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START OF THE ROUND THE WORLD CLIPPER RACE
Simon Talbot, until July a St Osyth Parish Councillor,
Skippers Great Britain’s Entry

Simon leading the fleet of yachts under Tower Bridge, heading towards the official start at Southend on Sea.

On the 1st September 2013 the ‘Round the World’ Clipper Race began with the yachts, moored in St Katherine’s’ Dock leaving their mooring to exit the dock into the River Thames. They first turned upstream under Tower Bridge then after assembling in some order, the Great Britain yacht led them all out, under the raised bascules of Tower Bridge, to head off down river towards the formal start
Many hundreds of people gathered to see off their favoured boat crewed with relatives, friends and loved ones on board, who they knew they would not see again for eleven months until July/August next year. At the time of writing this they are about 1,500 miles from Rio de Janerio, having fought their way through the ‘Doldrums’ where they were stuck with little or no wind for four days


The view that greeted a vistor who arrived at St Katherine’s Dock on the morning of Sunday 1st September before the off! The whole area was buzzing with excitement and the colourful banners
being displayed by the twelve yachts quite dazzled the eye.


This picture shows the GREAT Britain yacht on water viewed from the side of the dock basin. The last time web visitors saw the yacht it was in one of Cllr.John Whites pictures, ‘docked’ in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square until the following Sunday - Click Trafalgar Square to view that page.

The picture on the right was taken about
Twenty minutes before the GREAT Britain
slipped its berth in St Katherine’s Dock, to
prepare for egress into the River Thames.
We were able to follow them downstream
to the other side of the Thames Barrier
where we waved a final goodbye

The ports scheduled to be visited are Brest,
France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town,
South Africa; Albany, Australia; Sydney,
Australia; Hobart, Tasmania; Brisbane,
Australia; Singapore; SingDow (Qingdao),
China; San Francisco, U.S.A.; Panama;
Jamaica; New York, U.S.A.; Londonderry,
Northern Ireland; Den Helder, Netherlands;
then back to St Katherine’s Dock, London.


Simon bids ‘goodbye’ to his wife Camilla and
daughters Sophie and Lotti


GREAT Britain sailing under cable cars crossing the river

The picture to the left may be of interest
to our web visitors who may not even be
aware of its existence. It shows GREAT
Britain sailing under the London Cable Car,
officialy known as 'The Emirates Air Line',
(because they were the sponsors). Opened
on 28th June 2012 it was just in time for
the Olympic Games at Stratford providing
an interesting trip for Olympic visitors to
the Stratford area and runs from the Royal
Docks near Canning Town to the Greenwich
Peninsula alongside the O2 Arena.


He is on his way and I doubt any of his crew know he was one of our St Osyth Parish Councillor for 14 years. Many of you know I am his father and immensely proud knowing that his son has been chosen to carry the Country’s flag on this epic round the world venture and for this reason I asked the Parish Council if they would allow me to put up this web page, in view of my family connection - they agreed! He first had sailing lessons at Watford Grammar School for Boys when he was twelve years of age and two years later he with his brother Tony (of Tony’s Fresh Fish fame) brought an Enterprise Dingy down to our Caravan at the St Osyth beach, where they sailed it most days.
In 2001 he entered the ‘Fastnet Race’ with Miss Sophie, his Swan 391 yacht, knowing that in 1979 twenty five of the yachts taking part in the race were either sunk or disabled due to exceptional weather.
Now 44 years of age he describes this Round the World journey as the high point of his sailing experiences to date.
May we wish him and his crew"Fair winds and a following sea."

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If you want to follow Simon and Clipper GREAT Britain on their journey with the eleven other yachts, you can follow their daily progress by using the links below, but note that each link takes you from the St Osyth site, so you must press the return arrow (top Left) to return to our web page.

Click Here The yachts passage around the globe

Click Here The yacht skippers daily reports You will need to scroll down to find Simon’s blogs

M.J.T.
29/9/13


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