Stella Maris Yachting signs support partnership with Oyster for World Rally 2017

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Stella Maris Yachting has been selected to become a partner of the Oyster World Rally, which starts in 2017.

The innovative yacht management and refit company will provide support to owners and their yachts to help them prepare their yachts for the epic 3-year circumnavigation.

The company already has a proven track record in preparing long-distance yachts having prepared the Oyster 56, Raya and the Oyster 70, Toad for their global campaigns. Both are now on the far side of the world having put many sea miles under their keels since leaving SMY’s Southampton base.

“Ensuring a yacht is in first-class condition is the key to avoiding unexpected breakdowns and repairs along the way,” says James Miller of Stella Maris Yachting.  “Preparation through planning and executing a comprehensive refit for the yacht and a full operational training package for the crew is essential. Our aim at Stella Maris Yachting is to work alongside the owners not just during the refit but for the duration of their world cruise. Our whole-life package not only includes maintenance and servicing but also comprehensive, tailored yacht and personal insurance packages and medical support through our partners ZIS Insurance and Clipper Telemed+.”

There are three World Rally Oyster yachts, a 53 and a 575 in the company’s Southampton undercover facility nearing the end of their winter refits in addition to an Oyster 46 in SMY’s facility in Sant Carles, Spain.

James Miller goes on to comment “The Stella Maris Yachting name is synonymous with refitting and supporting world-class yachts, but it is an honour to receive an official seal of approval from Oyster Yachts recognising our expertise with this particular marque of yacht.”

James and Tiggy Nathan, the owners of Miss Tiggy, one the Oysters taking part in the Rally, wanted to make sure they were prepared fully for the voyage. “We came to Stella Maris Yachting because we have seen first-hand the superb quality they have delivered on other Oyster projects,” says James. “We wanted to make sure that the yacht was in the best hands possible.”

Like the other owners, James and Tiggy have benefitted from being able to work alongside the team at Stella Maris Yachting during the refit and the operational training period post commissioning.

Sarah Harmer, World Rally Event Manager at Oyster Yachts commented “We are very pleased to have the support of Stella Maris Yachting.  We are advising all the participants in the Oyster World Rally to ensure that their yachts are completely serviced ready for the voyage, and we know that Stella Maris Yachting will ensure thorough checks are carried out.”

The rally starts from Antigua in January 2017, with most yachts expecting to leave Europe on the ARC rally in November 2016. From the Panama and Galapagos, they will visit Pacific islands, Auckland, Sydney and South Africa, then via St Helena and Brazil back to the Caribbean.