Rhode Island 1930: On sea trials for the America's Cup, the eventual cup winner ENTERPRISE [right] holds off WEETAMOE and YANKEE. After painstaking historical research, this 20in x 30in painting of a victory for the New York Yacht Club syndicate's J Class yacht by the British marine artist Adrian Rigby is currently on sale in the USA.

New England 1885: At first light a racing crew board PURITAN, the successful America's Cup defender built and skippered by John Malcolm Forbes.

Narragansett Bay 1938: North American 6m Class yachts racing off the Castle Hill Light.

Adrian Rigby, a British marine artist popular in the USA, accepts commissions on specific yachting subjects. In the world of classic yachts his detailed historical research enables him to recreate great sporting days. He can paint an image of your own yacht in her own golden age. Discuss projects with Adrian on email: ros@poptel.org


Southampton June 22. Back in the British Isles, William Fife III's 27.36m gaff cutter TUIGA is lifted ashore from the Spliethoff Sevenstar geared ship ANKERGRACHT. A month later, the flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco won the Westward Cup Regatta off the Isle of Wight. The new cup commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the launch in Rhode Island USA of Nathaniel G. Herreshoff's influential Big Class racing schooner WESTWARD. TUIGA was restored in England after being rescued in Cannes in 1994 by Prince Albert II of Monaco, her 10th owner in 100 years. The late Eric Tabarly often helmed her and said she was "l'un des plus beaux yachts du monde." She was designed and built at Fairlie on the Clyde by William Fife as a 15 Metre Rule D-class cutter for the Duke of Medinaceli, to compete with a sister ship, King Alfonso XIII's HISPANIA. Picture MARK CHAPMAN.

CLICK for Monaco report. Helmed by YCM secretary Bernard d'Allesandri, with David Arnold navigating and Harold Cudmore as tactician, TUIGA won the Westward Cup off the Isle of Wight. Picture by KOS.

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Griff Rhys Jones's celebrated Rhodes 45 sloop UNDINA alongside at Cherbourg, bound for Les Voiles de St Tropez.

Lifting UNDINA to a Transboat super-low trailer for a BTX move from Cherbourg to St Tropez in 2007.

Undina 2007

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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.

Ici on trouve la metéo, des vendeurs de bateaux, les spécialistes du transport bateau et la cyberbourse électronique des transporteurs.

Ein Amerikaner aus Kalifornien war 1997 unser erster Kunde. Er liess seine Yacht in Amerika von Küste zu Küste transportieren. Seit diesem ungewöhnlichen Boottransport, hat unsere Transportbörse hunderte von Yachtbesitizern mit anderen Bootstransporteuren in Verbindung gebracht. Stellen auch sie ihr Transportproblem auf dem BTX board dar. Die Bootstranporteure geben kostenlos Ratschläge und bieten ihnen Preise an.