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.
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Firstly Congratulations to Ian Welsh and his team of Boatshed Poole for winning the 2010 Boatshed.com "Broker of the year award"
After a grueling few days at the coal face of computer technology Neil & Mandy Chapman along with David Fryer & Jon Dyer have completed the first stages of training and set up of BoatshedViareggio.com . David and Jon have a long history in the field of boats, David runs a super yacht finishing company and Jon has restored and skippered yachts here in Viareggio, Tuscany.
The array of electronic goodies and gadgets available for boats is mind blowing and the advertising for them seems to insist you’d be foolish to venture out without all of them so Boatshed Plymouth called by “Just Right” one of this year’s Jester Challenge entrants to see what electronics Gus Davidson will be using to get him and his 20’ Golant Gaffer safely across the pond. Gus has a keen eye on the budget as he’s raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support so he weighs the cost of each piece of equipment carefully to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charity.
Boatshed has devised a new way of allowing people to join their winning team through the launch of Boatshed Agents.
The Jester Challenge has its supporters and critics, but whatever you think about it it’s certainly becoming a firm fixture on the sailing calendar. The 2010 event which leaves from off Plymouth Breakwater at 13:00 BST on 23rd May already has 93 entries. Boats are less than 30 feet but the current list is an incredibly fascinating and varied mix of boats and people.
One such sailor is Gus Davidson who are taking part in the challenge in his boat Just Right in order to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer support. Raising money is their main aim although there will undoubtedly be some adventure along the way .
We all want our boats to look like new, luckily as a Yacht Broker I get to see some very tasty well kept boats but I also see very many used boats which although perfectly serviceable and sea worthy are no longer as pristine as they used to be, my own boat is still in reasonable condition but she is almost 30 now and did have a fairly hard racing career in her day so there are a few knocks and dings which in the ideal world I’d like to fix but don’t have the skills to do well.
Tony and Amina Cleal of Boatshed Plymouth took a couple of hours off from their busy Plymouth brokerage to find out what happens when a life raft is serviced. Out of date safety equipment is one of those things which regularly crops up on used boat surveys so when the couple realised their Seago 4 man valise liferaft which has thankfully been sitting unused aboard their Sigma 33 for the past 3 years needed servicing they headed off to CE Banyard Ltd in Lostwithiel Cornwall to find out what really is inside a liferaft.
Steve from Boatshed Falmouth dropped in on the Abu Dhabi round of the Formula 1 power boat circus run on the Corniche Breakwater. Single engine, one man boats, skimming across the warm blue water under the gaze of the Emirates Palace Hotel, where rooms, well, suites, will set you back around $5000 per night.
Teams are generally from countries as diverse as Azerbaijan and China but also include private teams, notably, the Mad Croc Woodstock Team.
The race boats are pretty much one design, running 2.5 litre 2 stroke Mercury outboards developing a staggering 425 hp. 0-60 mph is knocked off in around 4 seconds with top speeds touching 140 mph. Racing is fast and furious, often with boats air bourn and occasionally in full contact with each other.
Team Qatar emerged as the victors of this round with Team Abu Dhabi as runner’s up. Qatar and Abu Dhabi sit on 20% of the world’s natural gas and 10% of the world’s oil respectively. Clearly, very useful assets to have in any motor sport team.
As yacht brokers we often get asked about gas systems on boats, it’s one of those things that often comes up when a used boat is surveyed. We all know just how dangerous and fatal gas explosions can be so Amina Cleal from Boatshed Plymouth took the opportunity to find out a bit more about this potentially lethal subject from South West marine gas engineer Tim Beck.
T MINUS 0 HOURS TILL LAUNCH, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GOOD TO GO!!
Race day 2 results
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In the first day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King’s Cup, it was Hong Kong’s Neil Pryde and his Hi-Fi crew that finally earned overall Racing division handicap honours after a disastrous second race start and then a brilliant recovery.
The team at Boatshed Plymouth hope that you and your boat, if you have one, are fairing OK with this very wet and windy weather we’ve been having. Now is the time of year when most of the boats in Plymouth take a break. Some are left in readiness for the odd nice winter’s day but the majority are either lifted out and safely tucked up in a yard or snugged down in the water with lines doubled up and stores removed.
At the recent Boatshed Plymouth yacht brokerage fizz@five a bottle of Champagne was up for grabs for the first business card pulled out of the Boatshed international yacht brokerage box. The lucky winner was Jen Walker of Plymartec who are based in the offices next door to the new Boatshed Plymouth office.
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With one of my favourite races on the circuit under way after a beautiful start from Le Havre on the 8th of Novemeber, The fleet of double handed teams are racing towards Puerto Limon in Costa Rica where the finish lies, along with the the sunshine no doubt!
Boatshed Plymouth have moved into a new office at Mountbatten Plymouth. It is situated behind the Bridgend Boat Company in the Western Hangar off Lawrence road and adjacent to the popular Yacht Haven Marina. The company celebrated the move in true Boatshed style with a fizz@five party for customers, owners, local marine businesses and friends of Boatshed Plymouth. Neil and Mandy Chapman, the founders of Boatshed along with Josh Flavell the Communications Director and Robin Gray the Commercial Director were all their to support Tony and Amina Cleal who took over the running of Boatshed Plymouth in September.
The Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship first came together in 2002 with the idea of crowning an Asian Racing Class champion skipper and boat . Initially nine events with substantial racing class entrants were selected, which became known as 5-star Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship events. This was then reduced to eight in 2005 after the closing of the Asean Regatta. Last season the Top of the Gulf Regatta was added to make it nine events. And this year the circuit has ten events with the addition of the Six Senses Phuket Raceweek. The circuit is made up of events in Malaysia (2), Hong Kong (2), Thailand (4), Singapore (1) and the Philippines (1), which fairly grades the competing skippers ability to successfully run a racing campaign in Asian waters each season.
Peter Ahern and YO! Became the inaugural 2002/03 Asian Champion Skipper and Yacht-of-the-Year. He then followed it up during the 2003/04 season then Sam Chan's Freefire took out the Yacht-of-the-Year with higher points, but as he shared the skippers role with his sailing master did not score enough points to become the Champion Skipper. Neil Pryde completed the double during the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons with Hi-Fidelity and Hi-Fi Team Pryde, respectively. In 2006/07 Frank Pong's Jelik clinched victory as it came down to the last race at the final event at Koh Samui. Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing became the winner of the sixth running over the 2007/08 season after coming close on several occasions. After serious modifications last season Neil Pryde, and Hi Fi, with a record 20 points dominated the 2008/09 year to capture the title with two events to run.
All these events are closely contested by several high profile racing teams which include crew members that have America's Cup and Sydney Hobart Race experience plus competed at the Olympic Games with distinction.
Winning the AYGP title is not taken lightly, as in past years the annual champion has won at least four or five regattas on the circuit and scored podium places at others before they could take the title home. For the 2009/10 AYGP it is anybody's guess who will don the highly-sought after tailored Armani Koh Samui Blue Blazer and receive the Perpetual AsianYachting Cup, which is traditionally filled with chilled champagne and presented at the magnificent prize-giving party on the lawns of the Centara Grand Beach Resort at the Koh Samui Regatta in June 2010.
2009/10 Asian Yachting Grand Prix events:
Phuket Raceweek (22/07/09 - 26/07/09)
China Coast Regatta (16/10/09 - 18/10/09)
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (13/11/09 - 21/11/09)
Phuket Kings Cup Regatta (28/11/09 - 05/12/09)
Royal Langkawi International Regatta (08/01/10 - 15/01/10)
Singapore Straits Regatta (25/01/10 - 30/01/10)
President's Cup Regatta (February 2010)
Rolex China Sea Race (01/04/10)
Top of the Gulf Regatta & Coronation Cup (01/05/10 - 05/05/10)
Sawadee.com Regatta 2010 Koh Samui (01/06/10 - 06/06/10)