The British Kiel Yacht Club (BKYC) in northern Germany has been wound-up and its fleet of 10 Hallberg-Rassy 342 sailing boats transferred from Kiel to the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (JSASTC) in Gosport in the south of England.
The move comes following the closure of the Ministry of Defence’s Kiel Training Centre in the Baltic Sea as a result of the retrenchment of British troops back to the UK.
Over the years, the BKYC has had five different fleets with new Hallberg-Rassy boats – 54 new boats in total – and is now moving its entire fleet.
Sweden’s Hallberg-Rassy and the BKYC have had a strong partnership over the decades. The first Hallberg-Rassy fleet was twelve 29ft boats, delivered in 1989.
The JSASTC offers sailing leadership training and other skills important to the British military.