News about motor yachts and boats - Interesting facts
Set in the stunning grounds of DongGang Marina in the Eastern Port of Dalian in Northern China, SO! DALIAN kicked off its first edition this week, with an intriguing combination of yachts on display as well as marketing and events, including the Beach Polo World Cup supported by the International Beach Polo Federation.
This was the second time Horizon attended a traditional Japanese naming ceremony for Mr. and Mrs. Akita -- they held a "shinsuishiki" for their first Horizon motoryacht, a 2010 E78 also named Agora. Horizon Group CEO John Lu was a special guest for the event, along with interior designer Luca Dini, Horizon Japan representative Mr. Shintani and the owners' family and friends.
Lighthouses are very special places for sailors. Not only are they elegant decorations to the points and capes of a coastline, they can be confirmation of successful navigation, warning against danger, or the welcome home light at the end of an ocean crossing. The fascination of lighthouses, though, is only enhanced by the sometimes extraordinary weather conditions they survive.
If you are thinking of sailing in Greece any time soon, you may become confused when you seek more information. Last month the authorities slapped a new tax on yachts which sail, moor or anchor in Greek waters. This would naturally tend to cause yachts to vote with their raised anchors and sail off to friendlier countries like Turkey and Croatia.
Cuba is doing its best to attract the lucrative yachting market. First, from now on cruising boats will be able to send information ahead by utilising a special website, which will simplify your arrival. Second, it has announced that it will allow leisure yachts to stay in the country for up to five years, or even longer periods, according to new regulations for marinas posted this week in the government's Official Gazette.
If you are thinking of sailing in Greek waters any time soon, there is information here that you will want to know. Britain's Cruising Association, a British organisation for cruising sailors, has announced the latest and most complete information about a new 'circulation tax' to be levied on all leisure craft over 7m spending time in Greek waters. The new regulation applies from 1st January, 2014.
People try some pretty quirky things in boats, but this must be some kind of world record for quirkiness. A vegetable artist has become the first person to sail a giant hollowed out pumpkin across the Solent from Stokes Bay in Hampshire in the south of England to the Wootton Creek Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.
first noticed the lack of birds when sailing the coastline of Turkey - only in a couple of bays were there a few cormorants and seagulls. We had been so used to thousands of birds when close to any coastline, and coming up the Red Sea was a delight. We dropped in a line when we needed another fish, and always found one within minutes.
A cruising sailor died, leaving a widow and tiny son, but all they got was nine years. A French court has just sentenced three Somalis to nine years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht. The defendants' request for leniency on the grounds that they were forced into piracy by abject poverty was rejected by prosecutors.
The project began to symbolise the possibilities of solar power for yachts - the first ever circumnavigation of the world using only solar power - but since then the strange 31m yacht with the looks of an alien invader, Turanor PlanetSolar, has found more reasons to exist for the good of the planet - studying the ocean.
For we who might want to sail away into the sunset, we need to know that the ocean varies widely on the other side of that horizon. Apart from all the other knowledge we need to take with us, we should be aware of which are the most dangerous ocean areas on earth, just this year identified by studies commissioned by insurance giant Allianz and the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature or World Wildlife Fund, depending on where you are reading this).