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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...

It was a warm summer afternoon, the calm Cornish coastline was a welcome sight after 4 days of non-stop sailing from The Mersey. I went to my bunk, finally off watch, smiling in the knowledge that home was just around the corner. In an instant everything changed, the gentle lapping waves were drowned out by the most ferocious roar; I...

Rustler 42 - 'Artemis of Alloa' Guernsey to Gosport - Owner assisted yacht delivery [caption id="attachment_1403" align="aligncenter" width="180"] By Yacht Delivery Skipper - Mark Blakey - Ocean Yacht Master[/caption] It was 5 am, a good hour and a half before sunrise, some shallow draft yachts were beginning to escape over the bar of Victoria marina as the rising tide opened up access...

Purchasing a yacht involves a significant investment. When purchasing commercial property, drafting a legal contract or keeping financial records for a multi-million pound business, the services of professionals are often sought. Whether you need an estate agent, a chartered accountant, a lawyer or other professional, complex and large investments require specialised advice and services. Buying a yacht is no different....

I recently had the pleasure of chartering one of the 4 berth cabin yachts from the famous Hunters Yard in Ludham. What might seem like a busman's holiday was actually far from it… Hunters Yard offers "The authentic 1930's broads sailing experience" and I can confirm it was exactly that! With no engine or electrics, the traditional gaff rig and quant...

The aptly named director of Halcyon Yachts, Pete Green, has recently furthered his commitment to environmental issues by implementing a new policy which his skippers and crew must adhere to. The new policy includes guidelines regarding fuelling, waste disposal and general conduct when both at sea and ashore.     Peter Green says "I believe that all sailors have a responsibility to protect...

Friend of Halcyon Yachts, Steve Aston, is now running a 50 ft charter yacht in the Greek Islands. Steve initially came into contact with us when he helped deliver a new powerboat from the Southampton boat show to Monaco. He impressed us with both his seamanship skills and his ability to entertain! He is a great cook and a wonderful host...

Visit My Harbour has been providing free pilotage and sailing directions for 100's of UK harbours, rivers and estuaries for the last four years. The owner, Steve Bryant, says "Think of it as a cross between a pilot book and an almanac, but online and free to use. As we don't have any adverts we can be totally objective, particularly with...

We recently delivered a new Hanse 385 from Hamble to Ipswich. Having waited at home for a few days for the weather to settle (Gusting Force 8) we joined the yacht on Monday the 18th of March. Unfortunately by this point the wind had dropped right down to almost nothing - it was going to be motor sailing at best… We...

This April we will be conducting the delivery of a further 8 yachts to the Adakoy Beachclub, near Marmaris, in Turkey. Our yacht delivery service is second to none and we regularly receive repeat custom from our satisfied clients. Neilson Adakoy occupies a tranquil private waterfront on Adakoy Island, in a protected natural park. As the only hotel on Adakoy island,...

Sailing Rallies are offering a new and exciting alternative to the ARC.   The Christmas Caribbean Rally will depart from Lanzarote on the 16th of December and the fleet will sail to Antigua in the Caribbean. The thinking behind this new alternative to the Atlantic Rally Cruise is that by the middle of December the trade winds are often more established, the risk...

We were pleased to organise a Photograph and Limerick competition for our friends at the YBW (Yachting and Boating World) forum. Amongst stiff competition the winning photograph was taken by FlowerPower (who has been sent two free tickets):  Our favourite Limerick was by KevO (who has been sent one free ticket): We went out and we bought an old trailer...

We are extremely pleased to announce that this year we have once again been contracted to deliver both new power boats and sailing yachts from the Southampton Boat show. The yachts will be going to their new homes in the UK and abroad. We are very used to the challenges of delivering new vessels, and our meticulous and thorough approach ensures...

Book your tickets in advance for the 2012 PSP Southampton Boat Show from only £12*, plus kids go free†. To book visit the website http://www.southamptonboatshow.com or call 0871 230 7140* and quote promotional code EX12. A fee of £1.75 applies per transaction, not per ticket when booking in advance. *Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras. Mobile and other providers' charges may vary. Limited ticket offer...