A decade under sail – 10 years of Skylark

Summer of 2020 marks a decade of racing Skylark and to celebrate we asked her most regular crew about their most memorable moments over 224 race days, some 64 regattas and over 100 victories.

INTRODUCTION
RESTORATION
THE MOST IMPORTANT CREW
MEET THE REST OF THE CREW
THE BEST TIMES
BIG HUGS TO SKYLARK
THANK YOU SKYLARK

BlueBird Cup 2020

Each year the owner of Skylark challenges the owner of another classic yachts to a race around the bay. The trophy, originally presented by the United Nations to Sir Malcolm Campbell, was made by Garrards of London in an art deco style. It is presented to the winner of the race at a prizegiving lunch onboard the classic motoryacht Talitha.

INTRODUCTION TO RACE DAY
SKYLARK vs MANITOU – BLUEBIRD CUP 2020

After three laps of the course the race was won by Skylark beating Manitou by a healthy 6 minutes 22 seconds, the biggest margin in BlueBird Cup history.

2020 Season Update

Due to the global pandemic it is unclear which regattas will be able to run during 2020, or even whether travel will be possible between countries.

Whilst Skylark is Standing-By … her crew wish our friends, competitors and their families a safe, sound passage navigating challenging waters.

May we cross-tacks with you sometime soon.

The Last Post

Les Ecosse des Pipes des Highlandaise … were invited onboard BlueBird for the closing ceremony. A fitting tribute, onboard a wonderful vessel, for a truly classic event.

Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019

“The most beautiful regatta in the world” are the words most often stated about Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Held each year on the French Riviera, it is a celebration of the world’s most beautiful boats – both classic and modern – and the party scenes and lifestyle ashore is second to none.

In addition to all the beautiful sailing boats, many of the biggest and best motorboats also gather in support. These include the latest modern and contemporary craft, as well as classic motor yachts such as Shemara, Haida and Talitha, once owned by the Bee Gees impresario Robert Stigwood.

For the 2019 event Skylark again faced Cippino II the Argentinian boat that has an almost unbeatable record. Blitzen, Argyll, Stormy Weather were all also competing after a long season of events around the Mediterranean.

The conditions for racing through the week were unusual and, whilst Skylark performed well on some days and less well on others, her overall result was not the best of the year. One notable race, Race 3, Skylark had an incredible start and sailed away from the whole fleet of 42 boats. Two thirds of the way through the race she was caught on the wrong side of a wind shift and lost all of the significant lead that she had gained. It was a painful way to end the season having performed so well and all the other events.

That said, and in summary, the 2019 season was amazing. A lot of fun and results that were some of Skylark’s best yet.

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Aerial of Port of Saint-Tropez

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Skylark ©Gilles Martin-Raget

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