Yacht Delivery – UK, Europe & Worldwide Skippers & Crew

Howellsail are proud to be recommended as instructors & yacht delivery crew by Oyster Yachts

We are available for free discussion, help or advice and are happy to discuss provisional bookings.

With our intimate local knowledge around the Straits of Gibraltar we can provide pilotage advice and  assistance to vessels transiting the area in order to avoid Orca interaction. Please contact us for details.

Yacht Delivery

Safe transfer of sailing  vessels from a highly experienced and qualified team, whether it be short coastal passages or crossing the world’s oceans


Yacht Delivery


Howellsail present one of the most experienced, qualified, and highly recommended delivery teams available to transfer your yacht. With modern technology and security requiring an increasingly high level of expertise, our record makes us one of the most safe and reliable crews available.  Whilst UK based, our knowledge and international network of contacts ensures a seamless, but individual and personal service throughout Europe and Transatlantic.

We continually monitor the current interactions between Orca’s and yachts along the coasts of Spain, Portugal & the Straits of Gibraltar in order to determine the safest routes which are often now close inshore.

With our intimate local knowledge from the UK to the Straits of Gibraltar we are happy to provide pilotage assistance to vessels transiting the area in order to avoid Orca interaction. Please contact us for details. We are pleased to sponsor the  orcas.pt – Orcas / Sailing boats in Portugal and Spain webpage in order to assist sailors navigating these waters.

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Whether you require a yacht transfer, or simply additional support on board, we are here to assist.

Howellsail generally transfer yachts personally rather than employ ad hoc yacht delivery skippers. Therefore there is no third party or agency involvement, eliminating any commission fees. Our primary service means you know immediately who your skipper will be.

Your delivery team will be:

Richard Howell, a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean (Commercially Endorsed) also a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examiner and Instructor and veteran of UK & Mediterranean Sea Schools which means any training requirements can also be included. With both UK and EU passports travel throughout Europe remains seamless.


Michelle Howell, a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean (Commercially Endorsed) and also an RYA Shorebased Instructor, and able to provide any training requirements. She is also an award winning photographer.

Richard has over 125,000 miles as skipper/instructor (including 29,000 miles on Oyster Yachts). With around 20 Biscay & 5  Atlantic crossings between them, they are very familiar with UK, European, Mediterranean & Caribbean waters.

We have a list of elite experienced  skippers and  additional crew members if required to assist.

See the panel below for details of our personal deliveries

We are happy to meet you personally to discuss your requirements before you book with us. We then take time to focus on attention to detail, working with you to understand and meet your expectations.

With security of the vessel and crew becoming ever increasingly important, your delivery team are therefore not just ‘Delivery Skippers’ but highly qualified and equipped with the reliability, training, and experience to deal with whatever situation arises.

Yacht Transfer service by Howellsail – Recommended by Oyster
We have a portfolio of references and are recommended by Oyster Marine as instructors and Yacht Delivery Crew.

Purchasing your yacht should be an exciting and pleasurable experience,  our knowledge means we can be available as consultants to advise and assist. We can ensure a smooth process by overseeing any necessary arrangements and ensuring your yacht is adequately equipped to your specification, and ready for you to explore the oceans.





Yacht Delivery from Menorca to Sardinia by Howellsail, UK Yacht Delivery Skippers
Cape St Vincent Lighthouse
Yacht Delivery Skipper Richard Howell
It's a Tiny World

Please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)1924 848558 or Mobile: +44 (0)7764 603000 and we will happily provide you with an all-inclusive quote without any hidden extras, alternatively a daily rate of our charges, whichever you prefer, together with any references required

Yacht deliveries include:

Contest 55CS – Noble Spirit – Inverness to Glasgow 2023

Dufour 44 – Morning Star – Gibraltar to Levkas 2023

Oyster 595 – Mastegot – Ipswich to Almerimar 2022

Dufour 44 – Morning Star – Weymouth to Gibraltar 2022

Oyster 435 – Oyster Belle – Gran Canaria – St Lucia – Grenada 2022

Oyster 625 – Lady Linda – Valencia – Balearics – Valencia 2021

Oyster 435 – Dakota – Gibraltar to Dartmouth 2021

Dufour 44 – Morning Star – Guernsey to Weymouth, 2020

Colvic Victor 41 – Adagio –  Amble,Northumberland to Holy Loch,Scotland, 2020

Oyster 575 – Janus – Palma – Gran Canaria – Cape Verde – St Lucia, 2019

Oyster 49 – Kaizen – Sorrento to Montenegro, 2019

Oyster 575 – Janus – Palma – Malta – Palma, 2019

Custom Built 74ft Ketch – Spirit of Venice – Holland to Malta, 2018

Oyster 575 – Janus – Ipswich to Malta & Mallorca, 2018

Oyster 545 – Fujin II – Lanzarote to Antigua, 2018

Oyster 56 – Chantana – Gran Canaria to St Lucia, 2017

Oyster 56 – Chantana – Gibraltar to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 2017

Jeanneau 42DS – Cielo Azul – Menorca to Sicily and return, 2017

Jeanneau 42DS – Cielo Azul – Menorca to Sardinia and return, 2017

Oyster 56 – Sionna – Gibraltar to Palma, Mallorca, 2017

Oyster 545 – Fujin II – Valencia to Gibraltar, 2016

Dufour 36 – Maui – Brunisse, Holland to Hull, 2016

Oyster 435 – Oyster Belle – Gibraltar to Monfalcone, Trieste, 2016

Hanse 445 – LTD3 – Hamble to Mahon, Menorca, 2016

Oyster 56 – Ragamuffin – Athens to Palma, Mallorca, 2015

Oyster 53 – Jarina – Almerimar to Southampton, 2015

Oyster 545 – Fujin II – Ipswich to Gibraltar, 2015

Oyster 435 – Oyster Belle – Southwold to Gibraltar, 2015

Oyster 575 – Silver Lining – Ipswich to Malta & Cannes, 2014

Oyster 575 – Global One – Ipswich to Malta & Mallorca, 2014

Moody 36 – Ishima – Mallorca to Corfu, 2014

Jeanneau 42DS – Portsmouth to Gibraltar

Jeanneau 45DS – Hamble to Gibraltar

Feeling 28 – Dartmouth to Malta

Bavaria 36 – Portsmouth to Corfu

Fisher 37 – Cowes to Conway

Jeanneau 40 – Crouesty to Menorca

Nauticat 37 – Holyhead to Southampton

Wauquiez 41 – Nieuwpoort, Belgium to Cowes


Contact us for full references if required

A great trip getting Belle to her new home – thanks Richard & Michelle for helping us to get there!

Oyster owner

Fantastic service & all done in such a calm manner. The yacht was put into the water late afternoon & ready for off next morning. We couldn’t have been in any safer hands. It was so efficient, the timing of tides & weather windows was perfect. Would recommend you to anyone!


You left the boat in a very good condition! Thank you for this!

Oyster Owner

Our Guarantee

Because we also conduct sail training and examinations, any delivery crew have previously undergone training with us and are there to act responsibly and gain experience. Our meticulous attention to detail includes;


We are happy to meet you personally before any contracts are agreed


Regular liaison and consultation, prior, during and upon completion of delivery


Packaging and protection of vulnerable areas of your yacht


Conservative sailing keeping wear and tear to a minimum


Regular position updates to meet your requirements


Vessel maintenance and check lists prior to and upon completion of delivery


Our network of personal contacts throughout UK, Europe, Med and Caribbean enables us to deal with any problems that may arise


Personal Liability Insurance up to €6,000,000.

Yacht Delivery & Yachtmaster Preparation Course combined

Peter had completed his RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course and wished to relocate his yacht from the UK to Corfu, and in the process gain the mileage, skills and experience necessary to undertake the Yachtmaster qualification. We arranged suitable crew and accompanied Peter on the delivery providing appropriate training and tuition. On arrival in Corfu Peter had accrued an additional 3,000 miles and successfully completed his Yachtmaster Exam later in the year.