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Phil Scott and Tom Ashwell

Scott refl ects, “Richard had just bought

we needed to run large yachts. T e job not only involved sailing, but also engineering, maintenance, and even hotel running of privately owned yachts. It was hard, but amazing to go around the world doing that.” It was at this time when the two would meet

and eventually form what would be a lasting partnership, however, by this point both had started families and the rigorous schedule as yacht skippers forced them to think about a return back to the UK – with the picturesque coast of North Wales being the ideal location. Looking back at this time Scott states, “We wanted to start a company which off ered fractional ownership of large yachts and began to manage boats for clients.” T roughout their time in the Caribbean, they had accumulated a long list of high profi le clients, including Sir Richard Branson, and it is this relationship which would prove very benefi cial for their upcoming business venture.

a catamaran, and because of the existing relationship, we were then asked to oversee the refi t of this yacht for around 12 months. T is then gave us a certain pedigree which we could start shouting about in the industry.” As the two were then based in the UK, to satisfy their boating needs, they started the RibRide experience as a part time venture. After the success of this business, they were asked to develop a stand alone attraction for guests at the Plas Coch holiday home park – for which they designed the prestigious Marine Club – where their company Synergy Yachting now operates the hugely successful service. With a fl eet of 32 types of boat available

through their exclusive service, the company off ers storage, maintenance, launching and sailing, and is moving into the selling of boats in the next few months. Aside from this venture, Synergy Yachting are also providing media support for the sailing events at next year’s London Olympic Games. Additionally, this summer they will provide

more support for charity event, T e Swim. With a list of top celebrities swimming 56 miles across the Irish Sea in aid of Cancer Research, the event begins at Holyhead in Anglesey on the 30 August and runs till the 6 September. As their client and friend Sir Richard Branson is taking part in this gruelling event, and with their Anglesey location, Ashwell states that their involvement is “the most obvious choice for support”. As if they weren’t busy enough, they also plan the team up with Marine Club member

and hugely successful Superbike racer Carl Fogarty to break the record of racing around the Anglesey Island this coming winter. Despite such adrenaline fuelled excursions, they still operate through the Marine Club at Plas Coch where business is continuing to fl ourish. Scott states, “We have seen a dramatic shift with more inquiries for RibRides and also private charters. More people want to go out for an hour with their own private skipper or for half and full day trips around Anglesey. We have invested more in media awareness through advertising and online, and in what is now our sixth year of operation, we are becoming known as the high end professional boat company in the area.” So with an unrivalled quality service matched

only by their own desire to share these experiences with visitors, it seems that Synergy Yachting will continue to fl ourish for a very long time to come.

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