Sunday's yachting spectaclesMadforsailing readers interested in seeing the first of the new generation Volvo Ocean 60s in the UK can watch the first of the two new Assa Abloy boats sail beneath Tower Bridge this Sunday (13 May). A Bruce Farr design built in Southampton by Green Marine, the first Assa Abloy was only launched a week ago and has clever hull graphics that makes use of the boat's Kevlar construction. The boat is unpainted with the exception of the graphics and according to skipper Roy Heiner saves 100kg in weight. In an event where crew-members are asked to saw their toothbrushes in half to reduce weight, 100kg represents a substantial saving, that can be translated into more lead on the bulb and better stability for the boat.
Assa Abloy is due to sail beneath Tower Bridge, in theory under spinnaker, at 2030 on Sunday. To see a 3D animation of Assa Abloy click here.
Earlier in the day on Sunday Bristol will be welcoming home local hero Tony Bullimore who will be bringing Team Legato, the 100ft catamaran he sailed to last place in The Race up the river Avon and into the town docks. Despite being down the pan in The Race, Bullimore has an incredible following and according to Barry Pickthall who is doing Tony's PR there will be three TV stations and three radio stations broadcasting live on his return to Bristol. Team Legato is well worth a look over as she is the largest racing catamaran in the UK.
The schedule is for Team Legato to be at Pill on 0900. She will then travel up towards Bristol beneath the giant M5 suspension bridge. At the first lock at Cumberland Basin, she will be met by The Mathew, the replica of John Cabot's famous caravel, with the mayor of Bristol on board. Team Legato is due to arrive at the Amphitheatre in Bristol Docks at 1200.
Two special trips have been organised for the public. Tower Belle will take passengers down the Avon Gorge to meet the giant cat on her way up the River Avon and Rob Salvidge who was part of Team Legato's crew for The Race will skipper Bristol Ferry Boat Matilda for a 'history of Bristol Boat Building' tour down the docks to Cumberland Basin via Redcliffe Wharf where The Mathew was built and Team Legato was extensively rebuilt and refitted.
Tower Belle will leave the Pump House in Hotwells at 0900. Fares are £9.00 for adults £7.50 for seniors and £6.30 for children. To make a booking call Patricia at The Bristol Packet +44 (0) 117 9268157. Matilda will leave Bristol City Centre at 0900. Ticket on her are £10.00 for adults or £7.00 for seniors and children. To make a booking call The Bristol ferry Boat Company on 0117 9273416.