Invictus at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011
Tuesday 22 March 2011
The first weekend in March the team took Invictus down to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London. Just as with the London International Boat Show, Invictus generated a lot of interest; a steady stream of people, some who know about C class catamarans, others who were just awed at the sight of a 40ft wing sitting on top of a 180kg boat!
The RYA were great hosts, and we pass on our appreciation and thanks to them for inviting us to attend their 60th show. Invictus was on central display in the Palm Court entrance hall.
We met many people, and it was great to be able to be part of the revival of the event, bringing the class up to date with the dinghy sailing public. We also met witht he current owner of Emma Hamilton (sailing from Calshot), a Bristish winner back in the 60's, though she now sports a 50ft mast and a huge increase in sail area. There was also rumours of Ocelot, and I think that Steve Clark had knowledge of Helcat II, so it got me wondering where all those old cats have ended up.
A special visitor to our stand was Alain Thebault, from the Hydroptere project. He is joining Jérémie Lagarrigue who sailed Patient Lady 6 at the 2010 Little Americas Cup in Newport, RI. They have stated their intention to bring a new boat to the next championships here in the UK which would be great for the event; Alain was very much drawn to the Corinthian spirit of the event which we wholly support.
Plenty of people were asking when we would be on the water next, so its clear we need to get our itinerary defined. Keep watching this space and we will bring news of this!