If you’ve spent the week sitting in a deserted office wishing you were on holiday like your colleagues, or counting down the days until you’re off, you have my sympathy. It doesn’t matter how hard it’s raining at Cowes Week 2013, or how little the breeze blows, the Isle of Wight in any weather is still more fun than the 0705 to Waterloo.
Having spent the day at my desk on the mainland drove that home. Knowing that I would be heading back to Cowes on Thursday should have made it easy to concentrate on the tasks I had set myself, but I made a fatal mistake. One click on the Cowes TV window on our website was all it took for my productivity, (and I have to say spirit), to take a dive as I watched the action off the RYS start line and the accompanied commentary.
Having said that, if your boss is away and you’re getting bored with tracking auctions on eBay, this year’s Cowes coverage is a superb way of making the hours slip by effortlessly. I only took a look to see if the weather forecast was going to cause problems again. Before I knew it I was playing catch up for the afternoon.A building high pressure system and the previous night’s forecast for light and fickle breezes had looked like they could trip up the racing for a second day at Cowes.
Conscious that the decent breeze could be out to the east, as it had been on the previous day, the race committee decided to take some of the bigger boats in the black group classes out into Hayling Bay where the wind was expected to be more settled. As it turned out, for the White group classes and smaller boats in the Black group that raced in the Solent as normal, the breeze delivered more than had been expected to leave these classes with more space than is normal during the week to play in. Everyone, it seemed was happy. Apart from, that is, us at our desks.
The Broom armada brought the River Yare to a standstill on Saturday as the largest single gathering of Broom Boats prepared to form up according to the age of each boat.
The honour of leading the sail past fell to the 26ft Broads sailing yacht Bessie Bell, which was built for the company’s hire fleet in 1911, but there were lots of classic motorcruisers on show, too.
Once the fleet assembled slightly downstream of Coldham Hall they headed towards Broom’s Brundall yard and then on to Surlingham Broad before dispersing on the River Yare by Coldham Hall.
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On Wednesday 31 July at 9.30am, Trafalgar Square will host the official unveiling and naming of Great Britain’s yacht for the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race. ‘Moored’ alongside one of London’s most famous landmarks, Nelson’s Column, and measuring an impressive 70ft, she won’t be hard to miss. She will remain there until Sunday evening 4 August, providing a rare opportunity for race enthusiasts to view the new Clipper 70 out of the water.
The ninth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 starts Sunday 1 September from St Katharine Docks, London and is anticipated to be the biggest event in the race history. More than 650 people will represent more than 40 different nations on 12 brand new 70ft racing yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro, and will return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route.
In other Clipper news, PSP has been appointed as the official logistics partner of the 2013-14 event for the third consecutive time.
PSP’s job is to ensure that boats and containers carrying vital maintenance equipment and spare parts will be, in the words of Frank Dixie, managing director of PSP, “Exactly where they’re needed, when they are needed.”
Founder and chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said “I don’t think people appreciate just how vital it is to have a good reliable shipping company when running an international event like the Clipper Race.”
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Successor to the popular Princess 42 will launch at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show – Is this the best kept secret in the world of motorboats? MBM has learned that Princess will be launching a replacement for its all-conquering 42 flybridge at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
The 42 was a monumental success for Princess, with over 300 built. So, with some refreshing honesty, “Big shoes to fill” is how Princess Yachts International is describing its new 43.
Looking to follow the same two-cabin layout as the outgoing 42, the 43 takes its styling and execution from more recent models like the 52. Sharp minimalist exterior styling mixes with a more contemporary interior. You can bet it will be a big boat, and with huge saloon windows the onboard experience should be sizeably impressive.
Up top the flybridge echoes the 52 with a wet bar and social seating aft. By the helm, there is more seating, converting to a sunbed. Twin transom doors and an optional high/low bathing platform are also offered.
Princess is renowned for introducing new models at very competitive levels and a base price of £390,000 exc VAT keeps the 43 within touching distance of the old 42.
The 43 will be available for viewing at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show on Berth M483.
Pick up the September issue (on sale 15 August) of MBM for full boat show listings for Cannes, Southampton, Amsterdam and many more. Plus, read reviews of the boats set to star this autumn, including the new Princess V48 and Fairline Targa 48.
Princess 43 Specification
LOA 47ft 6in (14.5m)
Beam: 13ft 11in (4.25m)
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D6-370hp / 435hp shaftdrive
Max speed: 30 knots estimated
Sam Goodchild has become the highest-ranking British skipper in the Solitaire du Figaro since the race went one-design in 1991. Finishing leg 4 in 13th, the Shelterbox skipper finished the 1,938 mile race in 11th overall – an accumulated elapsed time of 10 days, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds – two hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds behind race winner Yann Elies.
“The best part of my race was also the hardest part, sailing down the south coast of England under the spinnaker in around 30-40knots of wind,” said Sam. “It’s always nice to sail through home waters, though it wasn’t very kind to us this time – the wind was relentless for about 12 hours. Leg 4 was definitely the toughest leg and really showed us how easy we had it over the first three legs. I am surprised at how much my performance has progressed since the 2012 race, I did not think that I’d do this well and setting a new top ranking British position is the icing on the cake really.”
Making his way into the dock shortly after Sam, Magma Structures skipper Nick Cherry finished the 520-mile Leg 4 in 16th in a time of 2 days, 10 hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds. Nick’s consistently solid results in the teens over the four stages of the race tonight saw him finish 17th overall – an eight position improvement on his 2012 Solitaire result.
22-year old Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Jack Bouttell (left) crossed the Leg 4 finish line in 21st, putting him 21st in the overall rankings and first in the Solitaire du Figaro (first timer’s) Rookie division. In winning, Jack has become the first ever British skipper to stand on the top of the Rookie podium.
“It’s incredible to have won the Rookie category. I didn’t like to think about whether I could do it, but now I have it’s awesome – I’m really pleased. I’ve definitely exceeded my own expectations,” said an elated Jack. “The last night was definitely entertaining, 30-40 knots with the kite launching through the night with low visibility and lots of fog – it was pretty full on.”
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A British grandmother has become the oldest woman to sail solo around the world non-stop – at the third attempt. Intrepid Jeanne Socrates, 70, from Ealing, west London, set off on her mammoth journey from Victoria in Canada, in October last year.
She sold her family home to take up the gruelling challenge after the death of her husband, with whom she learned to sail in her 50s. The former maths teacher was skipper, navigator, engineer and chef on her 38ft yacht Nereida.
It was third time lucky for determined Mrs Socrates as she failed in her previous two attempts to complete the 25,000-mile circumnavigation.
Now after 259 days at sea, she has become the oldest woman to solo non-stop circumnavigate the world. The grandmother-of-three will have to wait for experts to carry out an inspection on sensors on board the boat to have her record verified.
Speaking after she docked in Victoria, Canada, in the early hours of Monday, she said her achievement was a victory for the elderly. She said: ‘I am the oldest by a long shot. Who else would be crazy enough to do it?
‘As soon as you mention your age and number to other people, they get very ageist.
‘They classify you and put you in a pocket as being old and no good. ‘But we shouldn’t be – we are no different as people.’
Explaining how she survived the voyage, Mrs Socrates said: ‘Everything ends up cold and damp so you need your sleeping bag to get warm, and dry out a bit. In my gear as well.’
Emailing from her boat during the challenge, she said: ‘I’ve gone around [the world] several times now, so I figure it’s time to get my name on the list.
A great sight as classics return to their birthplace to brave wind and rain
After a weekend of grey skies, gusty winds and rain the sun came out on Monday on the 20 classic Fife designs that have gathered to race in Scotland. They have returned to their birthplace on the Clyde, at the Fairlie yard where William Fife III built his most famous yachts between 1890 and the late 1930s.
The fleet comprises some of Fife’s smaller designs, such as the 24ft Conway One Design Coralie to the largest here, such as Kentra a 1923, 102ft gaff-rigged yawl.
Yesterday we cruised from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute to Tighnabruaich, beating up the West Kyle and East Kyle (one always seems to be hard on the wind in the Kyles of Bute no matter how the channel twists or what direction you go). This was the scene aboard Solway Maid, a 54ft Bermudan cutter built in 1938 and the last yacht to have been designed by William Fife III.
The scenery here as you pass Colintraive and dodge through the Burnt Isles is magnificent. Solway Maid’s Swiss skipper Rolf and mate Simone were among many of the first-time visitors overawed by seeing the procession of Fifes tacking back and forth against such an impressive backdrop.
This is us crossing ahead of Saskia, one of Fife’s most beautiful 8 Metres, built in 1931.
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James May left seasick in £700k boat race with Jeremy Clarkson in new series of Top Gear – Presenters May and Clarkson go to New Zealand to race on land and water
James May is left SEASICK in the new series of Top Gear when he takes on Jeremy Clarkson in a race on the show involving a £700,000 boat.
James May, 50, and Jeremy Clarkson go to New Zealand to race on land and water.
While Clarkson takes a route on road in an expensive car, May joins an America’s Cup winning team on a AC45 race boat that costs almost a million pounds.
Conditions are so bad for James, who is alongside Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie on the boat, that his satellite phone gets thrown overboard and he is left retching.
At one point he moans: “This is purgatory. It is catastrophically uncomfortable as a way to travel. I’m the cabin boy, that would be alright if you had a cabin.”
Clarkson has to use dirt tracks and go off road in a bid to win and it doesn’t go according to plan and he has several crashes.
You can see who wins the race when the new series of Top Gear starts on Sunday night on BBC2 at 8pm.
Inspiration Marine Group Ltd, based at Hamble and Windermere, has been appointed importer and dealer for the Greenline range of diesel hybrid cruisers.
Both the 40 and the 33 will be on display at the Southampton Boat Show in September.
Details on the new Greenline 48, due to be launched this autumn, will also be available.
London will be the start and finish line for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The race will begin in September and sailors will cover 40,000 miles and six continents before returning to the capital in July 2014.
Up to 650 international crews will begin and end the world’s longest ocean race in front of Tower Bridge. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who founded the race in 1996, made the announcement with London Mayor Boris Johnson.
‘Best of human spirit’ – Sir Robin, who in 1968-69 became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, said: “What better place to host the start and finish than London, in front of one of the best known landmarks in the world.
“This will be the first time the capital has hosted a global yacht race start and finish.”
Mr Johnson said: “Those who take part are an inspiration to us all and exhibit the very best of the human spirit.”
This year the third generation Clipper 70 ocean racing yacht will participate in the race. The 12-strong matched fleet will be hosted in a race village at St Katharine Docks, which is the official Clipper Race start and finish port.