Dunstone focusses on the Med

The Carphone Warehouse boss has got himself a new toy

Thursday April 10th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
British cellular phone magnate Charles Dunstone has a rather different sailing program for this season. A campaigner in the Solent for many years, Dunstone has recently sold his 41.5 Nokia/Carphone Warehouse to buy himself a TransPac sled.

Formerly known as Chance, Dunstone's new steed is a Reichel-Pugh design and sistership to Philippe Kahn's Pegasus. The boat is currently in Cogolin in the south of France where she has been extended to 78ft and is having a new larger bulb fitted.

The crew will be training prior to entering IMS regattas in Porto Fino and Capri, followed by the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Current plans are for the boat then to hightail it back to the UK to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race and possibly a couple of races at Cowes Week. They will then shoot back to the Med for the Voiles de St Tropez and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

"We did the Voiles de St Tropez last year in Hamilton [Dunstone's Swan 86] and Charles was quite impressed with that regatta," skipper David Bedford told The Daily Sail. "He wanted to do it again in a more race-orientated boat."

At present they are finalising the crew but Bedford reckons they'll probably sail with 18 on board, compared to the 12 crew that sailed the boat in the Transpac. In addition to the regular Nokia crew, there are likely to be some big boat specialists particularly for bow and mast duties.

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