Category Archives: sailing

Breaking: Derek Hatfield’s VOR60 may be lost

JTFA just tweeted that 8 people were rescued from a sailboat early this morning off Lunenburg.

A quick check of marinetraffic.com appears to show the vessel Esprit De Corps IV aground off cross island. it stopped broadcasting AIS just after 6am this morning.

Esprit De Corps IV is the former Amver Sport 1, the VOR60 yacht that was owned by Derek Hatfield, as Spirit of Adventure. Hatfield died in 2016. the yacht was a frequent participant in the Route Halifax Saint Pierre and Marblehead races.

I have sent a message to Atlas Ocean racing for confirmation. – Updates to Follow.

Cargo Schooner Avontuur

The Schooner Avontuur arrived Tuesday, and works as a cargo ship. Originally from the Netherlands, it was in regular cargo service between 1920 and 2005. After working as a day sailer for a few years, in 2014 it became an ambassador for wind powered global trade. 

the ship had a very nautical entry to port over the noon hour, with the pilots guiding the ship into port via radio from the pilot station, before boarding just inbound of Maugers Beach. The ship tied up at pier 25.

Caledonia on the Move

After languishing for a number of years in Toronto, the Tall Ship Caledonia is on the move again, this time back east. The Ship was converted in 2008 by Canadian Sailing Expeditions as a cruise vessel, but the venture never really got off the ground, and the ship was re-possessed by Caterpillar Financial. the ship was moved to freshwater from Lunenburg in 2012.

It now appears that the ship has been acquired by Boston’s Navy Yard Hospitality, who will moor the ship in the former Boston Navy Yard. the ship will be used as a floating restaurant alongside – with permits in place until October. If successful, the venture may be Renewed.

Originally listed for sale for 12 million, the Caledonia can by yours now for $1.49 million US.

Ngoni Gets Towed in.

The British sailing yacht Ngoni was towed in by Captain Jim last night, and tied up at Purdy’s Wharf.From AIS Tracks, she was left Rhode Island, and apparently had an issue of Liscomb NS. She made her way to Halifax, and was towed into the harbour.

the name is from a lute like string instrument originating in West Africa

When I went by her today, someone was working on the radar.

VOR Team Supported by Mobile Workshop

The Following is Release from Damen Shipyards, plugging their containerized workshops. Damen supplied Volvo Ocean Race team AkzoNobel with two  workshop containers that were leapfroged to alternate stopovers during the eight-month 11-leg race, thereby ensuring the shore team technicians have their own workshop available at all times.

I thought these were pretty cool. I kinda want one.

Recently, team AkzoNobel completed its first Volvo Ocean Race, concluding the final leg in second place and finishing fourth overall. The team finished on the podium on six of the eleven legs. During the race, the team was supported by two Damen Workshop Containers. The two containers leapfrogged each other across the 11-legs and 83,000 km of the round-the-world race, ensuring that team AkzoNobel had onshore support every step of the way.

The provision of workshop containers was a natural way for Damen to offer support to the team. The shipyards group has extensive experience in logistics and in the provision of services to ensure optimal vessel performance in terms of both safety and efficiency, from its shipyards and Service Hubs all over the world.

According to Simeon Tienpont, team skipper and double America’s Cup winner, the containers enabled the team to compete with those who had prior existence of the race.

“Even the appearance of the set-up was good, the containers looked fantastic – a lot of people noticed this.”

In fact, in the spirit of collaboration often employed by Damen, the team on occasion shared some of the equipment with their competitors.

“We were the best equipped team in the race,” continues Simeon. “In a campaign like this, it’s important that everything must come together – and it did. The partnership with Damen enabled us to compete with teams, some of whom were on their eighth Volvo Ocean Race attempt.

“The containers were actually luxurious – they were like a second home to us. We even used them to host guests for drinks one evening! And they certainly helped with our performance. You are only as safe and efficient as your preparations. Partnering with Damen we were able to come up with a solution that matched our needs perfectly.”

And the team certainly did perform; on leg 9 between the USA and the UK they set a new outright 24-hour distance time for the Volvo Ocean Race, covering 602.51 nautical miles.

The Volvo Ocean Race is a grueling round-the-world yacht race, held every three years. The 2017-18 edition started in Alicante, Spain in October last year. The course circumnavigates the globe, crossing four oceans and more then 80,000 km before culminating in The Hague, the Netherlands in June.

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race marked the debut of the Dutch team. The team’s principal sponsor is a leading global paints and performance coatings company and major producer of speciality chemicals supplying assorted ingredients, protection and colour to industries and consumers worldwide.

Top 10 Yachts to Visit Halifax

10 – 8. borrrrrriiiiinnnnng

Days Like this is White, and the epitome of Bland Luxury.

Destination Fox Harb’r was owned by Tim horton’s co founder Ron Joyce.

Dardanella has the lines of a trawler, and a crows nest, and isnt all white. A worthy Yacht for the #8 position.

7. Amazon

Amazon is a 102-foot (31 m) long screw schooner ex-steam yacht built in 1885 at the private Arrow Yard of Tankerville Chamberlayne in Southampton

6. Amer Sport 1/Spirit of Adventure/Esprit de Corps IV VOR60
Derek Hadfield’s yacht, the boat ran the Volvo Ocean race as AMER Sport 1, becoming Spirit of Adventure under Hadfiled’s ownership. She now sails as Esprit de Corps IV out of Quebec

5. Bread

Bread is reportedly owned by a Toronto bakery millionaire. Its facing a bit of an identity crisis with a sailing hull, and steamboat upper decks.

4. Khalilah

Khalilah was built by Palmer Johnson Yachts, and stopped into Halifax on her delivery trip to Florida. she reportedly belongs to a Russian millionaire

3. Hugo Boss IMOCA 60
Alex Thomsons’ IMOCA 60  stopped at the RNSYS at the start of a Eastcoast and great lakes trip.

2. Pangea

Pangea (first visit)  is owned by Explorer Mike Horne, and has been to Halifax twice.

1. Kamaxitha

Kamaxitha is a gorgeous sailing yacht – large and proper

 

Kamaxitha at Purdy’s Wharf

Lots of yachts put into Halifax over the summer. very few are special enough to warrant posting about. the 180.45ft custom Sail yacht ‘Kamaxitha’ is one worth mentioning. She was built by Royal Huisman in Netherlands, and was delivered to her owner in 2012.

The Cayman Island Flagged Kamaxitha offers accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms 1 owner cabin, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins and 1 pullman bed. She arrived yesterday from Palm Beach.

Boat International Has a piece on her, including interior photos.

Other yachts that have visited Halifax, and warrant a mention Include Pangea – owned by explorer Mike Horne (2nd Visit), Khalilah on her delivery trip purported to be destined for a Russian millionaire,  Bread – Owned by a Ontario Baker, and  Amazon (See #10)

More Photos of kamaxitha below.

 

 

 

 

ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre Sets off.

the ROUTE Halifax Saint Pierre departed at noon today bound for Saint Pierre. Live race tracking will be available from https://www.routespm.com/en/race-tracking/

 

 



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