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.
It was once again time for the annual Brambles Cricket Match held on the
Brambles Bank at 6am on Saturday 22nd August the Royal Southern Yacht Club
against the Island Sailing Club and Peter Delbridge of Boatshed Hamble was
up before the crack of dawn to head out into the Solent to wait for the
Brambles Bank to show itself.
The BoatBid.com catalogue has a range of used motor and sailing boats on offer. All the boats are keenly priced as they are very seriously for sale but some of them though fantastic boats are not that well known so I thought I’d let you know a little more about a couple of them.
BoatBid.com the online used boat auction supported by Boatshed.com has just launched the catalogue for their fifth auction. As usual we have a range of motor and sailing boats for sale in this auction which will run from the 12th to the 16th September during the first half of the Southampton Boat Show although as always the auction is online so you can be anywhere in the world and still bid.
Over the August Bank Holiday Weekend Mike and Chris Jenkins will be attempting to paddle the length of the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.
The brothers were inspired to this effort by the recent illness of their mother. In their own words:- “For the last year our Mum has been having treatment for Bowel cancer and thankfully the outlook seems very positive. Over the past twelve months she has had lots of support from friends, family and work colleagues and we are all very grateful for that. However, sadly, there are many people suffering from similar conditions who do not have the same level of support, which is why my brother and I are trying to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Nurses, a charity who support just such people. “
The lads have been hard at work over the summer months training for the event to ensure that they are at peak fitness. They have been helped by South West Herts Narrowboat Project which has given them the use of its base on the Grand Union at Hunton Bridge.
Boatshed Grand Union is very pleased to able to support this marathon world record attempt by providing the canoe and other support. If you would like to support MacMillan Cancer Support through the efforts of Mike and Chris, please donate at their website: http://www.justgiving.com/paddleaid/
Based in Sovereign Harbour, John & Barbara Spittal are the newly recruited Boatshed Agents for Boatshed Sussex. Other harbours in the area include Rye, Seaford, Newhaven, Brighton and Shoreham.
The 9th of August saw the start of The Rolex Fastnet race and the end of the Cowes week regatta. The Rolex Fastnet is a sailing yacht race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock off the South coast of Ireland.
Last week Boatshed.com Yacht Brokers caused a stir when we sold 24 boats in one day!
This week there is another Boatshed record to shout about; 124 boats sold in a month!
Why so many boats? we asked Neil Chapman founder of Boatshed.com
Bucking the recession and redundancy trend, Boatshed Norfolk yacht brokers in East Anglia, are reporting booming boat sales and have increased their workforce by 50%.
The Eastbound North Atlantic sailing record has fallen. Pascal Bidegorry, skipper of the enormous maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire V, is now not only the fastest man under sail over 24 hours, covering an amazing 907.9 miles, he has also become the fastest man across the pond, smashing Groupama 3's previous sailing record by a whopping 12 hours 32 minutes and 6 seconds.
If you were listening to Radio 4 this morning after the shipping forcast at 05.20 you would have heard the start of one of the most prestigious racing calendar events in sailing.
Cowes week, starts today, its 183rd year!
Cowes week stats:
When did it start? 1826
How many classes are there? 37
How many boats are competing? 891
How many competitors take part? 8,500
How many spectators are there? over 100,000
The team at Boatshed.com are considering rewriting the words to a certain song as they really do like Mondays especially last Monday July 20th when the Boatshed.com Yacht Brokerage Group posted a record 24 boat sales in just one day!
The boats included a wide range of boats from a 16.5m Bruce Roberts Euro 1600 motor boat to a Hunter Duette sailing boat.
Boatshed Phuket are pleased to be able to take a pause in our Yacht sales activities to bring you the results of this year’s Phuket race week.
At Boatshed Barcelona, in the course of our business as used yacht brokers we sometimes get confronted with very nice challenges. One of the recent ones was “Begonia“, . During 21 years, this very well kept Cape George 38 was the home of her first owner, Bill. When Gert Van den Bergh, owner of Boatshed Barcelona, first came on board, to view and photograph the boat, as they always do with every second hand boat listed at Boatshed, he was already bowled over by the quality of the boat.
Boatshedphuket.com would just like to let you all know that the 6th annual running of Phuket Race Week will be held off the east coast of the Island from the 22nd - 26th of July. Consisting of four days of professionally run international standard yacht racing and five parties, the event is hosted by the “Evason Six Senses Resort” and run under the auspices of the “Ao Chalong Yacht Club”
A recent competition for the “best job in the world” was won by a Brit, as caretaker on an island in Australia, we think we have gone one better, sun sea sand and boats, lots of boats. All this just two and a half hours from central Europe, we know where we would rather be! Boatshedalgarve.com
Neil and Mandy Chapman were invited to celebrate the retirement of Dan O'dwyer, Coxswain of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat.
Dan and the crew of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat received a bronze medal for the rescue of Neil and Mandy and their cousin Deni aboard the 42' ketch Supertaff in storm conditions 25 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale in October 1998.
The Bronze medal for bravery was the highlight of a career that spanned 30 years with the Lifeboats. Over a 100 people attended a presentation at the Lifeboat Station in Courtmacsherry followed by a big party in the popular Lifeboat Inn.
“all the woes and worries that afflicted you on dry land – all the things you ought to have done but have left undone, all the drab detritus and clutter of your daily existence – slough away like the old dry skin of a snake". Chris Stewart’s views on cruising in, “3 Ways to Capsize a Boat”
With the excellent summer and boat sales at an all time high you wonder where the credit crunch is?
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people a day.
The “Next Generation of Sailors” competes in Slovenia – the European Optimist Championship (EOC) in Piran, begins….