In March 2015 a MaxSea technical training session was given to resellers in the MaxSea International Headquarters in Bidart, south of France.
The MaxSea Regional Sales Manager for France, Sandrine Abadie attended the event, as well as the MaxSea Technical Trainer Thierry Callède.
Thierry Callède, longtime MaxSea technical trainer, led a technical presentation of MaxSea products, focusing in particular on the Professional TimeZero range of software products: MaxSea TimeZero ECS and PLOT.
This was a good opportunity for our distribution network to learn about the new features available in the software and of course, to brush up on their understanding of how to integrate TimeZero software with compatible FURUNO hardware, such as the NavNet 3D, NavNet TZtouch and a range of their radars and sounders.
We would like to thank our partner network, which throughout the years has succeeded in making our software the leading solution on the boating and fishing markets.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the classic offshore sailing races, often mentioned in the same breath as other well-known races such as the Rolex Fastnet. It began in 1968 and 2014 was the 35th edition. 122 yachts from 24 nationalities took part, with boats ranging in size from 9.5 to 30.5 metres. This year, MaxSea partners Team Jolokia competed in the race, which began on October 18th, 2014.
Team Jolokia is unique in that it promotes the strength of diversity. Their crew is made up of people from different walks of life – seniors, young people, women and men, disabled or able-bodied, from all social backgrounds.
The race: 608 nautical miles long, starting at Grand Harbour, Valletta, ending at Marsamxett Harbour.
Here are the reactions of a few members of Team Jolokia after the Rolex Middle Sea Race:
Stéphanie Chancelade, crew member
“During the race I was particularly impressed by Gaël (Renault), my shift supervisor. To see a paraplegic shift supervisor sailing at 40 knots with 6 metre bumps along the way was truly inspiring and I have to hand it to the guy!
He was very calm and a good teacher. He has so much experience and knows how to pass it on to the other crew members. The atmosphere was very good as a result and everyone found their own role within the team. Our race result was very respectable! At the end, the conditions were tough but we handled it. We finished in the first 20 boats, among a total of 130 – that’s really good!
We definitely have a boat made for extreme weather conditions but our crew was quite inexperienced with these conditions. We are proud of our race and our result!
What we saw in terms of human and sporting achievements was amazing. How many people in the world can say they have experienced what we experienced on a VO’60, with such a diverse group of people in unsteady seas? I want to continue to be part of it!”
Some of the Team JOLOKIA crew wearing MaxSea caps and t-shirts on board
Peter Meisel, skipper
“What a race! 36 hours going at 35 or 40 knots, all in sublime landscapes that were just breath-takingly beautiful. This route around Sicily is really exciting for a sailor!
The crew was ready to face these difficult sea conditions and never gave up despite the mountains of water that crashed against us.
I think we have again shown that diversity is sustainable. When we arrived, we once again earned the respect of our competitors, they now see that the difference is also a strength.”
We’d like to congratulate Team Jolokia on their performance and look forward to their 2015 races!
The Perth Game Fishing Club, based in Fremantle, Western Australia had its annual awards ceremony on October 18th. MaxSea is a proud sponsor of the club and our Regional Sales Manager Thibault Hua attended the event.
The awards were held at the recently-refurbished Fremantle Sailing Club function room, overlooking the marina and Indian Ocean with truly stunningly beautiful views.
Thibault was hosted by President Ben Weston, Vice President Tim Carson and Rhyss Whittred – life member, whose boat has a full suite of electronics that include MaxSea and Furuno, and was one of the big winners in the awards.
Members of the Club got to spend time with Thibault and trade tips on sport fishing.
Rhyss’s vessel “Ashram” has already been featured on our blog after qualifying for the 2015 world championships in Costa Rica. He didn’t let his team of anglers down with some impressive awards:
Champion Boat – Ashram
Champion Male Angler – Rhyss Whittred
Champion Female – Sangeeta Menon
Champion Junior – Drew Ziepe
Most species tagged and released – Sangeeta Menon
Most fish tagged and released – Rhyss Whittred
PGFC enjoys a continued relationship with MaxSea, and has witnessed the increase of club members using MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software. The majority of the awards on the night went to boats running MaxSea software.
When buying boat equipment, sometimes it’s hard to know when you should splash out and when there’s no need to pay more for quality. This week, we ask some of the MaxSea partners for their advice on when to spend big and when you can be frugal.
In our experience, there are certain items that must be of high quality. Don’t try to use cheaper items as you will most likely need to re-buy them again! Here are some examples of these types of products:
There is some boat equipment that costs less but is not any lower in terms of quality. In this case, we should take advantage of the cheaper product! But sometimes I prefer to choose quality even though it is more expensive. In this way, I will not need to repurchase new equipment every year. This is certainly the case for tools, which can deteriorate rapidly.
In general we always try to buy the best item we can afford. Otherwise we wait until we can afford it. Here are some tips to follow:
It is not necessary to have absolutely every tool related to your boat, just the items that match your real needs.
Equipment wears away on a boat than at home due to movements, saline air, sunlight etc.
Yachting stuff is sometimes calculated for an occasional use and don’t last long.
It is sometimes better (and cheaper) to buy home equipment than products from a ship chandlers’.
It is not necessary nowadays to dress in old clothes and full of paint stains and I prefer comfortable and smart ones, especially shoes and oilskins which are part of security.
Do you have any examples you’d like to share? If so, leave us a comment below!
Learn more about the activities of each of these MaxSea partners:
Last week, Regional Sales Manager Thibault Hua represented MaxSea at the IceFish exhibition which took place in Reykjavik. IceFish is the must-visit event of the commercial fishing industry. Here he tells us how it went.
MaxSea products were displayed at the stand of Iceland’s Furuno distributor Brimrún. Special emphasis was placed on our PC-radar and fishing-PC sounder solutions with Furuno sensor integration. The new WASSP interface was also very successful because of the increase in productivity and time it represents for bottom mapping tasks.
Brimrún has been the exclusive MaxSea distributor in Iceland for the last 3 years, and is highly-knowlegable on our software. Their input has always been priceless to the improvement of our products. Brimrún spends time training customers on how to use MaxSea. They have organised several training seminars and more are planned for the future. Get in touch with Brimrún to learn more.
Thibault would like to thank them for their support over the past years and for their welcome during the show.
Joëlle & Janusz Kurbiel are members of the polar navigation expedition group IMERPOL and use MaxSea TimeZero software on board. In July they updated us on their current expedition which is taking them through Newfoundland. Here is the latest news from their travels.
Well, the storms and autumn weather are well and truly here!
Luckily, we were able to complete all our planned observations in the North this season and the results are very promising.
Now it is time to focus our attention on the gallant Vagabond’elle vessel to prepare for the harsh winter. There will be lots of snow and temperatures as low as -25°C north of Newfoundland.
We must repair some damage to the boat, the most important being a leak that we have not yet localised, abnormal engine vibrations, some equipment failures, and especially re-do the paint and varnish work again. All the charms of a wooden boat!
But for now the wind howls in the rigging and we need to wait for a lull…
It gives us great pleasure to share this wonderful adventure.
Catch up on IMERPOL’s other MaxSea blog posts here:
MaxSea distributor Radio Electronic CC is located in Namibia and tells us about a recent installation of the commercial fishing software MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on one of Namibia’s Fisheries Patrol vessels, AK Mungunda.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The vessel, “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”, is one of two Namibian Fisheries patrol vessels, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia:
She was built in 2003, is 59m in length and has a gross tonnage of 1413t.
As two of the Namibian Research vessels are already outfitted with MaxSea TimeZero installations, it was a logical choice to have the same type of system installed on this patrol vessel – for ease of sharing user data, such as PBG bathymetric data, among each other.
Last month, MaxSea Inside Sales Representative Irina Kuca, had the opportunity to visit two MaxSea distributors located in Hamburg, Germany: HanseNautic and Furuno Deutschland.
Day 1: Hansenautic
On her first day, Irina visited HanseNautic, a long-time partner of MaxSea. The HanseNautic store is located besides the biggest harbor of Hamburg. During her visit Irina answered the employees’ questions and provided training for MaxSea customers.
In the evening, Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr took time to show Irina the Hamburg harbour. Coincidentally, the the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, the Queen Mary 2, was docked there. The day ended with a typical “German” dinner: schnitzel with French fries.
Day 2: Furuno Deutschland
The next day, a meeting with John Dempsey, Ruediger Engel and Claus Frederiksen from Furuno Deutschland was scheduled. Furuno Germany greeted Irina with a nice welcome message, which was placed on the screen at the entrance. John Dempsey introduced her to the whole crew of Furuno Germany.
The two day trip to Germany was successful and Irina together with MaxSea are looking forward to work with Hansenautic and Furuno Germany for many years to come.
Last week, MaxSea and ENL (Electronic Navigation Limited) co-hosted a training seminar event in Barcelona. Over 46 distributors and partners attended from 21 different countries around the world in order to learn more about MaxSea TimeZero software and the WASSP multi-beam sounders.
Dates: August 26th – 30th, 2014
Speakers: Iker Pryszo (MaxSea), Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty (ENL)
2 days of on-board training aboard the MaxSea boat
The Classroom Training
The Group Sales Manager at MaxSea, Frédéric Algalarrondo gave an introductory speech, welcoming all the particpants to Barcelona, and explained the schedule of the week.
Iker Pryszo then spent one day giving a technical training session on TimeZero Coastal Monitoring, a turnkey surveillance system that can be configured for a range of commercial applications, such as for ports, harbors or oil rigs.
On the second day, Iker presented MaxSea TimeZero PLOT, which is designed for commercial fishing and can now be integrated with WASSP multi-beam sounders, resulting in an extremely effective and powerful fishing aid. The MaxSea WASSP Module is required for this software-hardware integration.
The third day of classroom training was a techical training on the WASSP multi-beam sounders, presented by Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty.
The Welcome Dinner
After the first day of training, all the seminar attendees plus the MaxSea Naval staff enjoyed a dinner together. Some people stayed out later than they should have, but the details of this night are highly confidential and cannot be publicly disclosed…
The last part of this seminar took place on the MaxSea boat. Attendees were invited to board at the Barcelona marina and see the installation of WASSP multi-beam sounder integrated with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT in action.