Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Sunday, 18 May 2014

La Solitaire du Figaro

is coming to Plymouth, the first time it will have been to the UK in eleven years. Reputedly one of France's most popular long distance yacht races, it has the superstars of the yacht sailing world competing across its 2000 odd miles.

copyright: Courouc-Maramara-La Figaro

All entrants are on identical 33ft long yachts and it begins in Deauville on June 8th and finishes in Cherbourg on July 1st. its very popular in France, particularly Brittany and the Vendee.

Sailors will criss-cross the channel snatching 10 - 15 minute catnaps. All boats carry on board tracking and so we can all follow them live. There are four legs and although sailors will be able to do media interviews they will need to be self sufficient and out of contact with the outside world or their support team. all running repairs must be done by the sailors themselves.

there will be a huge sore party and thousands of fans descending on Plymouth during the layover in Sutton Harbour on June 11th. apparently we are having a carnival of entertainment on the hoe to go with all the fun!

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