Flotilla holiday is a new form of business in the travel & yachting world. You can join with your own yacht, or you can charter a yacht from a specialized agency. You can be an experienced skipper, or not even know port from starboard, either way there are holiday packages specially tailored available. What Exactly is a Flotilla Holiday? A few years ago, I wrote an article about passing the Atlantic Ocean in a flotilla, managed by a certain yacht skipper, but I had a slight sarcastic … [Read more...]
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Brave girl Laura Dekker is now a married woman of 22 (in just a few days), but she is world famous since 2012. She is the youngest solo circumnavigator in history, and this article is dedicated to her, especially because of her upcoming birthday. She wrote a book about her adventurous trip, and a documentary film was made as well. [source:http://www.sail-world.com] Laura Dekker - The Beginnings To be quickly familiarized with Laura Dekker's story, you have to watch the short … [Read more...]
Quantum of the Seas is one the biggest cruise ships in the world. It has a length of 347.08 meters (1,139 ft.) and a capacity of 168,666 GT. As far as I watched it from the videos and prospects, it seems to have achieved the ultimate step in technology. This magnificent boat is owned by Royal Caribbean International, a Miami based cruising conglomerate who went public. This is managed by the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, who along the 23 ships owned by Royal Caribbean International, manages its … [Read more...]
It seems that autonomous ships are not just science fiction anymore. I don't know how such a technology is viable in the following twenty years or so, but I can be sure that it's not just about safety. The Machine executable collision regulations for Marine Autonomous systems, on short MAXCMAS, is a project scheduled to be completed this year, 2017. It is being undertaken by Rolls Royce as project lead, Lloyd’s Register (LR), Atlas Elektronik UK, Queen’s University Belfast and Southampton Solent … [Read more...]
European Yacht of the Year and Power Yacht of the Year are actually 10 rewarded boats at Dusseldorf Boat Show, annually, in January. I have had some personal problems at the beginning of this year and I have not published on this blog as often as I wanted, therefore I am a little late with the 2017 winners. As you have learned in my previous post "Winners Winners!", there are two main categories, Sailing and Power, each with five subcategories. Here is the list with the winners only, without the … [Read more...]