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08 Dec 2020

Privilege 64 delivered to St. Thomas, USVI

Last week Captain Nic Boutteloup and his crew safely delivered the Privilege 64 catamaran “Allure” from Les Sables d’Olonne, Frnace to St. Thomas, USVI.

The yacht is now available for charter in the Caribbean, complete with a onboard captain, steward and a luxurious menu! Check out Allure’s website here. For charter enquiries and the charter captain, check out his website here.

The owner commended our services and says that she will use them again next year when the boat will hopefully be available for charter in the Mediterranean.

Check out photos taken by the captain and crew while on delivery.

08 Dec 2020

Delivery Skippers Moonlight as Santa’s Elves

It’s that time of year again where the Great Wrapping Debates dominate discussion. Are you a traditionalist, wrapping indiscriminately regardless of edge or lack thereof? Do you prefer a sleek gift bag option? Or maybe like a shopping centre Santa’s grotto, you wrap perfect square boxes with gifts nestled inside.

For a delivery skipper, these are not just seasonal questions but daily questions. Our skippers work day in day out to deliver boats to clients in such immaculate condition you would never know they had just sailed 5000nm. Now ’tis the season, they can show off their skills to their loved ones.

Check out some of the brilliant wrapping and the extreme lengths our captains go to to make sure your boat is delivered safe and sound.

03 Dec 2020

2020: A Year At Reliance

An Eventful Year at Reliance

2020 has been an interesting year, not least for Reliance Yacht Management. But despite all the travel restrictions, despite the hairpin changes to policy, despite working through a global pandemic, Reliance has continued to deliver.

While owners have been unable to travel to their boats due to travel restrictions, Reliance has delivered their boats to them, creating innovative solutions to new challenges. Also, global yacht sales have continued to thrive this year, as we continue to deliver new boats from factories all over the world.

In arts and culture news, one of our skippers published a book this year! Captain Robin Kenny tells tales from his life on the high seas and all the people he met along the way. Check out our review here and purchase the book here.

Continuing Success

We have delivered an unprecedented amount of vessels this year in the Mediterranean, but we’ve also seen an increase in the number of deliveries around the North Sea and the British Isles. Some have been rather more exciting than others, check out our article on Captain Clive Lonsdale‘s daring rescue in the Solent, also covered by the Yacht Brokers here.

Speaking of the Mediterranean, Reliance skippers were involved in a very exciting news story about the increased presence of orcas in the Med. Journalist Susan Smillie spoke to marine activists and scientists, who speculated that the increased presence of fishing and marine traffic triggered the abnormal orca behavior. Read more about the story here and here.

We also saw an increase in demand for owner assisted passages and training this year, with assisted passages from France to Ireland, Portugal and across the South French Coast. One of our clients made a video of his experience on an owner assisted passage, which you can check out here. If you would like to find out more about assisted passages, check out our articles here and here.

One of our specialisms is transatlantic crossings, and we have continued to deliver this year. We have relocated yachts from Europe to Florida, Texas, California, Maine, USVI and BVI, amongst others. Check out our article on the launching of a new Privilege 64, which safely arrived in St. Martin last month, thanks to Captain Nic Boutteloup. One of the most exciting transatlantic crossings this year was with Captain Dylan La Roux, who delivered a Balance 526, straight from the factory in St. Francis, South Africa, to Grenada. Check out our article on the delivery here, and Dylan’s achievements in speed and efficiency. We also delivered one of the first models of the new Lagoon 65, check out the video below made by one of our brilliant crew members.

Happy Christmas from Reliance Yacht Management

Overall, Reliance has had another great year, relocating and managing yachts all over the world. Reliance has always valued safety above all else, and this year has been no exception. We have ensured that every one of our crew has had a Covid-19 test before delivery. Our captains are renowned for their level of professionalism, cleaning yachts from head to hull, port to starboard, aft to foredeck, and this year has been no exception. We have made sure to go above and beyond with exceptionally thorough cleaning, safety protocol and checks. Check out our clients’ testimonials here on our new About Us page.

From all of us here at Reliance Yacht Management, captains, crew and us here in the office, we wish you a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We look forward to working with our valued clients and meeting new ones in the year to come.

01 Dec 2020


‘the comments of [the customer] regarding your skipper were very positive and he was very happy with his performance.’

Lagoon 42, Les Sables, France to Lisbon, Portugal, Sea Way

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.

Jeanneau 44i, Lefkas to Gocek, Adam

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.

Saba 50, La Rochelle, France to Trogir, Croatia, Ultra Sailing

Cpt. Justin was a true professional in every sense of the word. His knowledge, expertise and skill were above reproach; coupled with his attitude and demeanor, he is a credit to your company. The mate Fabio was the perfect complement to Justin. I strongly recommend you endeavor to keep both in your employ, focused on delivery with owners on board.

Lagoon 46, Puerto Rico to Jacksonville, Fl., Stephen

Captain Hoiem is absolutely stellar in every respect. Astounding professionalism. He inspires confidence. Kenneth Hoiem is a superstar!! Can’t thank you enough!!

Saba 50, Guadeloupe to Fort Lauderdale,  Fl., Jeffrey

The people responsible for sailing my treasured yacht to me. Once again, thank you. What’s more you provided valuable information based upon your knowledge and expertise…I simply could not be happier with the fact that it was you…caring for my yacht. Nick has been super responsive to my questions and requests…Sorry you could not witness my joy walking onto a “cleaned delivered” yacht…I assure you the thrill and happiness are there.

Fountaine Pajot 40, La Rochelle, France to St. Martin, Michael

enjoyed working with you and Nicolas… was a pleasure to work with you

Nautitech 46s, La Rochelle, France to Tortola, Randy

your skipper was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled, and always represented Reliance in a professional manner

Lagoon 42, Portugal to Marsh Harbour, the Bahamas, Michael

From the moment I spoke to Nick, I sensed that he was a trustworthy, competent individual with a lot of experience….From the beginning, Nick went beyond the call of duty to ensure that the issues caused by my previous skipper were addressed, and he quickly provided a highly-qualified crew to handle the delivery…I will definitely use him for future deliveries, because honestly, the process couldn’t have gone more smoothly once he was involved. Thanks Nick, you are a consummate professional who turned a very stressful situation into a pleasurable experience, and I really appreciate your help.

Lagoon 450, Les Sables, France to Tortola, Dave

Just to let you know she is on docks safe and sound and she is beautiful, the crew have delivered her  immaculately clean and tidy which is a wonderful thing. Usually they turn up very dirty! So thank you to your team looks like a great delivery thank you.

Lagoon 450, Les Sables, France to the British Virgin Islands, BVI Yacht Charters

VSV team want to outline Captain Andy Mallion’s professionalism as skipper for this shipment.

From his very first moments aboard until the very last ones Andy has proved us being highly dedicated to deliver this new sailboat in as best condition as possible.

We thank you also Nick for your great coordination job and look forward to doing more business with you in a near future.

Bali 4.5, South France to BVI, Vacances Sous Voiles

Captain Nic Boutteloup is a first class delivery captain and I’d highly recommend him to anyone for a delivery. I was especially pleased to see that he took care of the boat as if it was his own and would deliberately slow his delivery time to avoid pushing the boat more than it should be.

The thoroughness of his delivery report…was exactly what I was hoping for. Nick, if you every need a recommendation for your company or this particular delivery crew; I’d be happy to provide one.

Sunreef 74, Poland to Fort Lauderdale, Client of The Catamaran Company

Business is all about trust so when you know you have a “partner” you can rely on; it makes the job a lot easier. It allows us to concentrate on our strengths and know that Reliance are taking care of their end. Their communication with us is exemplary. When problems arise, as they have a habit of doing, we are informed quickly, efficiently and with proposed solutions. That’s people working together, not simply trying to blame others or to cover their asses.

Hugh Murray, President, The Catamaran Company

It is very important to have reliable, professional and expert captains on the boat because delivery process of new boats, catamarans and motor boats, brings a lot of challenges during handovers and also during navigation. Only experienced and professional captains are able to handle that challenges completely independently. With Reliance, we are completely confident that each job will be completed as agreed. Timely, safe and reliable vessel delivery is of the highest significance in maintaining our image as the trustworthy partner before our clients and on the market in general.

Nautika Centar NAVA

The captain is very good and excellent professional. We would highly recommend him…..We would be happy to cooperate with you in the future.

Beneteau 50.5, Turkey to Greece, Discover Yachting

‘Superb customer service. Extremely professional and diligent. Great combination of personal contact (at least by email) and live technology tracking (GPS). Great to receive pictures and updates posted directly by the Captain. I’m extremely pleased, so a big Thank You to you and the rest of the Team.’

Lagoon 380, France to Tortola

Thank you for selecting a very capable Captain for us!  The Captain and his mate left our boat very clean!  And since it had just been commissioned, I am willing to bet he had to do some cleaning before leaving Delaware! I really appreciate all that you have done for us! Our boat would still be in Gocek without all your work!!

Sunsail F40, Gocek to Istanbul, Turkey to Delaware to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Anita

Hanna Golebiewska was the captain of the crew that sailed our new Lagoon 450 this winter. The boat arrived safely and in excellent condition.

Although Hanna has the strength of personality to be in command of her crew, she also possesses kindness and warmth. She is very accommodating and frugal, and does not compromise on safety issues. She is also extremely clean, keeping surfaces on the boat covered and protected from wear and tear, and using only what was absolutely necessary. Even when two tiny stove knobs were damaged accidentally, she made sure to purchase new ones when she returned to France, and personally delivered them to us on her next crossing.

Lagoon 450, La Rochelle, France, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Brian and Carol

Best Delivery Crew Ever. Theses guys stay on the boat for few days and clean the boat, topside and even did the stainless polish. Thing I have not seen from a delivery crew for long time.

Lagoon 39, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. to BVI, Didier

25 Nov 2020

A Successful Partnership with Sea Way

After working with Sea Way on a recent delivery to Lisbon, we received a glowing testimony from Commercial Director Hugo Rodrigues on Captain Lionel Le Brenn. He said that,

‘the comments of [the customer] regarding your skipper were very positive and he was very happy with his performance.’

Regarding our operational team, Hugo also praised our ‘excellent’ service and spoke of plans for future collaborations.

We look forward to working more with Sea Way in the near future.

Sea Way is the official distributor of Lagoon, Jeanneau and Prestige yachts in Portugal. They also provide specialized and bespoke yacht services, including engine service, carpentry and electrical installation, amongst others, from their base in Lisbon. Check out more of their work by clicking here.

The client was very positive and he was very happy with the skipper’s performance.

04 Nov 2020

Captain to the Rescue!

Not your usual wake up call! Reliance Captain, Cive Lonsdale received a call from the Coast Guard in the Solent in the small hours of the morning. They asked him to help rescue a yacht drifting into the shipping lanes. The yacht’s motor had failed and it was was unable to get itself back on course.

The Captain reported:

0240 this morning requested by Solent coast guard to alter course and assists a 35ft yacht Caprice with engine trouble drifting into the separation zone SW of Dungeness.  Have Caprice in tow eta Eastbourne 0700. All ok sea state good. Might be able to leave him at anchor off Eastbourne as marina mot open till 0900. If not I have offered to tow him to Brighton. Will update shortly.

The recuse went smoothly with a calm sea and an easy tow to Eastbourne.

Captain Clive Lonsdale was in the middle of delivering a Nauticat 35 from Chatham, Kent to Noss-on-Dart before he was called to act by the Coast Guard at 3am this morning. He updated us again as the morning progressed:

Just been updated. Eastbourne closed to Covid. We’ve been asked to tow her to Newhaven 11nm approx 2.5 hrs around Beachy Head

Due to Covid-19, and the new impending lockdown in England, the situation proved uncertain as Captain Clive and all in tow (if you pardon the pun) have had to continue onto Newhaven. The final update from the Captain came in the later half of the morning as Clive confirmed,

Have handed over the tow to Newhaven lifeboat.  All very grateful and were back on course.

Eta pm tomorrow

With the adrift boat safely in good hands at Newhaven, Clive and his crew have continued on their journey across the UK South Coast. With an estimated arrival time of tomorrow, they acted professionally, heroically, and took everything in their stride.

Just a normal day in the life of Reliance Yacht Management and its crew. We wish Clive, his crew, and the unfortunate boat, a safe onward journey.

30 Oct 2020
Lagoon 450

Lagoon 65 Launched!

Reliance Yacht Management had the privilege of sailing the brand new Lagoon catamaran, the ‘Lagoon Sixty 5’. Transferring the yacht straight from the factories in Bordeaux, Reliance crew brought the boat to its public debut in Barcelona this month.

Check out this beautiful video made by one of our very own crew members, Andrew Barnes, showcasing the new boat in all its glory.

Andrew is planning on making another video for the boat’s second delivery to its final destination in Split, Croatia. Stay tuned for further details.

21 Oct 2020

Review: The Sea, Jimmy Beerkeg and Me by Robin Sheldon Kenny

One of our very own skippers, Robin Kenny, has published a book! A collection of short travelogues, the book is inspired by Kenny’s career working in yacht delivery, and all the people and places encountered along the way. We follow Kenny from his sailing debut on a square-rigged, ‘adventure of a lifetime’ transatlantic trip, through to the experienced, if slightly weathered, yacht captain he is today.

The Sea, Jimmy Beerkeg and Me by Robin Sheldon, source Amazon UK

Kenny follows in the great tradition of travel writers, approaching the new and unknown with a dry humour and genial outlook. He attempts to occupy the role of bemused writer, watching wryly from a distance, but is repeatedly dragged back into the salty fray. However, this is also what sets Kenny’s work apart. Underscored by necessity, he balances the wonders of sailing with the banality of cleaning, faulty engines and difficult co-workers. But it works in tandem, throwing each into relief to highlight how incredible the life of a delivery skipper is, as much it is dangerous and sometimes boring.

Amongst the ever-changing world of yacht delivery stands the constant of Jimmy Beerkeg. Kenny’s mate and a slightly mythic figure, Jimmy provides commentary without giving any, raising his eyebrows where appropriate, drily informing ‘skip’ of engine failures and phantom torpedoes. He is stoic figure with an indefatigable approach towards culinary experimentation and one of the highlights of the book. In the eye of the storm stands Jimmy, confirming its madness as much as he is essential to its internal logic.

We are given an inside glance into the unique world of those working behind the scenes of paradise, and the places holidaymakers and yacht owners rarely visit. Kenny’s description of the Azores, at once the Atlantic’s best kept secret, as it is a necessary layover for travellers, encompasses the book’s overall tone. A brief trip into Namibia for an injured crew member after sailing out of Cape Town; and the infamous Pusser’s bar in Tortola mark some of the greatest hijinks, but without romanticism. Kenny’s travels are largely dictated by necessity, the places visited are a sign of engine failure more so than a completed delivery. The amount of towns he recommends off the coast of northern Spain and Portugal, perhaps a testament to the unforgiving nature of the Bay of Biscay.

Kenny meets people from all walks of life, their connection to sailing as varied as they are questionable. From cowboy owners who consider transatlantic journeys dignified fishing trips, to crew members traumatised by their time working on superyachts, Kenny meets all with an openness that characterises those who regularly grace marinas and ports across the globe. Even ‘the office’ is enigmatically, if not briefly, mentioned a couple of times – we can only hope Kenny is referring to us here at Reliance!

Whether you have logged a respectable number of nautical miles yourself or are toying with a distant dream on the horizon, this book will thoroughly entertain and inspire all who are interested in sailing. Tales of the high seas from a true industry professional, The Sea, Jimmy Beerkeg, and Me is worthwhile read.

The Sea, Jimmy Beerkeg and Me by Robin Sheldon Kenny is now available at Amazon UK.

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.

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