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SWAN 65 - MARGAUX

A beautifully refitted Swan 65 from 1974 seen in Barcelona last July 2018.

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Sparkman and Stephens design built by Nautor in Finland. Sister vessel to Sayula II, that won the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973/74.

One of Sayula's crew, Tjerk Romke DeVries also sailed with me in Orcella (76ft Frans Maas designed and built) on the leg from Breskens to Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucia, in October 1974.

Sayula II survived pitch poling in the Southern Ocean, (that is, she was turned completely over by a sea overpowering her from astern.) A tribute to the strength of these fine yachts.
 

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A pal of mine called Johnny sailed in the first WRTWR on John Ridgeway's Bowman 57, he was driven to distraction because Ridgeway didn't mind diverting on a whim and stopping at isolated locations for the hell of it. Johnny was a Para like Ridgeway, went on to join the SAS but caught the dreaded lurgy somewhere exotic and despite a medical discharge and the best the Liverpool school of tropical medicine could do he sadly passed away a couple of years after discharge after great suffering at maybe 30 years old. I played rugby with Johnny, he was a lovely lad, as hard as nails.

++ Edit Bowman 57 not 55.
 

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I think Ridgway also entered the same WTR that claimed Crowhurst, along with Tetley's boat. Ridgway realised he wasn't in a suitable boat and retired early if I remember correctly. I met Chay Blyth, who proved to be a better yachtsman, although it took Philip's of Dartmouth to build a yacht he couldn't sink! (British Steel.) Blyth was very approachable, and loved to talk. Another of that era, and Regiment, that I saw at the London Boat Show was Tom MacLean, who was very down to earth, and quite modest really.
 

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In 1966 Sergeant Chay Blyth teamed up with Captain John Ridgway for a daring adventure. The plan was for the two paratroopers to row across The Atlantic from North America back to Europe.

In preparing for this remarkable voyage both Chay and John Ridgway were unfazed by Chay’s lack of sea experience.

The vessel they chose was a 20ft open dory built in Bradford. Some practical alterations were made to the dory for the adventure at Aldershot but important improvements were made in Cape Cod on advice from experienced fishermen who knew the treacherous Grand Banks which they would have to cross in the early stages of their daring voyage. Critically the gunwale was raised 9inches and the vessel was strengthened with oak.

http://www.chayblyth.com/ocean-adventurer/rowing-the-atlantic-1966
 

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