Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

BlueBird Cup 2014

‘Speed under Sail’ is the inscription on the beautiful Blue Bird Cup and in 2014 this could not have been more relevant with the two yachts match racing head-to-head finishing alongside each other after 45 minutes of intense competition.

The owner of Skylark challenged Christopher Spray, the owner of the famous 53ft S&S yawl Stormy Weather, to a race twice round a windward-leeward course set between the classic motor yachts Blue Bird and Talitha. In very light winds there were 5 lead changes during the two laps of the course, with Skylark finally taking control of the race in the final 100 meters and crossing the line only a few metres ahead of her near sistership Stormy.

Following the race both crews met aboard Talitha for presentation of the winner’s trophy, a silver art deco trophy originally presented to Sir Malcolm Campbell by the United Nations in Geneva for his land speed record achievements in 1937, the year Blue Bird was launched.

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Excitement in Saint-Tropez

22 tons of priceless varnish with no brakes! That’s the heart-stopping feeling being at the helm of a large classic yacht and at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2014 helmsman’s nerves were put to the test when the classic yacht Rowdy barged into an already crowded startline. There was fortunately no damage but the resulting collisions ending in the protest room – the Jury confirming, after reviewing this footage, that Skylark was in the right.

Following a week of races Skylark ended the event 2nd Overall to her near sistership Dorade, which was testament to the dedication, concentration and hard effort contributed by all her crew. Had the wind been a little stronger there’s no doubt that Skylark would have won the event as the very light wind favoured her lighter (16t) narrower (3ft) counterpart.