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Minka Armitage, Halcyon Yacht Deliveries Assistant Operations Manager, tells us a bit more herself and shares a few sailing stories. Where did you grow up? I was born in The Netherlands. I spent some of my early childhood on board a small ship, but have lived most of my life in Cowes, Isle of Wight. My Father was a Captain on cargo...

Delivering dreams Working with Halcyon Yachts as a yacht delivery skipper can never be described as dull. Until the Coronavirus lockdowns, they've kept me very busy with some exceptional trips with destinations all over the globe, from Bora Bora, to the Baltic and from Mexico to the Med. When a call came in to fit in a quick delivery between two already...

Phil Wood, Halcyon Yacht Deliveries Sales and Operations Manager takes a break to tell us a bit about himself and share a few salty tales.   Where did you grow up? Although I was born in Wolverhampton and spent a few years in Tamworth which I think is the most diametrically distance-opposed town to the sea in the UK, we moved to Cornwall...

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas present for a sailor? Here we look at 10 of the most interesting practical and indispensable knick-knacks that even the most gadget-happy yachtie in your life may not yet have. Floating Key Fob - A must for anyone who spends time around the water, this is a quick and cheap stocking filler. The simplest...

Whether you've been cooped up all day, need to walk the ship's dog, or fancy a well earned pint, here's a run-down of some anchorages with a walk to eight of the finest pubs around Falmouth and the Helford.   A few of these walks are tide dependent, if the tides are fully neap you will have access all day, the exception...

One of our yacht delivery skippers has recently fallen in love with sailing in the Arctic Circle. Although it is not a place we typically think of when planning our summer cruise, Michele is now on a mission to share his passion with like-minded sailors. Michele was first inspired when he joined a 2-month expedition in 2018. He sailed from Cowes...

When I talk to people about yacht delivery, they often ask, "What is your favourite type of yacht?" or "What has been your best yacht delivery ever?" These are such hard questions to answer. With all the yachts we deliver, we develop a lasting fondness. As one of the leading yacht delivery companies in Europe, we are privileged to sail a...

Becoming an excellent yacht skipper is not an easy task. Being a yacht skipper involves a wide and diverse range of skillsets.  These skills take time to learn and very few people will master them all. At Halcyon Yachts we are lucky to have some of the best yacht delivery skippers in the industry. Our skippers have all gained numerous qualifications...

What can we do? Plastic pollution is reaching epidemic proportions. Current estimates suggest that as much as 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. This equates to one truckload every minute. As a sailor and outdoor enthusiast, I find it disgraceful to see so much plastic in our oceans and on our beaches. The environment that we...

There is something about the allure of the oceans that keeps sailors coming back for more. Whether we are on a long transatlantic yacht delivery or a short hop across the English Channel, being on the water provides us with a deep satisfaction that is hard to put into words. It is this feeling that fuels our passion and dedication...

From raging storms crashing on to bleak rocky headlands to tranquil bays with crystal clear water lapping over white sand, the beauty and mystery of our oceans have long fascinated artists far and wide. Carolyn Tyrer, a keen artist and sailor, is no exception. Carolyn says "My inspiration for painting the sea and boats comes from my love of sailing. The...

It was a last-minute decision, but it was one that opened a whole new world to me. Before I knew it, I was on a yacht in Bermuda headed across the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Chichester, England. Three months later, I've got half a dozen Halcyon deliveries under my belt and the benefits of joining in with a yacht delivery...

As a yacht delivery company, we deliver sailing yachts and motorboats to various destinations all over the world. One of the main reasons for people to have a yacht delivered is so that they can explore and experience a new region. Whether you are seeking a warmer climate, remote wilderness, cultural diversity, local cuisine, epic landscapes or incredible wildlife there...

Crossing Biscay is never a small undertaking. It is a notorious sea area, very open to large Atlantic swells and with steep underwater shelving, the sea can be turbulent at the best of times. We were asked to assist the proud new owner of a beautiful new Lagoon 42 with the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Lisbon. At Halcyon Yachts...

Christmas is a time for giving, but what to buy the sailing fanatic in your life? Halcyon Yachts is here to help with 10 great ideas.   Halcyon Yachts have delved deep into Santa's sack and found some interesting and unique gift suggestions. Top ten Christmas Presents for a Sailor:   1. Rum - the sailors Tipple. Every sailor drinks Rum, don't they? If it's...

Following on from our Top 5 tips for crossing the Atlantic blog, we have been looking at how to keep your crew entertained on a long passage such as a Trans-Atlantic. Everyone has their own views on what makes crew happy whilst sailing, and a Skippers job of keeping a cohesive team unit focused on the goal of getting the yacht...

Superyacht quality and finishing at 42 feet The latest yacht delivery to be undertaken by Halcyon Yachts was to be thoroughly enjoyable and a very comfortable trip. The delivery was of a new Rustler 42 from Falmouth to Southampton in time for the 2017 Southampton Boatshow. Rustler Yachts will be exhibiting the yacht and promoting their brand at the luxury end...

I think we would all agree that a yacht should be well organised, clean and prepared for the passage ahead. When sailing on a journey that takes you offshore or on an overnight trip it is absolutely crucial to establish an effective watch system early on in the journey. A fair and well thought out watch system will help the...

Buying a new yacht is a big decision. Whether buying new or second hand, power or sail, the initial outlay and ongoing costs will no doubt make it one of your biggest and most important investment decisions ever.  The process should be an exciting and fulfilling experience and the satisfaction and pride of owning your own vessel can be truly amazing.  Owning a boat will...

It's a little-known fact that anyone regardless of age or experience can buy a yacht and go sailing without any formal training. This is the same whether it be a little sports-boat, day boat or a 150 foot Superyacht. It's not like a car where you must pass a driving test before you can legally drive on your own. Although in...