Category Archives: BlueBird News

And Cruuuuuuuz!

After some hard core racing it was time for a little relaxation … Sadly the weather did not play its part for one of the two days.

White Ensign at rest

So we headed for the Michelin Guide … and ashore in both Cannes and Villefranche, settling of the Kathleen Turner & Michael Douglas movie ‘Jewel in the Nile”.

Pendennis 30th Anniversay

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Skylark’s motherships BlueBird and Talitha accompanied a fleet of large boats from Cannes to Saint-Tropez to celebrate the 30 Year Anniversary of the Pendennis Shipyard. The fleet included Haida a near sister ship to Talitha.

Onboard Talitha were ‘The General’ Nick Edmiston, the revolutionary naval architect Andre Hoek, rock guitarist John Hiscocks and famous restauranteur Mogens Thulstrop.

One man and his boat

The owner of the classic motor yacht BlueBird 0f 1938, Skylark’s mothership, free dives beneath the hull and the two five-bladed brass propellers anchored in a beautiful sandy bay on the west coast of Corsica.

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Father & Son

The owner of Skylark’s mothership, the beautiful BlueBird of 1938, and his son free dive beneath the props off the coast of Corsica.

BlueBird of 1938

BlueBird of 1938

Man or Mouse?

Skylark’s new foredeck crew free diving to the sandy sea bed beneath the 104ft BlueBird of 1938, Skylark’s long serving mothership.

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Sea to Sea to Spetses

Skylark’s mothership, the elegant 104ft BlueBird of 1928, passes through the Corinth Canal on her way to the Spetses Classic Regatta in Greece.

The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, effectively making the former peninsula an island. The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships.

The canal was mooted in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century CE. Construction finally got under way in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal’s narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the traffic expected by its operators.