Humpback whale saved by fishermen, catamaran luxury company goes bankrupt and the yacht that looks like a car: YBW weekly news and pictures in bite-size format.

This week’s top news on YBW in one article!


16 – 20 November 2015


John McKinnon rescues whale from ropes

Fishermen rescue whale tangled in a rope 
John McKinnon, from Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, spotted the mammal in distress whilst out walking his dog and he immediately raised the alarm with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team in Ullapool. Read the full story here.


Cutty Sark replica to be built

A shipbuilding charity is raising funds to build a Cutty Sark replica
The group want to build the boat in time for the 150th anniversary of the original vessel, in 2019. They are looking for funding and volunteers. Read the full story here.


Gunboat International catamaran
Catamaran builders Gunboat International files for bankruptcy
Gunboat International, a high performance luxury sailing manufacturer, announced Wednesday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection in a “perfect storm” of difficult business circumstances.
Read more here.


Project Omar superyacht

2015’s Largest superyacht is unveiled 
The Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany, has launched a new, 156m superyacht called Project Omar. Watch the video here.


Is it a yacht or a car? Meet the Kraken, a boat inspired by a motor
Kraken by Gray Design
Gray Design’s inspiration behind this yacht comes from Vapour T, a sports car they’d previously created. See all the images here.



9 – 13 November 2015


Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton

Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton

Matthew Etenson sentenced for manslaughter of his partner and her daughter
The gas engineer has been sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, for the manslaughter of his partner Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton. He was found guilty in October after a trial at Preston Crown Court. Read the full story here.


Russian tug Nikolay Chiker in Bay of Biscay

Video released of Russia’s largest warship being helped by tugboat in the Bay of Biscay
The amazing footage of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier breaking down in one of the world’s roughest stretches of water and being helped by a much smaller tugboat has been released. Watch it here.


Bermuda Yacht Rescue

Video of rescue mission in Bermuda released
The footage of a four-yacht rescue operation in Bermuda that resulted in one fatality has been released. Read the full story and watch the video here.



Sir Ben Ainslie sells yacht

Sir Ben Ainslie to sell his honeymoon yacht
The Olympic medallist is selling the boat he honeymooned on with his wife Georgie Thompson for almost £1M. The couple ran into trouble during their romantic holiday and had to be rescued.
Read the full story here. 


Turanor PlanetSolar yacht

Video: World’s largest solar-powered yacht heads to the Paris Sustainable Innovation Forum 

The zero-emission boat will draw attention to the conservation issues being talked about during the convention in the French capital. Find out more here. 




2 – 6 November 2015


Alex Thomson capsizes

Sailor Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss yacht capsizes during the Transat Jacques Vabre race
Thomson and his racing partner Guillermo Altadill were promptly saved 82 miles off the coast of Spain and they later took to Twitter to reassure their followers.
Read the full story and watch the video here.


James Bond Yacht for sale

James Bond’s 54ft racing yacht featured in Casino Royale up for sale
Soufrière, featured in the 2006 Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Eva Green, is up for grabs. As expected, the stunning classic mahogany and teak sailboat costs a pretty (money) penny…
Read the full story and see all the pictures here.


Mexican navy rescues fishermen rescued after a month at sea

Four fishermen are rescued after spending an entire month adrift at sea
The Mexican navy came to the rescue of four fishermen who had been lost at sea in a small fishing boat for more than four weeks. Read the full story here.


Sunseeker Robert Braithwaite at Poole Hospital with surgeon who treated him

Poole hospital receives a £3.5m donation by Sunseeker founder Robert Braithwaite
Robert Braithwaite CBE donated the huge sum so that the hospital could purchase a state of the art machine to perform keyhole surgery on cancer patients. Braithwaite was treated in Poole for bowel cancer. Read the full story here.


30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Let the fiesta commence! The 30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers kicks off this Sunday  
1,250 people and 260 boats will arrive in Gran Canaria this Sunday, 8 November for the start of the ARC. Read the full story here.

Canadian Coastguard lifeboat
Father of three survives for two hours without a life jacket in the cold Canadian waters

Kevin Strain was thrown overboard off Vancouver Island and managed to stay alive without a life jacket or survival kit in the chilly temperatures. Read the full story here. 


Noodles the Labrador retriever rescued by yacht

Noodles the puppy has a dog day. Until boaters come to his rescue
The gorgeous labrador fell off a ferry in the Gulf of Naples. Luckily a group of boaters spotted the pup and came to his rescue. Read the full story and watch the video here.


Details unveiled for the London Boat Show 2016
One of the most prestigious events of the year, the London Boat Show is getting all set for January. See the list of exhibitors and what they have in store for 2016. Read the full story here.


Winterising your boat

Winterising your craft might be time consuming but it's necessary to keep her protected during the cold season. We've put…