UK boat owners left stranded in Europe due to Government inaction

UK boaters face a choice between being hit with potentially thousands of pounds in extra costs or their boat being stranded in the EU after the end of the Brexit transition period unless the Government acts quickly, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine are warning today. Following discussions with HM Revenue and Customs…

Solo Ocean Rower Lia Ditton Launches Record-Breaking Attempt on San Francisco to Hawaii Crossing

Ocean rower Lia Ditton has embarked on her bid to set the fastest ever time for a solo crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii. As part of preparations to achieve her ultimate ambition to become the first person to row alone and unsupported across the North Pacific in 2021, the professional sailor and writer departed…

Pleasure vessels visiting Belgium 2019 to pay 100% duty on Red Diesel

The Cruising Association (CA) Regulations and Technical Services Group (RATS) understands that Belgian authorities will continue with the agreement for UK pleasure vessels visiting Belgium that they still have to use our red diesel in the engine fuel tanks for propulsion, certainly for this year. The conditions are the same as before, in that all…

Grand Opening of Regatta Village marks start of the countdown to 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Boats are arriving, teams gathering, serious sailing and race tactics discussed and evening plans for serious fun prepared as the countdown to the start of the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta continues with the Grand Opening of the Regatta Village. Organisers, volunteers, local residents and competitors gathered to witness Race Director Paul Miller formally launch…

Top trio join Team Britannia’s round the world record attempt crew

A trio of appointments has been made by Team Britannia to its round the world record attempt crew. The three, Andy Haffenden, Renee Shuyan Lu and Christopher Piearcey will work with the projects partners in North America, China and central and southern Europe to maximize sponsorship and media opportunities. The appointment of the three members…

Greek Cruising Tax postponed thanks to the intervention of the Cruising Association

The Greek Government announced on November 16, 2018 that it had implemented the TEPAH, commonly known as the Greek Cruising Tax. Initially it gave vessel owners just 10 days to pay the tax, but thanks to intervention from the Cruising Association (CA) this date has now been delayed to April 2, 2019. To date there…

Prosperous on the Bosphorus – NRG appoints Turkish Distributor

NRG Marine, the UK-based manufacturer of Sonihull ultrasonic anti-fouling systems, has appointed Bulutlu Marine as its distributor in Turkey. “We are delighted to have appointed Bulutlu Marine as our distributer for Turkey,” says Darren Rowlands, Commercial Director of NRG Marine. “They are fantastically positioned in Tuzla and have a wealth of contacts and experience in…

Yanmar Marine International Announces Key Appointments

YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL (YMI) has announced key appointments which further develop the company’s position in the industry as the leading supplier of innovative engines and technology-driven marine propulsion systems to the leisure and light duty commercial markets. Following his work in various senior managerial positions in the company, Teruyuki Yamaoka is named the new Vice…