Thursday, 31 March 2016
Close hauled across the Straits.

The Ocean Village/Boatshed Gibraltar Morocco Yacht Rally Gathers Momentum.

Progress so far:

The weekend of the 8th July promises to be the best yacht rally ever, many of our key sponsors have committed to contribute to making this not just a memorable weekend but a very successful fund raising event for the Red Cross. I ask you all to look at the list of sponsors below and help us and the Red Cross by not only by directing business at them BUT also making sure you tell them that you are doing that because of their support for the rally.

Let’s look at what is on offer so far. My favourite: A free case of Heineken Beer for the first 50 boats to sign up! (Thank you Lewis Stagnetto Ltd.)This is in addition to the standard “goodie” bag with Skipper polo shirts, crew T shirts, pilot books and all the other goodies we continue to collect. Please note that “goodie” bags can only be guaranteed for participants who have signed up and paid by the end of May.

We will be raffling an iPad donated by William Hill! There will also be an auction where you can bid for a lift out to have your boat anti-fouled by the Isla Verde Yacht Centre in Algeciras. We have managed to acquired three £100 discount vouchers on a Yellow Brick combined tracker and satellite communications device. This device will enables you to send and receive emails from anywhere on Earth. At the same time your family can track your progress on a dedicated Internet page. Yes it’s possible! You can find out all about these devices here:

https://www.ybtracking.com/products-yb3

We have dozens of other prizes including magnums of champagne, free dinner vouchers at some of Gibraltar’s best venues which we will be raffling. In additional there will the usual prizes for first boat in etc. However given some of the docking performances last year it is clear that we need to increase the prize for the best docking performance!

What to do next: Download the entry form from www.facebook.com/boatshedgib, or get in touch with Boatshed Gibraltar for a entry forms, complete the entry form and take it to the Hire-U -Shop in Waterport with your entry fee (cash only please). If you also complete this second form and hand it in at the same time or else at the Skipper’s Briefing on the evening of the 7th July you will be entered into a raffle to win £200 worth of chandlery items at Sheppards Chandlery.

If this Rally deserves the moniker of the Most Sociable Rally in the World then invite friends with boats to join us. The event is open to all boats, all nationalities.

List of Sponsors below with apologies in advance for those still considering their options.

Headline Sponsors: Their services.

Ocean Village Marina services. Boatshed Gibraltar Yacht brokerage.

Main Sponsors:

GibOil Ltd. Fuel & lubricants. Lewis Stagnetto Ltd. Beer, wine, spirits & tobacco Isla Verde Yacht Centre Yacht haul out facilities. MeteoGib Weather routing services. Capurro Insurance Insurance. Segar Yachting Group sailing. Hire-U-Shop Chandlery. Gibraltar Tourist Board Making Gibraltar visible. Lombard Odier Private banking. William Hill Betting. Gibtelecom Fixed and mobile telecoms. Waterfront Restaurant Restaurant.

Other Sponsors:

MH Yacht Preserve Yacht maintenance services. Sheppards Yacht chandlery. Marine Maintenance Ltd. Marine engineers. GAM Asset managers & advisers. Chart Agency Charts and nautical books. Hercules Sailing Sailing school. Jewel Box Jewellery. Yellow Brick Tracking and comms. Islander Magazine Yachting Magazine. Eliot O’Callaghan Hotel Hotel Rock Hotel Hotel