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Sunsail launches 2017 season at the London Boat Show


Sunsail had an incredibly busy London Boat Show, with highlights including a visit from HRH The Princess Royal, Phil Vickery MBE, and record-breaking sailors including Mike Golding OBE, Annie Lush and Helena Lucas MBE.

We took the opportunity of the season-opening show to launch two new flotilla routes; a bespoke rum-tasting flotilla in the British Virgin Islands, and a uniquely coastal Mallorca itinerary.

We also revealed the winner of the Funding the Future competition, which encouraged UK sailing clubs to apply for a £5,000 grant, and announced new partnerships with Britannia Hospitality and Cowes Week. We had visits from the tourist boards of Tahiti, Bahamas and Belize, who wowed show visitors with colour, intrigue and the odd rum punch.

The stand was a hive of activity throughout the show, with visitors guessing the weight of a Gill bag full of sailing kit for the chance to win the bag, its contents and a seven-day charter in Croatia or Greece. Our ever-popular gutter boat regatta returned again, proving a big hit with Show visitors of all ages.

Funding the Future winner

We were delighted to declare Solva Sailing Club from Haverfordwest as the winner of Sunsail’s ‘Funding the Future’ for Sailing Clubs campaign, claiming a grant of £5,000 to invest in their club. The judging panel included record-breaking sailor Dee Caffari MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas MBE, Yachts & Yachting’s Online Editor, Mark Jardine and Simon Boulding, Sunsail’s Events Director. The panel were blown away by the entries, and Helena commented, “Solva Sailing Club have a track-record of getting young people out on the water and sailing, with racing success as well! Small clubs are the life-blood of our sport, and their enthusiasm is what will draw more young sailors on to the water to enjoy what we know can be a pastime for life.”

Partnership with Britannia Hospitality

On Friday 6 January, Sunsail announced an official partnership with Britannia Hospitality to offer packages for the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, inviting Sunsail customers to visit Bermuda for the ultimate fan experience. Hospitality will be based at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, with the perfect ‘on the water’ race viewing experience aboard the luxury 72’ boat, ‘Majestic Lady’. All customers that quote SAC17 when buying their packages via Sunsail will also be invited to an exclusive preview event in April on the flight deck at Land Rover BAR HQ, prior to their visit to Bermuda.

Guests visiting for the America’s Cup Qualifier Rounds, America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs or the America’s Cup Match Final can extend their stay and holiday in the beautiful Grenada afterwards. Sunsail will organise everything for the hospitality package, including flights, transfers, accommodation and sailing holiday.

Sunsail sign 5 year contract with Cowes Week Regatta

Sunsail took the opportunity of the Boat Show to announce that we had extended our partnership with the UK’s largest sailing regatta. After two successful years at Cowes Week, Sunsail has signed a deal to renew its contract for a further five years as the event’s ‘Official Yacht Charter Partner’. Sunsail will continue to be the only charter company with its own class at the event, with up to 30 of its Match First 40s pitting competitors against one another in a fleet of identical yachts.


Sunsail launches Wooden Spoon charity regatta

Combining stars from the worlds of rugby and sailing, Sunsail and Wooden Spoon have formed an exciting partnership to create a new regatta. Wooden Spoon are the children’s charity of rugby, dedicated to providing support to disadvantaged children through the sport. Since 1983, they have distributed in excess of £23 million to more than 650 projects, helping over 1 million disabled and disadvantaged children.

The Wooden Spoon Regatta will take place on the 28th September 2017, with competitors racing on Sunsail’s fleet of 30 identical Beneteau First Match 40s, with entry fees including a donation to the charity. All money raised will go towards funding projects across the UK and Ireland that support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.  

In addition to the fundraising for the UK’s leading rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, competitors will also enjoy a full day of sailing and teambuilding, with their guests trained by Sunsail’s expert skippers

Former England 7’s captain and long-standing Wooden Spoon Ambassador, Ollie Phillips commented; “I am delighted that Wooden Spoon and Sunsail are working together.  The partnership combines two of my favourite things – rugby and sailing.  And the fact that all the funds raised will be supporting children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland is the icing on the cake.”

Simon Boulding, Sunsail Events Director, added:

“Sunsail is delighted to be working with the Wooden Spoon Charity on this exciting new sailing event. There have been long standing synergies between rugby and sailing and this regatta, the first of its kind for the rugby world, will further strengthen the ties between the two sports. Competitors can enjoy some great sailing, whilst raising money for a great charity and rubbing shoulders with rugby legends past and present."


For further information please contact:

Michael Hlavety – Sunsail Event Organiser 

Tel: 0208 2346279 or Email:

Danni Milwain – Head of Fundraising Wooden Spoon

Tel: 01252 773720 or Email:


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 .


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


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.


Sunsail's 500,000th Solent customer


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!


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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