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                                                                                                Reports from
                                                                                          Newport and Cowes

                                                                                         THE NEW OYSTER 655
                                                                                              Introducing Oyster's
                                                                                                latest sailng yacht

                                                                                          The New Oyster LD43
                                                                                          The yachtsman’s powerboat


                      O Y S T E R - W O R L D L E A D E R S I N D E C K S A L O O N C R U I S I N G YA C H T S
ON                                   CONTENTS
                                                                              FROM THE CHAIRMAN
                                                                              Richard Matthews

                                                                              NEWS ROUNDUP

                                                                          6   NEWPORT MAGIC
                                                                              Roger Vaughan reports on Oyster’s first USA Regatta

                                                                         14   INTRODUCING THE OYSTER 655
                                                                              Oyster’s latest sailing yacht

                                                                         16   MISS MOLLY’S MAINE
                                                                              David Hughes

                                                                         20   THE QUEEN’S CUP
                                                                              Richard Matthews

                                                                         22   SUMMER ON THE SOLENT
                                                                              Roger Vaughan reports on Oyster’s Cowes Regatta

                                                                         36   THE NEW OYSTER LD43
                                                                              The Yachtsman’s Powerboat

                                                                         38   THE 2005 OYSTER FLEET REVIEW

                                                                         39   SEE OYSTER AT THE SHOWS
                                                                              A roundup of where you can see
                                                                              Oysters at the autumn shows
  EDITOR                          CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
  Liz Whitman                     Roger Vaughan                          40   ALINGHI – A DREAM COMES TRUE
                                                                              Linda Mazziotta
  We publish Oyster News four times a year and we know
  from our readers that the articles they most enjoy reading
                                                                         44   ROUND THE ISLAND 2004
  about are the contributions from Oyster owners. If you have
  a story to tell or information about cruising in your Oyster           48   COUNTDOWN TO THE PARALYMPICS
  please let me know. Photographs are always welcome with                     Hannah Stodel reports on final preparations
  or without a story. email: liz.whitman@oystermarine.com
                                                                              for Athens 2004

  The Oyster 53, Fizz, runs downwind during the UBS
                                                                         52   CRUISING ARTICLES
  Oyster Regatta, Cowes. Fizz also scored a 2nd place in a
  64 boat class in the Round The Island Race, June 2004.
  Photo: Tim Wright
                                                                         54   JUST LAUNCHED
                                                                              A selection of recent Oyster launchings
  The Oyster 82, Bare Necessities, off Norris Castle,
  Isle of Wight during the UBS Oyster Regatta, Cowes.
  Photo: Tim Wright

  Oyster News is published by Oyster Marine Ltd.

  Oyster News is for promotional purposes only, privately circulated,
  and cannot form part of any contract or offer. Views, details and
  information herein are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher
  who will not be held responsible for the consequences of any
  error or omission. Pictures and illustrations are liable to show non
  standard equipment.
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          Welcome to our latest edition of Oyster News.
          Notwithstanding the weather we experienced during the UBS Oyster
          Regatta in Cowes, the UK season is in full swing. You can’t expect to
          cross the Solent or venture far down the Channel without seeing
                    an Oyster yacht.

                   Of course most of our owners are sailing further from home

                  and for those of us back at the office it’s hats off to all those
                 owners roaming the world’s cruising grounds or focused on
             a circumnavigation.

          This edition is unusual in that it introduces two new models to the
          Oyster range, the new Oyster 655 and our first powerboat for 17
          years the Oyster LD43. Although we are excited about the LD43 we
          have no intention of following in the wake of some of our well-known
          competitors and becoming a powerboat company. The LD43 will use
          separate build capacity from our yachts and won’t be handled by our
          existing sales team. We are determined to maintain our leadership in
          the quality cruising yacht market and hope the LD43 will give us a
          broader commercial base, not take the place of the boats we love.

          On another tack we are aware that three of our yachts have been
          involved in serious collisions within the last year or so, two involving
          commercial shipping. That’s the bad news. The good news is that
          these incidents have given us an opportunity to see just how well our
          hull structures have withstood major impact damage. All three yachts
          proved the value of single skin hull construction and survived with
          relatively little damage.

          Last but by no means least, thanks to those owners whose
          contributions appear in this and recent editions, please keep them
          coming. Above all fair winds and good sailing to all our readers.

     48   Richard Matthews
          Founder and Chairman
          Oyster Marine

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               RECORD OYSTER FLEET FOR ARC 2004


                                                              Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

                                                                                            As we go to press, a record 24 Oysters will be crossing
                                                                                            the Atlantic in this year’s ARC, with a further two owners

                                                            joining the RAC (Rubicon Antigua Challenge), making Oyster the largest single
                                                            marque in this year’s event and the most prolific yacht builder in the event’s 20 year
                                                            history. As usual, Oyster’s service team will be on hand in Las Palmas, well before
                                                            the start, to provide the Oyster fleet with a full service check prior to their Atlantic
                                                            crossing, as well as hosting the traditional Oyster ARC party for owners and crews.

                                                            LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC BID
                                                            Keith Mills, who as International President and
                                                            Chief Executive Officer of London 2012,
                                                            recently took over the role of bid president
                                                            (international) to boost the campaign’s
               MODEL OYSTER 72                              presence overseas. Keith is the man behind
                                                            some of Britain’s most successful loyalty
               As the Oyster 72 isn’t due to launch
                                                            programmes, including Air Miles and more
               until spring ’05, Contributing Editor
                                                            recently Nectar. Keith, who recently sold his
               Roger Vaughan thought a preview
                                                            Oyster 485, Frequent Flyer, to concentrate on
               would be in order. Roger commissioned
                                                            his new role, will be working alongside bid
               model maker Mike Guyamor from
                                                            Chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe, to persuade
               Wellington, New Zealand to build a pair
                                                            the International Olympic Committee to award
               of radio controlled model yachts based
                                                            the 2012 Olympic Games to London when
               on the Oyster 72.
                                                            they meet in Singapore in July 2005.

               Both boats were checked out with a
               match-racing event held in Cowes Yacht
               Haven, during the recent UBS Oyster
               Regatta in July. The verdict – they really
                                                                                      FOX’S EXPAND
               look the business and sail beautifully.
                                                            Oyster’s HQ, Fox’s Marina, has acquired 2.5 acres of additional hard standing for
               One Oyster 56 owner snapped up Hull
                                                            boat storage. Work on creating a dyke for drainage and wildlife, and providing a
               72#01 at the event, and Roger and Mike
                                                            surface to the storage area has started. Earlier this year a new lift dock and 80-ton
               will be pleased to sell more. The boat
                                                            hoist were installed on site.
               and radio control unit are all custom-
               packaged for easy carriage.                  In addition, Fox’s Chandlery has just applied for planning permission to build a new
               For further formation contact Roger          17,500 sq ft retail chandlery to be built on the Fox’s site. At nearly three times the
               Vaughan. Email: RogerVaughan1@cs.com         size of the existing store, it will give Fox’s the largest chandlery in the UK.
                                      NEW MD FOR FOX’S MARINA
                                      Malcolm Westmoreland has returned to Fox’s as Managing
                                      Director. Malcolm ran Fox’s with great success some 10
                                      years ago and has recently been helping ABP establish
                                                                                                   DIARY DATES
                                      Ipswich Haven and a new marina at Lowestoft. Malcolm’s
                                      wife Cherril is Managing Director of Fox’s Chandleries Ltd   2004
                                      so now there are two MD’s in the family!                     IJMUIDEN BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                   31 AUGUST - 5 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                   CANNES BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                   8 - 13 SEPTEMBER
                                                                                                   SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW AND
After eight years service, Norman Blick has taken over as Production
                                                                                                   OYSTER BROKERAGE EVENT
Manager at Southampton Yacht Services. As a master craftsman,
                                                                                                   10 - 19 SEPTEMBER
Norman will oversee the activities of the 100-strong production team
at SYS and ensure that the high quality and standards, for which the
                                                                                                   OYSTER OWNERS DINNER
yard is well known, are maintained.
                                                                                                   ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB
                                                                                                   11 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                   NEWPORT BOAT SHOW
                OYSTER REGATTA PALMA 2004                                                          16 - 19 SEPTEMBER

Oyster’s third Palma regatta takes place           planned to allow those taking part in this      UBS OYSTER REGATTA
from 29 September to 3 October and any             year’s ARC plenty of time to get the Las        PALMA, MALLORCA
owners who have not yet signed up for              Palmas for the start on 21 November.            29 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER
this event should contact Liz Whitman as           Participants can expect the usual fun-
                                                                                                   ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOW
soon as possible. The event has been               packed few days of racing and parties.
                                                                                                   7 - 11 OCTOBER

                                                                                                   OYSTER OWNERS PARTY

OYSTERS PARTY IN PANAMA                                                                            ANNAPOLIS
                                                                                                   7 OCTOBER
Michele Colenso’s Oyster 55 Capriccio of Rhu and Mariusz Kopers’s Oyster 485 Katharsis
recently transited the Panama Canal in company. Both yachts took part in Oyster’s BVI Regatta      GENOA BOAT SHOW
in April and met by chance at the Panama Yacht Club. As they were the only two yachts              9 - 17 OCTOBER
transiting that day, the yachts were rafted together and enjoyed a two-Oyster Panama party in
Gatun Lake before a ‘special’ lock transit down to the Pacific with no shipping to contend with.   FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW
As Michele reported, "A truly excellent Oyster experience".
                                                                                                   29 OCTOBER - 2 NOVEMBER

                                                                                                   HAMBURG BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                   23 - 31 OCTOBER

                                                                                                   PRE ARC OYSTER PARTY FOR
                                                                                                   OWNERS AND CREW
                                                                                                   18 NOVEMBER

                                                                                                   ARC START – LAS PALMAS
                                                                                                   21 NOVEMBER

                                                                                                   LONDON BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                   6 - 16 JANUARY 2005

                                                                                                   OYSTER OWNERS DINNER
                                                                                                   ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB
                                                                                                   8 JANUARY 2005

                                                                                                   DÜSSELDORF BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                   15 - 23 JANUARY 2005

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    T H E O Y S T E R R E G AT TA - N E W P O RT R H O D E I S L A N D

                                  There is a lot of yachting magic in the name, Newport, when it
                                  comes to sailing. Perhaps only Cowes could make a case to be
                                  ranked above Newport on the all-time list of famous world yachting
                                  centres, given that Cowes has the weight of history and has been
               BY ROGER VAUGHAN   the scene of major regattas since 1826.

                                  Part of the Oyster fleet, berthed at the Herreshoff Museum, Rhode Island during the 2004 Oyster Regatta. Note the IACC
                                       Class yacht, donated by Mr Bill Koch, standing outside the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Photo: Onne van der Whal

                                                                                             ON BOARD
                                                        OYSTER REGATTA NEWPORT - RHODE ISLAND 2004

Close racing off Newport in Oyster's first US regatta

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                                                                                                             Cape Cod Bay

                                                            Herreshoff Museum

                                                             Wind Mill
                                                  Narragansett Bay


                                                                                                                 Nantucket Sound


                                            Goat Island

 Mystic River                                                                                                            Nantucket
 (Mystic Seaport)                                                                                                         Island
                                                           Rhode Island Sound
                                  Race 3
             Island       Rac
                              e   2
  Plum                                     New Harbour
     Gardiners                         Island

                                                     Entrance to the Mystic River. Note
                                                      the US flag flying at half mast for
                                                          former US President, Ronald
                                                    Reagan, who had just passed away.

‘   The Oyster regatta nearly
       overlapped with the first
                                                                   f              ounded in 1639, Newport is old by US standards. But the original Royal Yacht
                                                                                  Squadron Castle at Cowes was built more than 100 years before that. The British
                                                                                  occupied Newport from 1776 to 1779, an inconvenience that caused half the
                                                                                  population to flee (the French arrived after that – the locals stayed away). When
                                                                                  Newport’s population finally returned they were too busy to go yachting in an
                                                                   organised way until the late 1800s. But the Americans quickly caught on. Beginning with the birth of
                                                                   the J-class in 1930, Newport hosted consecutive America’s Cup matches over a span of 53 years.
                                                                   No other city comes close to that claim.

                                                                   Since 2001, Oyster has convened regattas in international yachting hot spots – Antigua,
                                                                   Auckland, Palma, the British Virgin Islands, and Cowes in July ‘04 (see page 22) – so it was
      America’s Cup activity in                                    appropriate that Oyster selected Newport for its first regatta in the USA. There are few harbour
                                                                   entrances in the world that can equal Newport’s in depth, scope, and grandeur. It’s big enough to
 Newport, since the US lost                                        accommodate the aircraft carriers that used to visit the old Naval base north of Goat Island. And
                                                                   there are many attractive deep-water cruising grounds within a 50-mile radius of Newport, which
     the Cup there in 1983 (an                                     also happens to be Oyster’s headquarters in the United States.

                                                                   The Oyster regatta nearly overlapped with the first America’s Cup activity in Newport, since the
      event both shocking and
                                                                   US lost the Cup there in 1983 (an event both shocking and seminal), and one could feel the old
                                                                   excitement buzzing around the town. Both Switzerland’s Alinghi, current holder of the Cup, and
seminal), and one could feel                                       America’s Oracle were standing very tall on the hard of Newport Shipyard, on the road out to
                                                                   Goat Island where the Oyster office is located. Workers swarmed over them like bees, and
 the old excitement buzzing                                        passers by slowed to gawp at the impressive sight.

                    around the town
                                                       ’           On Goat Island, the Oyster USA prep team (Robin Campbell, CEO; Bob Marston, Broker and wife
                                                                   Molly (who runs the Oyster website), Will White, After Sales Support and Jean-Pierre Cardin,
                                                                   Project Manager took little notice of the fuss. They had their hands full fitting out Robert De
                                                                   Haven’s Mistress Mallika, a brand new Oyster 62 that had been off-loaded from a ship on
                                                                   Wednesday. De Haven was determined to make the first race that started on Friday morning, so
                                                                   this Oyster crew was in full cry.

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                                                  Oyster 66 Mistress Mallika

                    Mistress Mallika not only made the first race,
                    she was floating proudly at the Herreshoff
                    Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, ten miles north
                    up the East Passage in time for the skipper’s
                    meeting on Thursday afternoon. It was a
                    relaxed scene at the Museum’s docks, with
                    14 Oysters basking in the history of Capt.
                    Nathanael Herreshoff’s yard, where so many
                    famous yachts (J-class included) were
                    launched from 1881 to 1946.

                    They didn’t call Capt. Nathanael Herreshoff
                    "the wizard of Bristol" without reason.
                    There’s not a more illustrious name in
                    American yachting. Nat’s son, L. Francis,
                    was similarly accomplished. Halsey
                    Herreshoff, son of L. Francis, a sailor and
                    designer of note himself, has done the family
                    proud with what he has created there. Gone
                    are the storm-ruined remains of the yard that
                    lingered for so long, replaced with an elegant
                    pier of brick and granite, and new docks.

                    For cocktails and dinner, a specially chartered
                    Newport trolley bus ferried the participants a
                    mile down the road to Wind Hill, Oyster 46
                    owner’s Martie and Stan Livingston’s home, a
                    comfortable, Tudor-style structure of stone
                    and wood that was built in the late 1800s.
                    The Livingston’s location on the southwest tip
                    of the Bristol peninsula is magnificent. The
                    house is situated half way down an elegantly
                    landscaped, wide strip of manicured lawn
                    that extends to the water’s edge. Cocktails
                    were served on the patio. From there the
                    expansive view down the descending carpet
                    of clipped grass and across the channel past

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               their dog, on board their
               Oyster 49, Bobby's Run
       Start of Race 1 - light going off Castle Hill, Newport.
          In the foreground is Stan and Martie Livingston's
       Oyster 46, Manukai, taking part in her first ever race.
                       Manukai went on to win the Regatta!

   little Hog Island and Prudence Island beyond,
   with the western shore of Narragansett Bay
   visible in the distance, makes one stop,
   exhale, and marvel.

   Even more remarkable are the Livingstons. In
   their eighties, they continue to manage a
   social and sailing schedule that would
   challenge a much younger couple. And they
   do it graciously, without a fuss. Stan’s
   yachting career has included stints on the
   New York Yacht Club America’s Cup
   Selection Committee, and as Commodore of
   the Cruising Club of America. He is still active
   on several nautical boards. Martie is usually
   bustling around by 5:30am, and she presides
   over breakfast for her houseguests at 7:30
   sharp (waffles on Sundays). Down at the
   dock, a well-struck number three wood from
   the patio, the Livingston’s Oyster 46 looked
   like a toy. It’s used for cruising only. Stanley
   gave up a noteworthy racing career twenty
   years ago when he bought the boat from
   Oyster founder and chairman Richard
   Matthews. Next to it bobbed Martie’s
   wooden, 75-year-old Herreshoff twelve-and-
   a-half that she still races on occasion.

10 www.oystermarine.com                                          The finish of race 3 - after 20 miles two Oyster 56's finished just seven seconds apart.
                                                OYSTER REGATTA NEWPORT - RHODE ISLAND 2004

                                                          Dinner was a traditional New England clambake in which lobsters,
                                                          clams, sausages, corn and other vegetables are layered in a pit under
                                                          a bed of seaweed and steamed by the heat of large rocks that have
                                                          been roasted in a bonfire. A clambake is as much spectacle as dining
                                                          pleasure. Luckily, there were a few locals among us who could
                                                          provide guidance on the dismemberment of lobsters.

                                                          After dinner, the sailors meandered down the great lawn in small
                                                          groups for a better look at the sunset, which was building nicely as
                                                          the front passed through. Soon we were bathed in a reddish glow that
                                                          promised sailor’s delight for the morrow. It was an idyllic moment,
                                                          with the water reflecting the wild colours of sun and sky, one that was
                                                          suddenly shattered by the arrival of a hoard of aggressive
                                                          mosquitoes, an anomaly caused by a fiendish combination of
                                                          temperature, humidity, and wind direction. It was a good thing. If not
                                  Almost ready - New
                                  England Clambake.
                                                          for the timely arrival of the pests, some of us might still have our tents

The Oyster crews joined
    NYYC members as the
                                                          pitched on the lawn.

                              The weather was indeed fine on Friday, with the tail end of a northerly keeping the air on the
                              crisp side. The fleet gathered for a start at Castle Hill Light off Newport proper, and with many
    cannon roared and the     cruising chutes barely filling, set course for Block Island in wind ranging from 3 to 5 knots. The
                              fleet was soon spread out along an east/west line, as skippers placed their bets on wind
    stars and stripes were    futures. I was on board Avolare (Oyster 56), where owner Jim Siepiela sailed high of course to

                              keep the chute full, and with hopes of being first to the sea breeze. Mistress Mallika was
         slowly lowered       leading the pack on the far west side.

                              Hanging tough in the middle was Manukai, the Livingston’s 46. Stan had announced that he
                              didn’t plan to race, but Richard Matthews was his guest on board. With his racing hat firmly in
                              place, Richard said it was okay with him if Stan and Martie didn’t race, just as long as they
                              started and finished with the fleet. It was irrefutable logic. The vintage Oyster was moving very
                              well in the light air.

                              Avolare did get the new wind first, and sailed down on the fleet. By 2pm the sou’wester was in,
                              registering 12 to 15 knots. Avolare’s massive MPS cruising chute decorated with the lone star
                              of Jim’s home state (Texas) was back in the bag, and we were hard on the wind. Race Officer
                              Robin Campbell finished the fleet just northeast of Block Island. We had a fast sail around to
                              Great Salt Pond (town of New Shoreham) on the island’s west side under bright sun and a
                              striking array of puffy clouds.

                              Block Island was busy. They don’t waste a day of their short season on this renegade, Rhode
                              Island outpost. The Off Soundings fleet was also in, 150-boats strong, but the "Pond" is large
                              and accommodating. And the launch service is good. By 7pm, the Oyster sailors were gathered
                              at Smuggler’s Cove Restaurant for drinks and a delicious buffet dinner. And awards. Avolare
                              took line honours, but in her first race ever, Manukai won the day on handicap. Stan and Martie
                              looked very pleased.

                              Saturday morning confirmed that we had been blessed with a wonderful weekend of weather.
                              Again the sun was bright. The wind was down in the morning, but that’s typical in Rhode Island
                              Sound where the sea breeze rarely rises until after lunch. So again we drifted at 3 knots off the
                              starting line, set up just south of the entrance to the Pond. Our destination, 17.5 miles northwest,
                              was the Seaport Museum at Mystic, Connecticut.

                              The light air lasted until after lunch, a moment that found the fleet again scattered along an
                              east/west line. And again it filled from the southwest. Mistress Mallika, the scratch boat in the
                              fleet (next in line were three 56s – Grace, Avolare, and Ravello), was well-positioned for the shift,
                              and took line honours after an invigorating, rail-down sail into Fisher’s Island Sound at 8 knots
                              with the chute on edge. Avolare was also well positioned, and after winning a spirited battle with
                              Grace, took first on corrected time. Mallika owner Bob De Haven, who handled the light sail like a
                              pro, was pleased with his new boat’s performance. "I don’t care if I win," said the handsome
                              former NCAA wrestler who now sells Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "I just want to finish first."

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                                                                          A well known landmark when
                                                                          entering the Great Salt Pond
                                                                          at Block Island.

   The fleet furled sails and motored up the Mystic River to
   Mystic Shipyard, where dockage had been reserved. Molly
   Marston (Communications, Oyster Marine USA), who deftly
   organised this regatta, surprised everyone with a behemoth of
   a tour bus that arrived to take us up the road to the Seaman’s
   Inn for cocktails and dinner. Chances are, none of us had
   ridden a big commercial bus in ages, but it took only a
   moment for everyone to revert to the group silliness that buses
   have inspired since summer camp outings. The fact the bus
   got temporarily wedged next to a phone pole after failing to
   negotiate a tight turn added to the hilarity. If someone had
   started singing "99 bottles of beer on the wall" it wouldn’t
   have been a surprise. (Fortunately, no one did).

   Dinner was delicious, especially so for Stan and Martie
   Livingston, who had again won the day on corrected time.
   When someone suggested he might sweep the event, Stan
   shrugged. He was much more interested in meeting Mallika De
   Haven, who, like Stan, had grown up in the Hawaiian Islands.
   They were soon comparing "wa kamali’i" (Hawaiian for "days of their youth").

   On Sunday I joined Andre Lynch aboard Posterity (Oyster 49) for the 31 mile run back to Newport.
   The southwest wind had been up all night, so with light sails flying on many boats, we were shot
   out of Fisher’s Island Sound on the Sound’s famous tidal current. The wind built until it was over
   20 knots by early afternoon. Relatively new to sailing, Andre did a fine job keeping the boat in a
   narrow groove with the jib winged out on the pole. Meanwhile, Avolare and Grace went at it
   again, finishing 7 seconds apart after 31 miles.

   The waters off Newport were alive with sails. It seemed every class in Newport was out racing on
   this perfect day. As we got closer, we spotted something big coming at us. It turned out to be
   Alinghi, on the wind with a big heel, slicing through the chop as if it weren’t there. She passed
   within 100 yards. In the harbour, the disabled sailors were racing Sonars, and the Optimist kids
   were roll-tacking and hiking their hearts out. We even got an eye-popping glimpse of the new
   high-tech Maxi X80, Morning Glory, motoring in after a day of practice. The several dozen
   crewmen prowling the deck in uniform navy shorts and shirts looked like an ocean-going swat
   team. A week later, Morning Glory would race to Bermuda in just over two days, clipping 5 hours
   off the record.

   The Oyster fleet moored at the Goat Island Marina under the blue and white-striped awnings of
   the Oyster office. Sailors washed their boats down and gathered for drinks at the dockside bar.

   The final dinner and awards were held at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court Station. This
   is one of the handsomest, most ideally situated yacht clubs in the world. The rambling, former
   mansion of John Nicholas Brown is perched atop a high rise at the east end of Newport with a
   commanding view of Narragansett Bay. Richard Matthews presided over the final awards
   ceremony, which featured Manukai as the overall winner of the regatta. The Livingstons hadn’t
   swept the event – they finished second in the last race – but their scores of 1-1-2 were
   unbeatable. Both Stan and Martie were beaming as they accepted their trophies. What a way to
   come out of retirement. The last time they competed under sail was in the Bermuda Race of 1984
   in their Etchells/Pearson 46. (Martie last won the around Prudence Island Race for the Wind Hill
   Trophy in her Herreshoff in 1998).

   The awards finished just in time for colours. The Oyster crews joined NYYC members standing in
   silence on the patio atop the steep pitch of the lawn as the cannon roared and the stars and
   stripes were slowly lowered on the pier below. Another fine sunset was fading into dusk. Lights
   were twinkling on the Newport waterfront, defining the long curve of the bridge across to
   Jamestown, and on boats moving around the Bay. For a moment, all seemed right
   with the world.

                                                                                     Roger Vaughan

12 www.oystermarine.com                                                                                  Robert and Mallika De Haven,
                                                                                                         Oyster 62, Mistress Mallika.
                                                                                                         Robert is one of the largest Harley
                                                                                                         Davidson dealers in the world.
                                               OYSTER REGATTA NEWPORT - RHODE ISLAND 2004

                            ENTRY LIST
                            Alvin and Mary Lee Towle                 Blue Oyster                   OYSTER   435
                            Stanley and Martie Livingston            Manukai                       OYSTER   46
                            Alan and Patricia Symonds                Veronica                      OYSTER   47
                            Mike and Debbie Yokell                   Quester                       OYSTER   485
                            Phil Fleming                             Boysterous                    OYSTER   LW 48
                            Robert and Liz Weiler                    Bobby’s Run                   OYSTER   49
                            Robin and Birgitta Fowler                Sunbird                       OYSTER   49
                            Andre and Carolyn Lynch                  Posterity                     OYSTER   49
                            Trevor and Yvonne James                  Oyster 53                     OYSTER   53
                            David and Susan Hibbitt                  Grace                         OYSTER   56
                            Jim and Marina Siepiela                  Avolare                       OYSTER   56
                            Les and Kathy Thomas                     Ravello                       OYSTER   56
                            Robert and Mallika De Haven              Mistress Mallika              OYSTER   62

                            CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
                            Winner                     AVOLARE            Jim and Marina Siepiela
                            Highly Commended           BOBBY'S RUN        Bob and Liz Weiler

Jim and Marina Siepiela's
       Oyster 56, Avolare   FIRST OVER THE LINE AT THE START
                            Race 1                     SUNBIRD            Robin and Birgitta Fowler
                            Race 2                     QUESTER            Mike and Debbie Yokell
                            Race 3                     SUNBIRD            Robin and Birgitta Fowler

                            SPIRIT OF THE REGATTA AWARD
                                                       BOBBY'S RUN        Megan, Kate and Michael Weiler

                            OLDPORT PRIZE              BOYSTEROUS         Phil Fleming

                            RACE 1 - Sponsored by Surette Batteries
                            1st                        MANUKAI            Martie and Stanley Livingston
                            2nd                        QUESTER            Mike and Debbie Yokell
                            3rd                        POSTERITY          Andre and Carolyn Lynch

                            RACE 2 - Sponsored by Pelagos Yachting
                            1st                        MANUKAI            Martie and Stanley Livingston
                            2nd                        QUESTER            Mike and Debbie Yokell
                            3rd                        BLUE OYSTER        Alvin and Mary Lee Towle

                            RACE 3 - Sponsored by Raymarine
            Mike Yokell,
                            1st                        MISTRESS MALLIKA   Bob and Mallika De Haven
             Oyster 49,
           Quester, who     2nd                        MANUKAI            Martie and Stanley Livingston
            was second
                 overall    3rd                        QUESTER            Mike and Debbie Yokell

                            OVERALL WINNERS
                            1st                        MANUKAI            Martie and Stanley Livingston
                            2nd                        QUESTER            Mike and Debbie Yokell
                            3rd                        AVOLARE            Jim and Marina Siepiela
                            4th                        POSTERITY          Andre and Carolyn Lynch

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         Stan and Martie
   ‘   For the owner ready to step
   up in performance, the new
   655 should be a serious
   candidate. Upwind and
   downwind, in flat water and in
   big seas, the relatively fine
   entry and powerful quarters
   will each play their part to
   reel away the miles, and
   indeed the long waterline
   and easily driven hull will
   give even the most
   inattentive crews some
   disproportionately high
   daily mileages
   ROB HUMPHREYS          ’

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Designed by Rob Humphreys and the
Oyster Design Team, the Oyster 655 is
the latest addition to the Oyster Range.
                                                                            reach of the helmsman. Twin wheels put the helmsman in exactly the
                                                                            right place and offer the additional benefit of really easy deck to
                                                                            cockpit access via a walkway that runs down the centre of the cockpit
                                                                            between the wheels. The entire deck and cockpit area has been fully
                                                                            optimised as a development of both the Oyster 62 and the new 72.
                                                                            Oyster’s Richard Matthews’ own 62 covered 27,000 miles in two years
The Oyster 655 joins the Oyster 72 as the second model in the range         from the Arctic to Auckland so we have a pretty good idea of which
designed to combine modern materials, technology and design flair to        bits really work!
create a yacht with very high performance, while maintaining the
qualities expected of a live-aboard Oyster.                                 Below deck, the emphasis is on space and comfort enhanced by the
                                                                            yacht’s Deck Saloon configuration. Oyster brought the Deck Saloon to
The use of modern materials such as Kevlar and Carbon, combined             the marine industry and the 655 is the third generation design of the
with engineering by one of the world’s leading composite engineers,         feature in which we specialise.
has created the potential for combining strength and rigidity with
significant weight savings.                                                 The light and airy saloon enjoys an abundance of light via the Deck
                                                                            Saloon windows with up to eight people being accommodated in four
Rob Humphreys is no stranger to high performance, with a series of          cabins, each with their own en suite heads and shower. All provide
winning designs that go back almost as long as the 31 years that            spacious accommodation for owner and guests as well as practical
Oyster has been building winning yachts. Humphreys is one of a small        accommodation for professional crew, if required. A large U-shaped
group of designers around the world who, empowered by the latest            galley opens out into the saloon area, which is expected to give the
CAD systems, are at the cutting edge of modern yacht design.                feel of a luxury apartment.

The 655 has clean undistorted hull lines and her long 57.9 ft waterline     At Oyster Marine a team of five in-house designers, using CAD systems,
combines with a generous 18.4 ft beam to create an easily driven hull       generate every new design in three dimensions with great accuracy. This
with great form stability. This form stability, combined with a fully       includes engine and generator installations, equipment installations and
optimised low centre of gravity keel, will allow her to carry a generous    detailed interior joinery. This integrated approach gives confidence to
2830 sq ft of sail in 150% configuration giving a clear indication of the   early buyers committing from drawings, who are welcome to visit our
yacht’s exceptional performance potential.                                  Studio and see the ‘virtual’ 655 in almost every detail.

While performance is an important focus for the 655, considerable           Of course there is no substitute for practical experience and early
attention has been paid to the development of the yacht’s visual            buyers can be sure that Oyster’s very considerable experience building
styling. Aesthetics are an important factor in pride of ownership and       and supporting a large number of yachts in the 60ft+ range will be
this yacht has a stunning sleek outboard profile that makes the yacht       fully utilised.
look fast, even at rest. The important thing here is that while the deck
abounds in curves and style, traditional Oyster values and practical        The Oyster 655 will be a fast, comfortable, cruising yacht with
seamanlike features have been maintained. The 655 has a generously          winning ways.
proportioned cockpit with ergonomically designed seating and
protective coaming/backrests. The helm station is set back from the         Tooling starts this summer and the first yacht is planned to première at
crew area but, unlike so many others, there is no dangerous bridge-         the London Boat Show in January 2007. We will be pleased to provide
deck to cross on this Oyster.                                               further information on request.

The helm position features twin wheels with custom designed lectern
type pedestals, putting an array of controls and instruments within easy

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        miss molly’s
                                          BY DAVID HUGHES

                                          A SNAPSHOT OF OUR SUMMER DAY IN MAINE

                   It is evening on an
                anchored Miss Molly.
                      Anxious eyes are
                                          07:00          Wake to silence. Stumble to cockpit, tea in hand, to watch the anchorage wake
                                          up. Osprey juveniles on their advanced flying skills course swoop across the entrance to the bay
                                          from the pines on the headland, wheeling round and gliding in, flaps down for the final approach
                                          to their 150 year old nest. A seal puppy looks up, eyes wide open, before prudence pulls him
                watching the forecast,    under water again. Sea ducks or scoters (we had to look that one up) paddle past the boat
                 following eleven (yes    unconcerned. The sun is up and it looks like Chuck was right.

            eleven) days of very thick
                 fog. "It’ll be summer    08:00          Blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Local blueberries picked from the bush in
                                          Will’s mum’s garden. Thanks, delicious!
               tomorrow, official!", so
                    said Chuck Barns,
             weatherman for WXTV.         09:00          Anchor up, chugging, sorry, gliding out of the anchorage under engine in a wind
                                          that registers zero knots on the dial. Scenery that we had only previously seen in postcards
                   Relief all round
                                   ”      begins to appear as we nose carefully over the shallow patch. It is low tide and they seem to
                                          know all about low tides around here, and for the first time we see what all the fuss is about.
                                             On the way north…they call it going "down east", all we saw was the radar and the GPS
                                                   waypoints. Oh, and occasionally the bow. Now, heading south again, or rather west,
                                                        we see beautiful bays, calm inlets crying out to be anchored in and hundreds of
                                                             what we refer to in the log as PFSIs; Pine Forested Small Islands, with
                                                                names like Quikitsticks and Pobnosicate. Indian apparently. Beg pardon,
                                                                   Native American.

                                                                      10:00           "Whale!" I keep out of the way of the reckless rush on
                                                                      deck to see a Minke Whale as it blows, sounds and reappears right
                                                                       next to the boat. Magic. "Porpoises!" Attention is now divided
                                                                            between the whale and a couple of porpoises continuously
                                                                               diving and surfacing with an elegant slow roll, completely
                                                                                    ignoring us. More magic. "Ducks!" We pass a flock of sea
                                                                                     ducks churning up the water as they swim furiously out
                                                                                       of our way. It’s a naturalist’s delight out here.

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Photo: Tim Wright

                                                                                                       11:00         Enter first patch of lobster pots. Now, I like lobster. We all
                                                                                                       like lobster. We all especially like lobster like the ones we bought
                                                                                                       yesterday for a few bucks off the friendly lobsterman who seemed
                                                                                                       keener on getting his plastic bucket back than being paid. But, and
                                                                                                       this is a big BUT, your average lobsterman puts down his pots
                                                                                                       according to the following rules of the LOBSTA Code; Lots Of Buoys
                                                                                                       Scattered Thoughtlessly Anywhere.

                                                                                                       Favourite sites, the code dictates, are entrance to harbours, the busier
                                                                                                       the better, next to essential channel markers - where you think you will
                                                                                                       swing when the tide turns when you are at anchor. Especially skilfully
                                                                                                       placed, right next to the fuel dock, exactly where you plan the kick
                                                                                                       astern to bring the back end in smartly to please the dock crowds with
                                                                                                       a smooth bit of classy manoeuvring.
                               Lobster pots and tackle adorn the
                                restaurants in Boothbay Harbour
                                                                       The trickier the situation you find yourself in, the thicker the buoys. There are thousands and
                                                                       thousands of them. Mostly where you want to go. We have had to actually steer! Incredible!

                   Back on board for
                  sundowners, we sit
                       watching four
                                                                       12:00             Wave cheerily to US Coastguard Cutter ripping along to starboard. Bother! They’re
                                                                       wheeling around and coming alongside. Spend some twenty minutes proving what jolly good
                                                                       chaps we are and providing them with all sorts of essential information for their important forms.
                                                                       Help them back on board their pretty orange vessel and remove black scuffmarks from varnished
          windjammers approaching                                      cap-rail. They are probably in a hurry for their lessons at charm school.
               under full sail, sliding
         gracefully into the harbour
           and rounding up one by
                                                                       13:00             Wince at the clunk as the rope cutter deals with the pot that we really didn’t see.

             one to drop anchor
                                                         ”             14:00             Remember passing that buoy as we headed up the coast, rubbing tired eyes
                                                                       weary from peering into the gloom and staring relentlessly at the radar. The GPS doesn’t seem so
                                                                       important now that we can see where we are, instead of relying on numbers.

                                                                       15:00             Try to arrange a mooring for tonight. No phone signal…no wireless modem
                                                                       signal…out of VHF range [PFSIs probably]. Have to take our chance.

                                                                                                            16:00          Arrive at small fishing port. Very pretty in its
                                                                                                            workmanlike way, with wooden docks, painted wooden houses
                                                                                                            and lotsa lobsta boats swinging at their moorings. We try again
                                                                                                            with the radio. A taciturn, glum guy is right next to us in his boat,
                                                                                                            answering (on the VHF) and telling us he will leave his mooring, so
                                                                                                            that we can use it tonight. He ties up to a float laden with pots,
                                                                                                            buoys and general lobstering stuff and leaves his mooring to us
                                                                                                            with no further word, shrugging off our thanks with a "youbet."
                                                                                                            He didn’t seem like a laugh a minute, but you can’t argue; friendly
                                                                                                            and helpful.

                                                                                                            17:00          Double-check the tidal range. Dinghy ashore for a
                                                                                                            leg stretch. Tie the RIB to the dock that declares "Birthing two
                                                                                                            hours only" better be quick, Ma. Buy fresh halibut from our
                                                                                                            lobsterman’s sister. She doesn’t say how much either.
                                                       Impromptu lobster delivery - only £30 for a dozen!

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                                                             I ought to come clean here. We have invested
                                                             countless hours, not to mention countless
                                                             dollars on gear; fished on the move; fast, slow.
                                                             We have stayed still, anchored, drifted off the
                                                             rocks, by the rocks, inshore, offshore, and
                                                             every other way known and unknown to man,
                                                             and caught absolutely sweet nothing. Still,
                                                             that’s why it’s called fishing not catching. So
                                                             buying was the only option. Plus we felt we
                                                             were helping the local economy.

                                                             18:00           Back on board for sundowners.
                                                             We sit watching four windjammers approaching
                                                                                                                                      Freshly bought lobsters

                                                             under full sail, sliding gracefully into the
                                                             harbour and rounding up one by one to drop
                                                             anchor. They revel in their skill at manoeuvring     The Oyster
                                                             under sail and it is a true delight to watch these
                                                             beautiful vessels being handled with such            Newport Team
                                                             consummate skill.
         Charlie's first attempt at cooking live lobsters
                                                                                                                  The Mollies would like to thank
                                                                                                                  Robin, Bob, Molly, Kim and Will and
19:00           Fish for dinner. Fifth night running we have had seafood…it really is very good up
here. Enjoying yet another tranquil anchorage and chatting over our cockpit feast, we agree
                                                                                                                  Kristen for all their help whilst we
                                                                                                                  were in Newport. We were able to
unanimously that we are glad that we passed on the dessert offered by Bill & Ben in Bar Harbour,                  organise moorings, warranty work,
Lobster Ice Cream. We discuss the local ways. We think about life in dreamy soft focus TV                         telephones, bank accounts, car hire
Advertsville USA. Where you can take pills just in case you get flatulence (embarrassing). Where                  and purchase and, in fact, all sorts
they offer a lifetime’s guarantee for a gravestone. Where the local entre-prenoor proudly sells his               of stuff thanks to their patience,
wares and announces that the best deals are available only at Dick Upham’s. Where the garden                      hard work and local knowledge. It
centre rents out tuxedos. Charlie’s favourite was the car advert proudly offering the incentive of                was great to be welcomed in after a
"rear air". I had to think about that one too. Mark remembered the dockmaster in Portland who                     tough sail up from Bermuda, the
couldn’t tie knots and who had zips on his shoes to prove it.                                                     final night spent bashing away to
                                                                                                                  windward in the fog, with a prop
Linda and I had recently been on a coast-to-coast tour of America’s road works and remembered                     fouled by fishing gear, and to arrive
the check-in clerk in San Diego saying, as a military jet roared overhead, "That’s the sound of                   with a pre-arranged alongside easy
freedom, Ma’am". We also liked the delicate Californian way they referred to impenetrable                         berth and friendly faces. Thanks
morning fog as the "Marine Layer."                                                                                chaps…much appreciated.

21:00           Bed. Tiring, this cruising. Dream
of palm trees and crystal clear, tropical water,
twice the temperature of the murky Maine
seawater….dream of dodging lobster
pots….dream of selling Miss Molly, buying a
PFSI and a lobster boat and setting thousands
and thousands of lobster pots….Nightmare!

04:00            Awoken by the roar and wash
of forty or so lobster boats ripping through the
harbour as if drag racing. Tell myself that I
really like lobster, and go back to sleep.

                                    By David Hughes

                                           Photos: Charlie
                                            Drawing: Mark        David, Linda, Charlie and Mark                                        www.oystermarine.com 19
   The Queen’s Cup

   Presented to the winner of Class 1
   during Cowes Week, Richard
   Matthews won the Queen’s Cup
   in 2003, sailing his 50ft race
   boat, Flirt. Richard, who also won
   the Britannia Cup on two previous
   occasions, joins a small group of
   yachtsmen who have won both
   the top trophies in the UK’s
   premier regatta.

   Her Majesty Queen Victoria presented the
   cup to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club for
   competition in their 1897 Regatta held to
   commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. The
   Committee of the RSYC were authorised by
   the Queen’s secretary to source a suitable
   trophy, which was purchased from
   Watherston & Son, 12 Pall Mall East.

   The race was to be between the Brambles
   and Lepe buoys, twice around; a distance of
   about 40 miles and open to yachts of 30 tons
   upwards. The eleven starters had a total
   tonnage of 778 and the elapsed time of the
   winner, the 165 ton yawl Latona was 3 hours
   20 minutes

   The Cup was subsequently raced for on the
   opening day of Cowes Week, but shortly after                                                                     Richard Matthews wins the Queen's Cup, 2003
   the turn of the century the treasured trophy
   was lost in mysterious circumstances. In 1937        RESULTS OF THE FIRST RACE 6TH AUGUST 1897
   a club member, Captain Jones, discovered
                                                              Yacht           Type     Tonnage        Owner           Time at First Mark      Time at Finish
   the cup in a second hand shop in Cardiff and
                                                              Caress          cutter     78      Mr H.T. Van Laun            1.11.34              3.21.2
   established that it could be purchased for
   £35! To achieve this the club was about to           Hester-second prize   cutter     110        Mr J.Nairn               1.8.54               3.14.41
   initiate a levy of five shillings (around 25p) per      Maid Marion        cutter     72      Capt M.B.Kennedy            1.10.14              3.26.19
   member when the Commodore of the day, Sir                 Namara           yawl       102       Mr W.B.Paget              1.11.13              3.23.45
   George Hussey, purchased the cup and                   Latona - winner     yawl       165     Mr W.M.Johnston             1.12.21              3.20.19
   presented it to his club.
                                                              Thelma          cutter     31       Mr H.T.Michels             1.13.22              3.39.13
                                                              Isolde          cutter     66       Mr P.Donaldson             1.10.43              3.17.48
   It was not until 1960 that Her Majesty Queen
   Elizabeth gave her gracious consent for the              Delinquent        cutter     31        Mr P. Harrison            1.14.40              3.50.45
   re-institution of the "Queen's Cup" as part                 Sibyl          cutter     45       Mrs Middleton              Retired
   of Cowes Week, which by tradition                         Seabird          yawl       48           Mr Hart                1.18.0               3.56.9
   continues to be competed for on the first                 Marigold         cutter     30       Mr G.B.Cooper              1.19.0               3.58.5
   day of Cowes Week.

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                             ON THE

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                                                              UBS OYSTER REGATTA COWES 2004

                                                       A gale,
                                                       a Caribbean interlude,
                                                       an aerobatic display,
                                                       nautical nostalgia,
                                                       radio-controlled models,
                                                       good racing...

                                                       ...the UBS Oyster Regatta
                                                       at Cowes had everything
                                                                     B Y R O G E R VA U G H A N

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24 www.oystermarine.com     Keen racing in Class 3, Jubilate, an Oyster 47, won two
                          races, but a grounding kept her out of the overall results.
                                                                          UBS OYSTER REGATTA COWES 2004

‘The Royal Yacht Squadron
was host to the UBS Oyster
       regatta, thanks to the
     impetus of Lord (Hugh)
Amherst, Commodore, who
has been happily sailing and
racing his Oyster Lightwave
     48, Hal, for 18 years
      SPONSORED BY              "Diabolical."

                                That’s how Oyster founder and CEO, Richard
                                Matthews, described the weather forecast at
                                the initial staff meeting on Tuesday, July 6th.

                                             he next day, Wednesday, more        big winner in its day; four 435s; two 461s; a

                                T           than thirty knots and rain were
                                            expected out of the nor’east, an
                                            unusual direction for heavy
                                            weather in summer. The rest of
                                the week looked "unsettled," meaning cold
                                and rainy. It was hard to believe such a grim
                                forecast on Tuesday, one of the prettier
                                                                                 406; a 42 and a 37. There were also four 45s;
                                                                                 four 49s, six 53s; three Lightwaves (a 395
                                                                                 and two 48s); a 55; two 56s; three 62s; and
                                                                                 the second of the new 82-footers,
                                                                                 commissioned and handed over just the
                                                                                 previous week. Richard Matthews was asked
                                                                                 if he was thrilled to see such an impressive
                                summer days on the Solent. The wind was          array of Oysters. "Yeah," he said, his eyes
                                blowing sou’west 12 to 15, the sun was           betraying understatement. Then he smiled.
                                bright, and a few white puffy clouds were        "It’s my life’s work."
                                icing on the cake. Hundreds of sails dotted
                                the seascape. The Red Funnel and Red Jet         Eddie Scougall, Oyster Customer Care
                                ferries were chugging and zooming, the           Manager, along with Nick Creed, Commercial
                                shipping traffic out of Southampton to the       Manager and Barney Sollars, from
                                north was plentiful, and the large fleets of     Commissioning, were roaming the docks in
                                slender Dragons and Darings sat with dignity     case anyone needed help. "We don’t have
                                at their moorings. Everything sparkled. The      much to do," Eddie said, disappointment
                                crowded promenade off the Royal Yacht            lurking in his quiet voice. "I think British
                                Squadron’s Castle was festive as a painting      yachtsmen tend to be more self-reliant."
                                by Manet.
                                                                                 It was the day of the Concours judging,
                                At Cowes Yacht Haven, 42 Oysters were            owners and crews busy with polish and
                                rafted three-deep in places. The record,         elbow grease. Natty in spotless white pants,
                                primarily British-owned regatta fleet provided   red polo, and traditional yachting cap, John
                                a nostalgic review of Oyster Marine’s thirty-    Grandy, Rear Commodore Yachting, Royal
                                year history. There were more older boats        Yacht Squadron and Principal Race Officer,
          ON BOARD              than newer ones, including an Oyster 26 and      was inspecting the fleet with clipboard in
                                a 34 from the 1970s; a Stephen Jones 35, a       hand. "These are definitely not boats," he

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                                                                                                                        The 42 boat Oyster fleet berthed at Cowes Yacht Haven

                                                                       said. "They are yachts." Judging the quality     Oyster regattas might be slightly
                                                                       of spit and polish with him was fellow race      compromised by RYS’s military approach.
                                                                       officer, Anne Butler. As their furrowed brows    John Grandy’s amiable welcome at the
                                                                       indicated, it wasn’t easy. The stainless         skipper’s meeting was reassuring. After
                                                                       hardware and varnished cap rails were            reminding everyone to be watchful of the
Bob and June                                                           reflecting lasers from the sun, abstract water   considerable commercial traffic in the Solent
 Beeston and
crew - Oyster                                                          patterns danced on the spotless hulls; all       ("Please use your engines if necessary to
   62, Star of
                                                                       lines were coiled to perfection.                 keep out of trouble"), and to take careful note
                                                                                                                        of shallow bars, he got a laugh when he
                                                                       The Royal Yacht Squadron was host to the         referred to Oyster’s "special" rule for
                                                                       UBS Oyster regatta, thanks to the impetus of     premature starters. In the interest of safety –
                                                                       Lord (Hugh) Amherst, Commodore, who has          few racing manoeuvres are as perilous as
                                                                       been happily sailing and racing his Oyster       trying to restart when boxed in a fleet –
                                                                       Lightwave 48 (Hal) for 18 years. Owners and      Oyster has a rule that boats over early must
                                                                       crews were issued little cards bearing the       furl their sails and not resume racing until all
                                                                       club’s burgee inviting them to be honorary       boats in their class have passed them. With
                                                                       members for the week. The cards from this        tongue in cheek, Grandy made it clear that
                                                                       exclusive club, founded in 1815, that counts     while he wasn’t personally convinced of the
                                                                       fewer than 500 voting members, and where         merit of this homespun amendment to the
                                                                       the port/starboard right of way rule             rules, he would abide by it.
                                                                       originated, were carefully put away by
            Terry and ingrid Easterbrook and crew, Oyster 55, Icenic
                                                                       recipients for framing at a later date.          The meeting in the RYS Pavilion, a handsome
                                                                                                                        glass-fronted addition with a rollback roof,
                                                                       Not only would RYS host the Oyster crews         set on the lawn west of the Castle, was
                                                                       with receptions and dinners, RYS would also      followed by a buffet dinner. The highlight was
                                                                       run the races from the battlements of its        the compelling video shot by George Johns
                                                                       waterfront Castle, originally commissioned by    that day that had been quickly edited by
                                                                       Henry VIII in 1539. This would be a departure    Richard’s son and budding film director, Rob
                                                                       from the friendly, Oyster-staffed race           Matthews and was being projected on a big
                                                                       committees of previous regattas. Those who       screen. By last light around 9pm, the
                                                                       have raced in the Solent have indelible mental   disbelievers among us looked at the
                                                                       images of the imperious RYS committee            gathering clouds to the northeast and were
                                                                       manning the battlement, neckties snugged         convinced something was in store.
                                                                       under double-breasted blazers. Oyster Joint
                                                                       Managing Director and experienced race           Wednesday dawned as promised. As early as
                                                                       officer, Alan Brook, would be among the RYS      8:30am the northeaster was stirring up white
                                                                       race committee ranks, but still there was        caps. By 10am, when we left the dock on
                                                                       concern that the underlying "fun" concept of     Bob and June Beeston's Star of Acabar

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(Oyster 62), it was blowing 25. The rain was
yet to arrive, but it was cold enough for a
fleece vest under full oilies and boots. Five
minutes later, racing was cancelled for the
day, a smart call. By noon it was blowing 30
knots and raining hard. It would max out over
40 before the day’s end. Just returning to the
dock was a challenging exercise in
seamanship that Bob Beeston finessed.

The new Oyster 82 (Bare Necessities) was also
out sailing. She’d left the dock a few minutes
before us and decided the conditions were
perfect for more sea trials. Blasting upwind
under a double reef and stays’l, the boat made
it look easy. From Richard Matthews’
helicopter, George Johns got it on tape.

The wind direction was the worst possible for
the Yacht Haven. Inside the enclosure there
was a jumble of pitching and rolling, with
mast tips going through 30-degree gyrations,
and the occasional fender blowing up. But it
was calm inside compared to the crazy dance
being done by the Dragon and Daring fleets
on moorings. Their slender, tapered masts
were whipping back and forth like so many
metronomes gone wild. Terry King-Smith, who
owns Dorado (Oyster 62) and who was
freelancing as a crew this regatta, has been
sailing in the Solent all his life. He said he’d
never seen it so riled up in summer. "I stood
up there on the marina seawall and watched
the Solent absolutely boiling." It was also one
of the coldest July days on record.

Wednesday was Caribbean night, perfect
timing. Once inside the Old Boat Shed
adjoining the Yacht Haven, the blow outside
was forgotten. With murals, colourful wall
hangings and palm trees, the shed had been
transformed into a magical island haunt. The
collected crews provided a riot of loud shirts,

Martyn and Sue
Jennings and crew,
Oyster 61, Senex
Amator, shown in
picture right.

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                1 The stem of the ship that changed the face of English
                  history, HMS Victory.
                2 Lunch between decks on board HMS Warrior 1860
                3 HMS Warrior, the most powerful warship afloat in her day.
                4 Hey Mon! Oyster's Customer Care Manager, Eddie
                  Scougall (dreadlocks), and the crew of the Oyster 49
                  Ellen Mae, enter into the party spirit.
                5 I'll give it 5! RYS Race Officer, John Grandy, and
                  Anne Butler judging the Concours d'Elegance
                6 Peter and Mary Morris and crew, Oyster 49, Tenens Spirit
                7 The pupil and the master - Robert Matthews (left),
                  midway through a film making degree course at
                  Chapman University, Los Angeles and George Johns,
                  whose current filming schedule includes this year's
                  Olympics in Athens, the Louis Vuitton Cup, the Volvo
                  Ocean Race, the America's Cup and last but by no
                  means least, Oyster Regattas!






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Thames, Dover, Wight. N.E. 6-7 decreasing 4-5. Visibility moderate with showers. Becoming fair later!

peraos, crazy wigs, and grass skirts. Rum
punch flowed like water, and how Event
Director Liz Whitman found a steel band and
limbo dancers in England – one of whom
                                                               remains today. But the unfinished, 550-foot
                                                               Millennium Spinnaker Tower on Gunwharf
                                                               Quay is what dominates the landscape.
                                                               Begun in 1995, it failed to make the
                                                                                                                                  ‘   Wednesday was
                                                                                                                         Caribbean night, prefect
thrilled the crowd with a fire eating                          Millennium deadline. It’s a sure bet if the         timing. Once inside the Old
demonstration – remains a mystery. The West                    Round Tower had been five years late and
Indian barbecue cooked up by the local                         frightfully over budget, heads would have                 Boat Shed adjoining the
Fastnet Brasserie was zesty.                                   rolled. Nothing like a king’s edict to assure
                                                               deadlines are met. Construction wreathed in
                                                                                                                           Yacht Haven, the blow

Thursday we would race. But first the fleet                    scandal continues on the new tower. As we
cruised northeast 10 miles to historic                         entered the harbour, our attention was riveted
                                                                                                                         outside was forgotten
Portsmouth for a bit of sightseeing. Back on                   by an agile fellow, 150-feet up the slim
Star of Acabar, the local Solent sailors were                  structure, using mountain-climbing
nonchalant about the remnants of the                           techniques to get his work done.
previous day that were still with us, in a less
extreme state. Owen Parker, who sailed with                    The Oyster group, with tickets to explore the      Just contemplating such numbers raised an
former British Prime Minister Ted Heath                        whole Dockyard, established the Mary Rose          appetite. Lunch was delicious, the setting
aboard Morning Cloud, said typically there                     and Lord Nelson’s famous vessel, HMS               unmatched. The restoration of Warrior cost
are 180 boats on the line for regattas in                      Victory, commissioned in 1778 and                  £8,000,000, and is exquisite in its detail.
Southampton every weekend. "The sailors                        handsomely restored, as favourite attractions.     Wooden tables and benches were set up
drive down from London, race, socialise                        Lunch was on board the massive HMS Warrior         between cannon rated at 68-pounds, with
afterwards, and drive back," the salty Parker                  (1860), a 420-footer that was the largest,         anchor chain (40-pound links!), stacks of
said. "Do it all in a day. They expect to race                 fastest, and most powerful iron clad warship in    cannon balls, coils of 4" hemp line, and racks
no matter the conditions, so if the race                       the world when launched. The specifications        of cutlasses on all sides. One couldn’t begin
committee can set a line, they’ll start.                       of the vessel are mind-boggling. Hull              to imagine the deafening sound of the gun
Twenty-five knots is usually the cutoff for                    construction of the 213-foot gun deck is 9"x       deck in action.
smaller boats. Thirty-five for the larger boats.               9" teak vertical planks over 9"x 9" horizontal
But really it’s up to the skippers."                           teak planks covered by 4" of wrought iron          On the way back to the fleet we passed
                                                               plate; a total hull thickness of 22 inches. With   another bit of nautical history. The 36-foot
Founded after the Norman Conquests in                          420 feet of teak on the upper deck, building       yawl Lively Lady was moored at the dock.
1180 by Jean de Gisons, Portsmouth had                         the boat must have consumed an entire forest.      British greengrocer Alec Rose sailed the boat
become a spice trader’s town by the 1600s,                     Raising one of the ship’s five-ton anchors took    in the solo transatlantic race in 1963 (4th),
one infamous for brothels and pubs. There                      170 men 5 hours at the capstans. We’d seen         then did a solo circumnavigation in 1968 for
are still plenty of pubs, but a massive                        the carrier, USS Enterprise (1960), raising        which he was knighted. The fleet of well-
waterfront shopping mall has provided a new                    anchor off Portsmouth the day before. By           appointed Oysters surrounding her made the
economic direction for the city. Portsmouth’s                  comparison, the 1,123-foot carrier’s anchor        narrow little boat look frightfully ill suited to
Round Tower, a defense works begun in                          weighs 32 tons. It can be raised in about 15       blue water, even for her day. A five o’clock
1417, took eight years to build. Henry VII                     minutes by one man pushing a button. A             start sent the fleet off back toward Cowes in
later replaced it with the Square Tower that                   hundred years of progress.                         four classes. Wind and current was astern,

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   David and Mary
Parson and crew of
  Oyster 53 Gualin

                                                                 Rainbows end. Richard Matthews amidships, checks the trim on the 62, Pearlfisher, steered by Micheal Stevenson.

                                                             as luck would have it. The end of the                       The sun battled clouds for supremacy, and
                                                             nor’easter was upon us, and the wind tailed                 there were short periods of rain. The overall
                                                             off to 5 knots. Many crews took advantage of                effect was a day unmatched for heavenly
                                                             their honorary membership and dined at the                  display; monstrous ranks of rapidly-changing
                                                             Yacht Squadron that evening.                                cloud formations created a spectacular show
                                                                                                                         of light and colour in the sky and on the
                                                             Friday was the coastal race: west to the                    water, conditions captured through the ages
                                                             Needles Fairway Buoy via several marks on                   by the English maritime painters. England is
                                                             both sides of the Solent, then east to a mark               just a big island, after all, and with the Isle of
                                                             off Lymington, with a finish off the RYS. In                Wight on one side and the mainland on the
                                                             the light westerly breeze with an adverse                   other, the cloud patterns generated are
                                                             current, the initial play was the beach west of             memorable.
                                                             Cowes to avoid the current and possibly find
                                                             a back eddy. Onboard Penrose III (Oyster 46),               The question for us was whether Penrose III
                                                             owned by Bill and Denise Cartlidge, we went                 would make it to the eastern-most mark of
                        Class 1 winner, Gordon Applebey's    close enough to the beach to dig clams. But                 the course before the tide changed. That leg
                              Lightwave 48, Scarlet Oyster
                                                             two boats miscalculated, and went aground                   had also been shortened. Penrose’s crew is
                                                             on a bar. One was Jubilate, a well-sailed                   keen, and they never miss a chance to have
                                                             Oyster 47 owned by David Wansbrough and                     fun. Promptly at eight bells (noon), ice-cold
                                                             Prue Moon. It was gentlemanly of                            short beers were passed
                                                             Wansbrough, an RYS member, to put his                       up the hatch.

            ‘    Friday was the coastal
          race: west to the Needles
                                                             guests at ease by tripping on the bar. But his
                                                             chagrin was evident on the radio.
                                                             "We’re okay," he said, "embarrassed
                                                             but otherwise okay."
             Fairway Buoy via several
                                                             The nor’ east gale had blown such
        marks on both sides of the                           a hole in the weather system
                                                             it took most of the day for
        Solent, then east to a mark                          the westerly to fill in. Until
                                                             then it was difficult to make
         off Lymington, with a finish                        headway against the

                              off the RYS.
                                                     ’       current, even after RYS
                                                             shortened course from the
                                                             Needles to a mark off

                                                              Anni and Jan Matthews, HRH
  30 www.oystermarine.com                                        The Duchess of Gloucester
                                                               (centre) and crew, Oyster 53,
                                                                      Fizz. Flowers optional!
But the tedious downwind leg in under three
knots of wind had all of the crew fighting off
naps (not everyone succeeded). The wind
finally freshened around 4pm. The rail-down
sail back to the club with a reef in the main
made the day.

At the Yacht Haven, the launching of the first
Oyster 72s took place – in radio-controlled
model form. The first two models built (with
Richard Matthews’ blessing) to a 21:1 scale
of the Rob Humphreys design were showing
their stuff in the now gusty conditions.
Squint your eyes, and they were the real
thing seen from afar. Up close they also
passed muster as Oysters. AC15 Yachts of
New Zealand, who built them, spared
nothing in their construction: epoxy over
fibreglass hulls, all stainless hardware (with
turnbuckles on the 90 lb stainless steel
shrouds), carbon keel fin and rudder, and the
best winch system on the market. Those
who sailed them were captivated.
That evening at the informal barbecue at
RYS, David Wansbrough made a comic
attempt to disguise himself with a beard. On
his nametag, Jubilate had been crossed out
and "Misere" hand printed above it. Chances
are Wansbrough wouldn’t be let off easy. One
RYS member who violated flag etiquette by
leaving the ensign on his yacht flying for a
week ended up contributing heavily to a new
roof on the Pavilion.

Conversation was interrupted by the sudden
wail of a single-engine aircraft that had come
in low over the Solent, hidden until the last
moment by the Yacht Squadron Castle. It
pulled up sharply into a vertical climb and
rolled onto its back at about 1500 feet.
Leaving a trail of smoke, the plane executed
a dizzying corkscrew spin until it pulled out
with a deep-throated roar 300 feet off the
water. Wow! Richard was smiling broadly.
He’d arranged the aerobatic show as a finale
to the regatta week.

The plane was a Sukhoi 26, a uniquely strong
aerobatic aircraft built of carbon fibre, kevlar,
and titanium, and powered by a 460
horsepower 9-cylinder Vedenyev engine
driving a three blade, 2.6 metre propeller. The
airplane is stressed to withstand 23 Gs. It
was commissioned by the Russian
government in the 1980s. The 37 year old
pilot, Will Curtis, won the Breitling trophy in
2002, and the Boeing Trophy in 2003 for best
air show displays. He’d be pulling 8 to 12 Gs
during his 15-minute sequence .

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                          RYS Commodore, Hugh Amherst and
                          crew on board his Lightwave 48, Hal

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The crew of the Oyster 82, Bare Necessities, launched only one week before the regatta, decided   Racing started off the Royal Yacht Squadron line with the traditional cannon fire
Wednesday's stormy conditions were perfect for a heavy weather sea trial.

His tail slide was breathtaking. At the top of a
vertical climb, he’d cut power. The plane
would drop tail first down through the smoke,
                                                              ping-pong. The saloon below is split level,
                                                              with all the comforts of a Park Avenue
                                                              apartment. One could get used to this boat.
                                                                                                                                       ‘    I love these yachts.
                                                                                                                           They really have graced the

falling like a wounded bird. There seemed no
hope he could pull out, but of course he did,                 Our race was fast and uneventful until the last            Solent with their presence
spinning out of sight, then returning low over                upwind leg. Bare Necessities was on port
                                                                                                                                                               PETER SOMERS
the water, upside down, or skidding past us                   tack. Suddenly here came Gordon Applebey’s
at a crazy angle. His manoeuvres included                     Scarlet Oyster, a Lightwave 48 that had been
sustained hovering, helicopter style, the BAR                 doing well all week, on starboard, pinching to             Sommers paused. "We never did get to use
F1 loop; and a 12G pull up called the S2000.                  try and nail us. We knew Scarlet couldn’t have             that unique Oyster recall procedure." He
It was the most spectacular flying any of us                  rounded the leeward mark. What was she                     sounded just a bit disappointed.
had ever seen. The Oyster Aerobatic Trophy                    doing on the wind? Could she be hunting us?
goes to Will Curtis.                                          When it became evident we would cross her,                 Before a delicious three-course dinner
                                                              Scarlet bore away for the mark. Later,                     followed by dancing, Richard presided over
Only one buoys race was scheduled for                         Scarlet’s crew said they were having trouble               the award presentation. Soon everything from
Saturday, and it was a good one, with the                     locating the mark.                                         silver cups and plates to bottles of
sou’wester cranking 20 knots under brilliant                                                                             champagne, winch handles and duffle bags
sunshine. The new Oyster 82, Bare                             On the patio of the Pavilion that evening I ran            were being happily clutched by many
Necessities, was charging around like a                       into Peter Somers, one of the RYS race                     skippers. Then Richard gave the microphone
thoroughbred under a reefed main with the                     officers for the regatta. Somers had been                  to RYS Commodore Amherst, who had
jib rolled to 100%. Alan Brook took the                       assigned to the British Embassy in                         struggled through the 20-knot day with the
helm, relieved from the race committee for                    Washington in 1967, Aid de Corps to General                manually operated winches aboard his
the day. There’s a sinking feeling when one                   Sir George Lee. He has fond memories of                    Lightwave 48, Hal. "I can’t help notice the
is closing at ten knots in an 82-foot, 67-ton                 putting crabs to sleep during leaves on                    rocket science that has occurred since our
vessel on a wall of boats messing about the                   Maryland’s Eastern Shore Bay. Somers was                   good ship was built," Amherst said with a
starting line, with few escape routes                         quite taken by the Oyster presence at RYS.                 smile. "I hope all of you on the push-button
available. Alan had it under control. We                      "We’re used to running regattas for the                    brigade at least have sore fingers."
crossed the line shortly after the gun and                    professionals," he said. "And that’s a worry.
tacked immediately away from the fleet.                       We are careful to tape everything because                  Lord Amherst extended an invitation to Oyster
                                                              those fellows can drag out their lawyers. I                to return for another regatta. Richard
Alan said he felt like "King of the Castle"                   have enjoyed this week, other than the                     gracefully and gratefully accepted. Just to put
steering Bare Necessities. It exudes smooth                   surreal conditions. In my opinion it’s been an             a stamp on it, the 82’s skipper, Alex
power with the feel of a much smaller boat                    education for the RYS to put on a fun                      Drummond, had secured Bare Necessities to a
and a nice groove upwind, logging 9 knots                     regatta, bringing the boats past Cowes when                mooring a hundred yards offshore, elegantly
30-degrees off the wind. The owner is a                       possible for everyone to see. Because I love               framed by the Pavilion windows. It looked
computer whiz, and the displays on board                      these yachts. They really have graced the                  handsome against the last red-orange glow of
show his inventive handiwork, which he                        Solent with their presence. And the crew’s                 the day, and very much at home.
continually fine-tunes on a ten-computer lash-                behaviour has been impeccable, their
up down below. The cockpit is big enough for                  performance up to Cowes Week standards."                                                         Roger Vaughan

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                                                              ENTRY LIST
                                                              CLASS 1
                                                              Oyster Lightwave 48         Scarlet Oyster                  Gordon Applebey
                                                              Oyster Lightwave 48         Hal                             Lord Amherst
                                                              Oyster 55                   Icenic                          Terry & Ingrid Easterbrook
                                                              Oyster 56                   Roulette                        Trevor & Anne Silver
                                                              Oyster 56                   Baccalieu III                   Mike & Donna Hill
                                                              Oyster 61                   Senex Amator                    Martyn & Sue Jennings
                                                              Oyster 62                   Carpe Diem                      Keith & Rosemary Hamilton
                                                              Oyster 62                   Star of Acabar                  Bob & June Beeston
                                                              Oyster 62                   Pearlfisher                     James Flynn OBE
                                                              Oyster 82                   Bare Necessities                Bare Necessities LLP
                                                              CLASS 2
                                                              Oyster Lightwave 395        Parthia                         Andrew Scurr
                                                              Oyster 49                   Tenens Spirit                   Peter & Mary Morris
   Class 2 overall winner, John McMonigall, Oyster 53, Saba   Oyster 49                   Shakura                         Michael Geary & Faith Patterson
                                                              Oyster 49                   Galloper                        David Yelloly
                                                              Oyster 49                   Ellen Mae                       Graham Coxell
                                                              Oyster 53                   Fizz of Cowes                   Jan & Anni Matthews
                                                              Oyster 53                   Saba of Hamble                  John McMonigall
              SPONSORED BY                                    Oyster 53                   Samphire of Haslar              John Bebbington/Jeremy Bow
                                                              Oyster 53                   Merlin                          Michiel Friederichs
                                                              Oyster 53                   Gualin of Cowes                 David & Mary Parson
                                                              Oyster 53                   Crackerjack of Hamble           John & Barbara Podbury
                                                              CLASS 3
                                                              Oyster SJ35                 Imperator                       Paul Waxman
                                                              Oyster 34                   West End Girl                   Simon Keeble
                                                              Oyster 45                   Apparition                      James Blazeby
                                                              Oyster 45                   Little Morten                   Peter Martin
                                                              Oyster 45                   Ocean Drive                     Andrew Gerrard
                                                              Oyster 45                   Persuasion                      John Wood
                                                              Oyster 46                   Penrose III                     Bill & Denise Cartlidge
                                                              Oyster 461                  Blue Fox                        Larry Quinn
                                                              Oyster 461                  Katswiskas                      Robin & Jane Clarkson
                                                              Oyster 47                   Kindness                        Jonathan Shingleton
                                                              Oyster 47                   Jubilate                        David Wansbrough & Prue Moon
                                                              Oyster 49 PH                Blue Elixir                     Dick Long
                                                              Oyster 49 PH                Jubilee Sovereign               Bobby & Phylidda Lawes
                                                              CLASS 4
                                                              Oyster 26                   Minos                           Chris & Jane Deacon
                                                              Oyster 406                  Beluga                          Michael & Heather Andrew
                                                              Oyster 42                   Sundancer of Chichester         John Nelson/Philip Riesco
                                                              Oyster 435                  Quinta Blue                     Tim & Jane Iredale
                                                              Oyster 435                  Shalini of Hamble               Tony Baker/Graham Cole
                                                              Oyster 435                  Grey Girl                       David Cranstone
                                                              Oyster 435                  Mythos                          Andrew Tibbits/David Godwin

                                                              (Races 1 and 2 Cancelled)
                                                              RACE 3 – Sponsored by Raymarine
                                                              CLASS 1
                                                              1     Terry & Ingrid Easterbrook               Oyster 55           Icenic
                                                              2     James Flynn OBE                          Oyster 62           Pearlfisher
                                                              3     Keith & Rosemary Hamilton                Oyster 62           Carpe Diem

                                                              CLASS   2
                                                              1       John Bebbington/Jeremy Bow             Oyster 53           Samphire
                                                              2       Peter & Mary Morris                    Oyster 49           Tenens Spirit
                                                              3       Michiel Friederichs                    Oyster 53           Merlin

                                                              CLASS   3
                                                              1       David Wansbrough & Prue Moon           Oyster 47           Jubilate
                                                              2       Bill & Denise Cartlidge                Oyster 46           Penrose III
                   ON BOARD
                                                              3       Andrew Gerrard                         Oyster 45           Ocean Drive

                                                              CLASS   4
                                                              1       John Nelson/Philip Riesco              Oyster 42           Sundancer
                                                              2       Michael & Heather Andrew               Oyster 406          Beluga
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                                                              3       Tim & Jane Iredale                     Oyster 435          Quinta Blue
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                                                        Class 1 overall winner, Gordon Applebey,
                                                             Oyster Lightwave 48, Scarlet Oyster

RACE 4 – Sponsored by Hood Yacht Spars
1     Gordon Applebey                  Oyster LW48                     Scarlet Oyster
2     Hugh Amherst                     Oyster LW48                     Hal
3     Martyn & Sue Jennings            Oyster 61                       Senex Amator
1       John McMonigall                     Oyster 53                  Saba of Hamble
2       David & Mary Parson                 Oyster 53                  Gualin of Cowes
3       Graham Coxell                       Oyster 49                  Ellen Mae
1       Dick Long                           Oyster 49PH                Blue Elixir
2       Simon Keeble                        Oyster 34                  West End Girl
3       Paul Waxman                         Oyster SJ35                Imperator
CLASS   4                                                                                              Class 1
1       John Nelson/Philip Riesco           Oyster 42                  Sundancer                     concours
2       Michael & Heather Andrew            Oyster 406                 Beluga                     Martyn and
3       Andrew Tibbits/David Godwin         Oyster 435                 Mythos                   Sue Jennings
                                                                                             with Lis Amherst
RACE 5 – Sponsored by Lewmar
1     Bare Necessities LLP                  Oyster 82                  Bare Necessities
2     Martyn & Sue Jennings                 Oyster 61                  Senex Amator
3     Bob & June Beeston                    Oyster 62                  Star of Acabar
1       Anni & Jan Matthews                 Oyster 53                  Fizz of Cowes
2       John McMonigall                     Oyster 53                  Saba of Hamble
3       David & Mary Parson                 Oyster 53                  Gualin of Cowes
1       David Wansbrough & Prue Moon        Oyster 47                  Jubilate
2       Dick Long                           Oyster 49PH                Blue Elixir
3       Bill & Denise Cartlidge             Oyster 46                  Penrose III
1       Michael & Heather Andrew            Oyster 406                 Beluga
2       Tony Baker/Graham Cole              Oyster 435                 Shalini of Hamble
3       John Nelson/Philip Riesco           Oyster 42                  Sundancer

Concours    D’Elegance – presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron
Class 1     Martyn & Sue Jennings           Oyster 61                  Senex Amator
Class 2     John McMonigall                 Oyster 53                  Saba of Hamble
Class 3     Bill & Denise Cartlidge         Oyster 46                  Penrose III
Class 4     David Cranstone                 Oyster 435                 Grey Girl

1     Gordon Applebey                       Oyster LW48                Scarlet Oyster
2     Martyn & Sue Jennings                 Oyster 61                  Senex Amator
3     Terry & Ingrid Easterbrook            Oyster 55                  Icenic

1       John McMonigall                     Oyster 53                  Saba of Hamble
2       Anni & Jan Matthews                 Oyster 53                  Fizz of Cowes                             Class 3 overall
3       David & Mary Parson                 Oyster 53                  Gualin of Cowes                           winner, Dick Long,
                                                                                                                 Oyster 49PH,
                                                                                                                 Blue Elixir
1       Dick Long                           Oyster 49PH                Blue Elixir
2       Andrew Gerrard                      Oyster 45                  Ocean Drive
3       Bill & Denise Cartlidge             Oyster 46                  Penrose III

1       John Nelson/Philip Riesco           Oyster 42                  Sundancer
2       Michael & Heather Andrew            Oyster 406                 Beluga
3       Tony Baker/Graham Cole              Oyster 435                 Shalini of Hamble

                                                                      Class 4 overall winner, John
                                                                        Nelson and Philip Riesco,
                                                                            Oyster 42 Sundancer
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       O Y S T E R P O W E R B O AT S

   Introducing the new
   T H E YA C H T S M A N ’ S P O W E R B O AT

                                                       put the idea to us. David was looking for a
                                                       boat to have fun with in coastal waters and
                              n Oyster powerboat,      felt it should be possible to design and build
                              perish the thought,      something altogether better than the boats
                              yet here it is. Oyster   he’d seen on the international market. David
                              aficionados with         wanted Oyster design flair and Oyster build
                              long memories            quality in a powerboat, something that might
   might recall our brief foray into the               become a new benchmark for a yachtsman’s
   powerboat scene 15 years ago with the               powerboat.
   Powerline 390. It was a good boat and their
   owners still love them, but perhaps a bit of a
   look-a-like in a field of plenty.
                                                       The LD43 is the result of a whole series of
                                                       pooled ideas from our own design team,
                                                       David Hughes, and a lot of market research
                                                                                                        ‘ Oyster design flair and
                                                                                                        Oyster build quality in a
   This time it’s different, very different. For       on both sides of the Atlantic. The team          powerboat, something that
   starters our own design team, many of               approach extends to our builder, McDell
   whom have considerable experience in this           Marine of Auckland, New Zealand, who has         might become a new
   field, have designed the Oyster LD43                already built several hundred powerboats
   in-house. Secondly Oyster has matured as            under a long-term contract for Yamaha.           benchmark for a

   a company in those 15 years with two                McDell have already built twenty Oyster
   Queen’s Awards to Industry and a host of            yachts so we have absolute confidence in
                                                                                                        yachtsman’s powerboat.
   other accolades, one of which, the Sunday           their ability to achieve first class composite
   Times, ranked Oyster amongst Britain’s top          construction, engineering and joinery.
   100 companies.
                                                       Other experts have been called in to help
   We can’t claim management inspired the idea         ensure the Oyster LD43 really is special.
   for a yachtsman’s powerboat. In truth David         High Modulus have undertaken the
   Hughes, who has owned three Oyster yachts,          composite engineering using leading edge
   including a 55 in which he circumnavigated,         materials including carbon and Kevlar to

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   achieve a light, but very strong, hull. Our          fair weather, while providing a fully enclosed
   consultants on the hull, Levi Designs, are well      weatherproof saloon when it isn’t.
   known for high performance powerboats
   including the Blue Riband winning Virgin             The saloon has its own table, once again of
   Atlantic Challenger II. The Woolfson Unit of         sufficient size for six place settings. So it’s
   Southampton University have run a series of          your choice of alfresco dining in the cockpit
   tank tests in a range of simulated sea               or a candlelit dinner in the saloon. The
   conditions and at speeds up to 36 knots,             saloon settees are sized to double as two
   proving the LD43’s above average sea                 single berths when required and will lift up
   keeping and ride comfort.                            very easily on counterbalanced rams for easy
                                                        engine access.
   Jet drives will be fitted as standard with an
   ingenious three-axis joystick for precise low        At the forward end of the saloon, the helm
   speed manoeuvring. While an optional choice          and pilot/nav stations both have adjustable,
   of conventional prop drive and engines will          sprung, pilot seats for optimum comfort in
   be available, the standard twin 450hp                choppy conditions. Forward there is a very
   Yanmars will give 36 knots flat out with a           useable galley with fridge, electric hob and
   cruising speed of up to 28 knots in suitable         microwave, while opposite is a decent sized
   conditions. In extreme conditions we expect          WC with it’s own shower stall. The fully
   the deep V hull to provide a soft entry and          appointed owners cabin forward includes
   good passage making capability.                      a large double berth.

   No worries about bent props - the jet drives         Tooling for the Oyster LD43 will be carried out
   offer the advantage of enabling the LD43 to          in Australia, using a modern 5-axis router
   transit shallow water swatchways and even            system to ensure accuracy. McDell expect to
   to dry out on occasion. The engines are              get the first boat afloat for trials in Auckland by
   independently installed and LD43 skippers            July ‘05, before shipping to the UK for the
   won’t have to worry much about the                   Southampton Show. The first two boats are
   increasing problem of floating debris that can       already sold, the first to David Hughes, currently
   so easily foul props on offshore passages.           cruising his Oyster 66 in the Pacific, and the
                                                        second to the owner of the Oyster 49
   The LD43 has been designed for entertaining          "Sunbird", Robin Fowler, who will take delivery
   and having fun. Her cockpit seats are long           in the USA, enabling us to show the boat at the
   enough for sleeping under the stars or within a      Annapolis Powerboat show in October 2005.
   tailored awning. The cockpit table, large enough
   for six, is insulated and features Oyster’s yacht-   Judging by the reaction of existing Oyster
   style refrigerated drinks stowage.                   owners to whom we have spoken, there
                                                        seems to be real enthusiasm for what we
   One of the more ingenious features of the            hope will become recognised as "the"
   LD43 is the glazed alloy frame bulkhead that         yachtsman’s powerboat. We have eight more
   separates the saloon from the cockpit. The           boats to offer from the initial batch and
   whole structure slides away to create an             welcome enquiries, especially from past or
   open cockpit/saloon area to be enjoyed in            present Oyster owners.

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                            The Oyster Fleet
                            Review 2005
49                          One of the most modern and complete ranges of
                            cruising yachts in the world, the 2005 Oyster fleet
                            includes ten designs from 46 to 100 feet.

53                          Our range includes two new yachts, both due for launching in
                            spring 2005, the Oyster 46 and the new Oyster 72. Also new to
                            the range is the Oyster 655, which will launch a year later. To
                            separate the new 655 from our established, high volume, raised
                            saloon Oyster 66, that model has now been upgraded to include
                            stern, deck and lazarette upgrades and will be marketed as the
56                          Oyster 68.

                            Every Oyster incorporates the Deck Saloon design, which we
                            brought to the sailing world over 25 years ago. The Deck Saloon
                            creates a feeling of light and space down below, not possible with
                            other configurations. Easier access to the cockpit, much better fair
62                          weather ventilation, and improved tankage and machinery space
                            are just some of the advantages. Now in it’s third design
                            generation, although widely emulated, we continue to believe that,
                            as the song goes, "Nobody does it better".

                            All Oysters are built with their owner’s choice of equipment and
655                         finish and all yachts offer a keel and rig choice. On the smaller
                            models we offer some interior choices, while larger yachts are
                            built on an individual custom basis offering an almost infinite
                            range of possibilities.

                            Build quality is not left to chance, since we operate a quality
68                          management system that monitors hundreds of criteria
                            throughout the build process. The quest for total quality does not
                            end at delivery either, since our customer care and worldwide
                            after sales support is acknowledged by our owners to be the best
                            in the industry.

72                          Oyster is staffed by an experienced team of fellow sailors who
                            really care about exceeding our owner’s expectations. We are
                            dedicated to building beautiful yachts and helping our owners keep
                            them that way. From the Arctic to Auckland, Burnham to Bora Bora
                            our yachts can and do go the distance.

82                          2005 will be our 32nd year and we are rather proud of the 1100+
                            yachts sailing the world’s oceans that bear our name. Being an
                            Oyster owner, with yachts that encourage pride of ownership,
                            great after sales care, parties and regattas for owners and crews
                            around the world has been likened to being part of a large family.
                            Perhaps this is why around 50% of all new construction is for
100                         existing owners.

                            If you are considering a cruising yacht for crossing oceans or
                            gracing your local anchorage think of Oyster as the quality
                            alternative – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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See Oyster at the Shows
The autumn boat show season kicks off at the end of August and this year we will
be exhibiting at two additional shows, Cannes in September and Fort Lauderdale
in October.

The Southampton show sees the UK première of the new Oyster 82, which received
outstanding reviews following her debut at the Düsseldorf show earlier this year.
Viewing is strictly by appointment – if you have a serious interest in viewing the Oyster
82, please call our sales team to arrange an accompanied viewing.

As a courtesy to all the owners who have kindly loaned us their yachts for the shows,
and so that everyone has the opportunity to view, we operate an appointment system
on all our yachts. We do get extremely busy and calling us ahead of your visit will
ensure you get on board without waiting and enable us to give you personal attention.

31 August - 5 September                        For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 56                                      UK office on +44 (0) 1473 688888
Berth Nº E01

8 - 13 September                               For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 66                                      UK office on +44 (0) 1473 688888
Berth Nº QSP 110

10 - 19 September                              For a boarding pass please call our
Press & Preview Day Friday 10 September        UK office on +44 (0) 1473 688888
Oyster 49
Oyster 56
Oyster 82
Berth Nº 74, 75, 281

16 - 19 September                              For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 53                                      USA office on +1 401 846 7400
Oyster 62

7 - 11 October                                 For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 49                                      USA office on +1 401 846 7400
Oyster 62

9 - 17 October                                 For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 82                                      UK office on +44 (0) 1473 688888
Berth Nº 0055

23 - 31 October                                For a boarding pass please call our
Oyster 53                                      UK office on +44 (0) 1473 688888

29 October - 2 November                        For more information please call
Oyster Booth                                   our USA office on +1 401 846 7400
British Village 1
                          a dream comes true
                                   by Linda Mazziotta, UBS

   By winning the America’s Cup, Alinghi has
   achieved a historic victory. The UBS-sponsored
   sailing team is determined to win again in 2007.
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      What do sailing and banking have in common? If there’s any firm that
      can answer this question, it should be UBS, one of the world's leading
      financial firms. UBS sponsors Alinghi, winner of the prestigious America’s
      Cup in 2003.

      UBS decided to sponsor Alinghi in 2001. The firm saw meaningful parallels
      with values such as team spirit, dynamism, strategic planning and expertise
      with state-of-the-art technology and their clear links to the world of global
      financial services. In addition, the variable weather conditions that impact
      the sport of sailing are the perfect symbol for the uncertain environment in
      which financial institutions such as UBS operate.

      The Alinghi team draws on the founding vision of Ernesto Bertarelli,
      chairman of Alinghi and CEO of the biotechnology firm Serono. Sailing is a
      passion of Bertarelli’s. He wanted to make a dream come true: win the
      America’s Cup and bring it back to Europe for the first time since 1851.

      This ambition did not seem unreasonable given that his team, Alinghi,
      included performers of the calibre of Russell Coutts, the Alinghi skipper, who
      had already won the America’s Cup twice. In total, team members had
      chalked up 18 America’s Cup victories and 69 world championship victories.

      However, Alinghi's aspirations were very ambitious: sailing is a sport with
      many unknowns, ranging from weather conditions to the progress of
      opposing teams, which is kept strictly secret. On top of this, qualification for
      the America's Cup is a long process.

      However, during the competition, Alinghi's ambitions became more and
      more accessible. Alinghi's victory of the qualifying race, the Louis Vuitton
      Cup, was already a significant achievement.

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                                               “We need to become even better if we
                                               want to win the America's Cup in 2007.”
                                                       Jochen Schuemann, sports director of the Alinghi team

   Alinghi gained access to the most prestigious          next America's Cup in 2007, last November AC        win the America's Cup in 2007," said Jochen
   and oldest sailing contest in the world, the           Management, the organization arranging the          Schuemann, sports director of the Alinghi team,
   America’s Cup, in which the strongest teams in         next America's Cup, announced that Valencia         "We want to be considered as an active
   terms of tactics, ability, technology and team         (see box) would host the 2007 America's Cup.        challenger, not as the defender of the title."
   spirit do battle. In March 2003 Alinghi won the
   America's Cup. This victory was unique in one          On course for 2007                                  Alinghi will be developing two teams. It also
   respect: for the first time a team from a country      One of Alinghi's objectives is now to boost the     signed Peter Holmberg as helmsman alongside
   – Switzerland – with no access to the sea              profile of the America's Cup and to develop an      Russell Coutts and Jochen Schuemann.
   won the cup.                                           exciting regatta program during the period          Considered to be one of the best exponents of
                                                          before the Cup. Team Alinghi will therefore be      his art in the world, the American Holmberg
   Alinghi, the new Defender of the America's Cup         participating in three or four regattas each year   competed for Oracle BMW Racing during the
   also won the right to decide the location and          in the run up to 2007. "This will help us make      America's Cup 2002/3.
   timing for the 32nd America's Cup. Lively              the America's Cup more accessible to the
   speculations on the potential locations started        public," explained Russell Coutts, CEO of           As for Alinghi's "dream", this has not changed:
   soon after Alinghi's victory. Among the                Alinghi. This contest, the UBS Trophy, will be      "We want to win the America's Cup in 2007",
   candidates were Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.     sponsored by UBS.                                   said Jochen Schuemann. Such determination
                                                                                                              certainly boded well in 2003 •
   A few days after UBS and Alinghi confirmed that        Alinghi's determination is as strong as ever.
   they would continue their partnership for the          "We need to become even better if we want to

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Valencia, host city of                    The America's Cup:
the America's Cup 2007                    back to 1851

The Host City for the 32nd America’s      152 years: The history of the
Cup is Valencia, on the Spanish           America's Cup began in Europe, off
Mediterranean coast. Boasting             the Isle of Wight (Great Britain) in
excellent racing conditions, a            1851. It continued on the other side
dedicated race village, a long            of the Atlantic in the US for 132
maritime tradition and a motivated        years. The Australians won the Cup
host population, Valencia, on the         in 1983 and the event moved to
picturesque Southeast coast of            Australia for 1987, only to be won by
Spain, is the perfect choice for the      America again. Following two
historic debut of the America’s Cup       successful American defences, New
in Europe.                                Zealand won the Cup in 1995 and
                                          successfully defended it in Auckland
Consistent, reliable, weather             in 2000 against Prada Challenge. In
conditions, were the most important       2003 the Swiss team Alinghi won the
consideration in making the               America's Cup.
selection, and Valencia is nearly
perfect in this respect. This part of
the Spanish coast enjoys a summer
sea-breeze regime, with steady,
moderate, southeasterly winds
building late in the morning and
holding through early evening.
Historically, this sea-breeze is so
regular during the summer racing
months that one could reasonably
expect racing conditions more than
90% of the time.

But Valencia promises far more than
just excellent sailing. An America’s
Cup village in the Port is planned,
where all the team bases will be built,
with public access to allow fans
close to all the action. Two race-
courses will be within just a 15-
minute tow of the bases, and racing
could take place just metres from the
shoreline, making the action
accessible to crowds on the beach
and breakwater.

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THE 2004
                                                                                          Anne Silver’s Oyster 56, Roulette Photo: Trevor Silver

                              FIZZING ROUND THE ISLAND                                  For most of this leg we held onto 3rd
                              The Round the Island Race, run by the                     place in our class and had caught up with

  ROUND                       Island Sailing Club in Cowes, with around
                              1700 yachts taking part this year, is
                              believed to be the one of the largest
                              sporting event in the UK, second only to
                                                                                        the tail end of the previous class. We did
                                                                                        really well rounding the Needles mainly
                                                                                        due to some good navigation and boat
                                                                                        watching, but also due to a couple of

      THE                     the London Marathon.

                              Congratulations to Anni and Jan Matthews
                              (no relation to Richard Matthews) for their
                                                                                        boats outside us having to bear away.

                                                                                        The next leg down to St Catherine’s Point
                                                                                        was a bit of a slog and required a few

  ISLAND                      2nd place in the 64-boat ISC Handicap
                              Class B fleet in the Island Sailing Club’s
                              annual around the Isle of Wight race
                              aboard their Oyster 53 Fizz.
                                                                                        tacks, but also managed to fit in making
                                                                                        bacon sandwiches at around 9:30
                                                                                        (although it felt like lunchtime by then!)
                                                                                        When we rounded St Catherine’s, we were

    RACE                      After a royal launching on 22 May, Fizz
                              made her way South via Ostend and the
                              Around the Island was her first race. Jan
                              and Anni Matthews were keen competitors
                              in the Contessa 32 class and they will no
                                                                                        able to reach along the remainder of the
                                                                                        south side of the island and at the south
                                                                                        east point we decided to get out the
                                                                                        cruising chute to take advantage of the
                                                                                        broad reach leg up the east side of the
                                                                                        island. Unfortunately we had a bit of a
                              doubt have brought some of their racing
                                                                                        nightmare with the chute sheets getting

      ‘  The Oyster 53,
    Fizz, and Oyster 56
                              skills to their Oyster.

                              ROULETTE’S RACE
                              Congratulations are also due to Anne
                              Silver who, with an all-girl crew, sailed her
                                                                                        tangled when we furled the genoa and so
                                                                                        we lost time sorting that out, as well as
                                                                                        making sure we avoided the two huge
                                                                                        container ships either side of us. We
                                                                                        eventually set off again towards the forts
Roulette, both took part      Oyster 56, Roulette, into 10th place in the
                                                                                        through a very busy sea of boats going in
                              same class.

                                                                                        all directions.
   in this year’s event
                              ANNE SILVER REPORTS ON                                    Steering with the cruising chute towards
                              ROULETTE’S RACE                                           the edge of its wind direction limits, in very
                              "We had decided that we were not going                    choppy water because of all of the traffic,
                              to be too competitive as our combined                     whilst also avoiding other boats was
                              experience of sailing together and racing                 challenging! I was at the helm for this and
                              Roulette was limited (and there were                      didn't do a very good job, losing a bit more
                              going to be hundreds of other boats                       time and probably a few more places.
                              surrounding us!) but rather we would                      Once we rounded the forts we dropped the
                              make sure we stayed safe and that                         chute and reached in to the finishing line.
                              everyone enjoyed the day.                                 We finished around 2:25pm. Everyone
                                                                                        really enjoyed the day, even without the
                              Our class start was 6:50am and we
                                                                                        sunshine and when we heard the final
                              crossed the line at the northern end. We
                                                                                        positions we were all very pleased!
                              had a great reach down to the Needles,
                              often reaching 10 knots, but we actually                  I think we all could be persuaded to do it
                              achieved a top speed of 11.6 knots at one                 again next year, although it is likely that
                              point, although for this stretch of the race              Roulette will be in the Mediterranean again
                              I'm sure we had some current with us too!                 by then."

                              Anni and Jan Matthews, Oyster 53 Fizz Photo: Tim Wright
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                       S            trategically located in the Mediterranean Sea, The Balearic
                                    Islands are an outstanding destination for sailing enthusiasts,
                                    due to their warm climate, quiet waters and the beauty of their
                                    coastline. Added to this are first class boating facilities and the
                       availability of more than 20,000 moorings distributed among 60 marinas.

                       The nautical attractions of The Balearics are wide and very varied, with
                       numerous coves and beaches. In addition The Balearics host a number of
                       prestigious sailing competitions, which attract a host of top international
                       sailors. Regattas such as the King’s Cup and the Princess Sofia Trophy, in
                       the Bay of Palma, or the Ruta de la Sal, in Ibiza, and of course Oyster’s
                       UBS Regatta are just some of the many sailing competitions held in the
                       waters of the Balearics every year.

                       Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are an ideal location for enjoying
                       numerous watersports, such as diving, windsurfing, sport fishing, sailing or
                       water-skiiing and there are many centres throughout the islands where
                       equipment can be hired and tuition provided.

                       And completing this exceptional marine location is the National Marine
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                                                                Onne van der Wal, vanderwal.com
When it all comes together.
Cruising is supposed to be a breeze. When you leave the
dock, your bow thruster should ease you out with nothing
more than a whisper. En route to your favorite spot, your
steering, and sail control systems should take you there with
complete control. And when it’s time to anchor, why not enjoy
pushbutton windlass performance and a fast, solid hold on any
seabed? When it comes to cruising, we at Lewmar believe
there’s nothing wrong with perfection.

                          Countdown to the

                                                                   Hannah, centre, with TV presenter Davina McCall and
                                                           Olympic sailors (from left to right) Sarah Ayton, Gold medallist,
                                                                      Shirley Robertson, Sarah Webb and Laura Baldwin

                                                                 Hannah Stodel reports on
                                                                 the Sonar Team’s final
                                                                 preparations for the 2004
                                                                 Paralympic Games
                                                                 This is my final report before the start of
                                                                 the Paralympic Games in Athens and I can
                                                                 only hope that my next report will contain
                                                                 as much good news as this one!

                                                                 Courtesy of Oyster, we have had the benefit
                                                                 of some top level coaching with Jim
                                                                 Saltonstall and Andy Green, and this seems
                                                                 to have had an immediate effect on our
                                                                 performance as we have begun to put
                                                                 together a pretty impressive series of results.

                                                                 May bank holiday weekend saw us
                                                                 competing in the able bodied Sonar
                                                                 Europeans in Cowes, Isle of Wight, and,
                                                                 unbelievably, after five victories in the nine
                                                                 race series we were crowned champions.
                                                                 This was a ‘3 sail’ event which means that
                                                                 you have a fourth crew member on board
                                                                 and we were lucky enough to have Andy
                                                                 Green on foredeck, which was a
                                                                 somewhat new experience for him!
48 www.oystermarine.com       Sonar Eurpoean champions
                                     Photo: Ingrid Abery
                                                                                 B RO K E R A G E
Paralympics                                                                S p e c i a l i s t s i n P r e - O w n e d O y s t e r Ya ch t s

 The Sail for Gold Ball at the London Hilton saw the official
 presentation of the British Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams
 and was a major fundraiser for the RYA’s Yachting Fund. To be part
 of such a glittering occasion was wonderful, if not a little nerve –
                                                                           BOAT SHOW
 wracking. Held in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal it was a
 great honour to be introduced to her on stage, but imagine my
                                                                           10-19 September
 surprise when I was asked to sit next to her throughout the dinner.
 I think I will be less nervous on the start line in Athens!
                                                                           SAXON WHARF
 My other recent nerve-wracking experience came when I was
 asked to pose for the "For Gold" calendar by the marine
 photographer KOS. All the team were asked, and the majority
 agreed to pose for a "tasteful" 2005 nude calendar. If that wasn’t
 bad enough, the pictures were mostly taken in public places with
 mine in the exotic location of Calshot beach. Nobody had
 mentioned that I was also going to have to pose with John and
 Steve too! However I guess it makes for good team building and
 at least it was sunny!

 Back to sailing, we managed a second in a disabled open event
 before going one better and winning the Swedish Nationals without
 scoring worse than a second place. I just hope that we are peaking
 at the right time as we are using all of these regattas as training for
 the main event in Athens.

 I have just completed the Round Island Race where we finished 4th
 in class and 41st overall from an entry of just under 1700 boats.
 Our team represented the British Paralympic Association and our
 crew included six MPs. It was a long way from the stress of our
 Sonar campaign but it was still good to be competitive.

 Our preparations for the Games included a trip to Athens in July
 followed by a month of training in Weymouth. Our team flies out to
 Athens for the Games in early September ready for the opening
 ceremony on 17 September.

 The time has come to turn my dream into reality. I know that I’ve
 managed to surprise a number of people along the way and let’s
 hope that there are a still a few more surprises to come. Thank you
 to all of you for your continued support which has been
 unbelievably generous.
                                                                                VISIT AN IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF
                                                                             PRE-OWNED OYSTER YACHTS, 10 MINUTES
                                                         Hannah Stodel
                                                                            FROM THE MAIN SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW,
                 Copies of the "For Gold" calendar are available from:        OR SEE US ON STAND G017, OCEAN HALL.

    For the latest information on the Olympic and Paralympic Games
                                             see: www.gbrsailing.org.uk
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   CRUISING ARTICLES                                                                                    articles written by Oyster owners from many parts of
                                                                                                        the world. If you would like a copy of any of the articles
                                                                                                        listed below please contact Katherine Alexander.
                                                                                                        email: katherine.alexander@oystermarine.com

                                                                       The Perfect Storm                Kanaloa's Travels                 Crescendo's First
                                                                       Ron Hermann – Oyster 53,         David and Valerie Dobson          Mediterranean Voyage
                                                                       Gosling                          Oyster 55, Kanaloa                Gerald Goetgeluck – Oyster 45
                                                                       Issue No.36                      Issue No.39                       Crescendo
                                                                                                                                          Issue No.42
                                                                       Miami to Virgin Gorda            Cruising the Pacific
                                                                       Will White – Oyster 56,          Martin Mansfield – Oyster 45      Oystercatcher to the Arctic
                                                                       Oystercatcher XXII               Rainbow Spirit                    Richard Matthews – Oyster 62
                                                                       Issue No.36                      Issue No.39                       Oystercatcher XXIV
                                                                                                                                          Issue No.43
                                                                       Rainbow Spirit in the            Escapade's Pacific Passage
                                                                       Caribbean                        Erick and Heather Reickert        Los Testigos – Secret Islands
                                                                       Martin Mansfield – Oyster 45,    Oyster 55 Escapade                of the Caribbean
     Heineken Win               ●    The New Oyster 63                 Rainbow Spirit                   Issue No.40                       Rozlyn Walsh – Oyster 46
     Issue No 30   THE HOUSE MAGAZINE OF OYSTER MARINE   Spring 1997
                                                                       Issue No.36                                                        Skyblazer
                                                                                                        From West to East the             Issue No.43
   Ten Years of Oyster                                                 Out of the Way Caribbean         Easy Way – The Panama
   Ownership                                                           Anchorages                       Canal by ship                     Expedition to Antarctica
   Stan and Martie Livingston                                          David Hughes – Oyster 56,        Scott Oakley – Oyster 485         Richard Manning – Oyster 435
   Oyster 46 – Manukai                                                 Oystercatcher XXII               Tiger's Life                      M'Our Bruin
   Issue No.30                                                         Issue No.36                      Issue No.40                       Issue No.43
   7000 Miles, 110 Ports, 9                                            Flica – the First Season         Miami to Maine                    A Dutch Treat – Cruising
   Countries                                                           Marilyn Kenworthy                Gabriele Fiorentino – Oyster 61   the Ijsselmeer
   Erick and Heather Reickert                                          Oyster 42, Flica                 Talisman                          Richard Matthews – Oyster 62
   Oyster 55 Escapade                                                  Issue No.37                      Issue No.40                       Oystercatcher XXIV
   Issue No.32                                                                                                                            Issue No.44
                                                                       Latitude Zero – Discovering      An Atlantic Crossing
   Capriccio's Circumnavigation                                        the Galapagos                    Graeme Maccallum – Oyster 66      Shear Madness
   Elizabeth Everist – Oyster 53                                       Richard Matthews                 Anna Cay                          Cruising Australia
   Capriccio                                                           Issue No.37                      Issue No.40                       Kathy Clark – Oyster 56
   Issue No.32                                                                                                                            Shear Madness
                                                                       Panama and Beyond                The Australian Adventure          Issue No.44
   Flying South with the Sunbirds                                      Richard Matthews                 Martin Mansfield – Oyster 45
   Elizabeth Walker – Oyster 435                                       Issue No.37                      Rainbow Spirit                    Cruising New Zealand
   Hookey of Hamble                                                                                     Issue No.41                       and Australia
   Issue No.33                                                         A Year in the Life of Scirocco                                     Erick and Heather Reickert
                                                                       of the Seas                      Cruising Malta                    Oyster 55 Escapade
   Special Islands                                                     Joachim Knoll – Oyster 55        Alan Brook – Oyster 56            Issue No.44
   Elizabeth Everist – Oyster 53                                       Scirocco                         Cygnus
   Capriccio                                                           Issue No.37                      Issue No.41                       Life on the Blue Water Rally
   Issue No.33                                                                                                                            Kay Miles – Oyster 70
                                                                       Trading with the Enemy           Alice and Co                      Blackwater
   The Scottish Island                                                 – Cuba                           Cruising with children            Issue No.45
   Peaks Race                                                          Mike Crankshaw – Oyster 55       Niki Barker – Oyster Lightwave
   Murray Aitken – on board the                                        Emily's Moon                     48, Alice Ambler                  Two Oysters Wander the
   Oyster 61 Modus Vivendi                                             Issue No.38                      Issue No.41                       Western Pacific
   Issue No.34                                                                                                                            Valerie Dobson – Oyster 55
                                                                       Planning Ahead – One             Rally Portugal                    Kanaloa
   Los Angeles and Back                                                Oyster's Transatlantic           Robert Chelsom – Oyster 45        Issue No.45
   Paul Berger – Oyster Lightwave                                      Preparations                     Josbarrola
   48, Decision                                                        David Clements – Oyster 39       Issue No.41                       The Perfect Summer
   Issue No.34                                                         Mother of Pearl                                                    Nova Scotia
                                                                       Issue No.38                      Ten Years of Oyster               Niki Barker – Oyster Lightwave
   Postcard from Australia                                                                              Ownership                         48, Alice Ambler
   Mike Gooley – Oyster 61                                             Tahitian Travels                 John Armitage – Oyster 435        Issue No.45
   Trailfinder                                                         Oystercatcher's                  Ostrica of Orwell
   Issue No.35                                                         Polynesian Paradise              Issue No.41
                                                                       Richard Matthews
   YoHoHo Cruises the                                                                                   The Black Sea Yacht Rally
                                                                       Issue No.38
   Caribbean                                                                                            Edeltraud Knoll, Oyster 55
   Stephen Yeo – Oyster 45                                             Life on the Coconut Milk Run     Scirocco of the Seas
   YoHoHo                                                              Suzanne Woods – Oyster 56        Issue No.42
   Issue No.35                                                         Oystercatcher XXII
                                                                       Issue No.39                      Hookey in the Holy Lands
   Owning an Oyster                                                                                     Elizabeth Walker – Oyster 435
   Bill and Linda Hellings                                             ARC 1999                         Hookey of Hamble
   Oyster 485, White Flash                                             On Board Ocean Drive             Issue No.42
   Issue No.35                                                         Andrew Gerrard – Oyster 45
                                                                       Ocean Drive                      Down the Intracoastal
   Tortola to Barcelona                                                                                 Waterway
                                                                       Issue No.39
   Alistair McKenzie – Oyster 70                                                                        Dennis Knight – Oyster 435
   Thunder                                                                                              Shilling of Hamble
   Issue No.35                                                                                          Issue No.42

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                                                                                                                                                                Galleon House

                                 Running the Gales of the
                                 Southern Ocean
                                 Fiona Campbell
                                 Oyster 55 Carelbi
                                 Issue No.49

                                 Christmas in Cartagena
                                 Niki Barker – Oyster Lightwave
                                 48, Alice Ambler
                                 Issue No.49
The San Blas                     Discovering the Charms
Claire Davies – Oyster 62        of Croatia
Oystercatcher XXIV               David Blacklaws – Oyster 55
Issue No.46                      Kantara
                                 Issue No.50
The Far East
Martin Mansfield – Oyster 45     Zebedee Sails to New Zealand
Rainbow Spirit                   Susannah Martin – Oyster
Issue No.46                      Lightwave 395, Zebedee
                                 Issue No.50
Transitting the Panama Canal
Claire Davies – Oyster 62        Cruising North East Alaska
Oystercatcher XXIV               Dennis Knight – Oyster 435
Issue No.46                      Shilling
                                 Issue No.50
The Galapagos
Richard Matthews - Oyster 62     Cruising Hong Kong
Oystercatcher XXIV               Will White – Oyster 49, Purple X
Issue No.46                      Issue No.50
Angel Falls Venezuela
Dennis Knight – Oyster 435
Shilling of Hamble
                                 The Ultimate Shake Down
                                 Cruise – The Arctic
                                 Stephen Thomas – Oyster 66
                                                                                                                                                                 Available for Rental
Issue No.46                      Magic Dragon                                                                                                                       In a tranquil, private setting Galleon House is in ‘pole’
                                 Issue No.51                                                                                                                         position overlooking English Harbour and about two
Around The World
Erick and Heather Reickert       Mooloolaba to New Caledonia                                                                                                            minutes from Nelson’s Dockyard by water taxi.
Oyster 55 – Escapade             Kathy Clarke – Oyster 56
Issue No.47                      Shear Madness                                                                                                                     Tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, accommodation
                                 Issue No.51                                                                                                                          includes five bedrooms and two sitting rooms.
The Society Islands
Claire Davies – Oyster 62        Cape Verde Interlude                                                                                                             Amenities include a covered patio area, freshwater pool,
Oystercatcher XXIV               Stephen Thomas – Oyster 66                                                                                                                    satellite TV and Maid Service.
Issue No.47                      Magic Dragon
                                 Issue No.52                                                                                                                            Special rates available for Oyster Owners
Bermuda to Portugal
Brian Long – Oyster 56 Chinook   Late Season in Gökova Bay
Issue No.47                      Rozlyn Walsh – Oyster 46                                                                                                                  Contact Sally Morton for further details
                                 Sky Blazer
First Timers on the High Seas    Issue No.52
– A First Atlantic Crossing
Mark Blythe – Oyster 56          Nuts about Brazil
Luskentyre                       Stephen Thomas – Oyster 66
Issue No.48                      Magic Dragon
                                 Issue No.53
The Bay of Islands
New Zealand
Richard Matthews – Oyster 62
Oystercatcher XXIV
Issue No.48
                                     N E W S F R O M T H E W O R L D O F O Y S T E R - D O U B L E Q U E E N ' S A W A R D YA C H T B U I L D E R S

The Thorny Path – The Virgin
Gabrielle Fiorentino
Oyster 61, Talisman
Issue No.48

Lagos to Seville and Back
Barry Sadler – Oyster Heritage
37, Lady Clarinha
Issue No.48
                                  New Zealand Regatta
                                  ARC 2002
                                  AMERICA'S CUP 2003
                                                                                                                                              ISSUE NO 48

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   JUST Launched
   A selection of recent Oyster launchings

                                                        Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

   Owned by Anni and Jan Matthews, FIZZ was launched in royal style by HRH the Duchess of
   Gloucester at a launch party held at Fox’s Marina. HRH the Duchess, a close friend of Anni
   Matthews, had previously launched a Frigate, a Destroyer, a Royal Navy Minesweeper, a
   passenger ferry and a luxury liner but no yachts.

   HRH the Duchess made a very gracious speech during the launch ceremony, which included
   some exceptionally kinds word about Oyster:

   "What shall we discover when we get acquainted with this handsome boat? We'll recognise an
   Oyster 53, with its "Rolls Royce" reputation for speed, reliability and comfort... a product of
   the world famous Oyster Marine, twice winner of the Queen’s Award for industry".
                                                                                                                     Christopher and Claire McCann and Crew

   HRH the Duchess recently joined the crew of FIZZ in Cowes. Anni and Jan will be sailing FIZZ
   to Mallorca to join in Oyster’s Palma regatta before heading for Las Palmas for the 2004 ARC.

   Owned by Christopher and Claire McCann, MERLYN has a stunning Maple interior and will
   be based in Poole Harbour. The McCann’s plan to cruise to Inverness, through the
   Caledonian Canal to the Western Isles, where they will be joined by friends and family
   throughout the summer. MERLYN will be heading back to Poole later in the autumn.

   Launched and handed over in New Zealand, MA DU ZI was fitted out by Oyster’s Auckland
   based McDell Marine yard. Three generations of the Nualkhair family were present at the
   launch party. Following sea trails in Auckland, she will be shipped to Singapore, where her
   mast will be re-stepped, before sailing to Phuket in Thailand in time to compete in this
   year’s King’s Cup Regatta in December. Following that event, the Nualkhairs have some
   exciting Andaman Sea regattas planned for 2005 and will eventually ship her to the
   Mediterranean for the 2006-2007 season.
                                                                                                                                 Three generations of the Nualkhair family
                                                                                                                               launch their new Oyster 53 in New Zealand
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                                OYSTER 53 SULA
                                 SULA is a Teak-joinered, cutter-rigged Oyster 53 built for Mike and Sue Kerr. SULA
                                  will initially be based on the South Coast before venturing further afield in a few
                                 years time when Mike and Sue have more time to enjoy her. They plan a cruise to
                                   Holland and France later in the summer.

                                          OYSTER 56 BACCALIEU III
                                          Owned by Mike and Donna Hill from Toronto, BACCALIEU III is their first
                                          Oyster. However during the course of her build, Mike and Donna sailed
                                          several thousand miles with other owners on board their Oysters to gain
                                           experience about their Oyster ahead of her delivery. These included
                                            crewing in the 2002 ARC with Mike Dickinson on board his Oyster 56,
                                             Renee II, and with Brian and Doreen Long on board their 56, Chinook,
                                              when they helped Brian sail the boat from Bermuda to Portugal.
                                             BACCALIEU III was one of a fleet of 42 Oysters in the recent UBS Oyster
                                            Regatta, Cowes, where Mike and Donna returned the favour by inviting
                                          Oyster 62 owner, Terry King-Smith and his son Richard to join them for the
                                            event. BACCALIEU III will be joining Oyster’s Palma regatta in September,
                                              before heading for the Canaries for the 2004 ARC.

                                                               OYSTER 62 CARPE DIEM
                                                              CARPE DIEM is Keith and Rosemary Hamilton’s second
                                                              Oyster, having previously owned an Oyster 47 of the
                                                              same name. Both originally from the UK, Keith and
       Mike and
       Sue Kerr                                               Rosemary now live in Nova Scotia. CARPE DIEM took
                    part in the recent UBS Oyster Regatta, Cowes and, like Baccalieu III, will be attending Oyster’s
                    Palma regatta before joining the ARC fleet in November. Future cruising plans include the
Mike and            Caribbean and East Coast USA before heading for Australia via the Pacific Ocean.
Donna Hill

                    OYSTER 66 SUNDOWNER
                    Midge Verplank from the USA recently took delivery of his new Oyster 62, SUNDOWNER, to
                    replace his last boat in which he cruised extensively for 16 years. The interior of the boat features
                    a raised upper pilot house area, with chart table to starboard and watch keeping seat to port,
                    from where you go down to a large lower saloon area. After a quick passage to the
                    Mediterranean, the boat will spend the summer cruising in the western Med before joining the
                    2004 ARC and a winter season in the Caribbean.

   Keith Hamilton
                    OYSTER 82 BARE NECESSITIES
                    Owned by Bare Necessities Leisure LLP, the Oyster 82 is their second Oyster. Anyone who knew
                    their previous Oyster 66, HAKUNA MATATA, which was a familiar sight on the Solent, will at once
                    recognise the similar windscreen and arch arrangement. BARE NECESSITIES has an interior in
                    light maple, and the apparent lack of individual instruments is noticeable, most items being
                    controlled from one of the various screens located throughout the vessel. BARE NECESSITIES is
                              fitted with a powerful, fully-battened main and "Smartboom" and the rig itself is finished
                              in a striking "flip-flop" paint finish, more commonly seen on TVR cars. With a striking
                              metallic, dark blue hull she looks absolutely stunning and is sure to attract plenty of
                              admiring glances when seen sailing in the Solent during the summer. BARE
                              NECESSITIES is available for corporate charter on the Solent and no doubt will provide
                              many people with an exciting day’s sailing.

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