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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.
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.
To get to Washington D.C. by boat, you need to sail about a 100 nautical miles up the Potomac River and the same 100 nautical miles down again to get back. If you leave the boat in Baltimore or Annapolis instead, it will take you only an hour by bus or train to get there.
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 official opening of the Route du Rhum event in St Malo started today.
We safely tied up around 09:15 am 22nd October - one hour after sunrise. The last 9 hours found us trying to dodge storm cells, with strong winds invisibly shifting and driving Angel Louise in acceleration with mighty gusts on her head sail at times. The worst squalls happened sometime between 01.00 and 02.00 as we were off Porto Santo - inside of the 20 mile radar and vision of the lights and loom of Porto Santo.
The brief was easy.....Go to St Malo and exhibit Boatshed's talents at the Route du Rhum Ocean Race.....
Even though it was a bit wistful to leave New York after three fantastic months there, we were excited to set off, and Henrik was especially excited to go sailing again. On a sunny Sunday morning we left New York and sailed with the current out into the heavy traffic south of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty, where we both had to pinch our arms, imagine sitting on your own boat below the Statue of Liberty!
We have now reached the end of our summer stay in New York. For little over three months we have belonged on a mooring on the Hudson River, and it’s been an incredible experience, but now we are also ready now to move on and see new things – and Henrik is also looking forward to start sailing again.
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.
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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.