Sir Ben Ainslie Promises His Fans An Unmatched Experience

Two of the preparatory races for 2017 America’s Cup World Series was announced to be held at Portsmouth on Tuesday, 25th November. Following the announcement, Ben Ainslie, regarded as one of the greatest British Sailors has told his fans that they will have an unmatched experience.

The July 2015 and July 2016 America’s Cup World Series events will be held at Portsmouth, which is also a naval base of British Royal Navy. Sir Ben Ainslie has said that holding these two events will greatly benefit Portsmouth financially. Sir Ainslie is aiming at becoming the first British team to win America’s Cup World Series in 2017. He’s based his team in Portsmouth to prepare for their contest against Oracle Team USA. Read More

Mega yacht launched by Benetti

Italian shipbuilding company Benetti added another feather to their cap by launching a new fast displacement range of semicustom mega yachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year. The unique feature of this luxury motor yacht named Veloce 140 is its new displacement to planing hull that helps it to attain high speed and still maintain its stability when moving at lower velocity.

This luxury motor yacht has been designed by Stefano Righini and the interior design has been done by Redman Whiteley Dixon. This offers a luxurious accommodation to a total of 12 guests in 6 cabins. There are 8 professional crew members in 4 crew cabins. Its unique feature is its capacity of attaining very high speed of 21knots and is driven by twin 3500hpMTU engines.

It has a spacious sun deck that gives the guests abundant space of 829 square feet and also has a hot tub along with a long bar. The upper deck has a wonderful combination of inner and outer space. The front portion has a main deck with a beautiful gym and the inner portion has a salon and a dining table for 12 people. The cabin of the owner, two double bed cabins and two additional cabins are present in the below deck accommodations. The decorative is in a silver lacquer finish and all the stainless steel features have a satin finish. This motor yacht with all its luxury and advanced features is the unique of its kind. This is perhaps the first yacht in the Class First Displacement range of Benetti.

Yacht owner accused of fraud

Colin and Andrea Chisholm have been put behind bars with charges of fraud as they had claimed themselves to belong to the Scottish royal family and received substantial benefits from the state.

Andrea Chisholm had already confessed of her crime, while her husband who recently appeared in court also told all about how he had claimed himself to be a Scottish lord and misled people. The couple had been living a luxurious life and on a million dollar yacht and also lived in Deep haven Mansion later.

Colin Chisholm while confessing his guilt admitted of the major economic offense committed by him. He had boasted of being a Scottish Lord and had accepted about $167,000 from the Minnesota welfare. At the same time the couple had collected benefits meant for the poor and in this way went on deceiving people, and meaning that their yacht was paid for by people who could only afford to charter a yacht themselves!?

The man while confessing his guilt said that he had taken benefits from the Hennepin County that he was not eligible for and at the same time he even collected welfare benefits in Florida and did not pay the federal taxes.

His crime of living like a rich man and deceiving poor people has been termed as offensive by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. He has been sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment for deceiving people and taking public assistance wrongfully. However the amount of $167,000, that the couple has been accused of accepting is debated to be lower by his public defenders is expected to be lower and will be discussed about in the hearing scheduled for January.

Controversy Surrounding Team Oracle’s Boat

Roger Badham (popularly known as the weather guru of team New Zealand) has recently and very bravely questioned the legitimacy of the boat that was utilized by USA team Oracle during the America’s Cup 2013.

Oracle was able to win the America’s Cup last year in spite of the good performance of team New Zealand. During the America’s Cup 2013 there were some speculations in relation to the boat utilized by team Oracle. However, team New Zealand did not pay that much attention to it.

Later on, team NZ protested against Oracle’s boat claiming that the team had used some automatic, computer-based and hydraulically powered stabilizing system that allowed the boat to be in a stable condition while gibing. But the protests were dismissed by the authorities on the basis of timing.

While giving an interview to the Australian online yachting magazine named, Badham highlighted the fact that team NZ’s Dean Barker struggled during the regatta to keep the boat stable. On the other hand, team Oracle’s captain- Jimmy Spithill was sailing his boat very conveniently.

One of the spokesmen of team Oracle stated that the article in the Australian magazine did not state any facts which were true and many incorrect assertions have been made in the article which seems to be ridiculous to a certain extent.

Concerns that were raised by Roger Badham during the interview have also been a part of the extensive review that was carried out by team New Zealand after its failure to win the 2013 America’s Cup.

Sir Stephen Tindall (director of team NZ) had hinted that a portion of the review will be released. However, it seems that the team New Zealand has decided not to make the review public as it consists of sensitive details which will turn out to be helpful for the rival team.

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