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Sunsail announces £3.75 million investment in UK charter fleet

2 July 2019

Sunsail 41.0 monohull under sail

Group sailing on the Sunsail 41.0

Leading yacht charter holiday company, Sunsail, announces the addition of a host of new Jeanneau yachts to its UK fleet. The investment, worth £3.75 million, will deliver 15 new Sunsail 41.0 yachts in 2020, with the planned addition of a further 10 yachts the following year.

Based at Port Solent in Hampshire, the new fleet will be available for charters exploring the stunning UK south coast, starting in Portsmouth, Southampton, Cowes, Lymington and throughout the Solent. Perfect for first time sailors and more seasoned adventurers, the new yachts offer the comfort of cruising combined with confident racing performance.

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410s offer a beautiful, modern and spacious interior creating an unrivalled boating experience. Taking inspiration from modern racing boats, the Sun Odyssey 410 features a full-length chine, twin rudders and a reverse bow that rises out of the water. At a total length of 12.95m, the deck construction boasts 30% weight savings compared to traditional decks, resulting in a boat that is balanced, responsive and rewarding to helm.

The newest members of Sunsail’s expansive fleet will be available for charter at all major UK sailing events, including Cowes Week, Round the Island Race, Little Britain Challenge Cup and Southampton Sailing Week. The yachts will also be used at Sunsail events, cruising charters and as part of sailing school courses.

Simon Cross, Sunsail President, comments on the investment, “At Sunsail we are continuously looking at ways to improve the experience for our customers and we are proud to announce the most significant investment by a charter company in the UK for the last decade. The acquisition of these top-quality new yachts will provide a fantastic matched fleet sailing opportunity that is fun, exciting, safe and combines comfort and luxury, unrivalled by any other charter fleet in the UK. The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410s also feature a more efficient engine design than our current fleet, and this is another way that we are demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment and waters in which we operate.”

Sunsail expects to see a substantial windfall for the local economy over the next 10 years following the arrival of these new vessels, with visiting clientele supporting restaurants, hotels, marinas and various other businesses throughout the region. 

Antoine Chancelier, Jeanneau Sailboat Product Director, adds, “This is a brilliant way that charterers can experience the thrill of sailing a new Jeanneau yacht, as they will be available for charter at prestigious UK sailing events. We celebrate the strength of our partnership with Sunsail.  The Sun Odyssey 410 has been extremely popular since launch and is the perfect fit for Sunsail’s customers’ needs, being equally comfortable in both cruising and racing scenarios. We look forward to seeing the fleet in action racing at iconic UK sailing events.”

Sunsail is pleased to announce that four founding sponsors have already recognised the importance of the new fleet and will have exclusive naming rights for the first four yachts – Breathe Oceanic, TheYachtMarket.Com, Opihr Gin and Raymarine.

Charters with the new Sunsail 41.0s will commence in March 2020. To find out more about how to book contact Sunsail on 02392 222221 or [email protected].

 

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Pippa Treavett or Liberty Ash at ADPR [email protected] or [email protected] or call 01460 241 641.


About Sunsail

Founded in 1974, Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with a fleet of 500 yachts in 25 worldwide locations. Alongside yacht charter and flotilla sailing holidays, Sunsail also offers sailing schools, skippered holidays, team building and events, regattas and yacht ownership.

Sunsail scoops two E-commerce Awards

4 October 2018

Global yacht charter companies Sunsail and The Moorings are celebrating after winning two awards at the prestigious eCommerce 2018 Awards last week.

Sunsail was the winner in the Best Travel, Ticketing & Entertainment eCommerce award category. Sunsail and The Moorings were the winners of the Best Cross Border Marketing Campaign.

Lucy Black, Head of UK Marketing for Sunsail and The Moorings comments, “To win two eCommerce Awards is a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work and commitment of the teams. We want our customers to have a fantastic experience online whether they are first time sailors researching their holiday, or experienced adventurers booking their next trip.”

The second award of the night was for Best Cross Border Marketing Campaign – a multi-channel campaign focusing on the recovery efforts following last year’s hurricanes impacting two of our Yacht Charter bases in the British Virgin Islands and St Martin. The commitment of the yachting and sailing community has been key in helping support the recovery and reopening of our base in the BVI just three months after the event in December 2017 and St Martin in February 2018.

Lucy Black continues, “The response from customers was overwhelming and we were so touched by their support. We’ve worked really hard, both at the affected bases and at home, to welcome customers back as quickly as possible and we’re so pleased to see BVI bookings back to pre-hurricane levels. Working closely with the BVI Tourist Board, the CTO and other partners, we helped to share the latest information from the islands on our dedicated webpage www.caribbeancomeback.com, on social media, emails and through blog content to confirm what’s open, as well as fundraising initiatives. Fresh from a recent photoshoot, it’s clear just how much progress has been made - the waters are crystal clear, wildlife is thriving and the islanders are warmly welcoming tourists, as they always have done.”

For more than ten years, the eCommerce Awards has consistently broken new ground in highlighting some of the very best online retailers, online companies, agencies, innovations, products and campaigns the ecommerce industry has to offer.

Commenting on the Best Travel, Ticketing & Entertainment eCommerce award, Danny Todman, Senior Online and User Experience Manager, “Winning this award for Sunsail is testament to the teams who have worked so hard over the last year to ensure we have a website that is the best in the industry. Not only have we addressed key user frustrations we have also improved our lead generation and conversion rates. With the success of the Sunsail websites we are looking forward to completing the roll out of new websites for The Moorings over the next few months.”

 For further information on sailing holidays, please call the Sales Office on 0330 3321183 or visit www.sunsail.co.uk

 

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Pippa Treavett or Liberty Ash at ADPR [email protected] or [email protected] or call 01460 241 641.

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About us

Founded in 1974, Sunsail is the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, delivering great value sailing holidays with a cutting-edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds worldwide.

Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 25 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Yacht Ownership, Team Building and Events.

We offer holidays and sailing activities to suit sailors and non-sailors alike. So whether you're looking to sit back, G&T in hand on a crewed yacht letting the skipper do all the work for you, or experience the thrill of gliding along the waves in one of the world's largest sailing regattas.

Experience or no experience, anything is possible with Sunsail. The world is made up of 70% water and Sunsail provide holiday makers with the opportunity to experience the best bits, with 100% fun!