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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

                                                                     LONDON SHOW PREMIÈRE
                                                                                    New 46 and New 72

                                                                             Oyster Yacht Charter
                                                                              Live the Oyster Dream

                                                                                  UBS Oyster Regatta Palma
                                                                                         Roger Vaughan reports on
                                                                                               Oyster’s Med Event

                                                                                                          ISSUE NO 55
                                                                                                         DECEMBER 2004

              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

                                                                         8    OYSTER YACHT CHARTER
                                                                              Live the Oyster dream

                                                                         10   MAGIC DRAGON IN THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
                                                                              Stephen Thomas

                                                                         18   ARC 2004
                                                                              Report from Las Palmas

                                                                         22   LONDON SHOW PREVIEW
                                                                              See the new Oyster 46 and 72

                                                                              HURRICANE IVAN
                                                                              Barrie Sullivan, Pantaenius

                                                                              UFO II – 30 YEARS ON
                                                                              Richard Matthews
                                                                         28   MISS MOLLY IN POLYNESIA
                                                                              David Hughes

                                                                         34   FLYING START FOR OYSTER 655
                                                                              Oyster’s newest sailing yacht

  Liz Whitman
                                  CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
                                  Roger Vaughan                          36   AT PLAY IN PALMA
                                                                              Roger Vaughan reports on
  FROM THE EDITOR                                                             Oyster’s Med Regatta
  We publish Oyster News four times a year and we know
  from our readers that the articles they most enjoy reading
  about are the contributions from Oyster owners. If you have
                                                                         48   OYSTER REGATTA – ANTIGUA

  a story to tell or information about cruising in your Oyster
  please let me know. Photographs are always welcome with
                                                                         49   LD43 UPDATE
  or without a story. email:                     The Yachtsman’s Powerboat

  Close racing during the UBS Oyster Regatta - Palma
                                                                         50   OWNER PROFILE – BILL DOCKSER
                                                                              Roger Vaughan
  Photo: Nico Martinez

  The Oyster 82 Cygnus
                                                                         58   THE 2005 OYSTER FLEET REVIEW
  Photo: Nico Martinez
                                                                         59   THE KIWI EXPERIENCE
                                                                              A unique opportunity for Oyster buyers
  Oyster News is published by Oyster Marine Ltd.

                                                                         60   ATHENS 2004
                                                                              A report from Hannah Stodel

  Oyster News is for promotional purposes only, privately circulated,         NEWS FROM SYS
  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
                                                                         66   JUST LAUNCHED
  standard equipment.                                                         A selection of recent Oyster launchings


          Here We Go Again
          Welcome to this latest edition of Oyster News, which includes a spread on
          the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the ARC.

          It was a proud moment for all of us at Oyster, capturing on camera over
          20 of our yachts in a fleet as they left the harbour in Las Palmas, Gran
          Canaria, to set out across the Atlantic. This is precisely what we build
          these yachts to do, but we could never have imagined 32 years ago that

          what we started with such modest beginnings would grow to become a
          preferred choice for serious blue water sailors.

          Speaking of proud moments, in late November I had the privilege of
          lunching with Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Philip, only to
          discover, when I got back to my email, that Oyster Designer, Rob
          Humphreys, had beaten me to it. Earlier the same week Rob was invited
          to Buckingham Palace to a "Reception of British Design" attended by
          among others, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web), Sir
          Terence Conran, James Dyson, Lord Foster, Stella McCartney, Zandra
          Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood. We have said for some time that our
          yachts are "Better by Design" so we applaud Her Majesty’s selection.

          Whilst we were in Las Palmas, we held a Director’s Forum to discuss the
          shape of Oyster Marine and what our range would be in the next few years.

     34   These are exciting times, trying to blend the traditional standards on which
          all our yachts are based with modern, innovative design and construction.

          At the London Boat Show in January, our home town show, we will
          première two new models, the Oyster 46 and Oyster 72, the latter being
          the largest yacht ever seen inside a London Boat Show. The première of a
           new yacht is always a thrilling time for us but to show two simultaneously
            is an event we are really looking forward to. We are not alone in this
             anticipation, since the many owners who have purchased the 46 and
              72 from drawings will be just as eager as us to see these latest
               additions to the range.

               Both boats will undertake Builder’s sea trials after the show so we
             have some further excitement ahead and will bring news of that in the
          next edition.

          As usual many thanks to the owners whose contributions appear in this
          edition and a big thank you too to all our owners who have kindly lent
          yachts to us for the many boat shows we have attended around the world
          during the last year.

          On behalf of all of us at Oyster we send our readers, especially our
          owners, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year ahead, and as usual
          fair winds and good sailing.

     50   Richard Matthews
          Founder and Chairman
          Oyster Marine

               The now traditional, Southampton owners dinner was hosted by the Royal Southern
               Yacht Club on the River Hamble.

               Earlier in the day a large number of owners and friends had taken advantage of an
               "Open House" at Oyster’s Southampton Yacht Services yard and enjoyed touring the
               facility. A line up of large Oysters under construction was complimented by a detailed
               look at the joinery shop for which SYS has an international reputation.

               A hundred and seventy people enjoyed a champagne reception, kindly provided by
               Pelagos Yachts, one of Oysters ‘family of sponsors’. The guest speaker was Alan Sefton
               who recently edited ‘The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake’ a book launched the day   GOODBYE ARC …
               before by Lady Pippa Blake. Alan, formed Team New Zealand with Peter Blake in 1992,
               which as we all know went on to win the Cup in ’95 and successfully defend it in 2000.
                                                                                                           HELLO RAC
               ANNAPOLIS                                                                                   A new class, exclusively for Oyster
               A few weeks later US Oyster owners gathered for Oyster’s Annapolis Sailboat Show party      yachts, will add a boost to the Rubicon
               held at the ‘Team Oyster’ house in downtown Annapolis. Twenty-six Oyster yachts were        Antigua Challenge (RAC) fleet, when it
               represented, a record for the event especially for a builder based 4,000 miles away.        sets out from Lanzarote on 19 November
               Guests included editors and staff of the US yachting magazines as well as our old friends   2005 bound for Antigua. Organised by
               from Yachting World in the UK, always keen to expand their circulation in the US market.    the World Cruising Club, this year’s
                                                                                                           transatlantic event attracted a record fleet
               Drawing on the tradition so well established by the Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua and     of 25 Oysters. For more details and
               Barbuda, American owners were treated to a rum tot and the toast "The wind that             information on how to enter your Oyster
               blows, the ship that goes, the lass that loves a sailor"                                    in the 2005 RAC see page 18.
                             OYSTER AT THE MOVIES
                             Never mind Bridget Jones there are new movies in Oyster town too!

                                                                              Sailing Fast - Oyster at 30

                                                        AT 30
                                                                              This professionally made 45-minute
                                                                                                                      2005 BOAT SHOWS

                                               OYSTER                         movie gives an overview of how
                                               CRUISINGfa       1973-2003
                                                                               Oyster got started over 30 years
                                                                               ago and the people who were            WORLD PREMIÈRE FOR NEW 46 AND 72

                                                                               around then and now. To start a
                                                                               business with virtually nothing and
                           OYSTER A

                                                                                end up with a global brand and a
                                                                                                                      The 2005 London International Boat Show at ExCel in
                                                                                double Queen’s Award company          Docklands sees the world première of two new Oyster
                                                                                is no mean feat. Sailing Fast –       models and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our
                                    T 30

                                                                                 Oyster at 30, with a commentary      stand in Excel’s North Hall – N1691.
                                                                                 by Bob Fisher, includes a look at

                                                                                 the fleet past and present and
                                                                                 includes interviews with owners,     With the launch of two such exciting, new models we
                                                                                  staff and suppliers.                expect to be very busy. If you are panning to visit the
                                                                                                                      show and have a serious interest in viewing the 46 or 72
                                                                                   The ABC Of Oyster Regattas         it is essential you call us ahead of your visit to book a

                                                                            Another 45-minute movie, which takes      boarding time.
                                                                            the highlights from hundreds of hours
        O F OY S T

                                                                             of great footage, showing Oysters in     The yachts on show are privately owned and as a courtesy
                                                  THE ABC
                                                            OF               action. Cameraman George Johns,          to those owners who have loaned us their yachts, and so
                                                OYSTER RE                    who covers all the world’s big sailing
                                                                                                                      that everyone has the opportunity to view, we operate an

                                                   2003 - 2004                events, including the America’s Cup
             R E G AT TA

                                                                              and Olympic Games, has really done      appointment system. We do get extremely busy and calling
                                                                              the business here and the film          us ahead of your visit, even if you are actually on your way
                                                                               includes helicopter footage using a    to the show, will ensure you get on board and help us to

                                                                               Wescam system to achieve truly
                                                                                                                      give you personal attention.
                    2003 - 2

                                                                                professional quality. The sound
                                                                                track includes commentary by the
                                                                                voice of US sailing, Gary Jobson.     For European visitors, ExCel is just 5 minutes away from

                                                                                                                      London City Airport, providing fast, easy access straight
                                                          Both DVD’s are available free, on request,                  to the show. For more information see:
                             to genuine prospective Oyster customers. Others are welcome to
                             purchase at £10 per movie or £15 for both – make cheques payable
                             to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, since all DVD proceeds will
                             be donated. Enquiries to Katherine Alexander at:                                         For more information about travelling to the show, where to
                                                                        stay, tickets and special events contact the organisers at:

                             NEW YORK YACHT CLUB                                                                      6 – 16 January
                                                                                                                      Press & Preview Day Thursday 6 January
                             CHALLENGE CUP                                                                            On display: The new Oyster 46
                                                                                                                                    The new Oyster 72
                             Owner Nick Hewson, who owns the Oyster
                             56 Ananda of Hamble managed to fit in                                                    Stand Nº N1691
                             winning the New York Yacht Club Challenge                                                For a boarding pass please call our UK office on
                             Cup in his 52' race boat and becoming a                                                  +44 (0) 1473 688888
                             dad all in the same weekend. Well done                                                   or direct at the show on +44 (0) 207 069 6583
                             Nick on both counts.


                             Biggest isn’t always best but…                                                           15 – 23 January
                                                                                                                      On display: Oyster 62
                             The Oyster 82 was the largest yacht at the Genoa International Boat                      Hall 16 Stand C58
                             Show in October and the new Oyster 72 is believed to be the largest                      For a boarding pass call our UK office on
                             yacht ever to be seen inside the London Boat Show when she has her
                             world première in January 2005. Maybe biggest is best!
                                                                                                                      +44 (0) 1473 688888
                                                                                                                      or direct at the show on +44 (0) 7808 904727

                                                                                                                      17 – 21 February
                                                                                                                      On display: Oyster 62
                                                                                                                      For a boarding pass call our USA office on +1 401 846 7400

               A Half-Century for the Oyster 56
               In cricket terms a score of 50 not out would be a good score, but in the sale of
                                                                                                          MISTRESS MALLIKA
               high quality 56’ cruising yachts it is truly impressive and says a lot about the
                                                                                                           TAKES LINE HONOURS
               yacht, its design and the company behind it. The Oyster 56 has been in
                                                                                                            IN CARIBBEAN 1500
               continuous production since its launch six years ago and in October 2004 the
                                                                                                          The full story will appear in the next issue
               50th yacht was sold to a UK client. The Oyster 56 was the first in a series of
                                                                                                          of Oyster News, but we were very pleased
               designs by Rob Humphreys and replaced the very successful Holman & Pye                     to get news of this great result from
               designed Oyster 55. Working with the Ergonomics Department at Loughborough                 Oyster 62, Mistress Mallika's owner,
               University the Oyster 56 was the first yacht in the world to have an ergonomically         Bob de Haven, as we went to print.
               designed cockpit, now standard on all Oysters. The fleet of twenty-five Oysters in
               this years ARC includes eight 56’s.
                                                                                                          ‘   Great boat! We had 40 knot winds and

                                                                                                          20 foot waves. Mistress Mallika behaved
                                                                                                          like she was born for the situation. She
               Silly facts?                                                                               was very smooth and steady with a
                                                                                                          double reefed yankee and double reefed
               If berthed bow to stern the Oyster 56 fleet                                                main. We made 13.5 knots down several

               would be over half a mile long!
                                                                                                          waves. What a great boat!

                                                                                                                OWNER - OYSTER 62 MISTRESS MALLIKA,
                                                                                                                                      BOB DE HAVEN

                                              STAFF NEWS
                                              Paul Griffiths has joined us
                                              to take over the Project
                                              Management of the New
                                              Zealand built Oyster 53's and
                                              also some of the UK built 49’s,
                                              53’s and 56's. Paul comes to
                                              us having most recently
                                              skippered the 92’ Sparkman
                                              and Stevens ketch Cyclos II
                                              and has previously worked for
                                              Pendennis Shipyard on the
                                              refit on Gitana IV a 95’
                                              Sangermani yawl.

               Nigel Leamon                                                       Keeping the Ocean Spirit Up
               has moved to our                                                   Originally built for the Ocean Youth Club in a sail-training ketch-
               Quality Development                                                rig configuration, the Oyster 80, Ocean Spirit, is now owned and
               Department to assist                                               operated by Gordonstoun School of Elgin, Scotland.
               Will Taylor-Jones as the
               Product Development                                                Ocean Spirit took part in the Tall Ships Race between Antwerp
               Manager. Nigel's move                                              and Aalborg in Denmark, averaging 9 knots over the race and
               will be a gradual one as                                           finishing a highly creditable 2nd in class. During the season
               he will continue to assist                                         Ocean Spirit was seen in London’s St Katharine’s Yacht Haven
               Paul Griffiths on the                                              as a backdrop to the school’s Romeo and Juliet production and
               New Zealand builds.                                                as far afield as the Isle of Mull and the Outer Hebrides, where the
                                                                                  crew landed on the Flannan Islands and St Kilda. Ocean Spirit
                                                                                  plans to compete in the Tall Ships Race again in 2005.
'Ma Du Zi' for Kings Cup                                                                            2005 Diary Dates
The Oyster 53 Ma Du Zi, owned by Kawin
Nualkhair will take part in the King’s Cup race                                                     LONDON BOAT SHOW
in Phuket in early December. Crew will include                                                      6 - 16 JANUARY
Bill Howlett, works director of McDell Marine,
Oysters New Zealand builder, and former 18ft                                                        OYSTER OWNERS DINNER
skiff world champion, Kim McDell. Watch out                                                         ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB
for a race report in our next edition.                                                              8 JANUARY

                                                                                                    DÜSSELDORF BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    15 - 23 JANUARY

                                                                                                    MIAMI BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    17 - 21 FEBRUARY
                                                                    SIGN FOR 2005                   UBS OYSTER REGATTA – ANTIGUA
                                                  We are delighted that UBS Wealth                  11 - 15 APRIL
                                                  Management have committed to their ongoing
                                                  role as Title Sponsor for the Oyster Regattas     OYSTER PRIVATE VIEW
                                                  in 2005. UBS are also supporting the Alinghi      ST KATHARINE'S YACHT HAVEN
                                                  Swiss America’s Cup challenge in 2007.
                                                  The first 2005 event will be the UBS Oyster
                                                  Regatta in Antigua, which will take place 11-15   21 - 24 APRIL
                                                  April and a second Med based event will be
                                                  confirmed shortly.                                IJMUIDEN BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    30 AUGUST - 4 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                    OYSTER MED REGATTA
                                                                                                    DATES TO BE ADVISED

                                                                                                    CANNES BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    14 - 19 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                    SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    OYSTER BROKERAGE SHOW
                                                                                                    16 - 25 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                    OYSTER OWNERS DINNER
                                                                                                    ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON, COWES
                                                                                                    17 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                    NEWPORT BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    15 - 18 SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                    ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    6 - 10 OCTOBER
POLES APART                                       the Beagle Channel around the end of
                                                  November and, weather permitting, hold a
On the subject of events yet to happen, two       photo shoot off Cape Horn. Sometime after         OYSTER OWNERS PARTY
Oyster 66’s, Stephen and Catherine Thomas’        mid December both yachts will make the            ANNAPOLIS
Magic Dragon and David and Linda Hughes’          600-mile crossing of Drake Passage to             6 OCTOBER
Miss Molly, are heading for the Antarctic. In     Antarctica and we understand that Miss
2001, Richard Matthews’ 62’ Oystercatcher         Molly will spend Christmas in Antarctica’s
                                                                                                    ANNAPOLIS POWERBOAT SHOW
XXIV voyaged to the Arctic reaching 80            Shetland Islands, and then sail to the
                                                                                                    13 - 16 OCTOBER
degrees north, with Magic Dragon also             Falkland Islands in late January.
cruising the Arctic in 2003.
                                                  Both couples are hugely experienced having        GENOA BOAT SHOW
Oyster Customer Care manager Eddie                completed circumnavigations in their Oyster       8 - 16 OCTOBER
Scougall will be joining Miss Molly for the       55’s. Via Eddie we are hoping for regular
Antarctic cruise. Miss Molly plans to enter       updates and a full report in our next edition.    HAMBURG BOAT SHOW
                                                                                                    29 OCTOBER - 6 NOVEMBER

                                                                                                    RAC OYSTER PARTY FOR OWNERS
                                                                                                    AND CREW
   C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S …                                                                    TO BE ANNOUNCED
   To Maurice and Eveline Frankefort, who with their three young children, completed their
   circumnavigation on board their Oyster 62, Quest, when they sailed back to their homeport        OYSTER CLASS - RUBICON
   in France during the summer. We look forward to hearing about their two-year adventure           ANTIGUA CHALLENGE, LANZAROTE
   in a future issue. With their adventure completed, Quest is now for sale – enquiries to          19 NOVEMBER
   Oyster Brokerage Tel: +44 (0) 1473 602263 email:

 Oyster Yacht Charter

  An exclusive           New for 2005, Oyster Yacht Charter, will specialise in providing a charter brokerage service
                         for owners and charterers of Oyster yachts, operating with a professional crew.

  service dedicated      Dedicated charter staff based in both our Ipswich and Newport, USA offices will handle
                         enquiries and provide a specialist service to owners and charterers. Several different models

  to fully crewed        of Oyster yachts are already available through Oyster Yacht Charter and the list is growing.

                         Oyster already receives regular enquiries about the charter of our yachts and we will now
  Oyster Yachts          be able to respond to those enquiries and provide a personal and efficient service.

                         Yachts within the Oyster Yacht Charter fleet will be based on both sides of the Atlantic so,
                         according to season, charters may be offered in the Mediterranean or Caribbean areas.
                         Many of those Oysters available through Oyster Yacht Charter are expected to make a
                         double Atlantic crossing each year so they will be available in both locations.

 ... a chance to live the dream and charter a luxurious Oyster yacht

Oyster   53   Janus
Oyster   55   Kealoha of Hamble
Oyster   56   Rock Oyster
Oyster   56   Tearaway
Oyster   56   Pearl Fisher
Oyster   68   Kealoha of Whitby
Oyster   72   Luskentyre
Oyster   72   Oystercatcher XXV
Oyster   82   Cygnus
Oyster   82   Bare Necessities

For the latest information on availability and rates please contact:
UK Heidi Ashford Email:
USA Molly Marston Email:

10      The Oyster 66, Magic Dragon,
                          anchored in the fjord at Sildpollen

Crystal clear waters, a myriad of empty anchorages, soaring
mountains, gliding sea eagles and vivid blue skies; where else
could we be but in Norway? With over 60,000 miles of sailing
behind us in many of the more glamorous cruising areas of the
world, Norway has always remained dear to our hearts as the
first foreign cruising ground that we ever explored and still our
all-round favourite.

in the lofoten islands
                                         BY STEPHEN THOMAS

                                                Stephen, Catherine
                                                and James Thomas
   O W N E R R E P O RT M A G I C D R A G O N I N T H E L O F O T E N I S L A N D S






                       ‘  For all of our enthusiasm for Norway, time had always
                       precluded a visit to the Lofoten Islands, the real heartland
                       of the Norwegian coast

                       As we are based on the east coast of
                       England, Norway had been the natural choice
                                                                  ’                scenery has always been quite irresistible to
                                                                                   us despite the sometimes rugged weather
                       for our first adventurous cruises in earlier                and short sailing season.
                       boats and had been the destination for three
                       summer holiday cruises, one of which had                    For all of our enthusiasm for Norway, time had
                       become engraved on our memory as the one                    always precluded a visit to the Lofoten
                       in which we rolled our                                      Islands, the real heartland of the Norwegian
                       35ft ketch 50 miles                                         coast and the fabled spiritual home of all
                       offshore and neatly                                         Norwegian seafarers. Having decided to take
                       removed both                                                our new boat, the Oyster 66 Magic Dragon of
                       masts. The help and                                         Wroxham, for a thorough look at Spitsbergen
                        support that we                                            in the summer of 2003, it was an easy
                        received from a                                            decision to make time in our plans to explore
                                                                                   the Lofotens en route, as well as taking in the
                                                                                   Faeroe Islands, which had also remained
                                                                                   another long-unrealised ambition. Leaving
                                                                                   Ipswich in mid-May with little more than a trip
                                                                                   to Ostend under our belts, we made Torshavn
                                                                                   in the Faeroes our first landfall. Ten days of
                                                                                   cruising in these islands more than fulfilled
                                                                                   our preconceptions; mighty cliffs rising
                                                                                   vertically from the sea; narrow, winding fjords
                                                                                   filled with swirling currents; an overwhelmingly
                                                                                   friendly race of seafaring people and days of
                                                                                   driving rain and fog interspersed with days of
                                           small                                   startlingly clear blue skies.
                                      fishing village                              We left the islands in fog so dense we had to
                                       on that occasion                            use radar to find the harbour breakwater,
                                        left us with a great                       bound for northern Norway, and didn’t
                                         fondness for the enigmatic                emerge from the blank whiteness for nearly 3
                                        seafaring Norwegians. The                  days. Rounding off this passage with a 36
                                        attraction of innumerable                  hour beat into a Force 7 as we crossed the
                                       delightful anchorages, few                  Arctic Circle, we arrived at Bodø, the principal
                                      other yachts and fabulous                    town at the south end of the Lofotens.

The picturesque town                 Success with the line for James                                    13
of Henningsvaer                      meant fish on the menu for dinner
     O W N E R R E P O RT M A G I C D R A G O N I N T H E L O F O T E N I S L A N D S

                                                              Fjord, open to the SW and joining the
                                                              mainland coast at its northern end, leaving just
                                                              a couple of very narrow fjords leading to the
                                                              north towards Tromsø. Along both sides of the
                                                              fjord lie many islands and bays providing a
                                                              myriad of sheltered anchorages, although the
                                                              best-known of the Lofoten fishing harbours
                                                              line the west side of the fjord close under the
                                                              mountains. Despite lying at 68ºN, the nearby
                                                              tail end of the Gulf Stream moderates the
                                                                                                                        ‘ Evening found us in
                                                                                                                        Straumoya, another
                                                              weather here. Summer temperatures are                     remote and sheltered pool
                                                              mostly 10-15ºC and, lying north of the track of

Cormorant man - a skilled blacksmith famous all over Norway
                                                              most of the Atlantic depressions, clear, bright           surrounded by rocks
     In a country full of unbelievably picturesque
     towns of brightly-coloured wooden houses,
     Bodø, especially in the rain, stands out as a
     beacon of monumentally boring concrete
     buildings, redeemed only by one of the
     largest and best-presented aeronautical
     museums anywhere. A good night out in
     Bodø consisted of a pizza and one beer, for
     which a small mortgage would suffice for
     payment. A lone local yachtsman assured us
     that he found a dinghy unnecessary to reach
     his moored yacht as he always donned a                   days with a light northerly breeze are more the
     wetsuit to swim out to it even in mid-winter             rule than the exception in spring and early
     and local divers claimed that it was warmer              summer. On these days the visibility is
     to go diving in mid-winter because the frozen            stunning, often exceeding 60 miles, so that
     spray rapidly formed a complete windshield               distant mountains peek over the horizon and
     around the bow of their RIB. Clearly this was            curious mirage effects form because of the
     a different race of people.                              extreme distances and the temperature
                                                              gradients over the water.
     Fortunately our dampened spirits were soon
     revived. Choosing a nearby anchorage at                  Our plan was to work north along the
     random from the hundreds detailed in the                 western side of the West Fjord, to explore
     charts and pilots, we soon found ourselves at            some of the high mountain fjords at the north
     peace in Osholmen, a mere few miles north of             end of the eastern side and then to head for
     Bodø as the crow flies but a million miles               Tromsø. Our first passage took us on the
     away in character. Wending our way through a             long leg west across the entrance of the bay
     maze of small islets, we found a classic                 in classic Lofotens weather; sparkling
     Norwegian hideaway; a placid pool overhung               sunshine, a stiff and cold northerly breeze
     by rugged hills as sea eagles laid claim to              and fantastic visibility. We headed for the
     every small knoll around us. Better still, 20            fishing port of Reine, stopping for a stroll on
     minutes of jigging in the dinghy soon resulted           the offshore islands of Vokkøy, where dense
     in several very fine Lofoten cod for dinner –            waves of spring flowers filled the fields and
     the first of many to come. The sky cleared               Norwegians industriously mended their
     and, as the evening drew on, the midnight sun            summer houses after the ravages of winter.
     silhouetted the jagged peaks of the Lofoten              Reine is reputed to be the prettiest town in
     mountains. The ‘Lofoten Wall’ is a 60 mile-              Norway, surrounded by a ring of vertical,
     long ridge of spectacularly pointed mountains            pointed peaks, and we were not
     over 1000m high, forming a large bay, West               disappointed. In the brief cod season during

14                                               The remote and sheltered anchorage at Straumoya
                                                    for hundreds of years. More plump cod soon
                                                    joined their predecessors in the cookpot.

                                                    Henningsvaer lay a little further up the coast.
                                                    This much-photographed and highly-
                                                    picturesque town lies perched on an
                                                    archipelago of small islets and the ‘main
                                                    street’ consists of a mile-long dock lined with
                                                    painted wooden fish warehouses and sheds.
                                                    Henningsvaer was one of the centres of the
                                                    Lofotens cod-fishing industry. Back in the
                                                    late 19th and early 20th century, thousands
                                                    of fishermen gathered here every year to fish
                                                    for cod in open boats, either camping under
                                                    their upturned boats or staying in the many
Thousands of salt cod can be seen drying at Reine
                                                    wooden bunkhouses. At its peak, millions of
                                                    tons of cod were caught here in the months
March and April, these ports are teeming with       of February and March each year, most of
fishing boats, but out of season their              which were then dried for export. Although
numerous fish quays lie mostly empty and we         the fishing boom has died away as the cod
came alongside the end of the fish factory          shoals moved away and stocks fell, even
quay. Whaling quietly continues in Norway           today these docks are lined six deep with
and a sinister-looking harpoon gun poked            fishing boats in the season. Out of season we
over the quay from a whaler moored on the           were easily able to find a berth alongside the
farther end. As everywhere, long wooden             wooden pilings directly outside an excellent
racks carried thousands of salt cod drying in       restaurant. As everywhere in Norway, the
the breeze. A stiff scramble up a nearby ridge      intricate passages into these ports and
revealed a spectacular view over the peaks          anchorages are charted in minute detail and
for the full length of the Lofotens. To our         well-marked by posts, beacons and sectored
amusement, Reine is just up the road from           lights, but navigation is nothing like the way
the place at the end of the Lofotens with the       it’s taught on RYA courses; with so much
shortest name possible; Å (the last letter of       detail to follow that the only plausible
the Norwegian alphabet).                            technique is to bring the chart on deck and
                                                    to tick off each feature visually as it passes.
Next day took us to a lunch stop at Sund,           This can be challenging when racing along at
where we again found a convenient fish              9 knots in a 50 metre-wide channel before a
factory and were able to savour our lunch to        35-knot breeze and losing track of your
the sight, smell and sound of a stream of fish      location can be a recipe for some heart-
effluent hitting the water alongside. Sund,         stopping moments.
however, is more famous for ‘Cormorant
Man’, a skilled blacksmith who now beats out        At least one problem that doesn’t occur in
diverse sculptures of cormorants, famous all        the Lofotens is a lack of daylight. At this time
over Norway, on his medieval anvil and              of year north of the Arctic Circle the sun truly
furnace. He also has a fine if chaotic museum       never sets and there is full daylight around
consisting of many old marine engines               the clock. This encouraged us to extend our
rescued from dying Norwegian fishing                cruising day since there was no need to
vessels. Many of them are still in working          worry about arriving at a strange anchorage
order and he will fire them up on a whim,           in the dark. Dubious anchorages lost their
producing the characteristic and highly             sting with the knowledge that you could
evocative ‘thump, thump’ of a very large,           safely leave at any time of the day or night if
single-cylinder engine. Evening found us in         the weather deteriorated.
Straumoya, another remote and sheltered
pool surrounded by rocks in which iron              Leaving Henningsvaer, we sailed a short way
bollards were embedded as a reminder of             up the Raftsundet, the smaller of the two
their use as mooring places for sailing boats       passages north, to take a pass through the

   famous Trollfjord. Despite its reputation on
   the cruise-ship circuit, we were disappointed;
   the dark and forbidding fjord contains the
   works of a small hydro power station and the
   walls of the fjord have been much
   ‘decorated’ by graffiti from passing ships and
   yachts over the years. With no comfortable
   anchorage inside, we were happier taking
   lunch at the small island of Ulvo just outside,

                                                                                                         The abandoned village of Mostad on the island
                                                                                                              of Vaeroy at the end of the Lofoten chain

   where we indulged in an orgy of                   deep, dark and forbidding fjords where we
   cod–snatching, before heading on to the           woke in the morning to snow plastering the
   intricate bay at Gulvika. Ashore this boasted     peaks of the surrounding mountains and
   little more than a couple of summer huts, but     fierce gusts swept down the fjords from
   as we hiked around the trails in the              unexpected directions. Both fjords were
   surrounding hills it won our vote for the most    spanned by the drooping arcs of power lines;
   appealing location in which to return and         a sight which always led to nervous
   settle down.                                      speculation aboard as we slipped
                                                     underneath. The official height of our mast
   Here we left the main part of the West Fjord      from the specifications, including
   to explore the deep fjords of the mainland        appendages, was 28.9m, which made it feel
   coast. At Straumshamn, a very narrow              pretty close to the bridges and cables
   entrance between submerged rocks led into         crossing the main channels through the fjords
   a sheltered bay edged by a number of
   perfect sandy coves where we were able
   practice our technique for using a pair of
   stern lines to tuck the boat into a small
                                                     which are marked with a clearance height
                                                     often in the range 30–35 metres. More than
                                                     once we felt the need to comfort ourselves
                                                     by checking the measurement using a long
                                                                                                     ‘ As spectacular as the
                                                                                                     scenery is almost
   corner. Rough rambles through the dense           piece of line dangled to the waterline by a     anywhere on the
   woodland ashore led to the top of hills           man up the mast!
   providing distant views of the whole Lofoten                                                      Norwegian west coast, the
   chain 30 miles away and to a large lake           Time was now pressing as we needed to be
   where we considered portaging our dinghy          in Tromsø by late June for the passage north
                                                                                                     mountains of the Lofotens
   up a short set of rapids from the beach.          to Spitsbergen so, turning our backs to the     form a backdrop which it
   Sandy beaches provided an excellent venue         jagged skyline of the Lofotens, we headed
   for some impromptu beach games. After             north towards Harstad and beyond under the      would be difficult to better
   gentle Straumshamn, we spent slightly             dark, brooding and snow-covered mountains
   uneasy nights in Sildpollen and Steffjorden,

                                                     of mainland Norway.                             anywhere in the world
                                                  M A G I C D R A G O N I N T H E L O F O T E N I S L A N D S O W N E R R E P O RT

                                                  fishing quays of the town of Vaerøy we
                                                  regretfully said goodbye to the Lofotens and
                                                  headed off on passage towards the southern
                                                                                                     FACT BOX
                                                  city of Ålesund.
                                                                                                     Due to the Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much
                                                                                                     milder climate than other parts of the world
                                                  The Lofoten Islands had not disappointed us.       at the same latitude, such as Alaska and
                                                  As spectacular as the scenery is almost            Greenland. January and February are the
                                                  anywhere on the Norwegian west coast, the          coldest months, with an average temperature
                                                                                                     of -1°C. July and August are warmest with
                                                  mountains of the Lofotens form a backdrop
                                                                                                     an average temperature of 12°C.
                                                  which it would be difficult to better anywhere
                                                  in the world. The thousands of tiny islands,       The weather can change quickly from calm
                                                                                                     and clear skies with sunshine to strong gales
                                                  numerous coves, many fishing docks and
                                                                                                     with rain or snow. May and June are the driest
                                                  deep fjords provide an infinite variety of         months, with an average 40 mm of rainfall.
                                                  anchorages with shelter in any weather. In
                                                  the spring and summer the weather, though          Daylight conditions vary greatly in colour and
                                                                                                     intensity depending on the season and the
                                                  cooler, is often more settled than on the
                                                                                                     time of day.
                                                  coasts further south. While Norwegians
                                                  everywhere are very welcoming to anyone            NORTHERN LIGHTS
                                                                                                     The brightest Northern Lights in the Northern
                                                  coming from the sea, we counted no more
                                                                                                     Hemisphere can be seen over Lofoten during
                                                  than four other yachts during our three weeks      the period from September to April.
                                                  in the area and never came close to having
                                                  to share an anchorage with another yacht. It       THE MIDNIGHT SUN
                                                                                                     The midnight sun can be seen over Lofoten
                                                  was well worth the long passage north.
                                                                                                     from around the end of may to mid July. At
                                                                                                     Værøy and Røst this period is a little shorter.

                                                                                                            Good places to see the midnight sun are:

                                                                                                            Røst: The whole island
                                                                                                            Værøy: The north part of the island,
By early August we were back in the same                                                                    Nordland.
                                                                                                            Flakstad: Fredvang, Ramberg, Vikten,
area heading south and homewards, this
time through the narrower Raftsundet                                                                        Vestvågøy: Utakleiv, Unstad, Eggum,
route. By now the distant snows had                                                                         Sandøy, Kvalnes, Grunnstad.
melted away and the landscape had taken                                                                     Vågan: Gimsøy, Brenna and Laukvik.
on a greener, softer feel. Retracing our                                                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE:
steps down the west side of the West                                                              
Fjord, we stopped at the pretty cove of
Flotningsviken for another fishing frenzy
before calling once more at Henningsvaer
and the tiny island whaling community of
Skrova, quietly dozing in out-of-season
sunshine. Another night at Straumsoya,
this time in the rain which is more of a
feature of the summer months, was a
quick stopover on the way to Vaerøy, a pretty
and remote island at the very end of the                                    Stephen Thomas
Lofoten chain where steep cliffs form two                 Oyster 66 Magic Dragon of Wroxham
large enclosed bays. Here we anchored for a
while off the abandoned fishing village of
Mostad where we scrambled up steep paths,
cut into the jagged ridges, originally made for   Stephen Thomas’s article about their exploration
the convenience of villagers intending to                 of Spitsbergen, where they sailed to 80º
gather puffins’ eggs from the seaward cliffs,       North,was published in Oyster News, Issue 51,
but now providing us with far-reaching views        December 2003. If you missed that and would
to the south. After a final night surrounded by    like a copy please contact Katherine Alexander.
the numerous but now mainly abandoned                Email:

18   Most of the ARC Oyster fleet turned out for a pre-start photocall and here they are - next stop St Lucia! Photo: RBM


The 19th ARC started from the harbour of Las Palmas in Gran
Canaria on Sunday 21 November. In those 19 years almost 200
individual Oysters have participated in this, the world’s largest trans-
oceanic event. Those yachts will have logged over 600,000 nautical
miles on the ARC and many have used the event as the first stage
of a longer cruise, some eventually completing circumnavigations.

    John Edward's Oyster 66 Voodoo makes a good start under sail, while rival 66, Sundowner, owned by Midge Verplank, powers away from the start in search of breeze. Photo: RBM

                                                                                                                            he will be taking a two month sabbatical to

     t’s likely that the 2004 event will be the                service crew attended all 25 yachts to give
     first step for a number of aspiring                       each one a pre-ARC health check, doing                       sail to the Antarctic on David and Linda
     circumnavigators within this year’s 200-                  their best to ensure that every yacht was                    Hughes’ Oyster 66 "Miss Molly". Some
   boat fleet. World Cruising called a special                 in good shape for the Atlantic crossing.                     kind of busman’s holiday!
   meeting for skippers interested in, or                      This complimentary service, regardless of
   intending to complete, a circumnavigation                   the yacht’s age, has been immensely                          As for the ARC start Oyster’s Murray
   and of the twelve owners that attended,                     popular with owners. We are happy to                         Aitken orchestrated the fleets exit from the
   six were Oyster owners.                                     acknowledge the attendance of                                harbour like a band leader, and managed
                                                               Landamores, Raymarine and Formula                            to get the entire Oyster fleet to pose for a
   This year’s 25 boat Oyster fleet within the                 Spars, who all sent personnel to join the                    group photocall, pictures taken from a
   ARC was the largest yet and underlines                      Oyster crew, many of whom worked long                        helicopter by Oyster’s Chairman, Richard
   the fact that Oyster has been the most                      hours as the need arose. One yacht                           Matthews. In truth whilst there was a good
   prolific participant since the event began.                 suffered an autopilot control unit failure,                  breeze blowing at the south end of Gran
   The now traditional party for Oyster                        which was identified at 1800 hours the                       Canaria, there was barely 5 knots of wind
   owners, their crews and guests was held                     night before the start and the crew worked                   for the start, with close to a couple of
   on Thursday 18 November at the five-star                    until close to midnight having somehow                       hundred yachts converging on the line all
   Santa Catalina Hotel. Guests included                       found a spare unit to get the system up                      at a snails pace trying to get to windward
   Andrew Bishop of World Cruising, who                        and running. Service above and beyond                        in next to no breeze.
   announced that next year Oyster yachts                      the call of duty by any standards.
   would have their own class within the                                                                                    The Oysters gave a good account of
   Rubicon Antigua Challenge (RAC), the                        Leader of the service team was Eddie                         themselves but many owners wisely elected
   ARC’s sister event for larger yachts.                       Scougall, Oyster’s Customer Care                             to burn some diesel and get clear in order
                                                               Manager, who has already                                     to get a jump start on the rest of the fleet
   For ten days before the start the 12 man                    circumnavigated aboard an Oyster 55.                         by getting into the new breeze six or seven
   team making up the Oyster pre-ARC                           Once Eddie gets home from the ARC start                      miles down the coast.

                                                                                                     GOODBYE ARC –
                                                                                                     HELLO RUBICON
                                                                                                     ANTIGUA CHALLENGE
                                                                          World Cruising Club, the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for
                                                                          Cruisers, in which Oyster have been the most prolific participants,
                                                                          have announced that from the 2005 event a 60’ LOA
                                                                          size limit will apply.

                                                                          At the same time, World Cruising announced a 60’ LOA lower limit for
                                                                          their sister event, the Rubicon Atlantic Challenge (RAC), which starts
                                                                          just a day before the ARC from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and
                                                                          finishes in Antigua.

                                                                          A good friendship has always existed between World Cruising Club and
                                                                          Oyster and both parties are pleased to jointly announce that from 2005
                                                                          there will be an exclusive class for every size of Oyster yacht in the
                                                                          Rubicon Atlantic Challenge.

                                                                          In a joint announcement to the yachting press,
                                                                          Director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop, said:

                                                                                             “  It’s great news that Oyster has embraced
                                                                                             the changes planned for next year by
                                                                                             supporting the Rubicon Antigua Challenge
                                                                                             with the introduction of an Oyster Class. We
                                                                                             look forward to working together to ensure a
                                                                                             successful event for everyone concerned.
                                                                          Oyster’s Chairman, Richard Matthews,
George Johns, who has covered all the recent Oyster regattas as           a regular ARC participant, said:
our movie cameraman, walked the dock with Denette Wilkinson
talking to owners and crews before the start, and their anecdotes
together with coverage of the photocall and start, will be the
subject of a DVD, which should be out early in the New Year.
                                                                          “  We are delighted and rather proud that Oyster is the first
                                                                          constructor to have its own class in a trans-ocean event.
                                                                          Caribbean service for all Oysters is based in Antigua and,
Due to the size of the Oyster fleet this year, a lot of extra Oyster      knowing the island well, we consider Antigua, the sailing
prizes were announced in addition to the trophy for the first             centre of the Caribbean, an ideal location to complete a
Oyster on ARC handicap. These include special class prizes and
                                                                          transatlantic crossing. I plan to take part in my own yacht in
some fun prizes for catching the most or largest fish, and for the
best-kept log as a contribution to a future edition of Oyster News.       2005. World Cruising Club are great people to work with
                                                                          and we are delighted to be going forward with a closer
As this issue of Oyster News goes to press the fleet will be at the       relationship. The pre transatlantic service and support
beginning of their 3,000-mile Atlantic crossing, together with an
Oyster 56 taking part in the RAC to Antigua. We wish all these
                                                                          traditionally provided free of charge by the Oyster After
owners and crews fair winds and a fast but above all safe crossing.       Sales team will from 2005 be provided at the start of the
News of their adventures, and results, will appear in our next edition.   2005 Rubicon Antigua Challenge. Having our own class will
                                                                          enable us look after our owners and crews and we will
For further information about the ARC and                                 provide ongoing service and plan a prize giving party in
RAC contact World Cruing Club:                                            Antigua, in addition to the events that will no doubt be
Tel: +44 (0) 1983 296060
                                                                          organized by World Cruising. As good as the ARC has been
Fax: +44 (0) 1983 295959
Email:                                             I’m sure that the Rubicon Antigua Challenge will be nothing                                                     but good news for the owners of Oyster yachts.
   L O N D O N B O AT S H O W P R E V I E W

   DOUBLE WORLD                               Representing the latest generation of Oyster yachts, the
                                               46 and 72 have a lot in common as well as a shared
                                                heritage with the whole Oyster range. These common
                                                 values, such as full skeg hung rudders, single skin

   PREMIÈRE FOR                                   hull construction, inboard chain plates,
                                                   ergonomically designed cockpits and the more
                                                     obvious features like exquisite joinery, blend with a

   LONDON                                             host of discrete yet practical seamanlike features
                                                       which make an Oyster an Oyster.

                                                         The Oyster 46 features contemporary styling,
   Oyster will be the first UK yacht                      in this the fourth generation of the Deck
                                                           Saloon concept we brought to the world 25
   builder to première two new                               years ago. Her design detail includes many
   models at a boat show, when the                            features adopted from her larger sisters,
                                                               including bulwarks with teak capping
   London Boat Show in January                                   and profiled foundry-cast fairleads.

   2005 sees the unveiling of                                     More important is Rob Humphreys’
   both the new Oyster 46 and                                      state of the art hull, which skilfully
                                                                    blends the designer’s art with
   the Oyster 72.                                                    VPP optimised hull lines to
                                                                      create the potential for a real
                                                                       step forward in performance,
                                                                        while retaining ease of
                                                                          handling and good manners
                                                                           in heavy weather that every
                                                                            Oyster owner expects.

As a replacement for the justly successful Holman & Pye Oyster 45, the        Construction is one key to what makes the Oyster 72 a little different.
new 46 is 3’ longer on the waterline, has 6" more beam and carries 17%        Like all Oysters she is built from female tooling with gelcoat outer
more sail. The 46 is no lightweight, her 38,580 lb (17500 kg) displacement    surface but thereafter the 72’s construction leans towards state of the
is an indicator to the soft motion we expect of her in a seaway; all in all   art composite engineering designed by High Modulus, whose previous
we expect her to perform and feel like a much bigger yacht. As for load       projects have included America’s Cup winners and Maxi round-the-
carrying, important when planning those really big voyages, the 46 will       world race yachts. High Modulus has made best use of Vinylester resin,
take 1900 lbs to set her down on her waterline by just 1".                    which offers effective strength and very good waterproofing and
                                                                              stability properties. Kevlar and carbon fibre are used within the hull
Below deck the 46 provides three cabins, including a really spacious          laminate to create a structure that is both light and very stiff, while
owners stateroom, and her saloon makes best use of her beam and the           maintaining the reserve of strength and impact resistance for which
light from her Deck Saloon windows. We look forward to measuring              Oysters are well known.
reaction to the new Oyster 46 at the London Show.
                                                                              Despite this serious approach to weight saving, unlike many of her
The Oyster 72 represents a serious move up in potential performance           contemporaries but like all other Oysters, the 72 is of rugged single
while maintaining the live-aboard comforts and cruising amenities             skin hull construction and does not rely on a core except in her deck
expected of any yacht bearing the Oyster name.                                where cored construction has its place for rigidity and insulation.

Once again designer Rob Humphreys has worked hard with velocity               While retaining all the advantages of the proven Deck Saloon the new
prediction tools to optimise sailing performance over interior volume.        Oyster 72 has one of our sleekest deck and cockpit designs ever. The
We wanted the 72 to offer a choice for the more performance conscious         helm station is far enough aft to appeal to owners who until now thought
sailors. No excuses, the 72 is designed to be really quick through the        an aft cockpit yacht was the only way to go. The 72 breaks new ground
water while being a delight to sail in terms of balance, stability and        for Oyster with her sleek rolled edge side decks, transom stairwell and a
power across a broad range of light to strong wind speeds.                    host of small features which together add up to make a big difference.

  HURRICANE               A N        U P D AT E                 -    N O V E M B E R                      2 0 0 4

                          This article is based on the Hurricane Ivan presentation I gave to those of you enjoying the
                          2004 UBS Oyster Mediterranean Regatta in Palma. Since then, the lifting of yachts and the
                          repairs to Grenada’s infrastructure have progressed well and I will bring you up to date.

                          On 7 September 2004 Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada with devastating consequences.
                          The storm was described as a Cat 4 and then a Cat 5 hurricane. In yachtsmen’s language
                          Cat 5 means winds of over 155 mph with a storm surge of at least 18 foot above normal.
                          Some of us have sailed in winds of 50 knots and to me, winds of three times that strength
                          are almost beyond comprehension!

                                                    The last hurricane of similar strength to hit Grenada was
                                                    Hurricane Janet in 1955. However some insurers have more
                                                    recent memories of Luis which struck the Caribbean further
                                                    North in September1995. St Martin bore the brunt of the storm
                                                    where, in Simpson Bay (supposedly a hurricane hole), 90% of the
                                                    yachts were either sunk or badly damaged.

                                                     In our office in Plymouth we plotted the route of Ivan as it
                                                     approached Grenada. Luis had taught us what to expect.
                                                     Even before the hurricane struck, our German office was making
                                                     contingency plans to hire cranes and barges from Trinidad.
                                                     At the time, our thoughts were exclusively for the yachts and
                                                     owners and it was with these concerns in mind that our claims
                                                     trio arrived a few days later to assess and limit the damage. It
                                                     was not only the horrible spectacle of hundreds of yachts lying
                                                     on their sides that greeted our team but also the carnage and
                                                     destruction to the island and its essential services. The prison
                                                     had been destroyed and prisoners were on the rampage. Looting
                                                     was so prevalent that the armed military took over and guarded
                                                     vulnerable premises such as supermarkets. Soldiers outside the
                          supermarket used by our staff would only allow twelve people in at a time to shop and only
                          those with money. Many of the locals had no money as they had not been paid. Our team
                          witnessed both hungry and thirsty parents and children resorting to eating bamboo shoots
                          and drinking from puddles. Our senior claims manager on the ground was sufficiently
                          moved to comment that he actually felt guilty because he had the funds and equipment
                          available for the yachts, but was unable to use them to support the suffering residents.
                          (A reasonable donation is now being given to the Red Cross acting in Grenada)

                          The Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond and the RFA Waverider played a vital role in
                          restoring some order to the Island. Having repaired the hospital generators the Navy
                          repaired the road to the hospital and the radio station and cleared the airport runway. Apart
                          from power from generators, there was no electricity on the island for weeks. Even today
                          power has not been fully restored and there is an enforced curfew at 9pm.

              ‘   Unfortunately one Oyster suffered
                     a total loss but we were able to
                  send a cheque for the full insured
                      value after about two weeks.
                                     Spice Island bore the brunt of the
                                     storm and sustained most of the
                                     damage. Out of 200 yachts only
                                     40 remained upright! Inadequate
                                     cradles were unable to hold up
                                     the yachts with stepped rigs.
                                     A wind of 120mph imposes a
                                     pressure of 57lbs/sq ft on a
                                     vertical surface. Even on a
                                     traditional 40ft sloop, a sideways
                                     load well in excess of 2000lbs
                                     (about 1 ton) would be exerted
                                     about 25ft above the deck!

It was decided to share our crane from Trinidad with our competitors
as very often our insured yachts were underneath theirs! It was also
necessary to lift some uninsured yachts without charge. Within four
weeks all yachts were lifted. Unfortunately most rigs were either
damaged or destroyed in the process. We then dispatched a very
experienced surveyor to carry out detailed damage survey reports
including repair specifications. This process is now complete for the
seventy five Pantaenius casualties.

Relatively few yachts actually sank but some were washed ashore.
Unfortunately an Oyster suffered a total loss but we were able to send
a cheque for the full insured value after about two weeks.

The humidity on the island is now at an acceptable level for fibreglass
repairs to be carried out. A specialist team from Germany started
repairs to our clients damaged boats about a week ago. Other teams
are standing by. It is planned to ship seven Pantaenius yachts back to
Europe and one Oyster should be returned to Fox’s.

The question you must now be asking is how will yacht underwriters
react? Lloyds and other major international insurers have suffered
enormous losses this year as a result of an unprecedented number of
hurricanes. Florida has the most property damage claims. Despite the
fact that yacht insurance represents a small part of their portfolios I
believe they will focus on all hurricane risks. No decisions have been
made to date but we will hear by the end of the year. We will continue
to do our utmost to make the best arrangements for our clients.

Barrie Sullivan MD Pantaenius UK Ltd
    UFO was the boat that started it all as Oyster’s first
    project back in 1974 and in those days she was one of
    the hottest cruiser racers on the circuit. Thirty years
    later Oyster’s Richard Matthews decided it was time for
    a reunion with the boat and her crew.
    "I had heard little or nothing of UFO II since selling her to Ralph Dreshfield
    QC in spring 1975. Brian Rainey, the current owner of UFO II, who was just
    four years old when she was launched, made contact with me in 2003,
    interested to learn about the yacht’s history. I told him she was designed by
    Holman & Pye and built as a one-off prototype. We got a good price for
    building a hull and deck in foam sandwich from Derek Kelsal who ironically
    had a boatyard in Sandwich, Kent. We learned later that the reason for the
    keen price was that our boat was built from the offcuts and surplus material
    from the Alan Gurney designed Great Britain II, built for the Whitbread
    Around the World race. We may not have needed quite such heavy material
    but at least the boat was strong and, as it turned out, built to last.

                                               UFO was fitted out using
                                               subcontract labour at Hedgecocks
                                                                                                      THEN AND NOW
                                               yard in Maldon, Essex. This
  A great gesture to                           coincided with the coal miner’s

Burnham Week from a man                        strike and a three-day week due                   2004
                                               to power rationing. Petrol was
who has done so much for                       scarce and we bought a small
                                               Honda generator, which often ran
British Yachting
                     Yachts & Yachting
                 24th September 2005
                                               late into the night to keep the boat
                                               on schedule.

                                          The highlight of a successful ‘74
                                          season was winning the RYS De
                                          Mass Cup during Cowes Week. At
                                          the end of the year we
    commissioned Holman & Pye to refine the design for GRP production and
    thus was born the UFO 34 of which 150 odd were sold, together with a large
    number of 27ft and 32ft UFO models. As they say the rest is history, since the success of the
    UFO range provided the means to an Oyster fleet from its earliest beginnings with the Oyster 37.

    With all this history it seemed like an irresistible idea to agree terms to charter UFO II to race in
    the final three days of Burnham Week 2004, thirty years later, same boat, same crew, same races.
    UFO had stood the test of time well and apart from a repair to a damaged keel stub she was in
    pretty good shape. A new main, furling genoa and .75oz spinnaker and we were ready to race.

    Thirty years ago UFO felt big and very fast, while today she felt a bit small but still pretty nimble,
    which is more than could be said for the five members of her ’74 Burnham Week crew who joined
    me for a trip down memory lane. One way or another we managed to get the boat around the
    course and it seems that a generous IRC age allowance (and why not after 30 years!) and the
    experience of years was enough to offset the effects of old age in our crew.

    We had expected to enjoy ourselves sailing UFO but never in our wildest dreams had we hoped
    for the result we got of a 2nd and two 1st places. Come to that, back in ‘74 never in our wildest
    dreams did we expect Oyster to become the internationally respected yacht brand that it is today.
    Winning the Commodore’s Cup on the final day of the regatta was something we failed to achieve
    in 1974 but thirty years later we did it!
                                                                                                             Photos: Hugh Bourn

    No one knows how long a well-maintained GRP yacht will last. One thing is certain -
    in celebrating her 30th anniversary UFO II still has a lot of great sailing in her future.

30 YEARS                                 AFTER FIRST SIGHTING

                                                 ‘ The icing on the cake
                                                 UFO II went on to take
                                                 the prestigious
                                                 Commodore’s Cup
                                                                Yachts & Yachting
                                                            24th September 2005
28   Miss Molly anchored
                          in Bora Bora lagoon
                                                                           M I S S M O L LY I N P O LY N E S I A O W N E R R E P O RT

miss molly
in Polynesia                                                      BY DAVID HUGHES

                                       After a long chat in my best schoolboy sub ‘O-level’ French, which encompassed the full history
                                       of the little bay, the president’s building plan - for this was his beach as yet undeveloped - the
                                       elections in Tahiti, the background to my new friend’s employment as the guardian of the beach,
                                       and so forth, he suddenly offered the bundle of pods as a gift along with some beautiful cowrie
                                       shells. I understood then what he meant; "not for sale", but there ready to be given as a present. I
                                       reciprocated with a T-shirt, some beach flip-flops and a Miss Molly hat. Huge smiles. Do we like
                                       bananas? Wait a minute. He was off, disappearing into the jungle to reappear a few minutes later
                                       with a complete stem of bananas! I hoped the president wouldn’t mind the raid on his fruit but
                                       thanked him profusely and promised to come over the next day for another discussion. The
                                       following day he intercepted us on our snorkelling run and handed us two beautiful black Oyster-
                                       shell necklaces, which he insisted was another gift for the ladies on board. What can you say?

Not for sale! Peering at some
                                       That little episode in Huahine, coupled with the perfect lagoon anchorage;
                                       white sand beach, palm trees, grade A snorkelling, calm clear water,
fresh vanilla pods seemingly           and the prevailing easterly trade wind breeze that aligned us so
                                       that the cockpit was facing west at sunset, illustrates perfectly
abandoned, I realized that the         why we wanted to return to French Polynesia and spend an
                                       entire summer there, having belted through the islands
beach that I had thought to be         during a circumnavigation in 1995/97. Leaving the UK in
                                       June 2002 we planned a trip taking in the Eastern
                                       seaboard of the USA before transiting Panama and
deserted was in fact not.
                                       cruising the Pacific for a complete year before returning
                                       via South America in 2005. This three-year plan had us
A Polynesian, materialising from       based in French Polynesia for the summer of 2004.

the vegetation, stood at my side       What makes French Polynesia one of the best cruising
                                       grounds in the world? Let me try and answer. To start
beaming at me and insisting that       with, let us take for granted for the moment the
                                       amazing diversity of islands in the archipelago and the
                                       many differing faces that they show to those who
I could not buy his vanilla. A pity,   cross the Pacific to sail amongst them. Most cruisers
                                       head west from the Galapagos and make for the
as we like custard with pudding        Marquesas. I think that Nuka Hiva, the destination for
                                       most sailors, approached at dawn after three thousand
on Sundays on Miss Molly - yes,        miles of ocean, has to be the most dramatic
                                       landfall I know. These remote
even in Paradise the rituals of        Marquesan islands, high, lush
                                       and covered in dense tropical
                                       vegetation, have a mystical
Sunday remain.                         quality that has attracted

                                           Local tatoo artist in Huahine                                       29

                                                       many writers and painters; Stevenson, Melville and Gauguin have all fallen under their spell.
                                                        A four-wheel drive expedition took us to the interior of Nuka Hiva where we had the
                                                         opportunity to feel the atmosphere ourselves. Deep in the jungle, high in the hills, we saw
                                                            ancient ceremonial Tiki platforms with the statues and stone artefacts dating back a
                                                              thousand years. On a grey, rainy, misty day, not uncommon here (and adding to the
                                                                 mystical feel of the place), we walked several miles along a stone causeway
                                                                      constructed centuries ago for the chiefs to make their way to the
                                                                           cannibalistic ceremonies that were held on these sites. I felt that those
                                                                            days were not that long past. The Marquesas make their presence felt.

                        “      Nuka Hiva, the
                    destination for most
                sailors, approached at
        dawn after three thousand
                     miles of ocean, has
            to be the most dramatic
                          landfall I know
                                          ”                                                                                    David with banana bounty

                                                 Then by way of a complete contrast, the next group of islands is an archipelago of hundreds of
                                                 low, palm fringed coral atolls stretching over a thousand miles of ocean. These are the Tuamotus,
                                                 or Dangerous Islands, as they were once known. GPS now eases the stress of navigating
                                                 amongst them but the narrow passes giving access to the lagoons require careful judgement with
                                                 strong currents and rips and crashing Pacific breakers smashing on the coral shelf either side as
                                                 you run into the lagoon. Snorkelling and diving in gin clear water, surrounded by thousands of
                                                   tropical fish kept us occupied most days with glorious sunsets amazing us each evening with
                                                   what we called the free show; the best on earth.

                                                       The Society Islands, Tahiti through to Bora Bora represents most peoples’ idea of a South
                                                       Sea Paradise, although Papeete needs a strong stomach. Busy, bustling and choked with
                                                               traffic it is a far cry from the image portrayed in the film Bounty. But the city with
                                                                 its market and French Hypermarkets enables the cruising fraternity to regroup
                                                                   and restock. Alongside for the first time in about six months we chased around
                                                                    Papeete happy to be in civilization for a while but knowing also that the next
                                                                     stops would be the jewels in the crown.

                                                                        One of the more pleasant features of a stay in Papeete is the Polynesian
                                                                         practice of using flowers on every possible occasion. Even at a casual
                                                                          level they can’t do without them. The shops offer a single bloom as a
                                                                             little gift and we soon got used to wearing a flower behind the ear in
                                                                                   the same way as the locals. I remember sitting in a little
                                                                                     pavement café, dodging the jobs list for a while, and watching
                                                                                         a big chap joining his pals for lunch. He shook hands with

     30                                                           Taro vendor in Viatape, Bora Bora
               Sunset over the anchorage at Huahine

the six or so workmen already seated and
replaced his motorcycle helmet with a white
Tiare bloom before taking his place. Only in
Tahiti! The market ladies skilfully weave
beautiful flower leis, which will be used for
family celebrations, or welcoming visitors and
we were very taken with this traditional craft.
The countryside is full of exotic tropical
blooms, the standard hedge is Hibiscus, and
it took us a while to accept this as the norm.
We have many, many photographs of these
flowers! The Polynesians are good at keeping
their traditions alive and we loved seeing the
evidence of this wherever we went. Canoe
racing, basket weaving, singing and dancing
are carried on all over the islands and are
much in evidence. The locals delight in
wearing the pareo, thousands of which are on
sale everywhere and tattoos are
commonplace both for the males and
females. A Polynesian design tattooed
discretely makes a fine souvenir!

Moorea (where they filmed Bounty), Huahine,
Tahaa Raiatea and Bora Bora, the rest of the
Societies, represent for me the finest cruising
in the world. One anchorage after another
kept us readjusting the "best place so far"
award. Nice resorts made a change from
ship-board fare and car tours around the
smaller islands gave us a wonderful feel for
the relaxed pace of these beautiful islands.
They are conveniently spaced, with just the
right distance between anchorages to make
it worth getting the white flappy things up
and enjoying a few fabulous hours of
excellent sailing. A common sight whilst
relaxing at anchor in these waters is the local
boys out in their outrigger canoes. They
seem to pop out for a strenuous paddle up
the lagoon and back much as Europeans or
Americans would walk the dog or go to a
gym; keep fit Polynesian style. One or two
single canoes or better yet a couple of multi-
paddled team jobs make a very appealing
addition to the sunset.


                                                 And then, in the extreme east of the group over a thousand miles from Tahiti, we found the
                                                 Gambiers. Lingering there, reluctant to leave, with three and a half thousand miles of Pacific to
                                                 cross before Chile, we discovered the perfect South Seas cruising destination. Fringing a large
                                                 lagoon speckled with pearl farms we found beautiful craggy green islands brimming over with
                                                 flowers and exotic plants and, most importantly, friendly smiling people with all the time in the
                                                 world. I tried to find out when the ship from Tahiti would call with necessary supplies - we were
                                                 stocking up for the ocean passage - and could not get an answer other than "maybe Friday, or
                                                 maybe Sunday. Even possibly Monday" Did it really matter? It’s nice to live at that pace for a while.

                                                 Then there are the sunsets Are they better witnessed from the comfort of the yacht at anchor with
                                                 a suitable cocktail in hand or from the beach of a deserted atoll? Or maybe from the bar of a
                                                 luxury resort? What about a table for an early dinner with a Polynesian dance show to follow?
                                                 Now, I can watch that grass skirted, hip shaking wiggling all night. And again tomorrow night! The
                                                 ladies on board Miss Molly seemed to love the dancing too. Maybe the "grunting warriors" had
                                                 something to do with it or maybe it was the pulsating drumming or the ukulele strumming or
                                                 simply the fantastic colours of the costumes?

                                                 We especially liked watching the local girls perform at the more casual (and un-amplified) shows
                                                 in the smaller venues, but for sheer WOW factor, the annual dance competition, the Heiva, in
                                                 Papeete was a spectacular highlight. Huge troops of dancers, sometimes numbering more than a
                                                 hundred shook it along to a pounding rhythm thumped out by twenty odd drummers. A sight to
                                                 see. And a throbbing head for hours afterwards. It seemed to us, accustomed by now to
                                                 watching pert, fit professional dancers doing the tourist dance shows in hotels that these amateur
                                                 dance groups precluded no-one providing that they knew how wriggle and shake. The trim and
                                                 the more generous danced alongside one another. Youngsters, momas, grandmas, all dancing
                                                 from the heart hoping to carry off a prize, but you had the impression as an onlooker that it didn’t
                                                 really matter if they didn’t; it was the taking part that was the real prize. Strong bodied warrior
                                                 types (who were probably checkout clerks from Carrefour in real life) grunted and shook their

                 “    We dived amongst
                schools of tropical fish
                                                 thighs believing for the night that they were welcoming Captain Bligh and the crew from HMS
                                                 Bounty, keeping it going with their uncles and grandfathers. Fabulous!
                                                 "And did you allow the entire crew to watch this obscene display, Captain Bligh?"
                                                 "Yes, My Lord."
                 weaving in and out of           "Well My Lord". ( Dramatic pause ) "It was the place itself."
                                                 Cut from court-martial proceedings to palm fringed Tahitian beach with HMS Bounty crew and
                                                 their Tahitian girls lolling around discussing MUTINY!
                 coral heads, watched
                                                 That’s another thing. I can’t help thinking of the Bounty story, Captain Cook and the other early
                       all the time by reef      navigators, whilst sailing around here. The whole area reeks of maritime history. Our next stop
                                                 will be Pitcairn and I for one can’t wait. How on earth did Cookie and his colleagues manage
                                                 without GPS? How did they squeeze fully rigged ships (and, someone told me that they were
             sharks and occasionally             not fitted with Perkins diesel engines, can you believe?) through those passes? We were heart in
                                                 the mouth several times, and I can’t help sitting down when I remember squeezing Miss Molly
                               manta rays
                                            ”    into the lagoon in Bora Bora with the help of the bowthrusters, Mark and Charlie ahead in the
                                                 RIB yelling out the depths, and prefer to forget the zero point three metres under us at the
                                                 narrowest part of the passage. But this was getting us into the best anchorage in the world and
                                                 therefore worth it. Linda and I had dreamt of re-visiting this anchorage again for the better part
                                                 of eight years and we were not disappointed. It is a truly beautiful spot with the mountain
                                                 behind, the reef ahead beyond the palm trees and coral beach and unbelievably turquoise water.
                                                                                If you saw the photo you would say it had been doctored. No! It
                                                                                 really is that colour.

                                                                                       Under the water is yet another story. We dived amongst
                                                                                          schools of tropical fish weaving in and out of coral
                                                                                           heads, watched all the time by reef sharks and
                                                                                            occasionally manta rays. The tropical fish book was in
                                                                                           great demand and there were many earnest
                                                                                           discussions about "new" discoveries! Some of our
                                                                                       diving was with commercial dive operators who, whilst
                                                                                    taking a touristy view of the sport, nevertheless give value for
                                                                               money in the adredelin pumping stakes. Just outside the pass in
                                                                           Bora Bora, we "sat" on the ocean floor at twenty-five metres and
                                                                           watched lemon sharks swooping round and round us after the bait -

a huge tuna head- hidden under a coral head
by the dive leader. Finally the feeding frenzy
started. And we were right amongst it! It may
be a bit naughty to the purists but believe me it
was exciting! On a gentler note we dived with
Manta Rays and managed to get so close to
them that we could have reached out and
touched them; that was a magical day. We got
used to seeing sharks nosing around as we
were snorkelling and on several occasions had
to keep out of the territory of frighteningly ugly
moray eels. The water is crystal clear and with
an average temperature of around twenty-nine
degrees, even chores like checking the anodes
become sought after jobs.

                                                                                                      The traditional craft of Lei making in Tahiti market

So there it is. French Polynesia; the perfect area for a summer’s cruise. Get there if you can; we
                                                                                                                  FOR SALE
love it! There were lots of reasons for returning this year but when it comes down to it, the main    David and Linda will complete their
reason we voyaged back to the Pacific and to French Polynesia in particular and I have to give        trip in January 2005 when they will be
away the secret… it’s the sailing. We’re a yacht after all and it is the actual sailing in French
                                                                                                      saying farewell to Miss Molly, although
Polynesia that is the icing on the cake. My strongest memories will be the passages between
                                                                                                      we will look forward to hearing from
islands with Miss Molly cracking along on a fast reach with twenty knots of southeast trades
                                                                                                      them again when they get afloat later
filling her sails, a new island on the bow, a hot sun, and an inky blue ocean. Or of a passage at
                                                                                                      in the year in their new Oyster LD43.
night with the sea lit by the moon and the boat slipping along easily under full sail, knocking off
                                                                                                      Miss Molly is for sale – for further details
the miles. Or of the daily noon fix with the eagerly awaited distance run competition; another two
                                                                                                      please contact Oyster Brokerage:
hundred mile day! That’s what I call sailing.
                                                                                                      Tel: +44 (0) 1473 602263
                                                                                  By David Hughes

   F LY I N G S TA R T F O R


  OY S T E R                   655
                                The new Oyster 655, announced in the last
                                edition of Oyster News has got off to a
                                flying start. Within five weeks of her initial
                                announcement three 655’s were under
                                contract, the first two for existing UK
                                based Oyster owners and the third sold to
                                a US client on the first day of the
                                Annapolis Sailboat Show.

                                Production tooling is being undertaken at
                                Oyster’s Special Projects facility in
                                Colchester, where the hull plug is almost
                                complete, and work on the deck pattern
                                will start early in 2005. Oyster aficionados

                                                                                                                        NEW OYSTER 655

will have to wait a while to see the yacht       Call us old fashioned, but we think these
as the first Oyster 655 is expected to have      qualities are crucial and we know our
her world première at the London Boat            owners agree. They are also like-minded
Show in January 2007.                            with us on the concept of a rugged low
                                                 centre of gravity bulb keel, massively bolted
Judging by initial sales success and the         to the hull, which has a proper bilge sump
general reaction to the new yacht, Rob           and the security of a rudder hinged on a
Humphreys and the Oyster Design Team             really strong full-depth protective skeg.
have really hit the spot with the new 655.
She is deliberately aimed at the yachtsman       The Oyster 655 has a really sleek Deck
looking for more performance and Rob             Saloon and deck layout, representing our
Humphreys has created a hull with sweet          latest, fourth generation incarnation of the
lines and very powerful stern sections that
he believes will be really quick, while
retaining the qualities we know Oyster
                                                 concept we pioneered. When it comes to
                                                 Deck Saloons as the song goes "Nobody
                                                 does it better". As can be seen from our
                                                                                                    First Oyster
owners expect and have always been able
to trust us to achieve.
                                                 concept arrangement plan, below deck
                                                 creature comforts will abound and the 655
                                                 promises to be luxurious, spacious, and
                                                                                                    655 Sold
                                                                                                    Within days of the new Oyster 655 being
High Modulus have undertaken the                 typically ‘Oyster’. With a host of practical       announced, we were delighted that the first
structural engineering for the hull and deck,    seamanlike features, some subtle, some             yacht was sold to Oyster owners Trevor and
which will use Kevlar and carbon fibre to        less so, incorporating the best use of our         Anne Silver, seen here with Oyster’s Joint
achieve what we expect to be a relatively        third of a century experience building literally   MD, Murray Aitken. Trevor and Anne, who
light, but very strong, structure. Like all      hundreds of yachts in this size range.             own the Oyster 56 Roulette, have taken part
Oysters there is no core material in the hull,                                                      in all the 2004 UBS Oyster Regattas where
which will be solid single skin for ultimate     Further information about the new Oyster           Roulette was class winner in both the BVI
impact resistance, strength and longevity.       655 is available form our sales team.              and Palma events.

PA L M A 2 0 0 4 T H E U B S O Y S T E R R E G AT TA

        at          play in Palma
                     24 boats participated in Oyster’s 10th Regatta                                                          BY ROGER VAUGHAN

                                                        The Oyster fleet anchored in the National Maritime Park of Cabrera

              SPONSORED BY

                                                  f       or the third time Oyster yachts gathered in Palma,
                                                          Mallorca, for the UBS Oyster Regatta. This was the 10th in
                                                          a series of regattas that began in 2001 in Antigua, West
                                                  Indies. Driven by the camaraderie that exists among Oyster
                                                  owners, and the family feeling that has evolved between Oyster
                                                  Marine and its customers, these are popular events. The racing,
                                                  approached with some trepidation at first by owners with cruising
                                                  priorities, has become keener with each meeting. But the
                                                  competition on the water does not outweigh the social gatherings
                                                  ashore, the opportunities to trade tales and share ideas, and the
                                                  appreciation of the exotic ports in which the regattas are held.
                                                  Palma is undeniably exotic.
Close racing in the Bay of Palma between the Oyster 66, Voodoo, 37
Oyster 56, Ulrika and Oyster 56 Baccalieu III
                           The finish of Race 3 off Andraitx

   Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic
   Islands. Its topography is as fascinating as
   its history. Mallorca’s fresh water supply,
   for instance, begins as melted snow in the
   Pyrenees of the mainland and travels
   hundreds of miles beneath land and
   Mediterranean Sea until it rises through
   windmill-driven artesian wells on the high
   flat lands of the island. The mountains in
   the northwest rise nearly 5,000 feet. The                   The Port of Palma is expansive and deep,         in places. Paint colours are named after
   city of Palma is built on Roman                             a haven for mega yachts, container and           the rich, electric azure hue of its waters;
   foundations dating to 123 BC. The                           cruise ships, with plenty of room left over      the quality of light here has always been a
   massive cathedral, with its central nave                    for the fleet of 24 Oysters that began           seductive magnet for artists. The Med is
   height of 140 feet, took 600 years to build.                arriving at the docks of Real Club Nautico.      accessed by two famous passages, the
   The sections of old, well-kept city walls                   Palma is a mecca for excellent cuisine and       natural Gibraltar cut at the western end
   that appear throughout Palma are                            historical musings, and the traffic in the       and the man-made Suez Canal to the
   reminders of the bitter conflicts that                      port is endlessly entertaining, but sailing      east. It is bordered by 16 countries that
   sustained for centuries. And the friendly                   on the Med is at the top of any sailor’s list.   include Europe, the Middle East, and
   Mallorcans are products of both the                                                                          Africa. The largest of the Med’s hundreds
   benign climate, and the confidence                          Not only is the Mediterranean the largest        of islands are Cyprus, Crete, Sicily,
   afforded by their multicultural roots.                      inland sea in the world, it is 3 miles deep      Sardinia, Corsica, and the Balearics.

                                                            T H E U B S O Y S T E R R E G AT TA PA L M A 2 0 0 4

“   The fleet sailed round the
course three times…a great
     way for everyone to have
      a good look at everyone
  else under sail and size up
               the competition.

It would take a year-long university course
to scratch the surface of the Med’s
voluminous and complex history. But
moving across this sea that serves to cool
a cauldron of political and cultural
diversity, with sails pulling, with the hull
surging through water vibrating with light
beams from the sun, amid the high-speed
ferries, the fancy runabouts and mega
yachts of the jet set, it is impossible not to
be distracted by the Med’s legacy.

Perhaps with that in mind, on Thursday,
Race Officer Alan Brook (Oyster’s Joint
Managing Director) started the regatta with
a short, inshore course around the buoys.
The previous day had been busy with
Concours d’Elegance judging presided
over by Oyster Brokerage Manager Robert
Mulcahy. That evening, the assembled
owners and guests had been entertained
by a troupe of athletic Brazilian dancers
during cocktails, followed by a buffet
dinner at Club Nautico before strolling
back to their boats under a full moon. The
weather was balmy, unlike the unsettled
patterns of the Palma 2003 regatta that

                    Palma regatta veterans, the Oyster 61                      39
                    Modus Vivendi and Oyster 56 Olanta
40   Keith and Rosemary Hamilton's Oyster 62, Carpe Diem
                                                                                                          T H E U B S O Y S T E R R E G AT TA PA L M A 2 0 0 4

       Richard and Diane Watson's Oyster 485, Sobriyah,
             sailed the regatta with two puppies on board

included a nasty 65-knot squall on the
regatta’s second day prohibiting the
                                                                                                                               Host club, Real Club Nautico, Palma
anticipated race to Cabrera Island.

One of the marks of Thursday’s inshore                      hard over, the 82 still left a wide gap             On board Olanta was Jacqueline Buse,
course was Sech Island, a flat clump of                     between it and the mark. We charged in,             Dick Van den Berg’s sister, and wife of
rock half way down the west side of the                     passing Cygnus in the process and taking            Robert Buse, a pilot for KLM, one of the
Bay of Palma where a tourist submarine                      the weather berth. Cygnus quickly                   crew. I remembered Jacqueline from last
was hard at work. The fleet sailed round                    accelerated back to warp speed, showing             year’s Palma regatta. Olanta is all about
the short course three times, which                         remarkable agility for such a large boat in         fun, and I recall that Jacqui was in the
provided tight racing front to back. It was                 moderate wind, but Sobriyah’s close                 thick of singing the bad Dutch popular
a great way for everyone to have a good                     encounter with the queen of the fleet was           songs, and fully immersed in the joking
look at everyone else under sail and size                   great fun. The good news: no one hit the            that goes on afloat and ashore among
up the competition. I was on Sobriyah                       submarine or got tangled with the service           this lively Dutch crew. But this year she
owned by Richard and Diane Watson.                          boat ferrying out customers.                        was on crutches. It seems that a few
                                                                                                                weeks before the 2003 Palma regatta,
At the leeward mark the second time                         Dinner that evening was at Restaurant Es            Jacqui had been diagnosed with cancer
around, here came Sir Peter Davis’ new                      Parlament, located within the handsome              (melanoma), and given just a few weeks
Oyster 82, Cygnus of Anglesey, with                         stone building where Mallorca’s legislature         to live. Dick and Marjolein had prevailed
Oyster Founder and Chairman Richard                         meets. One of the finest restaurants in             upon her and Robert to come to Palma,
Matthews at the wheel. Cygnus, in Class 1                   Palma, Es Parlament did not disappoint.             where her condition was kept a secret.
and starting 10 minutes behind us,                          Friday was another gorgeous                         The sailing and good times lifted her
charged up on our inside hip and passed                     Mediterranean day, but the lack of wind             spirits, and proved to be the perfect
us just before the buoy. But with the helm                  didn’t bode well for the race to Cabrera            antidote for Jacqueline. She counts that
                                                            Island, 30 miles southeast of Palma. The            experience as one of the factors that
                                                            race committee smartly asked the fleet to           made her decide to fight the disease
                                                            follow them on course toward Cabrera                with all her being. Since then she has
                                                            under power in hopes of encountering the            gone through a year of difficult
                                                            sea breeze. At Cape Enderrocat, six miles           experimental treatment including major
                                                            down the east coast of the Bay of Palma,            surgery. The ordeal has cost her the use
                                                            the sea breeze began to fill in on the nose.        of her right leg – "I can only steer on
                                                            Alan Brook set a line, and we were off. The         starboard tack," she explained with a
                                                            breeze built to 13-14 knots and stayed              bright smile – but here she was, defying
                                                            there. On board Dick and Marjolein Van              all odds, looking gorgeous at the parties
                                                            den Berg’s Olanta (one of seven Oyster              ashore, taking a turn at the helm, and
                                                            56's at the regatta) we went left, playing          singing the loudest along with a CD of
                                                            the mainland side in hopes of finding a lift        Holland’s answer to Elvis Presley, the
                                                            after we passed Cape Blanc, six miles               late Andre Hazes.
                                                            further south.

                                                                                                                “     It was a six foot
                                                                                                       shark of unknown variety
                                                                                                         that circled close to his
                                                                                                         little boat … by cocktail
                                                                                                              hour it had grown to
                                                                                                                        twelve feet.
   Olanta’s brain trust (helmsman Marjolein,
   Dick, Bob, and Dick’s good friend Wouter
   Tenwolde, who would acquire a half share
   in the boat by the end of the regatta), met
   frequently in the cockpit to discuss tactics
   in Dutch, at full volume, with many laughs.
   I’m sure the hot air generated helped our
   boat speed. But their decisions were
   good, the left side worked, and we
   finished well. Cabrera was worth the effort.

   Now a nature reserve that requires visitor
   permits, the island was used as a prison                                                                        The magical anchorage at Cabrera

   during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s a barren
   place where even scrub has a hard time          and still racing. Wouter had us all laughing   course. On a mission, we sped through
   setting roots in the dry, rocky terrain. But    by calling Mareka’s owner, Hans Kamper         the Oyster fleet at anchor beneath the
   with food and drink assured by the arrival      (a fellow Dutchman), on his cell phone to      darkening, steep rocky escarpments. Dick
   of Barca Samba, a chartered dinner boat         advise him where the wind was.                 put the finishing touches on his sauce, and
   from the mainland (not to mention the full                                                     soon there were eleven of us in Orlanta’s
   freezers of the yachts), we could focus on      After downing a few cans of cold beer at       cockpit continuing this moveable feast as
   Cabrera’s raw beauty. It is a mountainous       Cabrera’s lone "pub," a wooden shack           the moon poked through the crags of the
   little island, with jagged ridges outlined in   near the dock, right out of an old Clint       eastern ridge. It was a magical night, one
   crisp detail against the clear sky. The         Eastwood western, the seven of us piled        that continued on the dinner boat moored
   spacious harbour is deep and almost             into Olanta’s dinghy to accept the             alongside Cabrera’s only dock. Music
   landlocked, with a narrow entrance to the       invitation of John and Susan Dietz on          drifted across the harbour into the wee
   northwest. In thirty feet of water, we could    Paul Gerard (one of five Oyster 53s in the     hours. In the moonlight, one could still see
   see fish swimming near the bottom. The          regatta). Jacqui was along, getting in and     the fish swimming against the bright sandy
   fort, Es Castell, rising dramatically out of    out of the overloaded, tippy rubber boat       patches on the bottom.
   the rocks like a child’s castle on the          with a minimum of fuss. John Dietz had
   beach, looms over the harbour entrance.         caught a tuna while cruising off Italy two     Saturday morning Steve Marfleet was in
                                                   weeks before, frozen the meat, then            the race committee’s tiny RIB providing
   Our crew was quickly overboard, cavorting       marinated and cooked it. Soon there were       the floating "pin" end of the starting line
   in the water like a bunch of school kids.       11 of us in Paul Gerard’s cockpit              (it was too deep to anchor), absently
   Then we went ashore and walked up to Es         snacking on delicious tuna and wine as         dragging one hand in the water, when he
   Castell to marvel at the size and sturdiness    the setting sun turned Es Castell to gold      saw a fin. A dolphin, he thought, or
   of the place, and to contemplate the            high above us.                                 maybe a sunfish. As it got closer he
   ordeal of those who built it so long ago.                                                      withdrew his hand. It was a six-foot shark
   The view included the lone white sail of        Dick and Marjolein invited the Paul Gerard     of unknown variety that circled close to
   Mareka of Holland still several miles out       crew back to Olanta for drinks and a pasta     his little boat for several minutes. Locals

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                                                           The Oyster fleet racing in the Bay of Palma

later told him the area was indeed a             right behind Modus Vivendi. On Carpe
feeding ground for sharks. The swimmers          Diem, Keith and Rosemary Hamilton’s new
from Olanta found that fact instructive.         Oyster 62, we weren’t far behind. In a
Steve said it was lucky the shark                dying breeze, all the boats finished off the
community hadn’t heard all the dinghies          spectacular, 500-foot sheer cliff of Cap de
are inflated rubber. By cocktail hour the        Mola at the entrance to Andraitx. Most of
shark had grown to twelve feet.                  the yachts found berths at the docks near
                                                 the regatta’s host Club de Vela. But Keith
Again an early sea breeze got the fleet off      dropped Carpe Diem’s hook in mid
to a good start for the 33-mile race to          harbour. A retired anaesthetist from
Andraitx, on Mallorca’s southwest corner.        Canada, Keith is planning a
Spinnakers were set, and the crews               circumnavigation that he hopes won’t
settled in for a long, relaxing ride under the   take any less than three years.                         ago. Before he was knocked out, he asked
Mediterranean sun. But off Cape de Cola                                                                  his anaesthetist for a nitro glycerine pill.
Figeroa, the wind dropped and began              As soon as we anchored, cold beer came                  Wide-eyed, the doctor asked Keith if he
clocking south, precipitating a tactical,        out of the cockpit table refrigerator, and              had chest pains. Keith told the doctor the
downwind battle. Garry and Jo Lomas’             Rosemary laid out an assortment of                      pill was for him – he looked nervous!
Modus Vivendi was first to disregard the         cheeses, Keith’s passion. "The thing about              During the race we’d been discussing
rhumb line and jibe toward the Mallorcan         cheese," Keith said, smearing a soft glob               Carpe Diem’s large MPS, a light sail that
coast for a faster sailing angle. It paid off.   of odoriferous French Epoiseses on a                    looked as good out on the pole as it did
Modus was first in, and won Class 1 with         cracker, "Is that you never know if                     with the tack lashed to the stem. When
ease. On the sea side, Anni and Jan              Rosemary has opened the cheese box or                   someone mentioned the sail’s colours,
Matthews’ Fizz of Cowes finished strong          the holding tank." Keith, who could do                  several pastel shades of blue, Rosemary
with their electric pink spinnaker pulling       stand-up, related a story about his own                 quickly explained she’d requested colours
like a mule team, coming in at a hot angle       turn on the operating table a few years                 that matched the boat’s towels she’d

     “    This racing is exhaustive
  stuff … yesterday we tacked
          four rimes on the way to
Cabrera. Each time we tacked
     I had to walk from wheel to
 wheel and move my drink!

                                              Surprise birthday celebrations for Modus Vivendi owner, Garry Lomas

   bought at Costco, a discount store. That                show of the hurricane damage in
   set Keith off on a tirade about Rosemary’s              Grenada, West Indies, where 12 Oysters
   great towel deal. "It was fantastic," he                had been berthed when the storm hit.
   said, "saved so much money I could have                 The photographs of the destruction were                  Med once again proved fickle as a
   bought the 72!"                                         sobering. One Oyster covered by                          teenage sweetheart. When the wind
                                                           Pantaenius had been totally wrecked. The                 dropped below 2 knots, the race
   When we were considering taking a short                 cheque, Sullivan said, had long since                    committee shortened course. Those who’d
   cut through a rocky little passage during               been cashed.                                             made big gains were disappointed, but the
   the race, Keith had laid down his                                                                                fun wasn’t quite over.
   philosophy: "Never do anything that will                On Sunday, once again the sea breeze
   cost a lot of money, hurt the boat, or hurt             looked promising for the race back to                    Sunday night was the awards ceremony
   the crew – in that order." We went around.              Palma, but it quickly decreased after the                followed by dinner, photographic and
   Keith said he was considering asking                    boats had started in the shadow of Cape                  video tape presentations of the week’s
   Oyster to install a keg of beer under the               Mola. The fleet made slow but sure                       highlights, and dancing – all at Real Club
   cockpit with a tap next to the                          headway with sheets trimmed on the wind.                 Nautico. Jo Lomas announced a late party
   companionway. "This racing is exhausting                Again, crews that took the inshore route                 for husband Garry’s birthday aboard
   stuff," he said. "Yesterday we tacked four              were first to the corner at Ilse del Toro’s              Modus Vivendi, which was suitably
   times on the way to Cabrera. I was                      distinctive black and white-striped                      decorated with helium- filled balloons.
   steering. Each tack I had to walk from                  lighthouse. A few miles later when they                  Monday would come all too soon.
   wheel to wheel and move my drink."                      passed Cape Figuera, those who chose to
                                                           use spinnakers at the morning roll call
   At Club de Vela, Barrie Sullivan from                   were rewarded by a southerly shift and
   Pantaenius Insurance (a regular sponsor                 increased velocity. But it was short-lived.
   of Oyster regattas) presented a slide                   After two or three miles of fast sailing, the                                       Roger Vaughan

                                                                                     T H E U B S O Y S T E R R E G AT TA PA L M A 2 0 0 4

                                                               Class 1 and overall
                                                              winners, Trevor and
                                                                  Anne Silver with
                                                             Sean Goodlet of UBS
RACE 1 – Sponsored by Dolphin Sails
1   Cygnus of Anglesey       Oyster 82    Sir Peter Davis
2   Roulette                 Oyster 56    Trevor & Anne Silver
3   Carpe Diem               Oyster 62    Keith & Rosemary Hamilton
4   Pearl Fisher             Oyster 56    Mike Williamson

1   Tusitala                 Oyster 45    David & Su Barlow
2   Jarina                   Oyster 53    Xalopan Ltd
3   Fizz                     Oyster 53    Anni & Jan Matthews
4   Sobriyah                 Oyster 485   Richard & Diane Watson

RACE 2 – Sponsored by Lewmar
1   Carpe Diem               Oyster 62    Keith & Rosemary Hamilton
2   Olanta                   Oyster 56    Dick & Marjolein Van den Berg
3   Roulette                 Oyster 56    Trevor & Anne Silver
4   Cygnus                   Oyster 82    Sir Peter Davis

1   Firefly                  Oyster 485   Terry Naumann
2   Tusitala                 Oyster 45    David & Su Barlow
3   Fizz                     Oyster 53    Anni & Jan Matthews
                                                                                       Class 2 winners, David
4   Flica                    Oyster 53    Marilyn Kenworthy                            and Su Barlow

RACE 3 – Sponsored by Pantaenius
1   Modus Vivendi            Oyster 61    Garry & Jo Lomas
2   Pearl Fisher             Oyster 56    Mike Williamson
3   Roulette                 Oyster 56    Trevor & Anne Silver
4   Ulrika                   Oyster 56    Jari Ovaskainen

1   Fizz                     Oyster 53    Anni & Jan Matthews
2   Jarina                   Oyster 53    Xalopan Ltd
3   Tusitala                 Oyster 45    David & Su Barlow
4   WhiteWings               Oyster 485   Klaus & Marlies Schuback

RACE 4 – Sponsored by Pelagos Yachts
1   Roulette                 Oyster 56    Trevor & Anne Silver
2   Olanta                   Oyster 56    Dick & Marjolein Van den Berg
3   Modus Vivendi            Oyster 61    Garry & Jo Lomas
4   Pearl Fisher             Oyster 56    Mike Williamson

1   Firefly                  Oyster 485   Terry Naumann
2   Tusitala                 Oyster 45    David & Su Barlow
3   Sobriyah                 Oyster 485   Richard & Diane Watson
4   Fizz                     Oyster 53    Anni & Jan Matthews

                                                            Photos: Nico Martinez                       45
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                           Concours d’Elegance
                           CLASS 1 - Presented by Boat Yard Palma
                           Ragamuffin                  Oyster 56           Loxbeare Ltd
                           Modus Vivendi               Oyster 61           Garry and Jo Lomas

                           CLASS 2 - Presented by Undercover
                           Fizz                        Oyster 53           Anni & Jan Matthews
                           Flica                       Oyster 53           Marilyn Kenworthy

                           THE UBS OYSTER REGATTA TROPHY
                           CLASS 1
                           1   Roulette                Oyster 56           Trevor & Anne Silver
                           2   Modus Vivendi           Oyster 61           Garry & Jo Lomas
                           3   Carpe Diem              Oyster 62           Keith & Rosemary Hamilton
                           4   Pearl Fisher            Oyster 56           Mike Williamson

                           CLASS 2
                           1   Tusitala                Oyster 45           David & Su Barlow
                           2   Fizz                    Oyster 53           Anni & Jan Matthews
                           3   Firefly                 Oyster 485          Terry Naumann
                           4   Jarina                  Oyster 53           Xalopan Ltd

                           THE YACHTING WORLD TROPHY – Both classes over the Regatta
                           Roulette                    Oyster 56           Trevor and Anne Silver

            SPONSORED BY
                           ENTRY LIST
                           CLASS 1
                           Olanta                      Oyster 56           Dick & Marjolein Van den Berg
                           Harmony                     Oyster 56           Marcin Klopocinski
                           Roulette                    Oyster 56           Trevor & Anne Silver
                           Pearl Fisher                Oyster 56           Michael & Anne Williamson
                           Ulrika of London            Oyster 56           Jari Ovaskainen
                           Ragamuffin                  Oyster 56           Loxbeare Ltd
                           Baccalieu III               Oyster 56           Mike & Donna Hill
                           Modus Vivendi               Oyster 61           Garry & Jo Lomas
                           Carpe Diem                  Oyster 62           Keith & Rosemary Hamilton
                           Sarita of Iken              Oyster 66           Robert Gillespie
                           Voodoo                      Oyster 66           Jonathan Edwards
                           Cygnus of Anglesey          Oyster 82           Sir Peter Davis

                           CLASS 2
                           Tusitala                    Oyster 45           David & Su Barlow
                           Sobriyah                    Oyster 485          Richard & Diane Watson
                           Firefly                     Oyster 485          Terry Naumann
                           WhiteWings                  Oyster 485          Klaus & Marlies Schuback
                           Mareka of Holland           Oyster HP49         Hans Kampers
                           Joy of Loy                  Oyster 53           Dirk & Gabi Onnen
                           Flica                       Oyster 53           Marilyn Kenworthy
                           Paul Gerard                 Oyster 53           John & Susan Dietz
                           Jarina                      Oyster 53           Xalopan Ltd
                           Fizz                        Oyster 53           Anni & Jan Matthews
                           Jeanie Marie                Oyster 55           Clive & Jeanie Bennett

                          Following the successful BVI event in 2004, our fifth annual Caribbean
                          regatta for Oyster yachts will be held in Antigua 11-15 April 2005.

                          Prizes for the Oyster fleet in the ARC will be presented at the opening party for the regatta
                          on 11th April.
   The UBS Oyster
                          Supported by our title sponsor UBS and our ‘family’ of sponsors and supporters the event
   Regatta returns to     will start with the Oyster fleet berthed stern-to in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour. There
                          will be four race days around the coast with lots of time for afternoons on the beach and
   Antigua for 2005       parties every evening.

                          Racing will be on Oyster handicap, which is being refined for the event so every competing
                          yacht will be given a handicap certificate before the regatta. Spinnakers and off wind sails
                          are optional and can be declared each race day according to conditions.

                                        The emphasis is on low-key, fun racing which, although keenly contested,
                                                   is designed to appeal to newcomers to racing and
                                                          experienced crews alike.

                                                                   We expect the Antigua regatta to be well supported
                                                                    and, as facilities ashore are limited, owners are
                                                                     encouraged to enter early.

                                                                       Further details from Liz Whitman
                                                                       Tel: +44 (0) 1473 688888

         O Y S T E R P O W E R B O AT S U P D AT E

Is Oyster really                                                                                        What does the LD stand for?
                                                                                                        Lunch and Dinner of course
                                                                                                        since we don’t expect Oyster
building a Powerboat?                                                                                   owners to settle for picnics!

           nnounced in our last edition as         the two areas. In this way the boat will be a
           "the yachtsman’s powerboat" the         delight in fair weather but equally practical as a
           Oyster LD43 is gathering                live aboard cruiser in colder conditions.
           momentum. Designed by the
Oyster in-house design team, the LD43              A scale model is being completed by model
project has a really international flavour.        maker David Fawcett for display at the
                                                   London Boat Show. For interested prospects
Tooling has been generated on a 5-axis             there will also be a screen based
computer cutter in Melbourne, Australia,           presentation demonstrating the potential
while production is being undertaken by            manoeuvrability of the jet/joy stick system,
Oyster’s sub-contractor, McDell Marine in          and a video of the Woolfson tank testing,
Auckland, New Zealand. The hull design             which gives a clear indication of the yacht’s
follows a programme of tank testing at the         seaworthiness.
Woolfson Unit in Southampton and input
from design consultants Levy Design, whose         The first Oyster LD43 is expected to undergo
previous work includes the Blue Riband             sea trials off Auckland early in June 2005 and
holder Virgin Atlantic Challenger II.              will then be shipped to the UK for
                                                   presentation at the Southampton Boat Show.
Structural engineering has been undertaken         The second yacht will be presented at the
by High Modulus in New Zealand, taking             Annapolis Powerboat Show in October.
advantage of leading edge materials such as
Kevlar and carbon fibre to achieve an              The Oyster LD43 is expected to appeal to
excellent strength to weight ratio. Whilst a       yachtsmen wanting a motor yacht built to a
conventional propeller drive will be available     top quality standard, offering an abundance
as an option, the standard propulsion will be      of creature comforts and performance. What
via twin Hamilton Jet units powered by two         does the LD stand for? Lunch and Dinner of
440hp Yanmar diesels. Top speed is                 course since we don’t expect Oyster owners
expected to be in excess of 36 knots, but          to settle for picnics!
more importantly for many will be the yacht’s
extreme low speed manoeuvrability.                 Two existing Oyster owners have snapped
Hamilton Jets, a New Zealand company,              up the first two yachts while, for those
have perfected a computer controlled               recognising the advantage of getting in on a
joystick system allowing both jet nozzles to       good thing early, some special incentives
be operated independently in such a way            are available.
that manoeuvrability, in every direction, is
expected to be unprecedented.                      For further information on the LD43
                                                   Powerboat plaese contact John Munns.
The LD43 has a number of interesting features,     Tel: +44 (0) 1473 688888
including a clear view door/window system          Email:
enabling the yacht to be operated in fully open-   Or complete and return the postage paid
plan mode from saloon to cockpit, or with a        Reply Card with this issue
weather proof secure solid division between

                                                                                                  OWNER PROFILE

Want to see
Bill Dockser smile?             By Roger Vaughan
                                                                         St Thomas Rolex Regatta winner, Bill Dockser is

  Winning the                                                         presented with his prize by Rolex's Denis Comment

  St. Thomas
                                   t the awards ceremony for the   Dockser committed to St. Thomas in the
 International                     2004 St. Thomas International   spring of 2003 and was tackling the flood of
                                   Rolex Regatta held on the       logistics such a project involves, when he
Rolex Regatta                      evening of March 29, Rolex’s
                                   Denis Comment presented a
                                                                   was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Shortly
                                                                   after receiving that chilling news, Dockser
                                   Submariner watch to Bill        called on his Annapolis neighbour, the well-
   and bigger                      Dockser, master of Team         known sailor/broadcaster Gary Jobson, for
                                   Atlantic, winner of the         advice about what sort of race boat to

      battles-     Spinnaker Racer/Cruiser Class 1 with four
                   bullets, and judged "best visiting yacht."
                                                                   charter. Battered after a brutal, year-long
                                                                   battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Jobson
                   Team Atlantic also won the Governor’s Cup.      advised Dockser to give up the St. Thomas
 RAVENOUS          Walking with obvious difficulty through the
                                                                   plan. "He told me I’d never make it to the
                                                                   race," Dockser says.
                   tumult of a standing ovation, Dockser
    says it all.   returned to his crew table, took the watch      Dockser took Jobson’s advice about the
                   from its gift box and put it on his wrist. He   boat – a Farr 65 – but not St. Thomas.
                   removes it to sleep and sometimes to            The regatta became the ideal blend of
                   shower; otherwise it has remained there. His    distraction and motivation, the perfect carrot
                     Patek Phillipe, his Breitling, and the gold   for his battle plan against cancer.
                      Rolex he bought in Switzerland 23 years      "I presented the race schedule to every
                       ago have been retired in favour of this     doctor who was treating me," Dockser says
                        more significant timepiece. Did winning    in his quiet way, his deceptively soft blue
                         the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta mean         eyes twinkling with the recollection of a plan
                          that much to Bill Dockser? You bet. It   well conceived. "All treatment was scheduled
                            was a huge win for a guy who hasn’t    with recovery time factored in so I could
                            done much competitive sailing. But     make the race. There was hormone therapy,
                             there’s more to the story.            radiation and surgery for the implantation of
                                                                   radioactive seeds. I became an expert on the
                           Dockser, who first sailed in            subject. I learned more than I wanted to
                            Centreville, Massachusetts, on         know. The doctors warned me the effects
                               Cape Cod, as a teenager, didn’t     would be cumulative, and they were right. I
                                 get the racing bug until a few    felt weaker and weaker. But when it came
                                years ago when the Oyster          time to go to St. Thomas I felt okay." He
                                Regattas began in the Caribbean.   chuckles. "Then I got on the boat...."
                               In fact it was Dockser who
                           suggested the regatta idea to Oyster    Dockser’s friend Gary Roggin MD, a
                          Marine founder and CEO, Richard          gastroenterologist and internist who also
                            Matthews, during a round of golf.      holds the title of "ship’s doctor" aboard
                           The concept of mixing casual racing     Ravenous, says Dockser essentially
                         and socialising at exotic ports of call   managed his own cancer treatment
                         was an instant hit with Oyster owners.    programme. "He ran everything through me,
                        Dockser has been to all but two of the     and I kept him honest. When you are outside
                       seven Oyster regattas that have been        your field, logic doesn’t always prevail. But
                        held from Auckland, New Zealand, to        he’s bright; he knows how to pick people. He
                           Newport, Rhode Island, and done         did a lot of research, covered all the bases.
                                well with Ravenous, his Oyster     His intensity and my background produced
                                      70. When he wanted to try    an evolving programme that dealt with the
                                       his hand at a Grand Prix    issues and produced a successful
                                       event he selected the St.   conclusion. He pushed ‘can do’ into ‘will do,’
                                       Thomas Regatta.             and cleverly used the race deadline to get it


                           “    If there always seems to be a smile lurking at
                          the edge of Dockser’s lips, it’s because he has a
                           keen appreciation for whatever life deals him.
   all done. Of course, if making the race had        Once on the boat, he would fall frequently.
   interfered with full therapy, the doctors would    "I didn’t figure on that," he says. Lewmar
   have told him. But he came out stronger and        Managing Director Robert Hill came to the
   better for it by using all his capabilities, his   rescue. Hill had been invited as one of the
   executive skills, and available resources." In     three drivers (with Bessinger and Dockser)
   Maryland, home of Johns Hopkins, the               for the regatta. When he wasn’t driving, Hill
   National Institute of Health, University of        was physically helping Dockser move from
   Maryland Medical Centre, Sibley Hospital,          side to side during tacks. "I had to ‘tack’
   Suburban Hospital, etc., the resources don’t       him," Hill says. "He literally couldn’t walk
   get much better.                                   across the boat."

   Reporting on the St. Thomas event in Sailing       "When you are so determined," Dockser
   World, Team Atlantic’s primary driver, Tony        says, "some times you do things that make
   Bessinger, wrote, "Between the effects of his      no sense. At the regatta we started out with
   final treatments...(Dockser) had some tough        three training days. After day one I was too
   issues, but he showed up each day pumped           weak to continue. I stayed in the hotel and
   and ready to roll, and made us want to win         rested. I was hurtin’. That I made it to St.
   the event for him as much as ourselves."           Thomas at all was incredible. That I
                                                      won....are you kidding?"
   Tough issues indeed. The cancer treatment
   attacked Dockser’s legs, atrophying the            Bill Dockser is a stocky, focused man of
   muscles. He couldn’t even walk the short           medium height who was born 67 years ago
   distance from the hotel to the boat.               with a lion’s share of intelligence. If there
                                                      always seems to be a smile lurking at the
                                                      edge of Dockser’s lips, it’s because he has a
                                                      keen appreciation for whatever life deals him.
                                                      If it should be bad or complex, he savours
                                                       the opportunity to solve the problems, doing
                                                         so with utter confidence. If it’s good, he’s           from his office at Northeastern University,
                                                          delighted. He celebrates victories both               where he is a professor. "When you’re three
                                                          small and large with flamboyance, and                 years older at that age it’s like being in
                                                           quietly learns from defeats. His sense of            another generation. But he was a good
                                                           humour is healthy, he is not shy about               little kid."
                                                          advertising for himself, and gourmet food
                                                        and drink are his passions. The name,                   Dockser’s interest in politics started early. His
                                                              Ravenous, across the transom of his               father, Charles Eliot Dockser, not only
                                                                      yacht says it all.                        provided his son with attractive images of
                                                                                                                success (law, real estate development,
                                                                         Dockser’s neighbour in the             banking); he exposed him to the seductive
                                                                         Boston suburb of                       whirl of the campaign trail. Charles Dockser
                                                                           Brookline, where he                  was the finance chairman for Chubb
                                                                            grew up, was Michael                Peabody’s attempts to become
                                                                            Dukakis, who would                  Massachusetts’ Attorney General (Peabody
                                                                            become Governor of                  would become Governor of Massachusetts in
                                                                           Massachusetts in 1974.               1963). When he was 16, Bill Dockser was
                                                                           He was chosen                        earning his stripes as a runner at the State
                                                                             Democratic nominee                 Democratic Convention.
                                                                             for President in 1988.
                                                                             When he was in sixth               Dockser breezed through Maine’s Hebron
                                                                             grade, Dukakis would               Academy. He graduated Cum Laude, won
                                                                             walk Dockser, the first            the history prize, and received the Hebron
                                                                              grader, to school.                Cup, presented by the faculty for "the finest
                                                                              "We only lived three              spirit of academic excellence ...and (for)
                                                                              houses down the                   evidence of a spirit of earnestness,
                                                                              street from the                   endeavour, and responsibility, which Hebron
                                                                              Docksers," Michael                Academy holds in the highest esteem."
                                                                             Dukakis says today

52                                                  Bill Dockser (right) with Edward Brooke, Massachusetts
                                                                         Attorney General, later US Senator
                                                                                           The Oyster 70, Ravenous, during the UBS Oyster Regatta - BVI 2004

At Harvard University, Dockser was initiated     After graduating from Harvard Cum Laude,              smart people. Bill Dockser stood out because
into his club by Ted Kennedy. His sustained      Dockser went on to Yale Law School, where             he was turned on, excited about prospects.
interest in politics soon took him to the head   he was situated alphabetically after the high-        There was an enthusiasm about him that let
of Harvard’s Young Democrats. It was the         profile celebrity lawyer, Alan Dersowitz. His         me know he would be a worker."
mid 1950s, a time of rapid growth and            thesis, Real Estate Investment Trusts – An
significant change in the world. Fidel Castro    Old Business Form Being Revised, was                  Hill & Barlow offered Dockser a job, but he
was overthrowing Batista in Cuba; the            inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower’s             decided to hang his new hat (a required part
Eisenhower Doctrine was issued to protect        signing of the Real Estate Investment Trust           of a lawyer’s wardrobe at the time) at another
the Middle East against Communist                (REIT) Provision in 1960 that granted REITs           Boston firm: Choate, Hall & Stewart. Gael
aggression; John F. Kennedy wrote Profiles in    "pass through" status, absolving them from            Mahoney didn’t forget him. Mahoney had
Courage; the European Common Market was          double taxation (by definition, REITs own and         been counsel for the Boston Finance
born; Vice President Richard Nixon’s car was     operate income-producing real estate –                Commission, a watchdog for the affairs of
attacked in South America during a good will     apartments, shopping centres, hotels, malls).         the City of Boston that was chaired by
tour; Alaska became the 49th state.              The Provision was brief as laws go, and               Edward Brooke. When Brooke became the
                                                 intended as a mutual fund for real estate.            Attorney General of Massachusetts and
At Harvard, the Young Democrats                  Dockser’s thesis was prescient, a veritable           inherited a massive swindle case involving a
concentrated on working for candidates,          primer for how to create various types of             parking garage under the Boston Common,
and supporting office holders like the           working REITs under the 1960 Provision. "My           he asked Mahoney to handle it. Mahoney
legendary Senator Herbert Lehman from            classmates often tell me they think of REITs          immediately sought out Dockser to be his
New York, and Senator John Kennedy.              and me in the same breath," Dockser says.             assistant. At age 27, before Dockser even
"Those were fun days," Dockser says.             He would end up spending most of his                  had his seat warm at Choate, Hall & Stewart,
"We weren’t that intense. I remember when        career in that end of the real estate business.       he had become Special Assistant Attorney
Fidel Castro came to speak at Harvard. He                                                              General of Massachusetts.
was a hero then, not a Communist. People         One of the attorneys who interviewed
loved him for going after Batista. If you can    Dockser at Yale in 1962 for a job is Gael             Mahoney and Dockser worked 12-hour days
believe it, the late McGeorge Bundy, Dean        Mahoney, then a trial attorney with the Boston        for seven months preparing for eight weeks
of the Arts and Sciences Faculty who             law firm of Hill & Barlow. "I was enormously          of trials that resulted in convictions across
would later become Kennedy’s National            impressed by him," Mahoney says today.                the board. Then they prepped briefs for the
Security Advisor, introduced him."               "He was smart, but then Yale Law was full of          appeals in the highest state court.


   The convictions stood, and would help                Deputy Federal Housing Authority                       I represented the distorters, out there
   elevate Edward Brooke to the U.S. Senate. A          Commissioner. "It was a huge, powerful job             repeating the Federal B.S. like a good soldier.
   grateful Brooke paved the way for Dockser to         in the middle of the action, a great learning          I was disgusted."
   go to Washington. Of the various options             experience," Dockser says. "HUD handled 65
   presented, Dockser selected a position with          -70% of all the multi-family housing built for         Eli Broad told Dockser he was looking for
   George Romney, Secretary of the Department           the next ten years. And Romney was a great             someone to run one of his divisions. "I told
   of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).              boss, a man of superb integrity. Haldeman,             him I wasn’t interested," Dockser says. "He
   Dockser says the former American Motors              and John Erlichman..." (The latter was                 said he’d triple my salary. I told him to keep
   CEO and three-time Governor of Michigan              Nixon’s domestic advisor - both would end              talking." Dockser accepted the job of
   was his hero. "He was a great businessman            up behind bars after the Watergate scandal)            president of Kauffman and Broad Asset
   and an outstanding politician." But wait a           "... called me frequently telling me what to           Management, took a contract on a house in
   minute... Romney, like Brooke, was a                 do. I would say, ‘With all due respect                 Los Angeles, and prepared to move his
   Republican. What was the head of Harvard’s           gentlemen, my job is simply to execute                 family. Perhaps it was the radical relocation
   Young Democrats doing consorting with the            department policy,’ and route them to Mr.              that gave him pause. Easterners are often
   other side? Dockser shrugs. "At the time, all        Romney, who would buffer for me by dealing             beset by attacks of agoraphobia when a
   the good guys happened to be Republicans.            with them directly. That saved my butt. A lot          change of coasts is imminent. "In the middle
   Brooke; Romney; Elliot Richardson (the               of bright guys got caught in that White House          of all the upheaval," Dockser says, "I thought
   Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts);               crossfire and went down. From the outset, I            to myself, if I’m worth this much to Eli Broad,
   Henry Cabot Lodge; Nelson Rockefeller...             was blessed by the quality of people I                 then I’m worth that much to myself." He
   and they were better managers as well. So I          worked for." Dockser was also blessed by               excused himself from the job, cancelled the
   let the party thing slide."                          being a principal at HUD during the Romney             move, sold the house, and set himself up in
                                                        years. There was no better place for learning          the real estate business.
   If there was a right place to be in 1964 for a       the intricacies of how housing and mortgages
   smart young attorney with an academic                worked from top to bottom. That education              One of the first people Dockser met when he
   interest in Real Estate Investment Trusts, it        would prove invaluable to Bill Dockser, the            hit the road looking for property was a man
   was HUD. For a year Dockser was Special              entrepreneur.                                          named Bill Willoughby. "We kept running into
   Assistant to Romney, and HUD’s liaison to                                                                   each other," Willoughby says, "chasing the
   the White House. He sat in on cabinet                While he was still at HUD, a man named Eli             same deals." Willoughby was representing a
   meetings across the table from political             Broad came to see him. Broad, now a                    real estate company in Minnesota at the time,
   legends like the late Daniel Moynahan,               venture philanthropist and the wealthiest man          liquidating property for them in California.
   President Nixon’s harried domestic advisor.          in Los Angeles, was in the process of                  One of the properties was typical of the
   "Nixon had no domestic programs," Dockser            building Kauffman and Broad Home                       opportunities that would attract Dockser over
   says. "Nixon had no sense he had to help             Corporation into one of the largest home               the years: a new, 300-unit, multi-family
   people." Dockser recalls writing a position          building companies in America. Later he                building in Sunnyvale, California, called
   paper for H.R. Haldeman, Nixon’s infamous            would start the Sun America Life Insurance             Homestead Park. That would become the
   chief of staff. He was instructed to insert little   Company. Today he is chairman of AIG Sun               first deal done by CRI, the company Dockser
   boxes at the ends of sections that could be          America, a leading financial services                  and Willoughby set up together in 1974 in
   checked by the President for appropriate             company. Then barely 40 years old, Broad               Rockville, Maryland.
   action. When Dockser finished the paper he           was searching for bright young Republicans.
   was commended except for one thing: he               Romney, a friend of Broad, gave him                    They used an American Express card to buy
   had neglected to insert "do nothing" boxes.          permission to recruit Dockser.                         furniture and office supplies. With the help of
                                                                                                               a Federal Housing Authority loan, CRI
   "I went home and cried for ten minutes,"             Dockser was ready for something new. His               syndicated Homestead Park. "Eighty percent
   Dockser says, "got it out of my system. I            father’s admonition about not staying in               of the property was financed through the
   vowed never to be a staffer again. I would           government too long was ringing in his ears            state or Federal government," Willoughby
   work as a line officer, but never a staffer for      as he found himself on questionable                    says. "When we bought it, we took 95%
   feuding politicians."                                missions. "I was in my mid-30s," Dockser               debt, and 5% equity. When we sold it ten
                                                        says. "I was young enough to be sent out to            years later, we took 25% equity, and stayed
   By the 1970s Dockser was Deputy Assistant            the college campuses during Vietnam to                 on as part of the buying group." CRI sold
   Secretary of HUD for Housing Production              discuss the government’s position.                     Homestead a third time in the late 1990s,
        and Mortgage Credit, and                                                                               selling out this time. "Everybody made a lot
                                                                                                               of money," Willoughby says. In 2004, as CRI
                                                                                                               celebrates 30 years of doing business with a
                                                                                                               portfolio of 217 government-assisted
                                                                                                               multifamily properties consisting of 30,000
                                                                                                               units in 25 states (plus Puerto Rico and the
                                                                                                               U.S. Virgin Islands) – and a hotel portfolio of
                                                                                                               eight properties with 1,974 rooms – the
                                                                                                               principle officers remain Bill Dockser and
                                                                                                               Bill Willoughby.

                                                                                                               During the late 1970s and early 1980s, CRI
                                                                                                               specialised in "private placements," groups of
                                                                                                               up to100-qualified investors buying into large
                                                                                                               projects. At the time, "qualified" meant being
                                                                                                               in a 50% tax bracket with a net worth of at
                                                                                                               least a million dollars. "We numbered each
                                                                                                               project sequentially," Dockser says. "We did
                                                                                                               180 "Chips" (Capital Housing Partners).

54                                                                                  Bill Dockser (3rd from right) at the swearing in of HUD (Housing
                                                                                                         & Urban Development) Secretary Richard C. Van Dusen
    “   As long as there’s good
     food, good company, and
sailing, there’s no question Bill
Dockser will be having fun.

We also did hotels and malls. We worked
with local developers all over the country.
Nothing came without complications, but I
love complications."

"Bill is very bright," Bill Willoughby says.
"We call him ‘Chairman of the Board’
because he’s a natural at taking the lead.
He’s tenacious, has a lot of common sense.
He finds the little deals boring. But he’s
great at the big deals, very good at working
on new ideas and products. He’s creative at
coming up with what Wall Street wants to
buy. And they are very fickle. They always
want products they can sell, new ideas, hot
stuff. Bill would identify something and we’d
put it together."

"Wall Street is huge, essential to large REIT
projects," Dockser says. "Without its access
to capital and its delivery system, it’s hard to
play. It’s you against them. The big brokerage
houses are in business to make it better for
themselves first, their clients second. I’d
make a deal with a senior guy, then he’d
send in his sharks to close. It was awful. We
put up with a lot, but we got a lot. I knew all
the people, flew the shuttle regularly from
D.C. to New York. I kept them honest by
changing houses all the time. I maintained
relationships with lots of firms."

For a dozen years CRI flourished thanks to
tax laws friendly to the real estate market.
The Tax Reform Act of 1986 curbed tax
shelters, lowered corporate tax rates, and
eliminated special treatment for capital gains.
Some consider it one of the Reagan
administration’s greatest hits. Not Bill
Dockser. "It was a disaster," he says. "Cruel.
Horrendous. It eliminated the real estate tax


   benefit immediately. It caused the collapse      CRIIMI MAE’s debt at the time was in the $1             Coincidentally, he had dinner at the White
   and dislocation of the market. It lead to the    billion range. "They wanted a payoff by                 House that evening. Dockser was so bent
   Savings & Loan crisis. Many of those who         Monday morning," Dockser says. The next                 on getting President Clinton’s attention that
   voted for it have told me, ‘If I’d only          48 hours would be the most creative                     he found himself shaking his finger in his
   known.’ They thought it would level the          weekend of his life.                                    face. "He was fascinated," Dockser says.
   playing field, reduce real estate’s advantage                                                            "But the government was busy saving Long
   over manufacturing. But the previous laws        The unexpected collateral call Dockser                  Term Capitol, about 100 times bigger than
   helped create multi-family housing in the        received was a direct result of the failure of a        CRIIMI MAE.
   United States, stimulated that whole sector.     mammoth hedge fund called Long Term
   The new law put both builders and tenants        Capitol Management, started in 1993 by two              "The next 18 months were something. Our
   into a squeeze."                                 Nobel Prize winning economists. LTCM                    case was heard by a judge in Maryland who
                                                    represented only 100 clients, but a minimum             accepted our premise that we were worth
   In 1988, Dockser dug out his more                investment of $10 million was required of               more than we owed. That set the tone, called
   comfortable Democratic hat and began             each. For four years LTCM had delivered                 off the dogs, and we didn’t get annihilated.
   raising money for his old neighbour, Michael     returns of more than 40% a year, making the             We saved the company."
   Dukakis, who was then running for President.     company the darling of Wall Street. But in
   "I’m sure he came out partly because we          mid-August of 1998, the Russian’s default on            CRIIMI MAE stockholders were initially
   were old neighbourhood pals," Dukakis says.      their ruble debt had unsettled the global               shocked by the bankruptcy filing. Six
   "But I like to think he shared my philosophy     bond market. LTCM’s seemingly foolproof                 different groups filed class action suits
   that government should do the important          scientific formulae failed, and in a few weeks          against the company. "It wasn’t me that
   things, like build cities, create affordable     its notational value of $1.24 trillion had been         screwed them," Dockser says. "It was Wall
   housing, establish healthy communities. He       reduced by 90%. It owed more money than                 Street. People lost a lot of money, but I lost
   himself has done great things with housing       most nations. LTCM was involved with so                 more than anyone. Our share value hit the
   and residential construction." Dockser has       many financial institutions around the world            bottom. We went from a go-go money
   remained a loyal Democrat since, rising to       that a global financial collapse was feared.            machine to a sitting duck. I remained the
   Chairman of the National Jewish Democratic       So the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,                largest shareholder throughout. In the end
   Council. He is currently a Trustee of the        along with 14 other banks and securities                the company recovered and kept its value.
   Democratic National Committee.                   firms, engineered a $3.6 billion bail out of            Most guys would have split. But that judge
                                                    LTCM. The calls Dockser received from his               and the shareholders left us in charge of our
   Perhaps as a slightly delayed reaction to the    six primary lenders represented collateral              fate. It was extraordinary. I have to say I did
   Tax Reform Act, Dockser and his partner Bill     damage. Stung to the quick by their part in             one hell of a salvage job. It was like the 200-
   Willoughby started CRIIMI MAE in 1989. A         the LTCM bail out, all 14 financial institutions        year flood. You prepare for ups and downs,
   full-service commercial mortgage company         began scratching for debts to call in.                  but our reserve fund of $100 million for
   listed on the New York Stock Exchange,                                                                   contingencies wasn’t enough. It was as if the
   CRIIMI MAE wasn’t about tax benefits. It was     "I spent the weekend on the phone with                  plague had hit the health insurance business.
   about income. And it did very well. "We          lawyers and my outside directors," says                 Our legal fees during bankruptcy proceedings
   handled commercial and multi-family              Dockser, CEO and Chairman of CRIIMI MAE                 were $40 million. But in 18 months we had
   mortgages," Dockser says. "By the late ‘90s      at the time. "By Sunday I understood that               put CRIIMI MAE back together. We paid the
   CRIIMI MAE had become the largest holder         what CRIIMI MAE owned was worth more                    creditors 100% on the dollar. All the
   of commercial paper issued by Merrill Lynch      than we owed. So we decided to declare                  stockholder suits were dismissed."
   and other major banks and brokerage firms.       bankruptcy. It was the largest bankruptcy
   Things were going along beautifully." Then       claim ever filed in Maryland. The shock                 Dockser had returned to sailing as a leisure
   one Friday afternoon in October 1998,            reverberated through Wall Street on                     activity in the 70s, frequently chartering in the
   Dockser received what is labeled in the trade    Monday morning."                                        Caribbean. In 1981, he bought Ocean
   a "collateral call," in which creditors demand                                                           Mermaid, a 75-foot offshore cruising sailboat.
   payment of money owed. A Business like                                                                   He and his family sailed the boat many
   CRIIMI MAE revolves around acquisitions                                                                  thousand miles, enough to learn what they
   that require large capital loans.                                                                        really wanted in a boat. One prerequisite: two
                                                                                                            people had to be able to handle it.

                                                                                                                     “     Coincidentally, he had
                                                                                                                  dinner at the White House
                                                                                                                 that evening. Dockser was
                                                                                                             so bent on getting President
                                                                                                                    Clinton’s attention that he
                                                                                                                    found himself shaking his

                                                                                                                                finger in his face

                                                                                                   Bill Dockser, President Bill (William Jefferson)
                                                                                                   Clinton and Mrs Sonnie Dockser
                                                                                                               Heavy going during Oyster's 2002 Antigua Regatta

"We wanted the right boat," Dockser says.              the transom; extravagant, high-maintenance          again in the spring of 2005. Richard
"My wife isn’t a sailor, but she enjoys the boat.      details like the 150-feet of varnished cap          Matthews advised him there was no gain in
We looked at everything, Taiwan, Italy, all over       rails, both of which glitter with perfection;       returning to St. Thomas. Dockser admits he
Europe. I had seen the quality of Oysters at           and the fact that his was one of the first bow      was toying with the idea of a triumphant
the Annapolis shows, and we fell in love with          thrusters. "I love this boat," he says "It’s big,   return, but logic prevailed. This time he’ll try
the deck saloon look. It was light and open            heavy, solid. It feels safe." It has also won the   either the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, or
below, Swans are dark and feel cramped. The            Concourse d’Elegance more than once at              the BVI Regatta. "If I had so much fun last
Oyster clearly had the look, not to mention an         Oyster regattas. "I was in Sardinia with            time feeling as awful as I did, imagine how
air conditioning system that worked, plenty of         Ravenous during a Swan regatta," Dockser            much fun it will be when I’m feeling good,"
hot water, and a roomy cockpit."                       says. "Mine was the only Oyster on the dock.        he said, widening his eyes for emphasis. As
                                                       A passer by said, now that’s a good looking         long as there’s good food, good company,
His three children have been involved with             Swan." He laughs.                                   and sailing, there’s no question Bill Dockser
the boats since Dockser began chartering.                                                                  will be having fun.
His daughter Karen learned to sail on bare             "I wanted a foot and a half taken off the
boats from age 7. "Dad was captain, mom                keel," Dockser says. "It’s nine-and-a-half feet
cooked, and we sailed everywhere, Greece,              deep, a burden on Chesapeake Bay. But                                                Roger Vaughan
Turkey, the Caribbean. It was such a tranquil          Richard Matthews fought me and eventually
thing to do. Now cell phones reach                     won in the interest of safety." Dockser has
everywhere." Previous to buying Ocean                  spent a lot of time on his Oyster, and that will
Mermaid, Dockser took his two boys – Brad              increase given his retirement from CRIIMI
and Evan – and Karen to Palma to look it               MAE’s board in February of 2004. He uses
over. When he was thinking about an Oyster,            the boat as a retreat for his family, which is
they all participated. "We loved the idea,"            considerable. In addition to his wife and
Karen says. "It’s a lovely boat, and the               himself, there are 7 children and stepchildren,
hydraulics make it so easy to sail. My eight           and 16 grandchildren, a primary focus in his
year-old son pushes a button and watches               life. He treasures the fact that many of
the sail go up."                                       them were on hand to cheer for
                                                       Team Atlantic during their
With wife Sonnie, Dockser looked at the                granddad’s sweep of the St.
Oyster 61, and it was close, but one cabin             Thomas Regatta.
short of being the boat he wanted. The
Oyster 68 was even closer, and would work if           Over a superb lunch of
it was stretched a couple feet, and widened            flounder with pesto sauce
here and there. Hence the Oyster 70.                   aboard Ravenous while
Dockser loves to walk a guest around his               berthed at the Annapolis
impressive boat, which is kept in showroom             Yacht Club, Dockser
condition. He points out innovations like the          discussed plans to venture
way he redesigned the swim ladder to fit into          onto the Grand Prix circuit

Photos: Tim Wright, Roger Vaughan and Sonnie Dockser              Bill Dockser and BVI Tourist                                  57
                                                                 Board Director, Keith Dawson
   THE 2005 OYSTER FLEET                                                                   Oyster 56
   The Oyster range for 2005 includes ten modern designs from 46 to 100 feet
   from the board of Rob Humphreys and the Oyster Design Team.

   All Oyster yachts feature the Deck Saloon configuration we introduced to the
   world, now in its fourth design generation. The benefits of the Deck Saloon
   concept, creating a light airy interior are widely emulated but, as the song
   goes, ‘nobody does it better’.
                                                                                           With over 50 yachts sold the Oyster 56 just gets better. She has established herself
   Every Oyster is built with blue water live-aboard cruising in mind. Great sailing       as one of the most popular Oysters and for good reason. A ‘best in class’ cockpit,
   performance, sea keeping, ergonomically designed cockpits and comfortable               proven performance and stunning outboard profile amongst them. Simply stated
   spacious interior layouts come as standard. So too does a host of practical             the 56 is a market leader in this size range.
   seamanlike features that makes an Oyster an Oyster.
                                                                                           Length overall (including Pulpit)                      17.49m                 (57' 4")
                                                                                           Beam                                                     4.95m                (16' 3")
   Also standard is Oyster’s After Sales Support, which our owners tell us is the          Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                              2.52m                  (8' 3")
   best in the industry. Regattas and social events around the world encourage             Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                                 1.97m                  (6' 6")
   camaraderie and make owning an Oyster feel like belonging to a large, but               Displacement                                        26,500 kgs           (58,422 lbs)
                                                                                           Sail area with 150% foretriangle                    176.0 sq m            (1895 sq ft)
   rather special, family.

   Oyster 46                                                                               Oyster 62

   The all-new 46 premières at the 2005 London Boat Show. Her new, stylish                 The Oyster 62 has an outstanding cockpit thanks partially to her twin wheel configu-
   deck sets her apart from others in this size range and with a great interior            ration. Sailing performance was demonstrated by 62/01’s crushing victory in the
   layout and typical Oyster build quality, it’s little wonder the first year’s            ARC and five straight wins in Antigua Sailing Week. Beyond that the boat also offers
   production is already sold.                                                             sumptuous accommodation making her an ideal blue water live aboard cruiser.

   Length overall (including Pulpit)                    14.26m               (46' 10")     Length overall (including Pulpit)                       19.28m                (63' 4")
   Beam                                                  4.41m                 (14' 6")    Beam                                                     5.39m                (17' 8")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                           2.16m                   (7' 1")   Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                              2.71m                (8' 11")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                              1.89m                (6' 2.5")    Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                                 2.10m                (6' 11")
   Displacement                                      17,500 kgs          (38,580 lbs)      Displacement                                        33,250 kgs           (73,303 lbs)
   Sail area with 150% foretriangle                  122.4 sqm            (1317 sq ft)     Sail Area with 150% foretriangle                   227.05 sq m            (2444 sq ft)

   Oyster 49                                                                               Oyster 655

   The Oyster 49 has a striking outboard profile with lots of curves and a well-           The latest addition to the fleet, tooling for the 655 is underway, and the first yacht
   proportioned interior layout, making her both stylish and comfortable. As it            will be afloat for 2007. With her fully optimised hull lines, long waterline,
   happens the 49 also has great sailing performance demonstrated when "Sunbird"           generous sail plan and Kevlar/carbon hull, the 655 will appeal to owners looking
   won her class in a recent Oyster regatta.                                               for more performance.

   Length overall (including Pulpit)                      15.4m               (50' 6")     Length overall (including Pulpit)                      20.60m                  (67' 7")
   Beam                                                   4.58m               (15' 0")     Beam                                                     5.62m                 (18' 5")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                            2.28m                 (7' 6")    Draft - HPB keel (Standard)                              2.93m                   (9' 7")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                               1.90m                 (6' 3")    Draft - HPB (Shoal)                                      2.10m                 (6' 11")
   Displacement                                      20,750 kgs          (45,745 lbs)      Displacement                                        37,500 kgs            (82,673 lbs)
   Sail area with 150% foretriangle                  135.8 sq m           (1460 sq ft)     Sail area with 150% foretriangle                    264.0 sq m           (2,841 sq ft)

   Oyster 53                                                                               Oyster 68

   The Oyster 53 has proved so popular that she deserved twin track production in          The Oyster 68, developed from the 66, was conceived from the outset to offer ‘best in
   the UK and New Zealand. "Southern Aurora" an Australian owned 53 cleaned up             class’ accommodation for a yacht in her size range. Careful optimisation with under
   at Oyster’s New Zealand Regatta, proving the boat has great performance as well         cockpit headroom allows the owners and guest accommodation to be separated
   as the expected qualities of comfort and style.                                         from the galley and crew quarters forward giving the yacht a ‘big boat’ feel.

   Length overall (including Pulpit)                    16.40m               (53' 10")     Length overall (including Pulpit)                      20.98m                (68' 10")
   Beam                                                   4.66m                (15' 3")    Beam                                                     5.48m                 (18' 0")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                            2.23m                  (7' 4")   Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                              2.76m                   (9' 1")
   Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                               1.84m                  (6' 1")   Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                                 2.11m                 (6' 11")
   Displacement                                      21,500 kgs          (47,399 lbs)      Displacement                                        41,500 kgs           (91,490 lbs)
   Sail area with 150% foretriangle                  150.0 sq m           (1614 sq ft)     Sail area with 150% foretriangle                    254.6 sq m            (2740 sq ft)

Oyster 72
                                                                                                             A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

The Oyster 72 will be seen for the first time at the 2005 London Boat Show. Her
sleek deck design makes the yacht look quick while her high-tech construction and
clean performance-orientated hull lines promise great performance. A look below
will show the 72 also offers luxurious live-aboard accommodation.

Length overall (including Pulpit)                      22.77m               (74' 9")
Beam                                                    5.85m             (19' 2.5")
Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                             2.90m                 (9' 6")
 Displacement                                       48,000 kgs        (105,820 lbs)
Sail Area with 150% foretriangle                     319 sq m          (3,433 sq ft)

Oyster 82

Proving her international appeal, five Oyster 82’s were sold before the first yacht
launched. Built from cost effective tooling, our current flagship, the 82, offers a
combination of build quality, performance and comfort above and below deck
that really puts her into the superyacht league.

Length overall (including Pulpit)                     24.99m               (81' 11")
Beam                                                    6.32m                (20' 9")
Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                             3.29m              (10' 10")
Draft - HPB Keel (Shoal)                                2.55m                  (8' 4")
Displacement                                       61,000 kgs         (134,481 lbs)

                                                                                         THE KIWI
Sail Area with 150% foretriangle                   368.5 sq m           (3966 sq ft)

Oyster 100
                                                                                         Take advantage of the opportunity to have your new
                                                                                         Oyster 53 or LD43 Motor Yacht delivered in Auckland, New
The Oyster 100 is destined to become the ultimate Oyster. As a concept project           Zealand and enjoy some hassle-free Kiwi magic.
we are able and willing to create any yacht along these lines to a very high
standard. Owners with the vision of owning a 100ft+ yacht are invited to put our
experience to the test.
                                                                                         We are offering a special ‘Kiwi Experience’ package to
Length overall (including Pulpit)                      30.92m              (101' 5")     buyers of certain yachts in our range whereby owners can
Beam                                                    7.56m                (24' 9")
Draft - HPB Keel (Standard)                             3.60m              (11' 10")     opt to take delivery in Auckland and enjoy the beautiful
Displacement                                      105,000 kgs         (231,525 lbs)      cruising ground of the Hauraki Gulf or perhaps the
Sail Area with 150% foretriangle                  570.30 sq m          (6,145 sq ft)
                                                                                         picturesque Bay of Islands, one of the Southern
                                                                                         Hemispheres best cruising areas.

Oyster LD43                                                                              We will launch your yacht fully commissioned and ready to
                                                                                         go, lend guides, charts and provide local advice to help
                                                                                         you really enjoy this unique cruising opportunity. Take as
                                                                                         long as you like, from a week to a couple of months, to
                                                                                         enjoy New Zealand and then hand the yacht back to us in
                                                                                         Auckland, head for the airport and leave the rest to us.

The Oyster LD43 powerboat is designed to appeal to the yachtsman looking for a
motor yacht built to top quality standards and offering an abundance of                  Your yacht will then be shipped to your chosen delivery
performance, style and comfort. The fits boat will be on show at the 2005                location in either the UK or the US and delivered to you in
Southampton Boat Show.
                                                                                         commission, checked out and ready to go.
Length overall (including platform)                   13.26m                43’ 6"
Beam                                                   4.09m                13’ 1"
Draft                                                  0.68m                  2’ 3"      For further information please call the Oyster Sales Team
Fuel capacity                                       1600 litres       345 Imp galls
Water capacity                                       340 litres        75 Imp galls      Tel: +44 (0) 1473 688888
Displacement (dry)                                    9500 kg            20950 lbs       Email:
Approximate maximum speed                            35 knots

                                                                                                                Hannah Stodel reports
                                                                                                                on the Sonar Team’s
                                                                                                                Paralympic Games.
                                                                                                                No medals in Athens
                                                                                                                but with success in the
                                                                                                                2004 29er Inland
                                                                                                                National Championship
                                                                                                                Beijing beckons.
                                                                                                                As we arrived at the airport, I think it finally
                                                                                                                dawned on me that I was actually
                                                                                                                representing Great Britain at the
                                                                                                                Paralympic Games. We all stood around in
                                                                                                                our GB kit and it really didn’t feel like we
                                                                                                                were going to just any old sailing event, it
                                                                                                                was something special.

                                                                                                                Arriving and setting up base inside the
                                                                                                                Olympic sailing venue took around three
                                                                                                                days and was terribly chaotic. Security
                                                                                                                was understandably tight, with boats and
                                                                                                                containers being checked by the bomb
                                                                                                                squad, which made us feel safe but took
                                                                                                                up valuable set-up time. We had a
                                                                                                                container that served as our workshop and
                                                                                                                lounge, which was air-conditioned and had
                                                                                                                everything we could possibly need.

                                                                                                                Chimera was released from her covers and
                                                                                                                polished, she was back in Athens, hoping
                                                                                                                to repeat and better the performance of the
                                                                                                                World Championships the previous year.
                          The British Paralympic Sonar team: Hannah Stodel, John Robertson and Stephen Thomas

                                                                                                                We had agreed that training would be light
                                                                                                                to ensure that we were all rested before
                                                                                                                the start. On the day prior to the first race
                                                                                                                we went to the Temple of Poseidon to pray
                                                                                                                for some good luck and some good
                                                                                                                weather! True to his word Poseidon
                                                                                                                answered with some very strong winds on
                                                                                                                the first day, just what we like! However
                                                                                                                the first race started badly, I think the
                                                                                                                nerves had got to us as we got stuck on
                                                                                                                the wrong side of the course in bad air
                                                                                                                but, never defeated, we fought back and
                                                                                                                on the last leg we were up to 4th.

Unfortunately luck wasn’t on our side, and Steve fell out of the
                                                                          and drop
boat, meaning we finished a very disappointing 11th. Not the best
start, but hey that’s sailing!

Somehow we managed to get our heads together by the time of
the next race and unbelievably, we were in the lead by the first
windward mark before finally having to settle for second place.
However instead of lying in second place overnight we found
ourselves down in fifth place and struggling.

Overall we were not in the best frame of mind after the
disappointment of the first day and unfortunately the second days
racing reflected that as we finished 9th in the first race but then
disastrously scored an OCS for a false start in the second. The
racing got better after that as we became more consistent leading
in three other races and actually winning one but it just wasn’t

                                                                                                                                       Onne van der Wal,
enough to get us back on track. In the end we finished 6th overall,
and although at the time, it was disappointing; in hindsight it was
an incredible achievement, considering that the year before we
weren’t even the favourites to represent the country.

The medal ceremony was an emotional event, but all the same it
was an experience I will never forget. There and then as we stood
looking at the teams standing on the podium, we made a promise
to ourselves that we would be standing there in Beijing, and believe
me, we will be.

So now we are looking to the future, we are going to sail the Sonar
and we are going to stay together as a team, we have still got a lot
of dreams to fulfil and we will be competing in the Sonar able-
bodied Worlds in Cowes next summer as well as the IFDS Worlds
in Spain. I will be doing as much sailing as I possibly can and plan
to sail the Yngling with Sonar reserve Helena Lucas as well as the
29er and the 2.4mrs.

The good news is we have already started as just last month,
Helena and I headed for Grafham Water to compete in the 29er
Inland National Championships, with an aim to win the ladies title.
Not only did we take away the ladies title, we also won the entire
                                                                       When it all comes together.
event, so now we can proudly say that we are the 29er Inland           Cruising is supposed to be a breeze. When you leave the
National Champions!
                                                                       dock, your bow thruster should ease you out with nothing
                                                                       more than a whisper. En route to your favorite spot, your
I would like to thank Oyster and all the Oyster owners who have
supported me in my Paralympic campaign, because without you all        steering, and sail control systems should take you there with
Athens would have remained an impossible dream. In particular,         complete control. And when it’s time to anchor, why not enjoy
Richard Matthews who really picked me up when I was down after         pushbutton windlass performance and a fast, solid hold on any
our poor start at the games. His inspirational telephone call,         seabed? When it comes to cruising, we at Lewmar believe
involving Dennis Conner no less, proved both timely and effective      there’s nothing wrong with perfection.
with us winning the very next race and so a very big thank you to
you all and here’s to the future!

                                                    Hannah Stodel

Three Oyster 82s sail away, two more
in build at SYS.
The first Oyster 82 was launched last     computers that monitor rig stress as        Already two more 82 hulls have
year and set a new benchmark in UK        well as run the ‘office’ and               arrived at Southampton Yacht Services’
yacht building both in style and luxury   entertainment functions, she created       Saxon Wharf yard for completion, a
and sheer size and volume.                quite a stir at the recent Southampton     testament to the skills and quality that
 Early in 2004 the second 82 ‘Bare        Boat Show.                                 SYS brings to the Oyster build
Necessities’ was handed over to an          The third Oyster 82 ‘Darling’ also       programme.
existing Oyster owner. Sporting a         finished at SYS, was commissioned in
pearlescent paint-job and on-board        late Summer 2004.

                                                                   THE STORY CONTINUES
                                                                   ILONA OF KYLESKU, the classic 1907, 92’ gentleman’s
                                                                   motoryacht visited SYS again last winter to have the
                                                                   second part of her refit programme completed. Ilona spent
                                                                   several months at SYS before sailing to the Mediterranean
                                                                   for the summer season.
                                                                     The second part of the refit included new galley, new aft
                                                                   crew cabins, modifications to shaft bearings, replacing
                                                                   batteries and charging systems, and hull repairs. This classic
                                                                   yacht represents one of the specialist refit services that
                                                                   have set SYS above many other shipyards.
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The Oyster 80, Free Spirit,         Next winter she is planning to
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for the Mediterranean.              suit his needs.                       comments “SYS is rather proud           conventional shaft arrangement and
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   JUST Launched
   A selection of recent Oyster launchings

                                                   John Fruth and Bettina Kochinke launch DARLING in style.

   The third Oyster 82 to be launched in 2004, DARLING was handed over to her owner
   John Fruth and partner Bettina Kochinke in mid July and immediately left the UK for a
   family cruise to the Baltic. She returned to the UK briefly before departing for Palma,
   and then on to Antigua.
   John, who previously owned the Oyster 485, also called Darling, put a                          Nigel Leamon
                                                                                                        with the
   huge amount of thought, and attention to detail into the interior layout                          skipper of
   of DARLING, which is finished in cherry wood and has sumptuous                                      MOI-NOI
   leather upholstery and bespoke lighting. She is fitted with Leisurefurl
   'in boom' reefing and a carbon mast. Early indications on sail trials
   showed her to be very fast and this is born out by a recent email
   from the yacht:

   "The sail to Tenerife was great fun, I am very impressed with the
   performance and comfort of Darling under sail. Departing Gibraltar we
   were sailing at an average boat speed of 13 knots for the first 24 hours
   in 23 knots of true wind, broad reaching, and we achieved boat
   speeds of 17.1 knots a few times, it was all very exhilarating (and this
   was with a reef in the main and the Genoa out). I am looking forward
   to the trades and flying the spinnaker in some good winds"

                                                                                                                   John and Sonia Marshall launch ROCK OYSTER


                                     ROCK OYSTER'S stunning maple interior

John and Sonia Marshall chose their Oyster 56 ROCK OYSTER as
a successor to their previous and well-known Oyster 45, Josbarrola
                                                                             Stuart and Valerie Ross’s new Oyster 49 MOONDANCE was sailed
in which they cruised extensively. Together with their long time
                                                                             to Holland where she was loaded onto a container for shipping to
friend and sailing partner,Robert Chelsom, they have created a               Puerto Rico, complete with her rig up, as deck cargo. After
beautiful and unique boat with a stunning Maple interior and a               offloading in Puerto Rico, she was delivered the short distance to
wealth of details gained from miles of cruising experience. ROCK             Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to her home berth in Road
OYSTER will spend the winter on the south coast before heading               Harbour. Stuart and Valerie plan to fly over from their home in
for the Mediterranean in spring 2005. We wish them all fair winds in         Puerto Rico to sail her most weeks, when work commitments allow.
their new Oyster.
                                                                             For the Ross’s MOONDANCE’s arrival was the culmination of a fun-
                                                                             filled project and on arrival in Tortola she was handed over to Graeme
                                                                             Mccallum of Caribbean Yacht Management who will look after her on
Steve and Carol Popely sailed AKOYA to the Med where they
                                                                             their behalf.
based her for the summer at Port Andraitx in the Balearics, a port
of call on Oyster’s Palma regatta. AKOYA has an American white
oak interior with inmast electric furling and is sloop rigged. Steve         “  Being present during the completion of this project, I was impressed
                                                                             at how smoothly the arrival and handover was. It was a great feeling
and Carol spent the summer cruising around the Med with their                to witness the arrival of someone’s dream and I was privileged to be
young family and future plans include cruising the north east coast          asked to look after MOONDANCE. Having skippered an Oyster 66 for
of Italy before venturing further afield to the Caribbean.                   a number of years, and been involved in helping with the UBS Oyster
                                                                             BVI Regatta earlier this year, it is clear to me that the Ross’s haven’t
OYSTER 56 MOI-NOI JODINE                                                     just bought a yacht, but have become part of a worldwide bluewater
                                                                             family – the Oyster family.
This is the second Oyster built for Xalopan Ltd, and she has a
number of interesting, customised features, including a stained
                                                                             Having lived and sailed in the BVI for seven years I have always
glass, crystal glass locker. MOI-NOI JODINE is rigged for ease of            thought it the perfect choice for sailing, with the numerous islands and
handling by a crew of two, with hydraulic furling. MOI-NOI JODINE,           anchorages and first class services ashore it really is a beautiful
who took part in Oyster’s Palma Regatta, will be joining a record            cruising area and I look forward to welcoming visiting Oysters to this
fleet of 25 Oysters in this year’s ARC and we look forward to seeing
her again at the UBS Oyster Regatta in Antigua next April.
                                                                             part of the world .

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                                                                             customs clearance, storage, crew services, as well as provisioning and
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