October the 4th 2008 is a big day for my diary! It is the kickoff of the Volvo round the world ocean race. I was very very lucky to have a friend who invited me to see the launch of Ericssons 2008 bid (thanks Kerrin!) and the uncovering of "Ericsson 4"; their newest boat. Oh my God! What an amazing creation. It is designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and built by Killian Bushe whom built the last (2005/2006) winner; ABN AMRO ONE. Here are some of the pictures:
I'm going to be watching this race closely. On the 14th June 2008 they get to Gothenberg and the 25th Stockholm so I will definately be here to blog about it then.
In theory you should be able to find out more about the boat and team at http://www.ericssonracingteam.... except the site is down. If you want to get some insight as too how they are built then there is a fantastic picture gallery at Killians' web site http://www.killianbushe.com/AB... ... Killian started with wooden boats so there is hope for me yet - I wonder if he has any apprentiship places available;)
The race is at http://www.volvooceanrace.com
I spent yesterday fitting the engine surround box. Here's how far I've got...
If it is sunny next time I'm on her I'll sand the box and finish it, else I'll start the wiring and electrics.
Renovating and painting the wheelhouse on Pärlan; a 1958 wooden sardine trawler.
Part 1... Preparing the wheelhouse for paint.
Part 2... Painting the wheelhouse.
... and after...
Fixing the fuel tank and exhaust into Pärlan; a 1958 sardine trawler built in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Tom Calthrop, Hatton Garden, Dominica