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".






Monday, 25 April 2016

One man, One boat!

The vibe is building.............the flags and banners line the streets

Local cafes are getting in on the act....and why not................

Stranger in town: an unusual boat in an unusual location 

Team Sodebo........
http://www.thetransat.com/skippers/view/thomas-coville 

60 foot, carbon materials and £8 bn cost to build.......

wide, light and strong............



designed for team or solo sailors....who have nerves of steel...............



can hit 50 knots over the water...........



the winning skipper of one of these big beasties could reach New York in around 7 days


it is the widest thing I have ever seen moored on this pontoon







3500 miles of open water dominated by a line of low pressure systems.........every component had better be superstrong





It takes endeavour and courage for any sailor who undertakes an Atlantic passage



tough on the skipper, tough on the boat....this race is a full on sprint

It all starts on May 2nd around lunchtime............



2 comments:

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

"£8 bn cost to build.."... blimey... really??!

steve said...

I think that probably includes research and design costs as well steve
Won't here me moan ever about the cost of Arwen though!!