Much overdue, but I've been busy..
A good show this year again I thought.. my feet certainly told me it was the next day anyway.. I refuse to get excited about going on the big expensive one's, but I never tire of looking at them, and there were some crackers to look at..
Given my usual sailing experience I am far more interested in the smaller boats.. less of the newer/development one's this year (though the tried and trusted Cornish/Bay were there in force as usual, and also some smaller boats I've seen before in the main arena).. this one did catch my eye however.. BTC-22 from Buckley Yacht Design [clicky] entirely British made.. and in Southampton as well... more here [clicky], but I had a long and interesting conversation with one of the builders/designers (for which kudos, as it was the last weekend of the show, he'd been there a week, and still took time out to talk to a 'tyre kicker'.. ).. reasonable price, and from a quality builder (they build the Hawk 20), I do hope they do well..
They usually have a tall ship at the show (Kskelot last year) but this years was a bit special..
The frigate ‘Shtandart’ is a full-size replica of the flagship of the first Russian Baltic fleet built in 1999. There were no plans so they used naval historian, Victor Krainyukov, who had been commissioned in 1987 by the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg to find out everything possible about the ship.
After extensive research in the archives and records for multiple nations, and with the discovery of an 18th Century which showed the Shtandart in action, they had enough to go on to rebuild the ship. She's made in larch and is stunning.. the web site [clicky] has some shots of her under full sail that are superb..
From old style to old school.. Gypsy Moth was also at the show looking good..
Top it off with good company, and a couple of pints of Guinness in the Guinness bar and there's not a lot not to like.. roll on next years show...