronting the family with people’s attitudes towards any type of disability, and despite the best efforts of the Scottish Mentally Handicaped Society, ignorance and prejudices persisted.

Little known here at the time, in 1953 a book was published in the United States, Angel Unaware, written by Dale Evans, wife of cowboy star Roy Rodgers, when they had a daughter, Robin, born with Down syndrome, and despite being advised to “put her away” kept her and raised the profile of the condition in the United States.

My brother died at 22 – little Robin was only with his family for two and a half years – but he changed our lives for the better. As Mr. Mackay says, the younger generation is taking these situations head on, and we’re all the better for it.
Ken Doran, Glasgow

Qatar’s caution is correct

IT is unfortunate that Qatar is not as enlightened as so many other countries on the acceptance of homosexuality.

Fifa’s decision to host the World Cup in this country must be questioned. Was it motivated by financial rewards or was it a disguised attempt to make Qataris reflect on their regressive attitude towards a condition natural to certain individuals within society?

I leave the answer to this question to the reader. However, I don’t understand the hostility towards James Cleverly who advised those going to the World Cup to do in Rome what the Romans do for their time there (“Cleverly under fire for urgeing LGBT fans to ‘ respect’ Qatar at World Cup”, Heraldscotland, 26 October).

Any regime that prohibits homosexuality will contain hypocrites who conceal their inclinations in this regard to preserve their advantages and privileges in public while indulging their natural inclinations in private.

Unfortunately, if a visitor breaks the laws of this country while visiting for football, that visitor will feel the full force of these regressive laws. In such a case, there will be an international outcry over the actions of the Qatari police and rightly so too. It is out of the question that we tolerate such intolerance, but if visitors behave with decorum in public, perhaps this example will soften the harsh gaze of this repressive regime.

Let people talk about the inequities of such a government before the competition is launched, but spare yourself the indignity of being thrown in jail and missing out on the thrill of watching the World Cup in all its glory.
Dennis Bruce, Bishopbriggs

Let’s have more individual sport

I HOPE David Bruce (Letters, October 28) is a young man because he may have to wait over 55 to see Scotland win a FIFA World Cup. I will settle for Scotland playing to the best of their abilities and in a sporting spirit. Mr Bruce is right, however, to recognize the “inspiring achievements of some of our tennis players, golfers, swimmers and athletes”.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see these inspirational people featured on the front page of Herald’s Sport section, and not hidden away on the back inside pages? The front page deserves better than its tedious chatter about mainly Rangers and Celtic.
Doug Maughan, dunblane

Attacks on wealth are superficial

AS disheartening that some people are using the current political situation to add another “ism” to the existing list of sexism, ageism, racism and more. It is right that the above biases be confronted and addressed, but now it would seem that wealthy people should be barred from high political office because they are guilty of “wealth”. The reasoning is that, because of this, they cannot understand the plight of those who are financially less well off.

Historically, the Rowntree and Cadbury families, who possessed great wealth, championed social reform and provided education, medical and dental care, better housing, and more, to their workers.

Joseph Rowntree founded one of the first professional pension funds.

Many modern philanthropists (including politicians) do a lot of good work – often behind the scenes – with their wealth. What matters is not the amount of accumulated wealth, but how it was acquired and how it is shared with those in need.

Personally, I am an OAP whose income falls below the tax threshold, but I feel that politicians who launch such populist political attacks on wealthy rivals bring no credit to their office (pun intended).
Sheila Wallace, Blair Athol

A new broom?

WE learn that the Ford Fiesta will soon be gone. Why does Trigger’s broom come to mind?
Alastair Clark, Stranraer


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Recreate ‘Love Is Blind’ Getaway, Malibu Dates https://saltwaterconnections.org/recreate-love-is-blind-getaway-malibu-dates/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 19:29:21 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/recreate-love-is-blind-getaway-malibu-dates/ MALIBU, Calif. – Ah, Malibu. What better place to fall in love? The couples from Netflix’s beloved reality show “Love Is Blind” have traveled to Malibu for the new season’s romantic getaway. Malibu was the couples’ second stop on their journey to marriage, serving as their honeymoon getaway after getting engaged but never seeing each […]]]>

MALIBU, Calif. – Ah, Malibu. What better place to fall in love?

The couples from Netflix’s beloved reality show “Love Is Blind” have traveled to Malibu for the new season’s romantic getaway. Malibu was the couples’ second stop on their journey to marriage, serving as their honeymoon getaway after getting engaged but never seeing each other.

Last season, the lucky couples flew to a resort in Mexico. This season, Malibu took center stage with jaw-dropping shots of the Malibu Coast, the Santa Monica Mountains and Calamigos Ranch.

After Malibu, the cast traveled to Nashville for a “real life” simulation at an apartment complex.

The rooms

The cast of leftover lovebirds were mostly filmed lounging in swanky, luxurious suites at Calamigos Ranch. The Ranch is a luxury resort and hotel that sits on 5,500 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu.

The couples apparently stayed in suites with 1 king bed, bathroom, kitchen, and private patio, which cost between $655 and $1,405 per night at Calamigos Ranch. Most rooms have outdoor showers and tubs, which increases the cost of the suite per night.

The couples arrived at a champagne and chocolate spread in their suites – an additional $190.

Activities

Along with spending time by the pool, beach and sipping drinks at the bar, the couples also embarked on a number of guided activities. Here’s how to recreate those dates

Looking to recreate Colleen and Matt’s boat trip? Book a private two-person catamaran with your suite for $700 for three hours. Want to take a surf lesson like Cole? A one-hour lesson with a professional costs an extra $250 on your bill.

Fancy a wine tasting? Recreate Nancy and Bartisse’s date at Cielo Farms located at 31424 Mulholland Hwy. For a more low-key experience, book a table for an additional $25 on Cielo Farms’ outdoor lawn with stunning mountain views. A more comprehensive wine tasting experience includes a 3-hour seated tasting experience, live music, and a menu of dishes for $125.

Raven and SK had a soothing couples massage during their stay, a $275 dating experience.

Food

Good food and drink is an important part of a romantic getaway. The couples munched on delicious food, including the wood-fired pizzas enjoyed by Nancy and Bartisse at Cielo Farms. The wine tasting spot also serves salads and charcuterie boards.

Zanab enjoyed a mouth-watering charcuterie board while waiting for Cole to finish surfing, but Calamigos Ranch also has an on-site restaurant, Malibu Cafe. The café serves extravagant cocktails, salads, decadent starters and desserts.

And, of course, this season introduced the iconic “Love Is Blind” gold wine glasses. Find a dupe for mugs on Amazon.

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The Isle of Wight Passenger Ferry timetable explained by Wightlink https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-isle-of-wight-passenger-ferry-timetable-explained-by-wightlink/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-isle-of-wight-passenger-ferry-timetable-explained-by-wightlink/ In the week that has seen over 3,000 people sign a petition to encourage Wightlink to bring back night sailings on the Ryde to Portsmouth FastCats, we have called on the ferry operator for a response. We asked Wightlink why they removed the last crossings and if they would consider bringing them back. Keith Greenfield, […]]]>

In the week that has seen over 3,000 people sign a petition to encourage Wightlink to bring back night sailings on the Ryde to Portsmouth FastCats, we have called on the ferry operator for a response.

We asked Wightlink why they removed the last crossings and if they would consider bringing them back.

Keith Greenfield, CEO of Wightlink, gave us a long answer, which is in full here:

Why Wightlink is saying no to crossings later tonight

I fully understand that people want FastCat services to work later in the evening. At Wightlink we want to offer as many services as possible and we have two-person catamarans that we would love to use all the time.

In 2019 we ran a trial of all-night operating FastCats and in 2020 we also planned to launch a three-boat summer service on our Yarmouth to Lymington route which had to be canceled due to Covid-19. We are therefore very committed to expanding all of our services where viable. After spending over £1.5m on refurbishing our Portsmouth Harbor Terminal earlier this year, we really want to see more sailings and more customers on our FastCat service.

Commuters have always been the mainstay of the Ryde Pier-Portsmouth Harbor FastCats. In line with the rail industry, there are still 40% fewer foot passengers traveling on the route during ‘peak hours’ and overall 32% fewer on all services. By contrast, vehicle traffic has returned to pre-Covid levels this summer.

Unlike the rail industry, Wightlink relies entirely on ticket revenue and not taxpayer funding; that means our services have to pay their way. The working hours of our FastCat crews are fully utilized to maintain the current schedule and to extend the evening we would need to hire two additional crews and shore staff for what we know to be relatively few additional passengers each day at present. Although this is a point which I am sure will be disputed, we have detailed knowledge of travel habits and are studying them closely.

We have looked at other options to extend the timetable in the evening, such as starting later, such as removing the first or two departures, 0545 and 0645 from Ryde. We believe these are vital commuter services so we have rejected this option, but I would be happy to hear if public opinion disagrees. Another option would be to create another two hour gap in the afternoon so that we can cover some additional sailing in the evening. Again, our feeling was that this option would not be acceptable. If public opinion says otherwise, we would be happy to reconsider this option.

Wightlink is working hard to develop tourism on the road to compensate for the drop in foot passengers since Covid. We want to get to a point where FastCats are running later and more frequently and review trends weekly for signs that we can run additional services. I can promise that we are looking at all options and additional services will be added as soon as we are confident of sustainable passenger numbers.

We have a 24 hour car ferry service just a few minutes walk from Portsmouth Harbor train station. There are departures at 10.15pm and 11.59pm and the 11.59pm is served on arrival at Fishbourne by a Southern Vectis bus which takes passengers to Ryde. I know it’s not that convenient, but it’s a way to come home after a night out. We also have parking at Fishbourne for pedestrians who can use the car ferry in either direction. FastCat tickets and subscriptions are always accepted on our car ferry.

Everyone wants to see more FastCats and later nobody more than me.

Harriet’s petition can be found on Change.org

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Adventures by Disney launches expedition cruise in the Adriatic Sea https://saltwaterconnections.org/adventures-by-disney-launches-expedition-cruise-in-the-adriatic-sea/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 14:25:48 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/adventures-by-disney-launches-expedition-cruise-in-the-adriatic-sea/ In summer 2024, Adventures by Disney will offer round-trip expedition cruises from Venice, Italy across the Adriatic Sea, stopping at seven ports in Croatia and Montenegro along the Dalmatian Coast. Eight-day/seven-night voyages aboard Ponant luxury yacht Le Bougainville, a small, intimate vessel, are specially designed to access remote locations such as Dubrovnik and Split, filming […]]]>

In summer 2024, Adventures by Disney will offer round-trip expedition cruises from Venice, Italy across the Adriatic Sea, stopping at seven ports in Croatia and Montenegro along the Dalmatian Coast. Eight-day/seven-night voyages aboard Ponant luxury yacht Le Bougainville, a small, intimate vessel, are specially designed to access remote locations such as Dubrovnik and Split, filming locations for ‘Game of Thrones’. HBO. The ship will sail along the beautiful coast of the Adriatic Sea, where guests will be immersed in the culture and stories of the region.

Laying ship Le Bougainville in the Adriatic Sea

Like all Adventures by Disney itineraries, families are accompanied by Disney-trained Adventure Guides who bring the stories of the destination to life. Each Adriatic Expedition cruise will have up to six adventure guides to accompany guests and lead themed activities on board and ashore. During the week-long expedition, Adventure Guides will lead excursions such as:

Explore Montenegro’s scenic Boka Bay by catamaran or stroll the cobbled streets of Kotor’s Old Town.

View of Boka Bay from above
View of Boka Bay, part of an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition cruise

Discovery of the islands along the Adriatic coast with stops in Korcula to taste the famous oysters of Mali Ston or in Hvar to kayak along the Pakleni Islands.

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Kayak in the Adriatic Sea on an Adventures by Disney Expedition cruise

Explore Krka National Park with its majestic landscapes and waterfalls while hearing stories of Croatian innovator Nikola Tesla’s first demonstration of electricity.

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Krka Waterfalls in Krka National Park

Walking tour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Fortress with kayaks in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik

Other activities include:

Taste delicious cuisine, Croatian wine, captivating architecture and unique culture in the region.

Cycle through the vineyards and lavender fields of the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain (also known as Hora or Ager).

Tasting of local specialties such as Dalmatian prosciutto, aged by the bura, a blowing north wind common during the winter months.

Stroll through medieval Croatian port towns awash with warm limestone and distinctive red-tiled roofs, and visit the famous Predjama Castle in Slovenia.

Dive into the huge underground labyrinth of Postojna Cave in Slovenia and discover the “dragons” that inhabit it.

Step back in time to learn about centuries-old Croatian traditions, including olive oil pressing methods.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik on an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition cruise

Also in 2024, families can continue to explore Antarctica, the Arctic and the Galapagos Islands with additional expedition cruises to these destinations:

  • Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise: This southern region itinerary offers the opportunity to experience the pristine splendor of Antarctica and the beautiful region of Argentine Patagonia. Here, wildlife magic takes center stage as guests observe animals such as penguins, seals and whales in their natural habitat. Dates: December 17-28, 2023 and February 17-28, 2024.
  • Arctic Expedition Cruise: This North Polar region expedition cruise features the arctic waters and surrounding landscapes of Svalbard. Guests will cruise along deep fjords, learn about the human history of the Arctic, marvel at huge glaciers and spot amazing wildlife including polar bears, reindeer and walruses. Date: July 1-10, 2024.
  • Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise: This island-hopping expedition cruise through the Galapagos Archipelago is an immersive family adventure. Guided by expert naturalists, guests will discover more about the incredible ecosystems and unique species endemic to the islands while experiencing the unparalleled views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dates: March 17-25, June 9-17, July 14-22, August 7-15 and December 18-26, 2024.
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Sunset in Kotor on an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition cruise

Reservations for expedition cruises on the Adriatic open to the public on October 27, 2024, and more details on Adventures by Disney expedition cruises, including the full lineup of itineraries in 2024, can be found at Expedition Cruising with Disney from AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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