Microsoft's Paul Allen's yacht MV Tatoosh causes coral reef damage, perilous pair of yachtsmen ask for help for the ninth time in seven months, and Fairline is bought out of administration. Read this week's news in YBW's handy bite-sized format.

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29 January 2016

Microsoft’s Paul Allen’s yacht wrecks coral reef in the Caribbean

Paul Allen's yacht's MV Tatoosh

The Microsoft co-founder and environmentalist has landed in hot water when his yacht, MV Tatoosh, accidentally damaged to 14,000 square feet of coral reef in the Cayman Island. Read the full story here. 


Yachtsmen helped for the ninth time in seven months

Nora boat fire Cornwall

Not again! In the latest accident the perilous pair’s boat tipped over and caught fire due to a candle not having been blown out properly. Read about their (mis)adventures here.


Fairline’s future looks brighter as company is bought out of administration

Fairline yachts

Good news for Fairline! The yacht builders have been are bought by two Russian investors and will continue to operate from Oundle. Read the full story.


Video: MRCC and Spanish Search and Rescue Services save ship crew
Modern Express cargo vessel in Bay of Biscay22 crew members were saved from cargo vessel in the notoriously dangerous Bay of Biscay. Watch the dramatic footage here.


Video: Family to identify capsized catamaran found after a year adrift

Family identify catamaran


Family members of a long-missing group of sailors are hopeful the NSRI have found their catamaran. Read the story and watch the video here.


22 January 2016

Princess S65

Ex-McLaren boss named chairman of Princess Yachts

The appointment of Antony Sheriff, who succeeds Philippe Mellier at Princess, comes amidst a company restructuring and 350 redundancies.
Read the full story.


Yachtsmen rescued seven times

Yachtsmen rescued seven times in seven months

Two septuagenarian yachtsmen rescued off Cornwall have required the assistance of lifeboat crews seven times since July. Read the story.




To World’s End – Royal Navy completes historic patrol

Pictures: First visit to site of Scott polar expedition in 80 years

Members of a Royal Navy project have made the first visit to the British Captain Robert Falcon Scott polar expedition camp in over 80 years.
See the photos.


Sir Winston Churchill

Luxury yacht linked to Churchill and WWII battle on sale for €2m

A yacht that was used by Sir Winston Churchill and that brought scores of Allied soldiers to safety during World War II is for sale in France for €2m. See the photos.


Video: 60 rescued from tourist boat fire 

Sixty people were forced to jump into the sea during a tourist boat fire a half-mile off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. See the video.


8 January 2016

Caribbean map

Warning after sailing vessels attacked by pirates

Two incidents of armed piracy against sailing vessels reported in the Caribbean in the last 10 days have prompted an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) warning. Read the full story.


Sunseeker 131

London City Airport closes down runway for the arrival of Sunseeker 131

The runway was closed down temporarily to accommodate the much awaited arrival of the new Sunseeker 131, which is making her debut at the London Boat Show 2016. See the story here.


Norwegian Veritas trawler sinks

Watch: five fishermen rescued off the Norwegian coast

See the dramatic video footage of the trawler capsizing in freezing waters. Watch the video here.


Sarah Outen's rowboat Happy Socks

British adventurer Sarah Outen reunited with boat lost in hurricane

The solo rower’s boat travelled some 2,000 km across the Atlantic to return to its owner. Read the heartwarming story here.


Princess S65

Princess Yachts announce 350 job cuts

The luxury yacht builders made the announcement as part of a company restructure. Read the full story.

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