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Russians are using pricey yachts to flaunt wealth

Wealthy Russians are swapping fancy cars for multimillion-dollar yachts, with a sharp increase in the number of the vessels during the last year. Chris Weafer, an expert on Russia’s business elite, told Reuters that for many Russian oligarchs owning a yacht is a way of showing off their wealth to their peers. Weafer, chief strategist…more

Velux 5 Oceans race goes reality TV

Exodus Film Group secured North American rights to the upcoming reality series based on the Velux 5 Oceans race, and will partner with Phil Keoghan of “The Amazing Race” as co-producer and host. The new series will feature skippers sailing alone around the world aboard Eco 60 racing yachts, recording the action at sea. Exodus…more

Sailor ends three uninterrupted years at sea

A U.S. sailor has returned to shore after reportedly spending more than three years at sea without touching dry land, and the Guinness World Records is looking into the claim that the trip sets a new record for longest voyage. Reid Stowe, 58, docked in Manhattan Thursday after his 1,152 day voyage, and was greeted…more

Luxury yacht executive held by police

The head of the European luxury yacht management firm Rodriguez Group was detained by French police. According to Reuters, police declined to announce what Alexandre Rodriguez is being investigated for, but noted it was in connection with a high-profile sting that has netted some of the country’s “most notorious gangsters,” according to the news service.…more

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‘Rum Runners’ liven up trans-At race

The crew of one of four Farr 65 ocean racing yachts participating in a trans-Atlantic race from Antigua to Portsmouth, England, via the Azores, made a traditional nautical delivery to the U.K., bringing rum from the islands. Spirit of Minerva skipper Pete Whitelaw and crew Mark Barton, Rory Johnson and Roger Johnson earned the moniker…more

Italian yacht designer honored for his work

The Boating Pioneer 2010 award was presented to Italian yacht designer Gianni Zuccon at the Italian Marine Industry Association, UCINA-SATEC annual meeting held May 28-29 in Genoa, Italy. Zuccon is an associate professor of industrial design at the Faculty of Architecture Ludovico Quaroni of the University of Rome. He has planned and designed industrial products…more

Gary Jobson to speak at sailing conference

Sail America announced that ESPN commentator, America’s Cup champion and US Sailing president Gary Jobson will speak on “Making Sailing Essential” at the Sailing Industry Conference and Regatta, which runs June 14-16 in Annapolis, Md. “We are extremely pleased to have Gary join us to give this exciting presentation,” said George Day, event chair and…more

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Marine journalist to talk about cruising Cuba

Marine journalist and Cuba expert Peter Swanson will speak June 11 at CubaCon 2010, a Cuban art and culture conference scheduled for June 10-13 in Provincetown, Mass. Swanson will discuss sailing the “Great Bahamas-Cuba Loop: A Post-Embargo Cruising Strategy.” Other marine experts may join him for a session that’s still taking shape. Swanson, a Massachusetts…more

ISS calls for Awards of Distinction nominees

The International Superyacht Society is seeking nominations from the industry and the public for its annual recognition programs. ISS Awards of Distinction recipients are recognized at the Meeting of the Associations in Monaco, set for Sept. 24 at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The awards are presented during the group’s International Awards for Design &…more

Retail sales continue to climb

Retail sales rose 1.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November. The report from the U.S. Commerce Department details a greater-than-expected increase, and economists note its the latest sign that consumer spending is rising fast enough to support a modest economic recovery. Sectors ranging from clothing retailers to car dealers all reported gains. Click…more

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