07 Oct 2020

Happy Praises From the Happy People of Pingouin

Captain Mike Stewart completed a delivery of a Jeanneau 44i “Pingouin” from Lefkas, Greece to Gocek, Turkey. The client was so happy with his work and the service provided, they gave us this glowing testimonial:

We would like to thank you and your team for the excellent service. You have been very proactive and the captain Mike has done a great job. He even went an extra mile to explain the things to us, and patiently answered all our questions. We would like to definitely have him on our future needs.

Once again, we would like to sincerely thank you and the entire team. We will continue to be a loyal clients and will recommend you our friends.

Reliance could not have dreamed of receiving such high praises. We hope to make every client we work with feel as satisfied and well taken care of.

07 Oct 2020

I would sail 5000 miles and I would sail 5000 more!

The delivery of one Balance 526 catamaran is drawing to a close, as a Captain Dylan La Roux and his crew safely make their way to Caribbean shores. The boat began its journey in Cape Town, travelling over 5600nm to Grenada and its owner.

Despite the threat of hurricane season, Captain Dylan and his crew completed the transatlantic delivery in under 28 days. Their stats continue to impress as they averaged 201nm per day and just over 8 knots. The furthest they managed in one day was 239nm, often reaching 220nm; even on their slowest day they logged an impressive 169nm. Their top speed was a whopping 21 knots, all while under sail.

The delivery was not only speedy, however, but efficient too. Due to excellent wind conditions, the delivery only logged 40 hours on the motor. While the yacht’s solar panels charged the batteries so well, they only logged 70 hours on the generator as well.

Our captain and his crew could not have done a better job, delivering this state of the art catamaran safely and efficiently. We wish them all a safe trip home to Cape Town.

Many thanks to Balance Catamarans, we look forward to working with them more in the future. Check out our past deliveries of their boats here, and check out their own website here.

Check out these beautiful photos of the Balance 526 taken by the captain and crew.

16 Sep 2020

Tri-mendous work Karl and co!

Yesterday one of our captains, Karl Reed, picked up a Neel 47 trimaran from Baltimore. We shipped the boat across the Atlantic from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Karl will continue its journey, delivering the boat to Maine. The boat arrived safe and sound and we wish Karl a safe journey up the east coast.

Check out this video of the offloading process!

14 Sep 2020

A Mention In the Papers

The Observer Magazine published an article on Sunday concerning the sudden rise in orca activity in the Gibraltar Straits. Orca over the past year have been interacting with sailing yachts on increasingly fraught and sometimes violent terms, attacking rudders, keels and spinning boats in circles with crew unable to pacify or stop them.

Journalist Susan Smillie contacted Reliance Yacht Management after we post videos on social media of some of these orca encounters. She interviewed crew members Victoria Morris and Alfonso Gomez-Jordana Martin and managing director Nick Irving about their experiences.

Morris and Martin both give accounts of completely losing control of their delivery charges, spinning in the water and hearing the orca, deafening against the side of the hull. Interestingly, the orca seemed to only attack monohulls, leaving the catamarans we delivered through the Strait largely untouched.

Smillie brought sailors’ firsthand experiences into conversation with researchers, activists and scientists in an effort to try understand the orca behavior. But she found, ‘[t]here is one very unscientific phrase I hear repeatedly from several researchers: “Pissed off”. Researchers suggest to Smillie that while the Gibraltar Strait has for a long time now been busy with shipping traffic and fishing, the quietening effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and then the sudden reintroduction of noise and pollution triggered anger and perhaps even trauma in the orca, who in this generation are likely to have never experienced such silence.

The article ends with Nick expressing concerns to Smillie about whether he should be sending boats through the Strait, considering his responsibility and duty of care for crew and cargo alike. But the article implicitly demands what our duty of care is to the marine life in the Strait. Care for the environment has traditionally been seen as incompatible with modern life and free market capitalism. But as I read about the crowded and noisy Strait, where nets seem more common than the fish they’re trying to catch, I cannot help but be reminded of the orange, ashen skies that lie heavy on the American west coast right now. The erosion and historical oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas in pursuit of capital gain and conquest has never felt so glaringly obvious as wildfires rage along the coast. Local american governments now look to indigenous land practices in order to combat the fires, only pointing to the failure in abandoning them in the first place.

Smillie mentions the use of less intrusive traditional fishing practices in the Strait and Spanish conservation plan to reduce noise polluting activity to a minimum. This feels like the minimum that can be done for the orca right now. The need for marine life to thrive and flourish, does not stand in the way of successful business but is essential for it. Reckless free market capitalism no longer feels sustainable as a model for progress as burns in its name.

Go check out the article on the Guardian website here

14 Sep 2020

100,000 NM: Well done Captain Hanna Golebiewska!

One of our delivery captains, Hanna Golebiewska, reached the not insignificant milestone of 100,000 logged nautical miles this week. Well done Hanna!

Captain Golebiewska has been working with Reliance for over 5 years now, and within that time has worked across the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Caribbean seas. She has approximately 20 Atlantic crossings under her belt, according to our records!

To read more about Hanna and all her ventures (sailing and otherwise), check out her Reliance skipper profile here.

26 Aug 2020

Saba 50 Successfully Delivered

Captain Anthony le Feurve completed a successful delivery of a Saba 50 from La Rochelle to Trogir. The client was so happy with Anthony’s work that he commented:

The captain did a great job and the boat has been delivered like it’s fully new, you can be proud to work with this guy, their job to clean the boat was impressive.

We look forward to working with Ultra Sailing again in the future, and sharing Anthony’s expertise with clients to come.

13 Aug 2020

EUROSAF 2020 European Mixed Keelboat Championships – Captain Fundraiser

One of our very own captains, Conor Fogerty, along with his sailing partner Susan Glenny, will be representing Ireland in the EUROSAF 2020 European Mixed Keelboat Championships.

Despite all qualifying events being cancelled due to Covid-19, the duo are powering through with endorsements from Irish Sailing and other sponsors. Nonetheless, they are looking to increase their funding, in order to pay for insurance, entry fees and accommodation cost, amongst other things, through crowdfunding. If you would like to help to Conor and Susan’s endeavours, click here to donate.

Conor is an internationally renowned competitive sailor, having been voted the Irish Sailor of the Year in 2017, and competing in global offshore sailing events. Check out our exclusive interview with Conor last year about his many wins and working as a delivery captain: Where Are They Now: Conor Fogerty. 

22 Jul 2020

Privilege 64 “Allure” Launched

Last week we embarked on the delivery of a Privilege 64. Starting in Les Sables d’Olonne, fresh out the factory, we will take the boat to St.Thomas, USVI.

Check out this video to see the boat being launched.

Clips taken by our skipper, Nic Boutteloup, and then edited by the yacht’s owners, Shangri-La Charters.

04 Jun 2020

Shipping Rates

Yacht Shipping Rates

We can report this week that yacht shipping rates are finally stabilising after running for weeks at unprecedented and very high levels. The limited ability to move yachts on their own bottoms during the COVID19 crisis had limited client’s options with resulting shipping rates remaining high. We have seen examples of rates fluctuating and in some cases rising by more than 30% overnight.

Now more and more capacity is coming to the market, and we are seeing rates slow down and, in some cases, even reverse.

At Reliance Yacht Management we are monitoring shipping rates across the market. This allows us to make the best decisions on carriers and routes on behalf of our customers.

Nick Irving Reliance Yacht Management Founder says ‘seeing rates of Europe to Caribbean routes coming down will help all our fleet customers get back on track quicker and with many factories returning to production this week it all starts to point at normalising.’

With travel restrictions easing for professional yachtsmen, crewed deliveries are also normalising giving clients wider choices of options and budgets.

Our Reliance Yacht Management customers need to be decisive when we price Freight or Crewed rate as prices for shipping rates move really quickly and don’t hold.

No one really knows what the new normal is going to be. Reliance Yacht Management will continue as ever to strive for the best in yacht shipping and crewed deliveries.

Get in touch for quick quotes on all yacht deliveries.

02 Jun 2020

X46 Onnex Launched

X46 Onnex

When COVID19 means you can’t travel to see your yacht launched, Reliance Yacht Management can be there to record the event for you

Reliance Yacht Management delivered this beautiful X46 to Greece a few years ago. We have now been appointed again for its return delivery home to Finland. Our crews were there to see the launch and record it.