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When the Round Britain race for 2012 (RB12) was announced in 2009 the BananaShark team had already started planning an endurance boat, by the beginning of 2011 they had the Stirling 34 on the water and racing. In only two years the BananaShark team had designed and built from scratch a 38’ boat that is turning heads wherever it goes, and that’s before the engines are started! Powered by a pair of tiny diesels by many offshore boats standards the Yanmar BY260’s are only 3 litres each and incredibly economical. The idea was to make the impact on the environment as small as possible from the start and make the race team carbon neutral for the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 2011 and the race around Britain. The boat will have onboard cameras for making a short film about the trip and for a daily video blog – internet access permitting! A daily blog will be found on both our Facebook and Twitter pages, we are also taking a Spot Satellite Messenger which will track our progress every step of the way.
Following an announcement by the organising team for RB12 in April and with less than three months to the start of the race that the event was to be postponed until 2014 the team was understandably incredibly disappointed but as they are never ones to let something like this get in their way the team formulated a plan, and that plan is, with the help of a great number of people going to happen. The BananaShark team will take the boat around Britain starting in their home port of Salcombe in South Devon and visit 10 ports where they will donate, with the help of the Rotary club of Great Britain the entry fees of £3,500 to Children’s Hospices, it is the aim of the trip to at least double this on the way round. It goes without saying that we are grateful to the RB12 organisers for returning the entry fee in full so that we can distribute this money to such a worthwhile cause.
Starting in Salcombe we will visit Swansea, Douglas IOM, Troon, then transit through the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, down to Edinburgh, then Hull, carry on down the East coast to London/Chatham and lastly Portsmouth before returning to Salcombe, the journey will see the team experience 2000 miles of Britain’s coastline. At each of the venues in addition to the Rotary Club we will be meeting up members of the local media and of course the children to give them a tour of the race boat. As the team have different distances to cover every day and the speed of the boat will be weather dependant it will be impossible to predict arrival times, so the intention is to do all of the meetings before departure every morning. Here is the route
A bit about BananaShark: Kevin and John have been building boats since 1999 and formed BananaShark Ltd in 2003, what has followed is nothing short of incredible with a total of 9 British Championships and two speed records to the factories name, performance has never been an issue. The current model, the Stirling 34, is built entirely at the company’s factory in Devon and with the help of Electronics sponsor Raymarine and engines by Yanmar is not only one of the most technically advanced in terms of technology but the hull design is cutting edge as well.
Length: 37’ overall (11.27m)
Powered by: two Yanmar BY 260 3 litres each using 110 litres per hour at 70mph Approximately 1.5 litres per mile
Drives: Arneson 1721 Surface drives
Top Speed: 70mph
Cruising Speed: 50 – 60mph depending on conditions
Electronics: two networked Raymarine E140 W multifunctional displays linked to a pair of ST70 displays. Two VHF radios. Full AIS system AIS650.
Seating: Four bucket seats all with 6 point harnesses and 3 litre pony bottles, intercom system and harness cutters.
Safety: Flare pack. Six man liferaft. Glow in the dark cockpit signage. Led inversion operated lighting. Buoyancy bags. Two manual and one automatic fire extinguishers.
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