This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
December Boatbid - Entries Close 29/10
Entries Close 29th October.
Boatshed are launching a beta version of the Boatshed Archive, essentially a back catalogue of the 24,000+ boats we’ve been involved in selling. This is a great resource for people looking for boats, with each boat containing up to 100 photos, full boat spec and videos. This useful resource is like a boat bible for us all to use.
November 2017 sees the Boatshed technology team travel to Lisbon for 5 days at Web Summit Exhibition. Boatshed have been invited to feature their leading boat sales technology platform alongside the likes of Facebook Uber and Amazon. Chosen out of thousands of companies and after a difficult selection process, Boatshed has been chosen because of its international growth, innovative business model and widespread use of technology to sell boats.
Jeanne Socrates - Injured in fall
Boatshed is attending Grand Pavois boat show in La Rochelle, France - a 6 day event running from the 27th September to 2nd October 2017. It is the most important event of its type in France and will showcase a huge range of equipment and services ranging from water sports through surfing and water-skiing, to charter, motorboats, and yachts.
On the way to and from the Azores in August 2016 we experienced wind speeds of over 30 knots at times. As we reefed down the mainsail and genoa to hankie size two things seemed to happen. Firstly the genoa, not designed, to be reefed to such a small size became deformed and it became increasingly difficult to point up close to the wind. Secondly the angle of heel did not decrease as much as one would expect because the centre of effort of the sail moved higher up the mast as the sail was reefed. Also the yacht became more difficult to steer.
Boatshed offices in the Caribbean are currently experiencing very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with the families and members of the boatshed team caught up in the very challenging circumstances.
A year ago today Citadel, a Jeanneau 54DS, set off from Gibraltar for the Azores. During the month of August in 2016 we sailed 2000 miles (a thousand each way) and spent 2 weeks cruising the anchorages and bars of the Azores. It was a wonderful experience even with the contretemps we encountered. Here are the lessons I took away:
When? - 14th to 18th July
Entries Close 4th March.
The planning has started. The shortest intercontinental yacht rally is on for the 30th June this year!
It is fallacious to think that Brexit is the end of the good times. It’s certainly the end of the UK’s relationship with the EU but it is inconceivable that mutually beneficial bilateral relationships with all European countries now comprising the EU and others still outside will not continue and develop further. However the uncertainty that derives from the manner of the UK’s withdrawal is bad. The sooner there is clarity the better. However some things are becoming clear. Yachting businesses need to position themselves to maximise the benefits and minimise any negative effects.
Continuing my account of the return trip to The Azores and back from Gibraltar:
Continuing my account of the trip to The Azores from Gibraltar:-
After seven days at sea we have arrived at the port of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores. It’s been exhausting to be on emergency tiller for nearly 400 nautical miles. I had been looking forward to doing some sightseeing but before that I needed to make contact with the marine engineer who would replace the steering cable and the autopilot drive pin that had sheared. I had already had a short conversation with him by sat phone to explain that we would arrive on Sunday afternoon and he told me he would be along to see us on the Monday afternoon. He arrives on time as promised. He is German. He arrives wearing lederhosen which seem out of place but on reflection looking at the confined space he is about to climb into to examine the steering system I reflect that it’s the only material that won’t easily rip. The problem is quickly diagnosed. When Mike, one of my crew and a chartered mechanical engineer, gives a brief analysis of the cause of the problem the German gives him a withering look that says “another theoretician”!
A trip to the Azores 1000nM away from Gibraltar has been on my bucket list for the last three years. Every yachtsman who has ever been there tell me of the natural beauty of the islands and the friendliness of the islanders so on the 1st Aug Citadel with a crew of five (including my brave daughter Kim) slipped out of her berth at Queensway Quay Marina and headed west out of the Straits into a freshening SW breeze. With short tacks off the northern side of the Straits to keep clear of the Traffic Separation Zone we were soon heading out past Barbate and a first comfortable night at sea. The following afternoon we picked up the NE trade winds and headed out towards and beyond Cape St. VIncent. This was to be the worst night of all the 15 nights that in total we spent at sea. The wind increased to 25 and sometimes 30 knots and the seas were very confused with waves of up to 4/5 metres in height. We were getting wet and the boat was slamming with such force into the seas that at times I feared she would come apart. The following day conditions improved and we were once again moving in reducing wind and seas. A late breakfast with bacon butties banished that green feeling and no one was ever sick again all the way to Ponta Delgada.
Record Number of Yachts Take Part in the 2016 Ocean Village/Boatshed Gibraltar Morocco Yacht Rally and Raise £10,591.33 for the Gibraltar Red Cross. Forty-eight yachts including the star of the show, HMS Scimitar of the RN Gibraltar Squadron, took part in the annual yacht rally to Morocco in aid of the Gibraltar Red Cross. HMS Scimitar was there to provide search and rescue cover for the yachts. Their services were thankfully not needed but their presence at Marina Smir was hugely appreciated by the participants and the Moroccan public who were pleased to see the unusual sight of a British warship at Smir.
The Ocean Village/Boatshed Gibraltar Morocco Yacht Rally Gathers Momentum.
If you fancy a dip in the sea at Christmas, you are either brave/daft or raising money for charity – after all who would want to leave the comfort of their over warm homes to jump into icy waters if it wasn’t for charity!?