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Hurricane Irma Damages Yacht Charter Fleets

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The Caribbean yacht charter industry is used to dealing with the hurricanes that batter their islands every Autumn. To cope they take their large fleets to "hurricane holes" where the mangroves protect the yachts from the worst of the wind and waves. Paraquita Bay is a popular hole. This is where The Moorings and Sunsail take their large cat fleets for protection. Unfortunately Irma battered her way through Paraquita Bay and has caused what surely must be millions of dollars worth of damage ...
Wednesday 6th September 2017

Shoe Dog

Bill Gates recommended that I read Shoe Dog. I read Shoe Dog. It is the autobiography of Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, and is a compelling story about how a student from humble beginnings set up what is now the world's largest athletic shoe manufacturer. The main thing that I found striking as I read the book was that it was a company that struggled to pay its bills for many decades. Their sales kept growing until they had millions of dollars of turnover each year but there was a cons...
Tuesday 5th September 2017

Customer Tweets Tesla for New Feature and Elon Delivers

It is refreshing to see social media used correctly by a large company. Many times replies to suggestions that customers make on Twitter are bland or politely worded excuses. I have a lot of respect for the can do attitude of Elon Musk at Tesla and his reply to a Tweet on August the 19th has reinforced my opinion that he is refreshingly proactive. Paul Franks Tweeted "@elonmusk can you guys program the car once in park to move back t...
Thursday 24th August 2017

Edinburgh Yachtsman Wins YJA Yachtsman of the Year

Congratulations to the novice deaf sailor from Edinburgh, Gavin Reid, who won the prestigious YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2016. Gavin beat off many of his yachting heroes to win the award for his bravery when he volunteered to leave the safety of the Clipper yacht he was crewing on out in the south Pacific ocean to swim to another yacht, scale the swinging mast and rescue a crew member that was tangled in the rigging.
Thursday 12th January 2017

Bearded Adventurer Undertakes First LEJOG Sailing Record

One of my modern day heroes is the bearded adventurer Sean Conway because of his inspiring "can do" attitude. When he thinks about a challenge he then rapidly gets on and does it. This has culminated in him being the first person to complete a length of Britain triathlon. He's not sailed much though. Infact I venture a guess that he has swam further than he has sailed. That's about to change though. He's teamed up with experienced racers Phil Sharp and Alex Alley. They will set off up th...
Thursday 3rd December 2015

Charter Yacht Breaks Another Transatlantic Record

Congratulations to the crew of Leopard which was the first yacht to finish the ARC race with an astonishing time of 8 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes over the 2,700 nautical mile course. In doing so it has beaten the previous record by almost 55 hours. Leopard is now the holder of four transatlantic records. What I find most impressive about these achievements is that Leopard can be switched from being a record breaking racer to a luxury charter yacht by swapping her spinnaker for a lightwei...
Friday 5th December 2014