Intended to be leaders, the Firsts remain faithful to their pedigree. The set of design parameters takes extremely high performance requirements into account. The hull design carries the dynamic waterline length to its maximum, giving the boat speed.
In the “racing” version, Firsts can also take to the starting line, and when sailed to their full potential, more than often come out on top. Feel the thrill of a sailing boat that responds to every touch of the helm, accelerates at the slightest gust or reacts to the smallest change in trim.
Stuart is the Brand Manager for Beneteau Sailing Yachts. He has recently qualified as a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster as boating has been a big part of Stuart’s life for both work and pleasure. Stuart is a great addition to the Ancasta team bringing much enthusiasm as well as a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of the marine industry.
Rob is a member of the Beneteau Sales team. He started working for Ancasta at Port Hamble before moving on to become Manager at Brighton and finally Dartmouth 5 years ago. Prior to joining Ancasta, he worked onboard private and charter yachts in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean and has a couple of Transatlantic crossings under his belt.
John is a Yacht Broker and member of the Beneteau New Boat Sales team. After running his own brokerage, he joined Ancasta in 1998. Since then, he has worked at Poole, where he started the new and used boat shows at Cobb’s Quay, Hythe, Port Solent, Port Hamble and more recently, our very busy Lymington office.
Simon Boote first came to Cornwall as a sailing instructor on the Helford River in the early 1980s. He returned with his family in 2003, having had a career that allowed him to sail all over the world. He took over Ancasta Cornwall (Falmouth and Mylor) in that year and added Ancasta Plymouth to the portfolio in 2007. He remains a passionate sailor both in Cornwall and overseas. He has been a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club since the mid 1980’s and has competed in many of the world’s premier sailing events. However he is also a proud owner of a Fly-bridge Sports Fishing boat that is “probably one of the most used boats in Cornwall!”
Rhian has worked at Ancasta for many years, starting her career at our Port Solent office in 1997, then moving to run the brokerage department at the Ancasta’s Head Office in 2001, before taking up her current role of Group Brokerage Manager in 2016. Having worked as a sailing instructor in the Med and America, Rhian has a passion for Sailing Yachts and is a member of the Beneteau New Boat Sales team. She is also a full Broker Member of ABYA and often presents on their Brokers training course.
Sam started sailing dinghies from a young age and from that point onwards his passion for being on the water strengthened year after year. During his time at Edinburgh university, Sam was heavily involved in yacht racing and also a member of the team racing club. Prior to joining Ancasta, Sam worked as deck crew onboard a super yacht travelling all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Bahamas racking up three transatlantic crossings. As a qualified yacht master, he would be delighted to assist in buying or selling your next boat.
James has been with Ancasta since 2015 and is part of the Beneteau Sail team.
Prior to time with another brokerage he was an Assistant Harbour Master at Lymington.
James is often seen buzzing about in the Western Solent in both power and sailing craft of all sizes.
A very seasoned boat handler, James has grown up on and around boats all his life and is a crew member of the Lymington Lifeboat.