sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Got a Superyacht? Royal Navy can train your crew

Got a Superyacht? Royal Navy can train your crew

'HMS Northumberland'    .
You’ve got the superyacht with pool, helipad, minisub and missiles. Now get the Royal Navy to train the crew. The craze for vast “superyachts” – the ultimate status symbols of the billionaire set – has become an unlooked-for money-spinner for the Royal Navy.

The Navy is benefiting from a series of contracts signed by a private company - Portsmouth based Flagship Training. Largely staffed by ex-naval personnel, the company is in partnership with the Navy, which receives a share of the profits.

The superyachts, which are hundreds of feet long and boast mod cons such as helipads, indoor swimming pools and miniature submarines, are so large that crews are receiving Royal Navy training to handle the craft.

Although Flagship Training refuses to disclose the names of clients, they could include Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club, who has three vessels, Pelorus, 377ft long, Ecstasea, 282ft, and Le Grand Bleu, 370ft. He has a fourth superyacht under construction called Eclipsewhich, at 550ft, will make it the biggest yacht in the world.

Other superyacht owners include Philip Green, the retail magnate, with the 206ft Lionheart, and the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, with the 282ft Kingdom 5KR.

Flagship Training has 1,300 former Royal Navy staff and is providing navigation and seamanship training for the crews of the superyachts, some of which are bigger than the Navy’s latest Type 45 destroyer. It signed a Private Finance Initiative contract with the Navy in 1996 to provide similar instruction for naval personnel.

The tie-up is now proving highly lucrative because under the deal it was agreed that whenever there was any “spare capacity” in the training programme, the private company would be able to tout for business elsewhere, with a large share of these profts going into naval coffers.

Rear-Admiral John McAnally, retired from the Navy and now senior military adviser at the company, told The Times:

“Some of these superyachts have two helicopter pads and a submarine, but the crews have not had special training for this size of boat, which is why they have turned to us because the Royal Navy has a reputation for training around the world. Apart from navigation and seamanship we provide firefighting training and damage control courses.”

Admiral McAnally, who during his naval career served as a navigator in the Royal Yacht Britannia, added that names of clients could not be divulged because they were confidential.

Pelorus - Roman Abramovich’a largest yacht -  .. .  
Although the Navy is not involved directly in training the superyacht crews, the money has begun to flow in because of the terms of the contract with Flagship Training, which has set up its own superyacht academy.

“We plough the money back into our own training,” said Captain Mike Davis-Marks, of the Royal Navy.

“This is a good deal for us and it raises seamanship standards, which is beneficial for everyone.”

The Navy has had to suffer significant cutbacks in its fleet in recent years and now has fewer than 100 ships all told, about 40 major surface vessels and 13 submarines.

By contrast, the annual production of superyachts has nearly doubled in the past five years, with more than 250 new boats delivered last year, according to the Yacht Report, which registers every superyacht.

The proliferation of luxury yachts since the 1990s means that only vessels longer than 65m (213ft) now stand out.

Yachts of this size are almost always built to individual commissions and cost tens of millions of pounds. They usually have four decks above the waterline and one or two below.

Extra facilities compared to those in a 50m yacht may include whirlpool baths, sauna and steam rooms, a beauty salon, massage and other treatment rooms, a medical centre, a discotheque, a cinema with a film library, plunge pool (possibly with a wave-maker) and a playroom.

They may also have additional living areas, such as a separate bar, secondary dining room, private sitting rooms or a library.

The burgeoning number of “small” superyachts has led to the introduction of the hyperbolic terms mega-yacht and gigayacht to demarcate the elite among luxury yachts.

The Ultimate Status Symbol

— Annual production of superyachts has nearly doubled over the past five years, with 253 new boats delivered last year, according to the Yacht Report, a magazine that maintains an international yacht registry. There are 3,706 superyachts in service or on order

— To be in the superyacht category, the vessel has to be at least 30m (98ft) long. Twenty-nine superyachts are in the 100m (328ft) or more category and the top ten are up to 162m (531ft) long. These range from 6,200 tonnes to 13,000 tonnes

— Accessories include a swimming pool that can convert into a helicopter pad or a disco dance floor; a garage for luxury cars and motorcycles; a sound system worth hundreds of thousands of pounds; a mini-submarine; an antiaircraft missile system; an underwater viewing deck

— One company builds “shadow superyachts” - support vessels the same size as their mother boat, which are effectively floating garages for a multitude of luxury cars.

More Articles by Michael Evans, Timesonline




by Michael Evans, Times

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42313

6:53 PM Mon 3 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Yachting News

Related News Stories:

05 Jan 2013  The yacht club with no water.
11 Jun 2012  Yacht Club of Monaco-'New clubhouse new horizons,' says Prince Albert
11 Apr 2012  Yacht Club celebrates fifty years
25 Jan 2012  European Yachts of the Year: Beneteau, Oyster, Pogo and Esse
28 Jun 2011  What, actually, is a superyacht? Australia ponders
04 Jun 2009  OBE for Sailing Team Manager Stephen Park
03 Jun 2009  Leaders of world’s premier yacht clubs 'in the same boat'
01 Jun 2009  UK boat builders feel the stress
30 May 2009  Sailing Clubs named as Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp venues
29 May 2009  Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit WPNSA
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT