|Making the most of your Cruising Seasons|
How shipping your yacht can make a difference
Sevenstar's new all-in flexible transport package is optimized for world cruisers. Three cruising couples explain how transporting their yacht opened possibilities.Shipping home after crossing the Atlantic
"We had always been playing with the idea of a world cruise", says Annette, "and when Matthew was 7 years away from retirement we decided on a trial run: crossing the Atlantic and exploring the Caribbean". Annette and Matthew Wilson from Sussex are the proud owners of SY Cassiopeia, a 43 ft Hallberg Rassy. Toghether they have sailed most of Europe's West coasts since they bought their first yacht 36 years ago and when the children were still young the family yacht turned into a floating holiday home. Sailing trips were short, and as long as there was enough swimming and treasure hunting to be enjoyed, everybody on board was happy. Matthew adds, "We rented a Beneteau in the BVI's for a two week experience of tropical blue waters when the children were in their teens. The sailing holiday was unforgettable, but we missed the trusted comfort of our Cassiopeia".We longed for a real taste of world cruising and did not want to wait another 7 years
A little later, with the children at university and retirement 7 years away, the couple started seriously planning a cruise around the world. However, they both felt that they did not want to wait that long and decided on a shorter trip to get a real taste of world cruising. Matthew: "I was able to arrange 2,5 months off work for crossing the Atlantic and some proper sailing in the Caribbean".
Transporting the yacht back to England after the trip had always been part of the plan. Annette explains: "As Matthew could only get limited time off, sailing back home against the weather was out of the question. "Shipping our yacht allowed us to maximize our first trade winds experience and do some proper tropical water exploration in the BVI's.After 10 years at sea the grandchildren brought us home
Claude and Francine, a Swiss couple, can be considered serious world cruisers. "Being a successful stockbroker I decided 12 years ago that enough is enough", says Claude, "so I retired on my 50th birthday". Two years of planning saw the couple fulfilling their dream: sailing the world in their 58 ft aluminium ketch SY Trinity. Fast forward 10 years and we find Claude and Francine in Phuket, Thailand after serious blue water sailing and visiting every possible Pacific and Asian Island. Still happy and not yet done, some things have changed as their daughter gave birth to twins 6 months ago. "SY Trinity was in the Philippines at the time and I spent three months with our daughter in Switzerland" Francine says. She continues: "Claude decided to stay on board, managed to be online most of the time and enjoyed being a grandfather even without being there in person".Claude and Francine wanted to see their grand children grow up
Now in Phuket Claude and Francine both feel that they are missing seeing their grand children grow up. If the yacht would be back in the Med things would be easier visiting the kids regularly would be possible. They had visions of family holidays on board with granddad teaching the grandchildren how to sail in the small sailing dinghy they would buy for them. Claude smiles: "It didn't take long for us to decide to have the yacht transported to Turkey on the next sailing after the cruising season in Thailand".Cruising, the childrens' education and a job opportunity
It was a large crowd of friends and family standing on the docks of Vejle, Denmark to wave goodbye to Bjorn and Erika and their two kids Sven and Rick leaving for a circumnavigation on their 48 ft steel sloop rigged yacht SY Serenity. Erika tells us: "We were in our early forties and had been able to negotiate two years of leave without pay". Bjorn continues: "We thought it would be a great experience for the children too. The board of education of Denmark luckily agreed to Erika home schooling the children for the next two school years". After an uneventful Atlantic crossing and some great months in the Caribbean the family managed a stressful passage of the Panama Canal. After that the exotic islands of the Pacific turned out to be the great attraction of which they couldn't get enough. Erika: "There were even moments that the kids almost refused their daily school hours in order to play with local children on one of the exquisite islands that are in abundance in this part of the world".We ended up doing both: a perfect solution!
It was in New Zealand after 1,5 years of cruising that Bjorn and Erika knew it was decision time. Bjorn explains: "The children needed to go to a real school in about a year and Erika had been offered a job back home that would advance her career in a way she never thought would happen". Although none of the family members were done cruising they were facing a decision, as sailing on via Asia to the Med would take too much time (yes, they conceded having spent too many months in the Pacific). Bjorn: "After extensive discussions we agreed that there were two options available. Either break off our trip and have the yacht transported straight from New Zealand to Europe (Erika's wish at the time) or, and this had my preference, discharge in the Caribbean and do a trans-Atlantic crossing eastwards". Erika laughs: "We ended up doing both as we booked two transports: one from New Zealand to Panama leaving the yacht in the Caribbean for another cruising season, after which we shipped her home to Northern Europe. It was a perfect solution."
'ALL-IN FLEXIBLE YACHT TRANSPORT PACKAGE FOR WORLD CRUISERS'
Interview with Jan Maarten Boissevain, Sevenstar's Director of Sales, and Marieke Derks, 'representative' for Sevenstar Thailand & Malaysia.
When are sailings from Southeast Asia to the Med in 2016?
Why is a dedicated package necessary for world cruisers?
Are sailings guaranteed?
Do you take sailing yachts with standing rigging?
All inclusive pricing: can clients be sure all costs are included?
How flexible is the transport, what is the 'rollover' option?
Pantaenius insures the yacht during transport?
Sounds like your service is "hassle free", what about customs clearance?
What local support do you give?
What about VAT in Europe?
Sevenstar Yacht Transport , Thailand & Malaysia, Phuket. Marieke Derks
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