In order to meet a growing demand in the region, former yacht chef Anne Carson has launched Super Yacht Services in Falmouth, UK this summer. Having had an extensive career working on some of the most prolific superyachts, Carson has set up the company to support crew and owners with yacht clearance, berth reservations, fresh provisioning, courier services, fuel bunkering, concierge services and almost anything else a yacht might need while in Cornwall.
“The idea came to me last summer when I saw MY Dona Amelia (ex. Rosencavalier) towed into the harbour, SY Elfje sailing out and MY Aquila in the back ground all at the same time – so many superyachts seemed to be coming and going all year,” Carson explains. She then did some research into whether anyone was already providing yacht support in the area, not wanting to step on any toes, and discovered that no one was, with the nearest yacht agents located as far away as Norway and the Netherlands.
Having only launched Super Yacht Services this summer, business is off to a promising start as Carson currently has five large superyachts under her belt, all having needed various yacht support services. Having worked for a significant stint on board SY Adela, which has close ties with Falmouth, Carson has been able to benefit from her knowledge of suppliers in the area.
Part of the initial success of the company, Carson believes, could be attributed to a change in cruising habits, as Falmouth is increasingly seen as a good place to stop at the start of a trip to northern Europe. Considering its large natural harbour, extensive moorings and anchorages and shipyard facilities, the infrastructure for superyachts is plentiful. “It seems like there is more and more superyacht traffic here all the time and I don’t think there has ever been so many superyachts stopping in Falmouth, so I think there has been a spike in demand for these services,” Carson reflects.
“Pendennis Shipyard is busy, so as well as being able to work with boats coming out of the yard, there seems to be a lot of owners who have cruised many years in the Mediterranean and are now looking for new areas to cruise. This is particularly true as the boats are getting bigger and able to handle the conditions of the northern climate. This summer, for example, both Nahlin and Talitha were cruising in Norway at the same time.”
Carson is pleased to have already delivered a wide variety of services to her clients, from food provisioning to glass replacement on hatches and refrigeration health checks. Her husband, former captain Steve Carson, is also able to help with the technical requests.
Images courtesy of Anne Carson