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Phuket Kings Cup Provisional Program
The South Coast Marathon organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club was run on Saturday the 17th October, it was a RYA National Powerboat Racing Event with the rolling start line between East and West Lepe buoy's out of the Western Solent and down to Portland and then back to a finish Line from Gurnard Ledge buoy a distance of 80.5 nm.
There was quite a buzz of excitement and activity outside Boatshed Plymouth’s new office which is situated on Lawrence Road, Mount Batten, Plymouth just behind the old sea plane hangar where Bridgend Boat Company is.
With high season fast approaching it’s almost time for the 23 rd annual running of the Phuket King's Cup, Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December, this years event runs from 28th November until 5th December, and will take place off Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand.
Britain boasts over 7,000 miles of coastline, but it also has over 2,500 miles of navigable waterways (that’s 5,000 miles of shoreline if you count both banks). That is a very big playground. And playing in this great pond are over 70,000 boats registered by the Navigation Authorities.
Despite this huge number you can cruise most of the waterways with rarely a traffic jam in sight. You can visit historic sites and engineering wonders which span the centuries, but never be far from a good pub or restaurant. Whether cruising through the centre of London or visiting tiny English villages, you can more up on the canal bank almost anywhere you wish for up to 14 days
So it is no wonder that the number of boats and boaters on the waterways has increased year on year in recent times. The majority of these boaters have always been local; a close knit tribe that shares a secret way of life which is slow, stress free and wonderfully sociable. A tribe, however, that warmly welcomes newcomers, where the rite of passage is just a chat by a lock or an ale in a local pub.
It is no secret that our nautical neighbours on the coastline are selling more and more boats into the Euro and Dollar markets. Is it possible that the Inland waterways are due for surge of interest from the continent and across the pond? Well, the Europeans have their own canals and I have met a fair number who enjoy the tranquillity of the English system. High profile visitors from the States such as Harrison Ford have raised interest levels back home and we now see a yearly influx of Americans who are beginning to see the advantages of owning in the UK.
The area which may be the ripest for International expansion may be the “second home” type of boat, or the corporate “pied a terre” which offers a real alternative to high hotel rates. Boatshed Grand Union has several prime examples of these alongside their traditional narrowboats. A luxurious Dutch Barge with moorings just a short taxi ride from Heathrow and an easy commute from London, offers the corporate or private buyer a wonderful home from home, which can be moved to the centre of London or the tranquillity of the rural Thames on demand. A houseboat on a permanent mooring just off the Thames, built by Kew Steam Museum has two bedrooms and spacious roof terrace with views of Syon Park. Smaller, but even more impressively located are two narrow boats on moorings in the very heart of London. All of these offer, investment potential as well as an opportunity to live on the water and management services are easily arranged for the overseas buyer .
For the international investor or holidaymaker who wants to take advantage of the weak pound, there has never been a better opportunity to get afloat in Inland Britain.
Recession is not the end of the world; it’s a correction that brings the laws of supply and demand into equilibrium. This correction in general brings a degree of pain. However there are ways to minimise the pain. Here is a personal viewpoint, on pain mitigation, from Boatshed Gibraltar. It’s been developed over the last year while operating in a recessionary environment.
Boatshed North Wales have recently moved into a new office in Pwllheli Marina and are pleased to confirm that Andy Wood will be joining the sales team as an agent covering Anglesey, Porthmadog, Barmouth and Aberystwyth.
The Southampton Boat Show drew to a close today and Boatshed.com along with many other exhibitors can report that it has been another very successful and enjoyable event. Our stand this year which was an actual shed was incredibly busy and as always was manned by members of the Boatshed team throughout the show so we were able to explain all the fantastic Boatshed features to visitors and demonstrate how best to use the site. Business was brisk in both the buying and selling of used boats and we also had great interest from those wanting to join the Boatshed team and open new Boatshed offices to expand the business further.
The PSP Southampton Boatshow is underway and visitors numbers look healthy.
This is always one of the most hectic weeks for the Boatshed HQ team with the build up to the Southampton Boat Show and this year has been no different. Boatshed.com is still running at full steam with a stream of used boats being bought, sold and listed everyday but the team have also been at the show ground preparing our stand and getting everything in place to ensure we are fully equipped to answer all your boating question and explain just how the Boatshed system works whether you are a boat buyer or a boat seller.
Boatshed.com has just received yet another industry accolade. Boatshed.com is ranked in the top ten most visited sites with Hitwise the Experian internet measurement company.
Building on their recent success Boatshed North Wales are pleased to announce that they have moved into their prestigious new office in Pwllheli.
Boatshed North Wales International Yacht Brokers were very pleased to sponsor this year’s Abersoch Keel Boat Week at the end of August.
The Cowes Torquay Cowes race was held again on Saturday 29th August as well as a Cowes Poole Cowes race for smaller race boats. Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble, along with friends and family ventured out in a Cranchi Smeraldo 37 power boat to watch the action as the boats passed through Hurst Narrows.
Now in its 139th year the Regatta has its origins in the friendly rivalry that existed between fisherman, yachtsmen and watermen of the Hamble River, who organised races amongst themselves.
Gosport is home to Boatshed.com Head Quarters, plus it is also home of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Today Monday 31 August 2009 the fleet departed Portsmouth Harbour and won’t return for almost a year.
Royal Clarence Marina is set within the grade 2 listed ex victualling yard of Nelsons Navy in Gosport, just inside Portsmouth harbour entrance to the west.
The Clipper crews (2000) and yachts (12) are prepared to set sail for the Humber and the official start of the Clipper 09-10 Race on 13 September.
The street market on the promenade in Royal Clarence Marina had stalls selling food and other goodies while local bands play to create a party atmosphere.
At 12.45pm the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Mrs Diane Searle, will address the assembled crews and wish them fair winds for their adventure on behalf of the people of the Borough. Clipper’s chairman and founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will also be in attendance. Once the skippers and crews have joined their yachts the Clipper 09-10 Race fleet will slip their lines and head out into Portsmouth Harbour, where they will be joined in a flotilla by local sailors prior to setting sail for the Humber.
The Southampton International boat show is just around the corner and as ever Boatshed.com will be there, we’ll be at stand C53 and we’d like to extend a very warm invitation to anyone coming to the show to come over and see us. Don’t forget our legendary fizz@five everyday at the show when all are welcome to come for a glass of fizz and a boaty chat.
Tony and Amina Cleal have come down to Boatshed Plymouth from the Solent area to give Josh Flavell a hand with this busy Devon Yacht brokerage. Tony and Amina are no strangers to the Boatshed system, Amina works for Boatshed HQ and will continue with this from the Boatshed Plymouth office as well as assisting Josh and Tony with the administration side of buying and selling used boats.
At Boatshed Barcelona, we not only view and photograph every boat we list. We also advise and assist in reflagging boats, arranging surveys, coordinating transport operations and we even help with sorting out the insurance of your boat. In the case of this little Tes 550 Master, we literally went the extra mile, well, in reality it was an extra 120 miles.
Boatshed North Wales have had a really good season this year. In spite of the economic doom and gloom, they have sold over 50 used motor and sailing boats since February. These have gone to new owners in the UK, Holland Germany, Finland, Sweden and France. They have also listed over 90 used boats of all types and prices from all over North Wales.