Well done Princess...

Well done Princess…

Last month, The Sunday Times ran its list of Top Track 250 companies that showed Princess Yachts International ranked at 107.

Princess has been climbing the ST’s Top Track 250 lists since 2009, when it stood at 174. In 2010, the company went to 137.

Then came a couple of softer years, ranking at 179 in 2011 and 193 in 2012. I don’t have a record of the company’s 2013 ranking, but this year’s 107 from 2012’s 193 is exceptional.

Well done David King, Chris Gates and the Princess workforce. It’s nice to see the proof in the pages of the ST.

Those wind farms…
I have never been a fan of wind farms. I first saw these awful things when taken on press trips to Volvo Penta’s test area in Sweden a few years ago.

The beautiful green hills around the test area were studded with wind turbines. I have to say I find them truly offensive to look at on land or sea.

Get close enough and they are truly obtrusive on the noise front. Imagine living near that kind of noise, day after day…

And while we have spent huge sums on land and sea turbines – the UK has over 5,500 turbines whirling – most of those were actually produced outside the UK.

And we have, apparently, more turbines at sea than the rest of the world combined… Land and sea turbines produce just 3.2% of our energy.

While I accept we have to find alternative forms of power to burning fossil fuels, I find the popular suggestions unconvincing.

Solar has to be one of the top contenders for being able to make a real impact on our future power generation requirements.

But the technology is still not there yet. And it’s not there for biomass and geothermal.

Being a sailor, I can remember having to kedge close to the Alderney Race on Spring tides some years ago. We had up to 7kts registered and wondered if the line would hold…

So wave power has always been a possibility for me. The tides are predictable to the minute and always there.

But the technology required to reduce the size of the turbines to allow them to work in shallow waters is not yet there.

So I remain a nuclear kind of chap.

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