Key Yachting of Hamble, the exclusive agent and distributor for a host of world-leading yachts throughout the UK and Ireland, has been sold.

Wayne Palmer and Hayley Quinn from Hampshire-based Thinking Space Systems have purchased the ownership of the high profile firm.

With its head office in Romsey, Thinking Space Systems is a global provider of high-quality technical furniture.

In addition to new yacht sales, the Key Yachting team also manages an active brokerage business, selling pre-owned yachts built by the brands its represents.

Marie-Claude Heys, who founded Key Yachting in 1996 with her late husband Paul said: “After 25 years, I am delighted to hand the helm over to Wayne and Hayley.

“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.” added Marie-Claude, who competed in four Figaro campaigns and two Whitbread Round the World Races.

Wayne founded Thinking Space Systems in 2003, which has offices in Australia, Canada, UK and the USA.

He 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,” said 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.

Hannah who has been an integral part of Key Yachting for 11 years said: “2021 is going to be an exciting year for all the right reasons.

“We will continue our strong relationship with our business partners and above all with our past, present and future boat owners.”

Key Yachting is the sole UK distributor for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and Tofinou.