For those who missed the live stream of yesterday’s departure ceremony, it can be viewed over on YouTube. At about 26:56, there are a group of purple shirted crew over on the far pontoon adding to the atmosphere… I *might* have been present 😉
Team Sean CV26 crew will be racing on CV30… confused… yes, well so are we!
CV26, which arrived in the UK last month, will be crewed by Skipper Simon Talbot with the Great Britain entry. It looks like Clipper have switched the hull numbers around so that the boats that have had their sponsorship deals announced have a lower hull number as these ones have been in the UK for longer, are already on the water and can be wrapped with the sponsor’s logo.
The location of CV30? It was due to arrive in the UK on the 19th of July to be commissioned, a process that involves installing all the equipment required to transform the new yacht into an operating and habitable ocean racer.
According to Clipper, after the hull arrives they:
- Give it a good scrub! As they get rather filthy whilst being transported
- Fit the keels, rudders and bowsprits
- Install and set up the electronics
- Commission the engines, generators and water makers
- Fit the radar towers and steering protection
- Install the rigging and safety lines
- Fit the bunks
- Step the masts and tune the rigs
- Put all the equipment from sails to saucepans on board
- Carry out test sailing
Some of this commissioning work was started by some of the Clipper maintenance team in China for the last two hulls built (CV30 and CV31), to reduce the commissioning time once the hulls arrived in the UK.
The crew of Team Sean
CV26 CV30 are hoping that all this work will be completed before boat prep week, which starts in a little over 2 weeks time. The delivery trip from Gosport to London takes place in 3 weeks time… fingers and toes are crossed that everything will be completed on time or we could be on the look out for some lasers to sail around the world in ;)!