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Yacht Transport News 2013
NEW YEAR MERSEY ARRIVAL FOR J/111
In the eighteen months since the first of these strict one-design 36-footers began racing off Rhode Island in 2010, sixty J/111s have been built in France and the USA for yachtsmen in ten countries. Ten raced together under five national flags in the first European J/111 one-design regatta at La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany in the summer of 2012. In a famous last-minute performance in 2011, a new French-built J/111 called SHMOKING JOE arrived by lorry in Hamble only 12 hours before the start of the 2011 Round Island Race. Phil Thomas and Duncan McDonald immediately raced her to win the IRC1 and IRC 1A divisions and finish sixth among the 400 competing IRC boats in the big 50-mile race.
Sealand Boat Deliveries delivered JEZEBEL complete with a 16.67m mast constructed by Hall Spars in a new carbon nano-tube material called Arovex. To lower her centre of gravity and keep her draught under 2.2m, the Johnstone brothers of J-Boats designed a hollow fabricated stainless steel fin with a flat-sided lead bulb. J/111s can accelerate to windward at over 7 knots and plane downwind. SHMOKING JOE recorded 18 knots planing in the Round Island Race.
The J/111 is known for her narrow waterline beam and her open transom.
ESCAPE TO BARTON UPON HUMBER
Sealand Boat Deliveries first moved her in 2008 after a tricky River Hamble tow with salvage pumps running as far as the big boat hoist at Swanwick. They road-hauled her to Lowestoft for a major refit at the International Boatbuilding Training College. Her new owner sailed her to Norway in 2008 for a triumphant return to Risør where she had been built in 1936 at the Moen yard of K. Christiansen & Co to plans from the British naval architect William McMeek. The pioneering Arctic yachtsman David Robertson asked McMeek to base the design on an earlier 23-ton double-ended sailing lifeboat, also named Escape, designed in 1896 by the great Colin Archer [1832–1921]. In the Colin Archer tradition Robertson ordered scantlings 25 per cent over Lloyds Rules.
The Arctic veteran has recently been offered for sale by the specialist yacht brokers Wooden Ships. Joe Irving recently restored Ierne, the International 8-metre gold medal winner for Norway at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. Huw Jones of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club had discovered the gold medal winner locked in a fruit warehouse in Portugal.
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ALBION CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN AT 106
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Griff Rhys Jones's celebrated Rhodes 45 sloop UNDINA alongside at Cherbourg, bound for Les Voiles de St Tropez.
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NAVIGARE NECESSE EST, VIVERE NON EST NECESSE
To sail is necessary, to survive is not necessary.
Attributed by Plutarch to Gnaeus Pompeius who sent sailors to sea in bad weather to bring grain from Africa to Rome.
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