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Sea-Doo Seascooter NOT Recalled

July 6, 2005 Imagine finding that a product that looks identical to your own best selling product has been recalled nationally across the United States and is getting massive publicity – publicity that can only impact badly on your brand. That’s what happened earlier this week and it prompted Daka Developments, which manufactures the Sea-Doo Scooter for Bombardier Recreational Products (BPR) to issue press statements to the effect that the recalled product was NOT their product – the Sea-Doo Seascooter. It certainly looks like it though – that’s the real BPR Sea-Doo Seascooter at the top. The one below is the recalled "Aqua Water Scooter." Caveat Emptor!  Read More

Dutch superyacht from Bloemsma & van Breemen

June 21, 2005 Dutch yacht builder Bloemsma & van Breemen has announced the launch of the Flying Eagle superyacht, at over 48 metres the largest project thus far completed by this up-and-coming Dutch yard. The first superyacht to be completed in the yard’s state-of-the-art new production facilities, Flying Eagle combines scintillating looks with a wealth of unique technological applications. Flying Eagle carries the signature of some of the leading lights of the international yachting industry. Her sleek exterior is from the drawing boards of Reymond Langton Design, with Pascal Reymond taking personal charge of the graceful interior. Struik & Hamerslag took care of all the interior woodwork, and Vripack Naval Architects was responsible for the naval architecture.  Read More

The SUMO: world's first wearable towable

What probably started close to a century ago when some bright spark threw a car tyre inner tube into a river and turned it into a hours of fun has become a big business – inflatable toys are now available for dozens of different recreational purposes, from basic loungers through purpose-built inflatables for shooting river rapids, snow sports, water-based trampolining, ground effect towables and now, the world’s first wearable towable. As can be seen from the incredible images inside, the Sumo is a very adaptable toy, and can even be used for body surfing.  Read More

Keel laid on First Littoral Combat Ship

June 3, 2005 The keel has been laid on the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), marking a significant milestone in production of the U.S. Navy's new class of surface combatant. Named FREEDOM the first LCS will be delivered to the Navy in late 2006. The Littoral Combat Ship is an innovative combatant designed to counter challenging shallow-water threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, diesel submarines and fast surface craft. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS will utilise focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute a variety of missions.  Read More

Century-old Transatlantic Record broken by two boats

June 2, 2005 Having established a new transatlantic race record between New York and the Lizard, UK, yesterday morning, the afternoon saw Robert Miller’s Mari-Cha IV making an unexpected 20 knots up the English Channel towards the Needles and the finish line of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge race. The wind, forecast to drop off, held, and shortly before dusk, in a seascape so misty and overcast that it merged grey sky with grey sea, the high-tech schooner charged past the Needles Fairway buoy to the west of the Isle of Wight to take line honours, as well, in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge. Mari-Cha IV crossed the finish line at 19:18:37 UTC, setting a course time between Ambrose Light (in the U.S.) and the Needles of 10 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. This compares with Atlantic’s time of 13 days, 10 hours and 15 minutes in the 1905 race for the Kaiser’s Cup. Up the Channel, in hot pursuit of Mari-Cha IV, was Maximus, the new sloop of New Zealanders Charles Brown and Bill Buckley, who had passed the four-mile long gate off the Lizard at 19:18:37 UTC yesterday (1 June), making it to the Needles finish line at 00:35:08 UTC this morning (2 June), 5 hours 16 minutes and 31 seconds behind Mari-Cha IV. While this was disappointing for the crew, the consolation prize was a handicap win in the Grand-Prix division.  Read More

Century-old Transatlantic Challenge Record Broken

June 1, 2005 This morning, in thick English Channel fog, Robert Miller’s (Hong Kong/New York, N.Y.) 140-foot (43m) Mari-Cha IV passed through the four-mile-long gate off the Lizard in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge to break the 100-year-old record set by Charlie Barr on board Wilson Marshall’s 185-foot (56.4m) Atlantic. Miller’s giant state-of-the-art racing schooner completed the 2,925-nautical mile passage, east across the North Atlantic between New York and the Lizard, in a time of 9 days, 15 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds—a full 2 days, 12 hours, 6 minutes and 56 seconds faster than Atlantic’s record-breaking voyage 100 years ago.  Read More

Transatlantic Challenge record expected to fall

June 1, 2005 Owner Robert Miller (Hong Kong/New York) and his crew on board the 140-foot (43m) schooner Mari-Cha IV are at present on course to pass Lizard Point later today to better Charlie Barr and the schooner Atlantic’s 100-year-old race record by more than two and a half days. "This is my seventh transatlantic crossing, and I can safely say that it has been by far the toughest one for me," Robert Miller said. "Not only has the weather been in our face for the first six days, making life extremely difficult, but since then we have always been sailing close to the limit, which means that there is the risk of hurting the boat and the crew.  Read More

Century-old Transatlantic Challenge record set to fall

May 30, 2005 At the front of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge fleet, both race leader Mari-Cha IV and Maximus are now making good progress directly toward Land's End, the southwestern tip of mainland Britain before they turn and cover the final 20 miles to the race's first finish line off the Lizard. At noon today, just 32 miles separated the two boats on the water, with 835 miles left for Mari-Cha IV to sail. The race is on-target to beat the record that has stood for 100 years.  Read More

The remarkably beautiful Stad Amsterdam, the oldest boat in the race

May 24, 2005 24 hours into the Rolex Transatlantic Race, the leaders in the Grand Prix class have found breeze while those astern continue to wallow in light air, making five knots or less. The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge is the 100th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club's race for the Kaiser's Cup, which was won by Atlantic with America's Cup legend Charlie Barr at the helm in a race record time that has stood for a century – and with horrendous weather on the way, the record looks set to stand. Just as the 1905 race was delayed by a day due to dense fog in the start area, 100 years later the start also was postponed by one day, on this occasion due to a forecast of potential gale-force headwinds.  Read More

Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005 ready to begin - can the transatlantic record stand for...

May 21, 2005 The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005 promises to be one of the greatest sailing races of all time when it gets underway tomorrow after a delayed start due to forecast dangerous weather. When the starts gun fires tomorrow, 20 entrants ranging in size from 70 to 252 feet (21.3m to 77m) will set out on a course from New York for England, recreating the Great Ocean Race of 1905. In that race, the schooner Atlantic, skippered by three-time America's Cup defender Charlie Barr, set a record that has not been broken by a monohull since. Monohull yachts have crossed the Atlantic Ocean faster, but they picked their weather. Atlantic's crossing, in 12 days, four hours, one minute and 19 seconds, survives as the oldest race record in sailing - and despite all the remarkable advances in sailing since then, it might stand for a full century!  Read More

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