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Oyster’s shock bankruptcy adds to the woes of much of the UK’s yacht building industry, but all is not necessarily lost in the internet economy.  Witness Discovery Yachts Group, which just closed out their first round of funding after raising an incredible 1.94 million British pounds – almost three times what they sought – on the internet.   Founded to capitalize on the brand loyalty and reputation of Southerly and Discovery yachts, the marque also owns Bluewater Yachts and now Brittania.  While most of these brands won’t be too familiar to our US readers, they’ve got enough of a following to have already built an order book to over GPB 11 million…

Maybe another round of crowdfunding and they’ll be the new owners of Oyster. Discuss.



February 10th, 2018 by admin

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Screenshot 2017-04-29 09.12.43Yachting’s public image picked up yet another public black eye this week in the UK, where once again, people who sail look like entitled douches. In this case, low-income contract workers at one of the world’s most prestigious art galleries were asked in a letter to contribute to buying a yacht for an outgoing executive – gallery director Nick Serota.  Known as a ‘leaving gift’, the English tradition calls for grateful employees to contribute a few bucks for a usually small office gift to show their appreciation for a job well done.  But in this case, someone thought it was a good idea to ask hundreds of contract employees to buy a yacht for a guy who makes over $200,000 a year while salary and pay negotiations are ongoing for the rest of the company.  As the Times reports:

Pay negotiations have been tense. One trade union claimed that even after wage increases proposed by the museum group, staff pay would range from 15,707 pounds to 23,695 pounds, or about $20,230 to $30,520. By contrast, Mr. Serota made almost £200,000 in 2016-17, a Tate spokesman said.

Trade unions and workers’ rights advocates also complain that some people working at the Tate group’s museums via outside contracting companies are subject to so-called zero-hours contracts, in which their employers do not guarantee a minimum amount of work a week. As a result, these workers do not have dependable income.

At the Tate Modern art gallery, along the River Thames in London, two employees, who declined to give their names but wore Tate uniforms and identification lanyards, said workers had initially thought the request for donations was a joke.

To mock the letter, one said, workers made a paper boat and affixed it to the note.

Read on.


April 29th, 2017 by admin

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With Twin Peaks (one of the ultimate cult favorite TV shows) set to return this spring after something like a 50-year hiatus, our brains were already tuned to the word “Peak”.  Fortunate that a sailing documentary popped up the other day with just one more peak…and a great cast of its own.

Dee Caffari stars as the celebrity with a target on her back in the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race – an event that includes both crewed racing and back country runs up some of the UK’s biggest peaks.  Enjoy this rare gem of a sailing documentary that looks good, tells a great story, and helps us get to know the characters in a quirky place and a quirky race.  Sign up for the 2017 event here.

January 11th, 2017 by admin