"My sister is 40 this year and she is having a party in Scotland, lets up sail there!"
That was how it started a few months ago when Mandy Chapman from Boatshed.com Yacht Brokers decided that some real sailing was required this summer.
Now when you are at the helm of a large, rapidly growing Yacht Brokerage business the idea of simply just going sailing can present a few challenges.
Not for Mandy and Neil Chapman, This month alone has seen them undertaking frequent trips back and forth to the USA setting up of new Boatshed businesses in Florida, Texas and the Great Lakes, plus training and launching new Boatshed businesses in Ireland, North Wales, Scotland and Malta, plus the founders of Boatshed.com have also been sailing their boat to Scotland.
The journey so far has taken them from HQ in Gosport to Falmouth, Falmouth to Milford Haven, Milford Haven to Holyhead and Holyhead on to The Clyde Estuary.
"The sailing has been pretty straight forward with mostly good weather over the duration of the 3 week trip, It was nice to enjoy a few days in Florida while the boat stayed in Milford Haven" says Neil, who was in the USA last week as well as Boatshed HQ in Gosport UK .
The Chapmans have a passion for boats and sailing, "The Boatshed.com Business was originally created to enable us to go sailing more often" say Mandy.
However the Boatshed Group has grown to over 35 offices in Europe and USA over the last 5 years which has kept the couple and their loyal team very busy indeed.
"You hear stories of people turning their passion into their business and then losing sight of the original goal" says Neil " It is essential that we still enjoy the thrill of boats and sailing as this drives us and the business forwards."
Boatshed.com's computer technology, coupled with modern communications, mean that not only Neil and Mandy are in touch all the time, but the whole Boatshed family of businesses benefit from communicating with customers much faster and more efficiently.
Boatshed.com was designed around the principle of saving time for people during the yacht brokerage and boat buying process, Neil and Mandy continue to strive to make sure they can continue to mix business with pleasure!
Neil and Mandy are back in Portsmouth later this week and plan to leave the boat in Scotland for a few weeks prior to sailing her to Ireland to wave the Boatshed flag at Sovreign's Cup in Kinsale, Ireland next month.
"Supertaff" is a Van de Stadt Rebel 41 ketch built 1976, the Chapmans have owned her since 1996.