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The first day of racing was difficult with squally conditions. The Skippers and crews have had a hectic last month preparing for the race. The first three days of the race will be the most difficult with the (TSS Traffic Separation Scheme Shipping Lanes), other competitors and the weather! Grey Power and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston headed North away from the pack into clearer waters and reefed sensibly down so as not to damage the boat at this early stage.
With strong wind conditions last night, now the front has passed through, winds have dropped, but still peaking at 40 knots, big confused seas. No Skippers were injured they are all safe. Read on for round up of the nights racing. Several skippers announced their retirement due to damage.
The Route du Rhum race started at 14.00 2 November 2014. Thirty minutes into the race a rain squall with heavy rain obliterated the fleet. Many boats were heavily reefed at the start of the race in anticipation of the squally weather.
With only 3 days to go before the Route de Rhum race boats leave St Malo for Guadeloupe. The boat teams and skippers are doing last minute checks to ensure the 3,500 mile race goes damage free.
When Henrik tells about our trip, he usually says that he likes to sail and I like to go places. I find the places, I would like to go to, Henrik gets us there, and I figure out what to see, when we are there. Sometimes Henrik objects a little to the things I want to do and see, but my enthusiasm isn't too big either, when we sailing against the wind or sailing overnight.
The brief was easy.....Go to St Malo and exhibit Boatshed's talents at the Route du Rhum Ocean Race.....
The Magic of Rhum.....
Even the best, most treasured race boats, might, one day, be put up for sale by their owners. When that happens, professional images of a boat at her most impressive will help market her and will contribute very significantly to achieving a quick sale at the best price.
Onr favourite boats at the 2014 PSP Southampton boat show...
Boatshed have teamed up with professional drone photographers AltiVision to offer a completely new perspective on boats for sale. Launching the products at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, Neil Chapman commented “We have previously done some aerial photography of boats but helicopters and light aircraft make the costs prohibitive. By utilising drones, we hope we are able to bring this service to many people selling their boats with Boatshed”.
Boatshed is delighted to announce the following new products and services, designed to increase the marketability of boats we advertise for sale, reduce the cost of boat ownership and further strengthen the depth and reach of our network:
Listing and selling boats quickly; precisely matching sellers and buyers to save time and avoid disappointment; and adding real value to our customers ahead of the competition, are at the heart of what Boatshed is all about!
We are always looking for new Franchisees & brokers and sales agents to join our expanding team. You can become a local business owner, or work as a full or part-time broker for the Boatshed boat sales team.
Boatshed Performance ‘The fastest place to sell and buy race boats and performance cruisers’. Boatshed Performance is a specialist brokerage for the sale and purchase of custom built racing yachts (including Volvo 70s, Volvo 60s, Open 60s, Open 50s, Class 40s, Open 30s and Mini Transat yachts) and performance cruisers and one design yachts set-up and maximised for competitive Club, IRC and RORC racing (such as Maxis, TP 52s, Farr 45s, Farr 40s, Swan 42s, 40.7s, First 40s, 34.7, Kers, X Yachts, J Boats, Sigmas, Reflexes, etc).
Together with the Marine Inspection Association of leading marine surveyors, Boatshed has introduced the use of IPAs when selling sail and motor boats. Boats we sell are physically inspected, assessed and reported upon by an experienced, independent, marine surveyor before they are listed. Up to 55 critical areas of a second-hand boat are assessed.
Reliable recommendations and discounted marine goods and services are bringing down the cost of boat ownership for Boatshed’s customers.
On 12-16th September we have over 30 power boats up for auction. A wide variety of boats including some bargains amongst the boat auction catalogue, try a bid and see how soon you meet the reserve!
Going under the hammer are these performance race boats on 12-16th September.
Wednesday morning we decided to use sail only in the gentle winds and not start engines at all... We pulled up the anchor from the fine sand and started going south under bare poles in 10 knots of wind. All went well, with the headsail at the bow ballooning out in front of us to carry us on the leisurely 6 hour trip south in the calm waters.
As part of the countdown to PSP Southampton International Boat Show Boatshed have VIP tickets up for grabs.