Thursday, 30 August 2018

Trafalgar Wharf Helps Rowers with Trans-Atlantic Challenge

Trafalgar Wharf has signed up to help a team of four intrepid rowers take on the Atlantic this December. 

You may see this in the press over the next couple of days...but here's a sneak peek.

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is the world's premier annual rowing event covering more than 3000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. 

“Up to 30 teams participate from all around the world and Justin Evelegh is a good friend of mine” said Jonny Boys, MD of Trafalgar Wharf.  “To be honest, I think this challenge starting in December is pretty mad!” 

“When Justin asked if we could store the boat and be their pre-race base of course we said we would help, especially as they are raising money for such a worthwhile charity.” 

“The team at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth are great and have been really encouraging” said Justin.  “It really helps us having a base like this before we start our row.  We’ll be doing a few training rows on The Solent which we hope will prepare us for the Atlantic and get us used to our very special boat.” 

“We’re raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which is a national children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.” Justin added. 

“We know that this event is going to be extremely tough so we are delighted that along with our sponsors Land Rover and JLT, Trafalgar Wharf has become a very valuable part of this team.” 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Exciting news - Win a years free drystack storage at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

Exciting news - The Trafalgar Wharf Group will be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show this September.

The show will run from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd September.

We'll be on stand C008, near the Sunseeker International stand, with information about The Drystack, alongside our sister companies JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs and Boat Club Trafalgar.


As always, we'll be running a free prize draw for one lucky person to win a year’s free storage in The Drystack.  All you have to do is visit Corinne on the stand, fill in your details and receive a free gift! Easy peasy.

Last years winner of a years free drystack storage was Robin Walker with his Bayliner 185.  This year it could be you.  Make sure you go and see Corinne :)

For more information about the show, The Drystack, JBT Marine, Ballistic RIBs or Boat Club Trafalgar, or how to get your free boat show ticket, please give Corinne a call on 02392 387833 or email her at corinne@trafalgarwharf.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Our very own 'Clipper Round the World Yacht Race' crew member...well kind of!

Get a load of this!  Heather, who works at our RIB sales company JBT Marine, is married to one of the Skippers who has just returned from the Round the World Race.
She, along with some of the guys from JBT, took some of their Ballistic RIBs up to Liverpool to welcome Lance (her hubby) and his crew on Liverpool 2018, affectionately known as the Pink Panther because of the colour,  and all the other crews back from the their long and tiring journey. 
They set off from Albert Dock, Liverpool on the 20th August 2017 and visited many places along the way...finally returning to Liverpool last week.
Uruguay, Cape Town, Freemantle, Sydney, Hobart, Whistundays, Sanya, Qingdoa, Seattle, Panama, New York and Derry-Londonderry.
 

1st place went to Wendy Tucker.  She is the first female skipper to win a round the world race.  Wendy is from Sydney Australia.
2nd place went to Nikki Henderson.  She is the youngest person to skipper the race and had her 25th birthday just before the race finished - happy birthday Nikki.
Lance's boat came 7th, having had to divert to New Foundland along the way.  Well done Lance and crew :)
Lance’s crew also won Team Spirit for the complete race.   
Well done to everyone who took part in this race, whether on the boats, arranging the event or waiting patiently back home for their loved ones to return.  Great effort. 
 
 

Friday, 27 July 2018

How to keep cool on your boat this weekend


Well the hot weather has certainly arrived with a bang and it looks like it's going to be hanging around for a while yet (yay!). So with that in mind, here are some handy tips on how to keep yourself, your family and your friends cool whilst out on your boat.
Staying hydrated is about more than just being on or in the water.  When you swim, it’s tempting to feel a bit more hydrated than you really are.  Anyone who’s using your boat for swimming or water skiing etc. might feel the same.  The key point to remember is that simply being exposed to water doesn’t hydrate you.  You have to drink it.
 
Staying hydrated is about more than just water, too. If you want to feel your best, you can’t only drink water, particularly if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.   As any long-distance runner will tell you, you lose more than water when you sweat. Replacing water and electrolytes with just water isn’t enough, you have to keep some snacks handy to replace some sodium and potassium and other electrolytes as well.  The best solution is take a lunch break when the sun is at its hottest.
 
Wear white. White is the most efficient reflector of light, which means it will do the best job of keeping the sun’s rays out.  White towels, shirts, shorts, and hats are in season for this very reason.  So make use of them.  Not only will they add to your protection from the sun, but they’ll generally feel 'lighter' throughout the day thanks to their reflective properties.
Find shade whenever you can.  If your boat has a canopy, that’s great, it will be a great way to keep out of the sun while staying out on the water.  But if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to take frequent breaks.  Breaks aren’t only important to make sure that you feel refreshed, but the symptoms of dehydration can sneak up on you, so taking a break is a great way to check on yourself and others.
 
 
Bring a cooler box or bag.  There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink on a hot day, but if it’s a hot day, you’ve got to bring some cool storage with you to ensure those cool drinks actually last.  A cooler bag can bring enough drinks for a boat trip without getting in everyone’s way. Or hang them over the side of your boat in a netted bag.
 
Keep protected.  Sunburn, as well as being so bad for you, also 'feels' hot as it develops, which is why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun with a nice water-resistant sunscreen.
Make sure to keep every boat outing a reasonable length and follow these tips and you'll be sure to curb some of the summer heat, but remember your limits too.  

Sometimes, the sun simply gets the better of you and it’s a good idea to know when to call it quits and stay comfortable so you can enjoy boating just as much tomorrow as you did today.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Local Business Owners Donate Money To Sailing Trust At Networking Event

Local Business Owners Donate Money To Sailing Trust At Networking Event

Portsmouth - for immediate release
 
Portsmouth’s generous business community presented a cheque to Portsmouth Sailing Training Trust at their lunch-time networking event held at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester.
 
A bumper turn out of Portsmouth Business Exchange networking group tucked into delicious paella (made by the MD) served with a helping of pre-lunch boating on the Solent, before presenting the cheque to Ben Lee who accepted on behalf of the Trust.
 
“We always like to help charity and good causes here at Trafalgar Wharf,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director of the marine business."
 
The Business Exchange members raised £220 that will really help the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust.  It’s a charity that raises the aspirations of young people from some of Portsmouth's most socially disadvantaged areas – primarily through sailing.  "As a sailor myself, I know how brilliant the Trust is.” said Jonny.
 

The local business owners who attended also got Jonny’s story of how he has turned the old Vosper Thorneycroft site into a thriving marine business. 
 
“We’ve been here ten years and it’s surprising that lots of local business people don’t know everything we do or how we do it,” says Jonny. “Although I think that with the glorious weather, the highlight was probably not my paella or the shipyard tour, but the fact the PBE members were treated to an hour-long trip on The Solent on two of our Boat Club boats!”

So what charity is the Portsmouth Business Exchange and Trafalgar Wharf raising money for next?
 
“We’re helping Music Fusion,” Jonny explains. “It’s the Havant-based charity whose workshops provide activities for young people, teaching them transferable skills such as team work, negotiation and professionalism as well as boosting confidence and self esteem.”
 
For more information head to http://www.BoatClubTrafalgar.com or email Steve@boatclubtrafalgar.com or Jake@boatclubtrafalgar.com or call 02392 706599.

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Beach Hut Cafe, Trafalgar Wharf. How to get there and how to claim your free cup of coffee

Watch this quick video of Jonny explaining what The Beach Hut CafĂ© has to offer, how you can find it (at the end of Castle Trading Estate in Portchester), and how to claim your free coffee it the next week (by Wednesday 18th July 2018).

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats with Boat Club Trafalgar


Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats

Portsmouth – July 4th 2018 – for immediate release
 
Fresh from their Royal London Cup win at Lords, a group of Hampshire’s finest cricketers were treated to a blast round the Solent, thanks to the Boat Club at Trafalgar Wharf.

Players from the ageasbowl-based club travelled at up to 35 knots on three specially-built Ballistic RIB boats.

“It was great to welcome the team down to Trafalgar,” said Jonny Boys, Managing Director at the Portchester shipyard.
 
“Elite sportsman appreciate a day away from training to refresh their batteries and there’s nothing quite like a spin on The Solent under blue-skies to freshen things up.”

Some of the team that went out had never been on The Solent before. Players James Vince (Captain), Tom Alsop, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, Ian Holland, Lewis McManus, Gareth Berg, Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Colin Munro, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jimmy Adams all took part in the event.

The team, who beat Kent by 61 runs to lift the Royal London One Day Cup last weekend are now lining up for the T20 Vitality Blast tournament.

“We’re delighted to be supporting our local county team,” said Jonny Boys.

“Let’s hope that they are successful in The Blast. And if any cricket fans want to come down and have a look at our boat club, they are more than welcome.”

“I am sure we’ll be seeing some of the players back again.  Boat Club Trafalgar is ideal for them as they can have a fast blast on a RIB, or take their families and friends out on a day cruiser. They’ve got all the choice they could ever need, without the hassle of ownership.” 

For more information head to http://www.BoatClubTrafalgar.com  or email Steve@boatclubtrafalgar.com or call 02392 706599