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YACHTING | December 5, 2020

| Editors' picks | YACHTING | 12.05.2020 |

Chris Jefferies | | December 3, 2020

The latest boat show to face postponement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is Europe’s largest, with Boot Düsseldorf rescheduled to April 17-25. The organisers of the Düsseldorf Boat Show have today announced that Europe’s biggest indoor boat show will be delayed by 12 weeks due to “ongoing high infection numbers across all of Europe”. The new dates (April 17-25) have been agreed following “close consultation with its partners and exhibitors who endorse this decision”, a statement from Messe Düsseldorf GmbH added. It is hoped that giving exhibitors and visitors more than a month’s notice of the decision will ease the inconvenience of having to wait three more months for the return of such a pivotal event in the boating calendar.


William Mathieson | The president of Hill Robinson USA discusses the market realities ahead of the Caribbean season | December 4, 2020

In the latest edition of The Superyacht Group’s Digital Dialogues, William Mathieson speaks with Barrett Wright, president of Hill Robinson USA, ahead of the Caribbean cruising season to gauge the current state of the market and the challenges still faced.

Having joined the yachting industry in 2003 and working on board sailing yachts in the Caribbean, Barrett later moved shoreside and worked a Fontaine Design Group and Friendship Yacht Company before joining Hill Robinson in 2010 and becoming president of Hill Robinson USA in 2015. As such, Barrett very much has her finger on the pulse of the US market.

“If you look at the marinas and shipyards in the US, they are packed, there is barely any room to breathe,” starts Barrett. “Right now people are marshalling and they are going to see whether or not there is going to be much of a Caribbean season. There is a lot of interest out there and I think people are just waiting a little bit before committing for the Christmas and New Year season.

Read the full article: One to One: Barrett Wright


Pim Van Hemmen | | December 3, 2020

In the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race, Jean LeCam’s Imoca 60 capsized 200 miles west of Cape Horn, trapping him inside for 16 hours. He was rescued by Vincent Riou, the skipper of the Imoca 60 PRB.

On Monday, almost twelve years later, the rescued became the rescuer when Le Cam plucked the 2020 skipper of PRB, Kevin Escoffier, out of his life raft, in a dramatic rescue, 840 miles south west of Cape Town, South Africa.

Escoffier’s foiling Imoca 60 PRB had snapped in half on Sunday when it slammed into a wave at 27 knots while competing in this year’s Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race. | December 4, 2020

In this week's BOAT Briefing podcast, we sit down with Captain Lee Rosbach from hit reality TV show Below Deck to discuss everything from his start in the superyachting business, to memorable moments from the show – and who his perfect charter guest would be.


Becky Gilbert-Wood | | December 5, 2020

The RYA has launched a digital timeline and new video marking key moments in the 50 year history of its world-famous training schemes. The first RYA courses were introduced in 1970 to provide clubs and sailing schools with a national training programme and standardised method of learning to sail - with qualified instructors, inspections and safety requirements.

50 years on, more than 270,000 people undertake some form of RYA training each year and the programme of courses is no longer exclusive to dinghies, but encompasses everything from personal watercraft to the inland waterways, the thrill of foiling, the globally respected RYA Yachtmaster™ and so much more.



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