Superyacht central at Beaucette Marina

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Well, it certainly feels like we’ve become the home of the superyacht these last few weeks as the summer season has started with a resounding bang – and what a thrill it was to welcome some of these big ‘beasts of the sea’.

Before June began we’d already had some 50ft, 60ft and 70ft craft calling in and we’d met some great people who’d come here from Britain, Holland and Germany.

Among them was the lovely Anette and Helmut on their 50ft Hallberg-Rassy, Tao 4, who left Ardfern on Scotland’s west coast on May 3 and arrived here via Bangor, Dublin, Falmouth and Plymouth.

Quite a trip – and quite a story behind it too.

Our new friends met in Germany and will shortly be sailing across to France and cruising down the coast, with a view to overwintering in Vigo, in the south-west of Spain’s Galicia, before heading off somewhere special again next May.

Helmut has been mad about boats since he was small and, as a four-year-old, could be found at the lake near his family’s home offering to clean the dinghies owned by his older neighbours.

Why? Because he was desperate to be asked out in one. Well, his hard work eventually paid off and, in his teens, he was offered a chance to go sailing – a dream come true.

Except it quickly became a nightmare when he crashed. ‘I was never asked to crew or helm again,’ he told us.

The sailing dream lived on, however, and with more hard work and help from his Dad, the young Helmut eventually bought his own dinghy and soon became a very proficient sailor. No more crashes!

And he was so bitten by the sailing bug that he used to skip school to go racing, with his elder brother forging the necessary sick-notes to cover for his absences. And his dad never knew until years later!

It was good training, too, as Helmut soon traded up from dinghies to a Hallberg-Rassy 30, then the 40 and is now enjoying life with Annette on their 50-footer, which is a real stunner of a yacht.

Not that we’re envious… And we certainly look forward to welcoming a great couple back to Beaucette Marina in the future.

Talking of goodbyes…

Old friend and long-term resident Keith Mebbury made the mistake of bidding marina manager Ricky Stephens a fond farewell the other day. Heading off he was, you see, to Spain and Portugal.

Keith’s got form like that. With his 34ft yacht Alice Gul he’s been been across the Atlantic, to the Azores and even to South America, and he’s got itchy feet again.

So what’s the problem? ‘I’ve known that man for 15 years and he must have told me six or seven times that, that’s it, he’s off for good,’ said Ricky, with his trademark grin.

‘Mark my words, we’ll see him again. Well, don’t tell him this – but I hope we do…’

Busy start

Not only have we had some great visitors, it’s also been a very busy and positive start to the summer season with some cracking boating weather here in Guernsey’s most picturesque marina.

We’ve got some exciting development plans in hand, too, which we’ll be able to update you on shortly, and we’re also getting quite a few passing boats popping in here for fuel and other supplies.

One of them was the 53ft steel ketch Outsider, which Simon and Michael were taking from Holland to the Canaries, so why not stop off here en route? News of that famous Beaucette welcome is clearly spreading!

We were also delighted to welcome three great lads on the Sea Venture, an amazing 1969 wooden ex-trawler kitted out – almost, there’s still a bit of work to be done! – as a floating hotel.

And if you’ve got your own accommodation like that, where else to come for a long weekend from Portland, Dorset, other than to Guernsey?

‘It was lovely to see them,’ said Ricky, ‘and they loved the place so much they rented a car for a good look round the island and want to come back later in the summer.’

So we may have been superyacht central for a few weeks but it’s not just luxury craft we love to see – our special welcome’s just as warm for anyone who loves the sea. Whatever their boat!

And finally…

We had a lot of comment about our earlier post on Beaucette berth-holders and top cyclists Dianne and Tanya, who’ll be representing the island at the forthcoming XVII NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden, because readers wanted to know more about their sporting endeavours.

They are, we’re happy to report, going from strength to strength and have just competed in the World Amateur Cycling Time Trials in Scotland.

And we’re delighted to say that Dianne took silver in her class and Tanya came second overall in the competition – unbelievable results for a small island like Guernsey and we couldn’t be more proud of ‘our’ girls.

PS…

Don’t forget to keep August 12 2017 clear in your diary for our very special end-of-season grand BBQ. We still working on it – but it will be bigger and better than ever so look out for updates in our future newsletters.

Ricky Stephens
Marina Manager
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