Helm Over at Key Yachting

Hamble, UK (January 03, 2021)

Key Yachting is delighted to announce that Wayne Palmer and Hayley Quinn from Hampshire-based Thinking Space Systems have purchased the ownership of Key Yachting. With their head office in Romsey, Thinking Space Systems is a global provider of high-quality technical furniture.

“After 25 years, I am delighted to hand the helm over to Wayne and Hayley,” commented Marie-Claude Heys, who founded Key Yachting in 1996 with her late husband Paul. “This year, as part of the logistics team from Miranda Merron’s Vendee Globe campaign, it really made my mind up. The time is right for me to make a change, and I am keen to get back to my roots in offshore sailing.” continued Marie-Claude, who competed in four Figaro campaigns and two Whitbread Round the World Races.

Wayne Palmer founded Thinking Space Systems in 2003, which has offices in Australia, Canada, UK and the USA. Wayne is a keen sailor having competed in two Fastnet Races and currently races his J/109 Flying Jackal. Hayley Quinn is an experienced qualified accountant with a passion for managing leisure focused businesses.

“From a design, engineering and manufacturing perspective, there are many similarities between Thinking Systems and Key Yachting,” commented Wayne. “Hayley and I cannot wait to get started in the new year. Key Yachting has world class brands, and it is rare to be able to acquire a business that has been in the same ownership for so long.”

Key Yachting Sales Director, Hannah Le Prevost will mentor the new owners into the business. “2021 is going to be an exciting year for all the right reasons,” commented Hannah who has been an integral part of Key Yachting for 11 years. “We will continue our strong relationship with our business partners and above all with our past, present and future boat owners.”