IN the run-up to the world’s biggest offshore race a specialist boatyard and super yacht facility will welcome a cutting edge racing boat.
Premier Endeavour Quay, Portsmouth will be the technical base for the new all carbon 88ft Maxi yacht Rambler as it prepares for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015.
Tim Newell, boatyard manager, said: ‘We’re especially excited to welcome George David and his team back and see Rambler partake in this prestigious race.’
Endeavour Quay provides the ideal refit and regatta base facility.
The Quay hosts undercover storage for yachts up to 40m, a 180 tonne travel hoist, two deep water berths for boats 90ft plus, all located 500m inside the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour and just eight nautical miles from Cowes.
These amenities provide just some of the reasons why high-profile private racing yachts, including Rambler, Ran and Bella Mente as well as professional Volvo and IMOCA 60 Teams operate short-term and long-term bases at Endeavour Quay’s boatyard.
‘With an impressive line-up of Maxis, Maxi 72s and IMOCA 60s participating, the competition for line honours is going to be intense, especially with Rambler and the 100ft Maxi “Comanche” taking part in the event,’ said Mr Newell.
‘It will be a busy time for us; however, we’re fully prepared for the increased traffic that this race attracts.’
The Rambler will arrive in July after competing in the prestigious Transatlantic Race from Newport RI to Cowes and set up home there in preparation for the 603-mile Fastnet Race course.
The Quay’s open yard policy will also enable the team to employ their own contractors with no additional fees or commission charges and manage their race preparation from temporary offices situated within the specialist boatyard.
They will also benefit from crew accommodation, on-site marine services, unrestricted tidal access and deep-water mooring, which is vital for racing yachts.