Author: Pete Green

When the wind is in your hair, the sun is setting on the horizon and the yacht is gliding through the ocean, some want for nothing more than silence so as to absorb the atmosphere around them, whereas others like music to enhance the experience. Our yacht delivery skippers and crew cover millions of miles on a variety of boats and in...

As a professional yacht delivery company we come across boats in all states of repair and well maintained yachts bring comfort and reliability to the skipper and crew. A comprehensive off-season maintenance schedule may seem time consuming but it will generally cost you less in the long run. Using your winters wisely will help to ensure your summers are pleasurable...

As a seasoned victualler who has organised food on-board yachts from 25 foot to 100 foot, and from cross channel to round the world voyages, here are some top tips if you are given the unenviable duty of organising food for your next sailing adventure or yacht delivery. I actually enjoy the challenge of it, but if you don't I...

Enter the Halcyon Yachts photo competition for the chance to win a coveted Halcyon Yachts Jacket, worth over £150! Throughout the 2016 season we will be looking for photographs that capture the true essence of sailing. Whether you are on a trans Atlantic yacht delivery, a family cruise or a flotilla holiday, the Halcyon Yachts photo competition offers you the chance to...

Everyone has their own favourite meal on a boat, and everyone has a meal that brings back memories, good or bad. For example, I cannot drink tomato cup-a-soup or coffee whilst on a yacht delivery, but I can sink gallons of tea and mushroom cup-a-soup! Yacht delivery crew tend to be a little less fussy on a boat especially if...

Most of us now use smart phones and tablets on a daily basis. We take for granted using these items ashore for making calls, accessing the internet, playing games and generally helping to aid our busy lifestyles. It is not surprising therefore that the smart phone and tablet are becoming one of the most frequently used tools by yacht skippers...

Beta Centauri - The Voyager of Hadar Beta Centauri is a delightful and quite unique sailing film. For any sailor the film offers blissful escapism as you join Captain Dino Poulson and his young daughter Sasha on their adventure around the world. The film has clearly been made on a budget and some of the finesse that you'd expect from a professional...

It takes a very special kind of person to become a yacht delivery skipper. You must of course be an excellent sailor, both hugely experienced and knowledgeable. You must also be a good leader, excellent at communicating, inspiring, at one with the vessel and crew and calm under pressure. You need to be conscientious, careful, in tune with the conditions,...

 To set sail over the horizon, to spread your wings and explore, to see the world and to meet many new like minded people… Perhaps being a yacht delivery skipper is the ultimate job for any sailing enthusiast that likes to travel and wants to get paid to see the world! For anyone looking for a career in sailing there seems...

There are few things better in life than reading a good sailing book whilst sailing! To go off watch, curl up in a warm sleeping bag and read about your favourite sailing adventure is pure bliss. The background sounds of the wind in the rigging, the water lapping at the bow and the odd crackle of noise on the vhf...

Dylan Winter describes himself as "a witty old hack", he describes his boats as "unremarkable yachts", but he describes his country as "a most amazing island". For those of you who don't know Dylan, you simply should! He started out with £3000 in the bank, bought himself a 50 year old Mirror Offshore and set sail from Bembridge on the Isle...

Tim Griffin has been involved in boating for well over 30 years.  He has spent a lot of his time on various freshwater lakes and rivers, from running the Chattahoochee River in Georgia to jumping sandbars in Alaska.  He says that he has slowed down a bit now and enjoys the pleasures of sitting at anchor and watching the sun...

At Halcyon Yachts we are passionate about sailing and all things to do with the ocean. Over the years there has been a steady stream of nautical films released, some of which have been slated by professionals and film critics alike. It is clearly a difficult subject matter to film and as a professional sailor it can be frustrating at times...

We are often asked for advice regarding the equipment that is required to have on board a yacht. When conducting a yacht delivery we are always careful to ensure that there is sufficient equipment for the proposed passage.   The toolkit/spares can be as extensive as you wish as you never quite know what you might need. Here is our list of...

As the sailing season in Europe comes to an end, some lucky folk will be preparing to relocate their yachts to the Caribbean for the winter months. Autumn is a common time to set off, ideal for making the most of the Caribbean season, and leaving the wintery conditions of Europe behind.   On November 23rd 2014, around 250 yachts will be...

The condition of your rig is fundamental when considering any sea passage, but no more so than when undertaking a long offshore trip. At Halcyon Yachts offshore passages are second nature, many of our yacht deliveries cover thousands of miles. To ensure peace of mind during a yacht delivery we always check the rig for any wear or tear. There are several...

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of the United Kingdom. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. This year Halcyon...

Sailing has been instrumental in the development of human civilization. The earliest representation of a ship under sail appears on an Egyptian vase circa 3500 BC.   • Vikings sailed to North America approximately 1000 years ago. • Advances in sailing technology from the 15th century onward enabled explorers to make longer voyages into regions with more extreme weather and challenging climatic conditions. •...

Over the years Halcyon Yachts have assisted with yacht deliveries, both power and sail, to destinations all over the world. We have been involved with many different boats of all shapes and size!   As an extended service to our loyal clients we have compiled a short list of just a few yachts that we have been involved with that are currently...

Having sailed around the Isle of Wight more times than I can remember, I have decided to get a new perspective on the experience by walking the entire 70 mile coast path. To add to the challenge, and to emulate the spirit of sailing, I will be travelling with all I need to survive along the way - sleeping out...