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PARISH COUNCILLOR FOR 14 YEARS TO SKIPPER
GREAT BRITAIN’S CLIPPER IN ‘ROUND THE WORLD’ RACE.

Skipper Simon Talbot (left, seen above with Conrad Bird, GREAT Campaign Director) recently visited Downing Street to be briefed by GREAT Britain campaign officials and later said: “This is a very proud moment for me to learn I will be representing my country as skipper of the GREAT Britain team in the Clipper Race. The crew is very excited to hear the news. We look forward to meeting our Team Partners over the coming weeks and flying the flag for the UK around the world.”

Simon Talbot has been a St Osyth Parish Councillor since 1999, but now after his appointment to skipper Great Britain’s entry in the Clipper Round the World Race, he has resigned the seat he has held for 14 years, because this venture will not return to the UK until July 2014. He says he intends to stand again in the 2015 elections.
District and Parish Councillor Michael Talbot and wife Marjorie, both of whom served in the Royal Navy, are Simon’s parents and say they are very proud of their son’s appointment and will be thinking about him all the time, wishing him God speed and good winds on the journey
Simon aged 44 was confirmed as Skipper of the GREAT Britain entry, the latest of the 12 ocean racing yachts to be announced which will be departing from St Katharine Docks, on 1st September for the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, an event founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who became the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968-9. It’s part of an innovative new campaign partnership between the race organizers, the UK Government and British brands that will showcase UK trade and tourism on the world wide journey
My thanks to colleague Councillor John White who provided all the photographs printed below!

On Wednesday 31st July the GREAT Britain Clipper was lifted out of the water at Gosport and brought by road to Trafalgar Square in London where it ‘docked’ in front of the National Gallery, until the following Sunday Night. The Clipper was open to public inspection and quite a queue developed of people wishing to board.
On Saturday the Captain and crew arrived, assembling in front of their Clipper, destined to be their floating home for nearly a year. The visit provided an arranged opportunity for the National Press and media to photograph and report on the event, resulting in a news item on the next day’s Sunday BBC breakfast show

The public queue to board the Clipper.

Simon topside with two visiting sponsors

Councillor John White take the wheel

Celebration Champaign for all


The Cockpit with two wheels to allow steerage when heeled over to one side

Simon with the bottle, shaken not stirred!

Getting all the crew together

The Skipper gives the crew a pep talk and his best wishes to all.

The crew assembled for a photograph

in front of the press and TV crews

One final shot with everybody smiling and looking forward to a ‘bon voyage’, taking part in the world's longest yacht race at more than 40,000 miles, visiting 15 ports on six continents before returning to the UK in July 2014.

M.J.T.
5/8/13


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