The big question is, how much would people pay for this service? "Bag to Mac Island"
I've thought about it, too...
For the Bermuda Race, a shipping company ships 4 20' containers full of bags, delivery sails, equipment and other gear. I can't remember the pricing but it wasn't cheap (maybe about $100 for a suitcase). The shipper's contact information is here: http://bermudarace.c...port-logistics/
My impression is that he fills all his space and makes a decent amount of money for his efforts.
Wasp, no insinuation insinuated on your part...wait does that even make any sense? Just thought it was a funnier way to sign off rather than dry facts.
It's pretty costly to move a ship into position at days notice and global availability is pretty much the decisive factor. You can throw as much money at it as you want, but if the ship ain't there, it's gotta come from somewhere, missing out on a scheduled stop or adding to voyage time, all of which again costs money. Also the fact the ship had it's own cranes made this an easy load from the water, saved going to a dock or container wharf and loading using shoreside gear. The 72s being set up for single point pick is a huge factor too, drive alongside, hook up and off you go.
The charter was booked some time in advance through Peters and May, who also provided a Load Master. Containers were trucked to North Kingston and barged to ship's side, Cradles rode out from Newport Shipyard on a barge prior to the boats loading. Local assistance and paperwork was provided by Masterpiece International.
Sounds like good fodder for a documentary TV series. Thanks for the insight.
Not to mention a real world data point demonstrating why Grand Prix programs are so damn expensive......
After much consideration and research on the weather patterns forecasted for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, Bella Mente has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the event. The team will pick up racing again in Palma de Mallorca for the Regata Copa del Rey MAPFRE on August 1st.