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Sunsail Events team awarded ISO2012-1 certificate

We are thrilled to announce that our Portsmouth Events team have been recognised for their continued focus on sustainability, as they were recently awarded an ISO 20121 certificate by BSI.

The ISO 20121 is a management system designed to promote sustainability, helping organisations in the events industry to make their event related activities, products and services more sustainable. It is an internationally-recognised system that demands companies adhere to each of a very strict and thorough list of requirements before becoming certified.

The ISO 20121 certificate is awarded to events organisations that are financially successful, socially responsible and dedicated to cutting their environmental footprint.

Collecting the certificate on the pontoon at our Portsmouth base, Simon Boulding, Sunsail Events Director, had the following to say:

“We at Sunsail are dedicated to making all of our events as successful, safe and environmentally sound as possible, as shown by our partnership with the Green Blue, whose initiatives we are proud to support. This certificate recognises the Portsmouth team’s superb work behind the scenes in creating a series of successful, popular, exciting and sustainable events. Long may this continue!”

To book an event in our matched fleet of Sunsail First 40s, call our Events team on 02392 222221, or email events@sunsail.com .

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Sunsail launch new flagship catamaran

Sunsail are incredibly excited to unveil the newest addition to its fleet of catamarans.

Meet the Sunsail 454.

 

Designed by Robertson & Caine, the ground-breaking Sunsail 454 combines all the effortless fun of modern catamaran sailing with unmatched speed, stability and space.

"Sunsail continues to challenge us to be at the forefront of yachting innovation by balancing what charter guests want with heightened sailing performance," said John Robertson, of Robertson & Caine. 

"The new 454 catamaran is a spectacular addition to the Sunsail fleet," said Scott Farquharson, Sunsail General Manager.  "The design is clearly still signature Robertson & Caine, but the sleeker silhouette and refined interior create a new level of on-the-water experience. This is a sharp looking and incredible performing boat!"

The exterior styling has evolved to a sharper, more angular look, topped by a sleek new deck hardtop, which extends from aft to forward cockpit. The stepped hull design dramatically improves performance, making for a fast, efficient boat, with even more space than its predecessors.

The interior refinements are where the Sunsail 454 really stands apart from the competition. Natural light now floods the interior. The hull windows are much larger than on previous models, and an overhead skylight has been added to the saloon.

"We sail in some of world's most gorgeous destinations and now our guests will be able to view them from 360 degrees, whether on deck or below" said Farquharson.

All cabins are large and spacious, each featuring en-suite shower rooms with separate heads, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 10 passengers.

The Sunsail 454 will debut in Annapolis at the U.S. Sail Boat Show, and be available for charters in the British Virgin Islands and St. Martin from autumn 2016. The yacht will then arrive in Croatia and Greece for the start of the Mediterranean 2017 season, before being rolled out to Sunsail bases around the world.

To book a charter on the new Sunsail 454, call 03303321503.

For more information, visit our yacht pages

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Sunsail gear up for Southampton Boat Show 2016

Southampton Boat Show 2016

Sunsail are preparing for an action-packed Southampton Boat Show 2016, with a full week of competitions, special guests and networking receptions, as well as the chance to grab our brand new 2017 brochure and get to grips with it over a glass of wine. Our Holiday Planners will be on hand to answer any questions and help you plot your next exciting adventure.

The Sunsail gutter boat regatta will run all week, with prizes including a Sunsail holiday. So save some puff, choose between mono and multihull and race for the chance to earn bragging rights and win a week in the sun.

Other things to look forward to:

  • Visits from our fantastic ambassadors Dee Caffari and Helena Lucas, who will be on hand for chats, selfies and autographs.
  • Visits from the BVI and Bahamas Tourist Boards, who will be happy to give you expert advice on some of our most sought-after destinations.
  • A chance to get out on the water with our Events team.

Our new 2017 brochure will be hot off the presses, and contains an exclusive booking discount for those who come to see us at the show. We can even get you discounted boat show tickets unique only to Sunsail customers. Click on the link below and type in the special code ‘EPTOFWRZ6Y’ to obtain it.

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Sunsail's 500,000th Solent customer

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Sunsail have been a mainstay of the Solent sailing scene for over 25 years, running sailing schools, bareboat charters, and corporate events and getting thousands of people out on the water.

Our 500,000th customer recently set sail from our revered UK training base in Port Solent.

We would like to say congratulations to Mr Richard Hurley from Deloitte, who helped us pass this impressive milestone, stepping aboard as our half a millionth UK customer.

Mr Hurley raced on one of our matched Sunsail First 40 yachts in the Sunsail Class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. To mark the occasion, British Sailing Team hero Helena Lucas MBE and Sarah Dhanda from the British Marine Foundation presented Mr Hurley with a 30th Anniversary limited edition Crewsaver life jacket and bottles of Chilgrove Gin and Tinwood Estates sparkling wine.

Here’s to the next half a million and beyond!

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British Travel Awards nomination 

Sunsail have been nominated in the British Travel Awards in the ‘Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company’ category. Here’s why you should vote for us:

  • We’ve been sports holiday pioneers since 1974, when we revolutionised the sailing industry by introducing flotilla sailing in Greece. Though much has changed since then, we have stayed true to our original ethos of providing exceptional adventures for intrepid travellers.

  • We love the die-hard sailor as much as the uninitiated, and can deliver the ultimate escape to absolutely anyone who wants to get involved. 

  • We have 25 bases all over the world, with flotilla routes, bareboat charters and sailing schools in the world’s most desired destinations. Wherever you go, you’ll get that unique feeling of gliding across the ocean with a sea breeze in your sails.

  • Like our sailors, we aren’t afraid of trying new things, like specialist flotillas. We are committed to supporting sailing and growing participation through our sponsorship and ambassadorship programmes.

  • Our University Sailing Club initiative is dedicated to getting students involved in sailing, and we are constantly working with tourist boards to create real value and practice ethical tourism.

  • We have big plans for the future that will see us continue to challenge and push from the very front to improve our industry.

They laughed when we started, and said we wouldn’t last six weeks. How wrong they were. 

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Dee Caffari nominated for The Cowes Week Ladies Day Trophy

 

The Cowes Week Ladies Day Trophy recognises the achievements and contribution of women in sailing across the board - from the Corinthian sailors overcoming difficulties in order to succeed in sailing, to those who have undertaken remarkable challenges or encouraged others into the sport.

We have nominated Dee Caffari for the Ladies Day Award because:

  • Dee is a leading light in promoting women in sailing. She has continued to push the boundaries for yachtswomen, as a member of Oman Sail Women’s Team, and the Magenta Project, a new initiative developed to get more women into sailing by positively promoting them, mentoring them and raising their profiles. They have recently begun a very exciting women’s foiling programme. Dee continues to show girls and women everywhere that if they dream big, they can accomplish anything.
  • On top of this, Dee has raised the profile of the sport to new levels in the public eye, via her involvement with BBC Sport Relief’s Hell on High Seas, and helped raise over £1m for charity in the process.
  • From a charitable perspective, Dee raced in the Three Peaks Yacht Race to raise money for Sail4Cancer, and continues to support this charity, the UKSA and many others.

Arguably there is no other woman in sailing today who is doing more to get women into sailing, raising the profile of sailing in general and raising so much money for charity. 

 

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