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Like last week, it was our plan this week to do an overnight sail in the Atlantic in order to move south more quickly, but once again we continued in the ICW. Last week, too much wind was holding us back, and this week, there was too little wind!
Welcome to Boatsheds Newsletter, in it we round-up what Boatshed has been up to in the boat sales market and report on major events and trends in the sector. We are also introducing new and exciting Boatshed products and initiatives to support our customers, and give advance notice of future Boatshed events. With inciteful contributions from customers, brokers in the field and industry experts, its designed to bring together information that we think our customers - sellers and buyers - will find useful and interesting.
Traditionally, boating and boat ownership have been viewed as lifestyle choices which, to a certain extent, resist the ups and downs of economic flux. The desire and passion to get afloat and enjoy all that sailing has to offer results in many people owning boats despite, rather than because of, the financial consequences of so doing. Whilst those considerations still apply to areas of the second-hand, brokerage boat market, the long tail of the recent recessions in the UK and mainland Europe and the general global downturn, has had a real impact upon the marketplace, which has continued during 2014.
The Route Du Rhum is a single handed ocean race, from St Malo to Guadeloupe; some 3,500 miles along the famous Rhum line. It's a physical and mental sailing challenge - one of the most admired in yacht racing - where skippers need to look after their boats through rough weather, to avoid breakages which can end their race, or reduce speed, whilst still pushing the boats to their absolute limits! There is little opportunity for sleep in these fast and furious sailing conditions, and almost anything can and does happen. This year, out of the 90 boats that started the race, 26 retired with varying problems, such as keels falling off, leaks, damage, collisions and technical problems. Just completing the race is a real achievement!
'Lucky' doesn’t even cover it; I love my job as a yacht broker with Boatshed.com. Most brokers say they have a passion for sailing; my passion is for the actual boats we sell. I get to experience so many different types of boats, of all shapes and sizes and a little of what I like to call 'ownerisms'. I have met some wonderful people and have been privileged to be involved in the dreams of many customers who have become good friends.
Boatshed Performance is a specialist brokerage for the sale and purchase of custom built racing yachts (including Volvo 70s, Volvo 65s, 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).
We have now reached Oriental in North Carolina, which is about 20 nm from Beaufort, mile 205 on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). From Beaufort you can leave the ICW and go out in the Atlantic, which we’ve met several boats that do, and which we also consider doing ourselves. We don’t sail more than 4-5 knot an hour, and we normally don’t sail more than 5-6 hours a day. Miami is at mile 1085, so with 25 nm a day, it’s a long way to Miami!
We continue to expand our sales network, in the UK and around the world. Boatshed is a ‘joined-up’ sales organisation. A tremendous advantage of marketing a boat for sale with Boatshed is that an owner reaches well beyond the locality of the boat. Every user of Boatshed.com can view every boat across our entire network.
Anne Caseneuve on her Trimaran ANEO wins the Rhum class with a 2 day lead on her rivals. There's now a real fight for 2nd, 3rd, 4th place with Sir Robin on Grey Power currently lying in third place.
The Rhum class is going to prove an exciting finish. Anne Caseneuve is a clear leader now 600 miles ahead of her nearest competitor and if she can keep damage free, then she should win the Rhum class on her trimaran. Fighting for second place are 4 competitors including Sir Robin on Grey Power.Here are the rankings so far...
This week we have made our start at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which is the Americans’ opportunity to sail inside the Atlantic coastline from Norfolk in the Chesapeake Bay to Key West on the southern tip of Florida - a total of app. 1300 miles. From Norfolk, which is Mile Zero on the ICW, you can either sail through the Virginia Cut or through the beautiful Dismal Swamp Canal with the catchy slogan. “Do the Dismal”.
Loick Peyron who has won the Ultimate class for the 2014 Route Du Rhum with a new race record. Loick was the substitute Skipper who replaced Armel Le Cléac'h who was injured just prior to the race. He has dedicated the win to Banque Populaire's injured skipper who shared his strategies, technical data and practical tips when Loick took over the Banque Populaire for the race.
If people still believed that you would improve at your workplace by spending a challenging weekend in the woods, sleeping in bivouacs, and killing your own supper, cruisers should be at a premium at the labour market, when they return home. Sometimes it’s just like the challenges are lined up waiting for you to take care of it – also even though the challenges might be self-inflicted.
Conrad Humphreys the british Skipper from Plymouth, racing the Class 40 "Cat Phones" was making good progress, great speeds and caught up some miles, but then disaster struck when he was dismasted yesterday afternoon, putting him out of the race. A bitterly disappointed Conrad has received some diesel from a passing ship and is now heading for the Portuguese mainland.
We are really pleased to announce that the winners of the competition to win a Paddleboard at the recent Route Du Rhum event was won by...
Skippers and now getting into the rhythm at sea, sea sickness gone, first hot meals! Weather improving for the Ultimates. The Biscay and Portuguese Atlantic coast line is still seeing an unsettled south westerly airflow for the Class 40's, Rhum Class.
In the first three days about 15% of the race boats have entered port for repairs. Read the rules to understand what penalties they incur and how it works...
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.