Yachting Monthly: New online company Antlos, styled on Airbnb.com, now offers skippered yacht charters, as well as money-making opportunity for yacht owners.
Antlos, a new company has developed a model for inexpensive skippered yacht charters in the Mediterranean, and is now also offering holidays in the British Virgin Islands. The online ‘marketplace’ is a website that allows skippers with yachts to offer places on board to paying guests.
For holiday-makers, this means they can now enjoy the experience of a holiday afloat, without needing to be confident sailors before they go. For yacht owners, it offers the opportunity to avoid charter brokers and agents and to find paying yacht guests directly.
Owners can set their own rates and offer flexible dates, locations, and completely customisable itineraries. The prices listed on the Antlos website even include fuel costs, marina fees and other expenses, to make sure both parties are clear on what is covered in the cost of the holiday.
Guests can choose from a single place on a boat, a private cabin or an entire yacht for their exclusive use. Launched in May 2015, the site found holidays for over 650 customers in its first season, offering sailing adventures across the Mediterranean. From as little as £64 a day, guests will be able to enjoy Caribbean sailing.
For more information on how to sign up your boat or to find a holiday, visit: www.antlos.com
Yachting Monthly: Noah’s Ark, at least a scaled-down replica of it, has been delivered to Totton School after it was built by Hamble Yacht Services Refit and Repair for the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show.
Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair (HYSRR) has gone back to Biblical boatbuilding skills in contructing a miniature replica of Noah’s Ark. It was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, a City of London Livery Company whose arms feature an Ark, for a float in the 800th Lord Mayor’s show. Lord Mountevans, the current Lord Mayor of London, is a Shipwright and member of the Company.
The Ark has now been donated to Oakfield Primary School in Totton, Hampshire and was delivered on 11 December 2015. Elizabeth Smith, Headteacher at Oakfield Primary School, taking delivery of the Ark said:
‘It’s marvellous! The children are thrilled to have been chosen to have the Ark. We already have an outdoor classroom and this will further enhance the children’s learning.’
The school plans to use the Ark for literacy, to make stories come to life, and link it to the curriculum in maths and RE. It will also be used for golden (reward) time, and the school is already planning a pirate-themed day.
The Ark was designed by Guy Whitehouse Designs, with a structural overview from Richard Oliver of Applied Structural Analysis (a tenant of Hamble Yacht Services). Marineware supplied coatings and all other funding for the Ark was provided by donations from fellow shipwrights.
The prime purpose of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is charitable work, supporting charities such as the Sea Cadets, Jubilee Sailing Trust and Youth Challenge as well as maritime schools. It also provides grants for yacht and shipbuilding apprenticeship schemes.
The livery men of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights are drawn from the UK ship and yacht builders, lawyers and brokers, all of whom have some connection to the construction and operation of small or large vessels.