We have been running the Bluewater Weekend in conjunction with the World Cruising Club for some time. As you know, COVID-19 has changed things up – so this year we went online with great success.
We had over 1,000 people register online from 54 countries showing how popular and far-reaching an online event can be. There were people tuned in from Hawaii, to Australia!
The event contained a plethora of information – available on the dedicated web portal prior to the event. This was then backed up by 4 nights of in-depth live sessions with a wide range of speakers.
Tuesday night was all about how to buy, survey and insure your yacht. We had the one and only Northern Irish Alan McIlroy from Berthon International taking us through the yacht buying process. Local Lymington surveyor Robin Milledge talked through the survey process and Admiral Insurance were on hand to answer any insurance questions.
Wednesday night was over to those who have bought a yacht for bluewater & how they chose the right yacht – along with Toby Hodges from Yachting World – the ultimate boat test guru!
Thursday night was a big panel with the wonderful Andrew Fairbrass from Berthon Spain, talking us through refitting for bluewater.
The owner of LYDIA, a Bowman 48 currently for sale with us, also talked through his experience of refitting for bluewater before his round the world trip and after!
The 4 nights ended with a great interactive chat with four couples, some from the cockpits of their yachts, telling the audience the highs and lows of cruising and answering lots of questions.
The event was fantastic and enjoyed by many. The sessions are available to watch again on the World Cruising Club portal; register here for access – http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehs67ege6a14badc&fbclid=IwAR3wZwD40Zua1MAKYWkh6KuNVzMY-s6a6xZ5aM1s2ivHf6q3hnuCqti-2-8&llr=sdpmm4ba
And the videos we supplied specifically for the event are available here –
We hope to run a similar event next year to allow people from all over the world to join, but hope to also be able to do an in the flesh event to show prospective purchasers over some of the lovely yachts we have here at our Lymington HQ!