Sunday, 26 January 2014

At least 200 Aussies try to ride 1 wave for world record attempt

At least 200 Aussie surfers were in the water for the attempt on the world record for ‘the most surfers riding the same wave’. This took place on Sunday (26 Jan. 2014) the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Only just over 80 surfers succeeded in riding a single wave.

The attempt started at 9am with a plan for five attempts over an hour. Men women and children were riding the waves as over 2,000 people look on. It was a sunny day, mild 23 degrees Celsius, good surf conditions. The proceedings were monitored and recorded from the air by the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter. The current official record is 110 people established in Cape Town, South Africa in 2009.

The goal of the world record attempt was to raise funds for new equipment and improved facilities for the Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club.  It was also to assist in keeping the South Coast Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter in the air and within the local region.

Speaking about this event organiser Glenn Hall of Surf the Bay Surf School said “We wanted to bring the record to Australian soil. More significant we wanted to put our small but wonderful town of Broulee on the map. And what better day to attempt this major event than Australia Day 2014!”

The event was organised by Surf the Bay Surf School in partnership with Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

20ft storm waves test new search & rescue boat

On Monday the 6th of January the Celtic Sea was hit by storm 'Christine' which produced very high winds of over 100kph and extremely violent seas. This gave Search & Rescue (SAR) design and manufacture Safehaven Marine the opportunity to fully test and refine their boats seakeeping and engineering in over 20ft / 6m waves. These are the conditions that the boats may one day have to operate safely in with many peoples lives depending on them. The mainly featured vessel in the big waves is our Interceptor 48 Pilot / S.A.R. demonstrator, that we built specifically for these trials.' 

The last few weeks have been exceptionally stormy in the Celtic Sea off Ireland. During these series of storms Safehaven Marine took advantage of the conditions to sea trial two of our vessels. 

Frank Kowalski, the companies managing director commented  "The sea can be a dangerous place, especially so in a storm, but sometimes, to really know how a boat will handle in extremely rough seas, you just have to go out and test her in real life conditions. If you want to know how she will handle surfing down the face of a big 20ft plus wave, you just have to show her that wave, and see how she handles, it’s the only way to know for sure. This way we can be certain that when our boats are in use with future crews worldwide, they can go to sea with confidence, knowing the design has been well and truly tested  for their safety".

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