When most people think of charterboats, they think of bulky cruisers that are slow to sail but fun to party on once the anchor drops. But if you happen to be a world-class sailor and the boat you've chartered is a race-ready Farr 40—as was Peter Holmberg’s experience at the 35th Annual International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas—this wasn't the case. Holmberg, who served as one of Alinghi’s helmsmen in the 2007 America’s Cup, consulted for ONDECK Ocean Racing—a company that provides regatta-ready weapons and race-trained crew for clients looking to reduce the overhead of transporting their own boat and crew down to an event—and used one of their boats and their race crew to sail to second overall in IRC2. Says Holmberg, “Our finish in Rolex proves that ONDECK's concept of offering performance charterboats for Caribbean regattas can be an attractive option for those who want to compete with a strong chance of winning and with the convenience of not having to transport their own boat to the Caribbean."
ONDECK has been offering race-ready boats for 10 years and currently maintains a fleet of Farr 65s, Farr 40s, Beneteau 40.7s and Dehler 39s. For more information, visit www.ondeckgroup.com
Updated: April 15, 2008