Our vessel of choice for a transatlantic crossing was always the sleek, stylish and speedy Neel 45. We’re therefore thrilled and grateful that the brilliant charterer Autremer Concept Martinique, have allowed us to be part of the family crew bringing their brand new boat across to Martinique. Christened “Quarterback” and put into water on 18th November, this is the 10th build from the Neel Trimaran shipyard in La Rochelle, France.
It’ll also be interesting to see what has changed since we first sailed the No. 1 Neel back in 2012. At that time, a pad-eye holding one corner of the trampoline net broke, leaving me clamouring to the vertical net, dangling over the sea like a water-shy monkey. Luckily it was during a mooring attempt off St. Lucia and not on a passage – only damage being severely bruised arms.
Its a fabulous boat and though we like to travel slow, we love to sail fast! As long as there’s wind we WILL be fast!
Once delivered to Martinique, the Neel 45 will be available for charter from Autremer Concept.