Last weekend was busy for Sailing Scenes. We were invited to a rally of catamarans in Falmouth designed by a legendary pioneer in the multihull world: the man who disproved Thor Heyerdahl’s theory about the population of the central Pacific islands and who, in the 1950s, completed the first west-to-east crossing of the Atlantic by a multihull (following his east-to-west crossing in a 23ft double canoe that he built himself – pretty adventurous stuff in those days).
This was a truly international gathering of enthusiasts from Belgium, France, Holland, Cyprus, America and New Zealand and included the chap who built his own 21-footer and then sailed it around the world single-handed. Those are the sort of people this breed of catamaran attracts. The gales and torrential rain that blighted much of the country obligingly paused in the evenings when the tide was in so we could go sailing.
Leaving Falmouth at 10pm on Sunday evening, we got back to Poole in the early hours and then, after a very short night, launched our RIB at 8am ready for a full day’s commercial photo shoot involving nine people, three boats and about 12 hours from start to finish. Once again it was raining in the morning but we set out undaunted, the weather brightened up and we achieved the necessary. Additional entertainment was provided in the afternoon in Studland Bay by the Marines flying around in their Chinooks dangling RIBs underneath.
A few days like this generate a lot of notes and photographs to process, so Sailing Scenes has been lying low for a few days on a big catch-up mission.
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