What ever happened to Pete Goss?


 
James Boyd caught up with the former Marine, Vendee Globe hero and erstwhile Team Philips skipper
Back in 2000 Pete Goss was a household name, certainly in the West Country. His Team Philips maxi-catamaran with her sleek hulls and twin freestanding wingmasts was the most radical boat ever to have been built in the UK. The boat was a sensation, engendering massive local pride and support, the visitor's centre adjoining Team Philips' build shed in Totnes constantly aswarm with members of the public going to see this extraordinary boat under construction. Following her maiden voyage up to London she was the first sailing boat in recent history to be christened by the Queen. Once sailing Team Philips turned into a disaster zone. First her port bow broke off. The boat was salvaged and return to her build shed in Totnes. Then, once relaunched, she started to break up and was adandoned mid-Atlantic in a severe storm as she was undergoing sea trials en route to the start of The Race. Debate over what went wrong continues in West Country pubs to this day. Was it the design? Could a catamaran of this size survive without a forward beam to support her slender bows? Was it the engineering? Was it the build? Was it the collosal weight of her otherwise beautifully crafted unstayed wingmasts? Following the Team Philips debacle Pete Goss has been very much out of the limelight in the sailing world and it was almost with some surprise that we encountered him at London Boat Show. Goss was attending this to help the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth promote a new exhibition about Team Philips. The exhibition opens on 28 January. "The exhibition is to celebrate the project and certainly the communial side of it," Goss explained. "What I am heartened by is the hull names. When I went up to Iceland [where parts of Team Philips

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