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Battle of the Herreshoffs
Wooden Boats on the Spanish Coast
Huge Welcome for First Shannon Lifeboat
More Ships to be Added to P&O Cruises Fleet

Classic sailing yachts could race against each other recreating the battle of the Herreshoffs.

The exciting prospect of two classic beauties both from the desk of the same designer racing each other under sail in the Mediterranean this summer has moved a step further towards reality.

Y.CO, the central agents for 55 metre Elena, have announced she is available to race against her peers in rallies the likes of Voiles d’Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez.

On the northern Spanish Mediterranean coast the Catalonia port of Barcelona has a Heritage Workshop School that restores traditional wooden boats and runs trips on them.

For sail training they have the 23m Far Barcelona, a Norwegian jakt (flat sterned), originally built in Handanger in 1874. For day trips they have the ‘Llaguts’ lateeners Far de Formentra, built on the Isle of Majorca in 1922, and the Far de Cabrera, which has a mizzen, built on the Isle of Minorca in 1911.

The first of the RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboats in the southwest, the R and J Welburn, arrived at Exeter at 1303 on May 9 and she was escorted by the station’s two lifeboats, the Mersey class Margaret Jean, which she will replace, and the D-class inshore lifeboat George Bearman.

Exmouth RNLI Mechanic, Mark Sansom, who was on board the R and J Welburn, said: “As we approached the beach, I couldn’t believe the number of people who had turned out to welcome us home. We had been away for five days’ training and it was all well worth the effort to see the support’.

In its biggest ever single fleet expansion, P&O Cruises will welcome two more ships next year to make it the largest fleet of cruise ships home-ported year round in Australia.

The additional ships, which will transfer to P&O Cruises from Holland America Line, will deliver much needed capacity in the world’s fastest growing cruise market.

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