Originally Posted by multihuler
I was on Spirit and I am curious why they call her a Formula 40, what year was she launched? the restoration
was beautifully done, good for them!,.....
yeah... work, time and cost intensive restauration, indeed... took more than one year the complete refit
. I wonder how John brings all that money together.
Maybe he still makes an earning from the DVD
documenting the boat and AZAB (The Azores
and Back) race
... which one still can buy
This boat was known in U.K. as "Spirit of England" and set in 1995 a new AZAB record mark
, having been sailed by Peter Clutterbuck and Brian Thompson with some dramas, e.g. capsizing and dismasting
on the return.
For building Tri "Spirit of England" was involved multihull specialists Patric Boyd Multihulls Ltd. (founded in 1975 by owner Patrick Boyd). The designer
was Merfyn Owen
(still designing impressive racing
boats, e.g. the Vendee Globe Open 60).
The trimaran was built during 1988/1989 with a late launch in 1993. The boat building company was Irving Boatbuilding under David Irving (U.K., Bursledon on the River Hamble in Hampshire). I am not sure if this company actually is better known nowadays as Moody Yachts UK Ltd
bought the boat in USA couple of years ago, in 2010... and had a slow-motion cruising to Australia
till 2014, after a 1st step rennovation in the Newport
shipyard (with a new cevlar deck).
Spirit already came 2000 to the USA as "Spirit from Stonington, Connecticut"... as mentioned the original name of the boat was "Spirit of England".
I wonder how Jason found Claudia from Italy
she flew to Australia
in 2014 and did a lot of the hard, ugly dirty work...
The result we can see here... the day of relaunch in July 2015...
Hope Claudia deserves it (with fully respect by John) to become co-owner of the boat.
John registrated Spirit in July under Dutch flag. Wondering why ? Maybe some tax benefits putting it under the roof of a Ship company in Netherlands
, who knows.