Fox’s raises the standard at the Oyster World Rally

posted on 15th January 2017 within

Fox’s Marina & Boatyard is a longstanding partner of Oyster Yachts, and is the appointed Service Partner for the Oyster World Rally. The experienced team from Fox’s is in Antigua prior to the start, and will be on hand at key stopovers, providing complimentary rig inspections and advice for the Oyster World Rally fleet. As part of Fox’s commitment to the event, every Oyster owner has been presented with a bespoke folder in which to file the comprehensive, six-page Rigging Checklist that will be completed after each rig inspection.

Senior Rigger, John Spear commented:

All Oyster World Rally boats in the ARC were inspected before they crossed the Atlantic. We are now in Antigua carrying out a second check on those boats, in addition to those that didn’t do the ARC, before the fleet departs. Our plan is to re-inspect the rally fleet in the Marquesas, New Zealand and Cape Town, however, if any boat needs a rigger we can provide a service throughout the rally. Fox’s has rigged 95% of all new Oysters from the very first models to the modern range and Oyster owners trust our service. We know the boats very well.”

Annie and Tom Longstaff, selected an Oyster 45 from Oyster Brokerage to take part in the Oyster World Rally. Vela had her rig inspected by Fox’s Rigging in Gran Canaria, prior to the ARC+:

We selected the Oyster 45 above other brands because of the build quality; she is made for ocean sailing.” commented Tom Longstaff. “The Oyster 45 is perfect for a couple, uncomplicated and a joy to sail, enabling us to explore small creeks and anchorages as well as sail longer ocean passages. We decided to go with the Oyster Rally, rather than with another organisation or on our own, because of the logistic support, enjoying the social side and knowing there is back up, particularly sailing two up.

Fox’s informed us that although the rig was fine for the Atlantic crossing, they felt that one of the parts was showing early signs of fatigue and should be replaced in Antigua. The parts were delivered and Fox’s serviced the rig in plenty of time. The process was very simple, and has given us peace of mind before we visit the remote Pacific Islands in a few months time.”

Paulina and Mariusz Kierebinski, who will be sailing their Oyster 46, SunSuSea, which was originally launched, commissioned and rigged at Fox’s, commented:

John Spear from Fox’s Marina sailed with us on our first voyage from Ipswich to Guernsey, so Fox’s has been with us since we first owned the boat. John has inspected the yacht in Antigua, and we really appreciate the continuity. We know we will be getting excellent and honest advice and Fox’s know exactly what we like in terms of rigging and control lines. Knowing that we have Fox’s with us during the Oyster World Rally, gives us so much confidence.”

As the fleet departs from Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua today on this exciting two year adventure, everyone at Fox’s wishes all the Oyster Rally participants Bon Voyage.