Trophy winning success at Oyster Regatta for Fox’s refit Oysters
Proving that running a boat refit yard isn’t all work and no play, Fox’s Marina & Boatyard’s MD, Will Taylor-Jones, helmed the beautiful Oyster 625, Orcinus, to a hard fought second place overall in Class 2 at the recent Oyster Regatta in Palma de Mallorca.
Orcinus was one of a handful of Oysters attending the regatta, which have all enjoyed refits at Fox’s over the last couple of years. She just missed out on winning Class 2 overall to the Oyster 575, Wiki Wiki, which also underwent a refit at Fox’s earlier this season, along with the stunning Oyster 82 Midnight in Class 1. Alongside Will, the crew on Orcinus included Fox’s Sales Manager, Richard Hamer, and Fox’s Rigging Manager, Michael Laker, who were all invited to join the event as guests of the owners.
Orcinus was sold through Oyster Brokerage earlier in the year and, although relatively new, her new owners were keen to impart their own style on the yacht and asked specialist boat refit yard Fox’s to carry out various refit work. To reflect their love for Orca whales, Fox’s resprayed the boot tops and caveta line in a deep, gloss black Alwgrip to vividly contrast with the yacht’s white topsides.
In addition to the new Awlgrip paintwork, Fox’s also attended to a long list of outstanding service work, which was central to getting the yacht back into first class condition and re-commissioned ready for the summer season, which included re-varnishing the soleboards, carrying out essential engineering service work, making a number of small modifications and also supplying a new, AB RIB with Honda 4-stroke outboard modified to stow in aft davits.
Will Taylor-Jones commented: “We were delighted to be invited to join the owners for this fantastic Oyster event in Mallorca – who wouldn’t enjoy sailing such a stunning yacht in the Bay of Palma! However, the most important thing for us as a team at Fox’s, is the experience that an opportunity like this gives us – spending time with our customers, racing, living on board and really understanding what works for both yachts and their owners.”
Photos courtesy of Oyster Yachts/Martinez Studio and Fox’s