Tonnerre de Breskens
Tonnerre de Breskens is the first boat ever to be "Watered and Supported" by The King & Queen.
In the same year as his 80th birthday, Piet Vroon the owner and legend of offshore sailing and great friend of The King and Queen, was voted as "Seahorse Sailor of the Month" and the boat was made RORC "Boat of the Year 2010". The boat is currently in Key West and will do the Caribbean Season before returning to the Solent for the summer and no doubt gather another haul of trophies and victories, which hopefully will be celebrated in their favourite pub, of course The K&Q!
Geoff Holt - Yachtsman of the Year 2010
Congratulations to Geoff Holt MBE, who on the 11th of January 2011 was awarded the Yachtsman of the Year 2010, and also on the same day became an honorary member of the King & Queen Yacht Club!!
We were pleased to be able to celebrate with Geoff on this incredible achievment and we are honoured that he continues to choose the King & Queen as his favourite yachting bar.
For those of you who dont know - Geoff was the first disabled (quadriplegic) person to sail single handed around Great Britain in 2007, followed by being the first to sail unassisted across the Atlantic in 2009/10.
Sjambok are a crew from Germany, who when they are in the U.K, are based in Hamble, and mostly find themselves at home in the King & Queen. Over the past few years we have got to know them very well and have even got to meet and greet them at the end of races like the Fastnet.
Jens and Crew, we hope you keep coming back to see us, and good luck for the 2011 season!
Phesheya-Racing is a Class 40 that has been campaigned by Phillippa and Nick over the 2010 season. They are working towards competing in the 2011 Global Ocean Race, so focused on double-handed offshore races, but have had some King & Queen supporters aboard for crewed races such as the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
The accompanying picture of Phillippa and Marcus holding our King & Queen battleflag was taken off Sula Sgeir during the race. Over the 2010 season they ailed approximately 10,000 miles and became the only boat to complete both Round Britain and Ireland Races during the summer. Their programme took them as far north as the Shetland Islands and as far south as Spain, with the King & Queen being conviniently situated halfway between the two. Just the right place for a refreshing break! Phesheya is a Zulu word meaning overseas. Click the banner below to visit their site and follow them!
The J/133 is 43 footer. Its described in the marketing as "a yacht with the stability for short-handed cruising, race winning speed under IRC and durability for rough offshore passages. Add in the retractable carbon bowsprit and flying and handling the asymmetrical spinnaker becomes a breeze."
The Batfish girls and boys are a mix of sailing buddies who’ve been together for years and new friends who’ve joined more recently. They have a very simple crew philosophy - train hard, race hard, party harder. They have a good mix of older city gents, musical has-beens, windmill hugging hippies, curvy Welsh chicks, jet-setters, bean-counters, ex-trolley-dollies, and some students who can actually sail.
Many more boats and crews to be added shortly....