RB&I 1982

THE BINATONE TWWOHANDED ROUND BRITAIN AND IRELAND RACE — the Fifth RB&I

Since the previous Round Britain and Ireland Race the Observer had withdrawn sponsorship of the race for they now had two transatlantic races to cope with, and Binatone International, makers of CB radio which was coming into vogue in Britain, now sponsored the event.
The race seemed to be a great deal more international and high powered than previously. The entry list was closed and a waiting list was established with several top names appearing on it.
As often happens some dropped out. Philip Weld withdrew because he felt his newly rigged boat was not “raceworthy”, Mike Birch had not sorted out his boat or sponsor and Philippe Faque also withdrew.
Marc Pajot and Robin Knox-Johnston had entered a new French race from La Rochelle to New Orleans in the belief that they could be back in time for the start. Marc shipped his Elf Aquitaine back but instead of stopping in the UK the boat continued on to Hamburg; no way to Plymouth for Marc Pajot. Robin elected to sail back but arrived only a day before the start incurring an enormous penalty of 19½ hours for late arrival. Despite that, the effort of a double Atlantic crossing, and only one day to prepare for the next 2000 miles, Robin, encouraged by his fresh crew, Billy King-Harman, started on time. This decision probably prompted his fellow competitors to vote him the winner of the Henri-Lloyd Trophy which is awarded in the Round Britain Race, to the yacht, not being a major prizewinner, adjudged by the competitors to have achieved the most outstanding performance in completing the race within the time limit.
Others too had lengthy trips getting to Plymouth. Ian Johnston and Cathy Hawkins sailed their 31ft trimaran, Twiggy, from Australia, Bertie Reed and John Martin brought Voortrekker II from South Africa, and American Warren Luhrs was back with Tuesday’s Child after his OSTAR and TWOSTAR races.
The mix of hard racing and enjoyable stopovers resulted in the RB&I always being a very family affair. Husbands and wives were a particularly strong section led, literally, by Rob and Naomi James in Colt Cars GB, Walter and Joan Greene came from America, and Philip and Frances Walwyn were back again from St Kitts. David and Jane Ashe, Katie and Alex Allan, and Bob Menzies and Christine Bruet, were among this year’s couples. The brothers included identical twins Richard and John Oswald. There were three very experienced female crews – Eve Bonham and Diana Thomas-Ellam, who had sailed together in the previous TWOSTAR, Mary Falk and Fiona Wylie sailed Wild Rival, and June Clarke and Vicki de Trafford in Moondog.

The weather was kind during the race and there was stiff competition in all classes. The first three yachts changed at each port. Rob and Naomi James were first into Crosshaven. On the next leg Mark Gatehouse and Peter Rowsell came up from 5th to be 1st into Castle Bay, then Chay Blyth and Peter Bateman took up the running and were 1st into Lerwick and then Lowestoft.
Despite the weather two boats were lost in this race. The catamaran Jan II, sailed by Robert Denny and Tony Smith, capsized on the second leg, 20 miles south west of Mizzen Head. Their EPIRB signal was eventually picked up by an RAF Nimrod who homed a helicopter, and the Irish Naval vessel Aisling, to the scene. The crew were rescued but Aisling was unable to take Jan II in tow and it was abandoned and sank.
Ian Johnston and Cathy Hawkins were averaging 14 knots in a force 6 breeze west of Orkney when they hit a confused sea. A wave picked up the stern, dug the bows into the sea and the trimaran pitchpoled. They followed their agreed procedures for a capsize and Cathy, who was outside, cut a hole so Ian could get out and they could go in and out without having to dive down. They waited, safe but cold, on the hull for any response to their EPIRB. By daybreak they were loosing hope and looked out for another boat. Eventually they spotted a spinnaker approaching and fired off flares to attract their attention. Their rescuers were the Oswald twins in Pepsi.

In the light winds the fleet spread out over the course, as the finishers neared Plymouth the last boats were still in Lerwick. The three leaders produced an exciting finish with Rob and Naomi James in Colt Cars setting a record time of 16 days 15 hrs and 3 mins. Chay Blyth and Peter Bateman (Brittany Ferries GB) were close behind them; they were actually in Plymouth Sound when Colt Cars finished but took another 43 minutes to complete the course in the light winds. Mark Gatehouse and Peter Rowsell in Exmouth Challenge finished only an hour later. A clean sweep for the multis who took the first 11 places ahead of Voortrekker first monohull who finished in 18 days 16 hrs 10 mins.

THE BINATONE TWOHANDED ROUND BRITAIN AND IRELAND RACE 1982 — the Fifth RB&I

Plymouth – Crosshaven – Castlebay – Lerwick – Lowestoft – Plymouth

06 Jul 1982 12:00

Classes

1

Over 60ft to 85ft

4

Over 35ft to 40ft

Started: 85

2

Over 45ft to 60ft

5

Over 30ft to 35ft

Finished: 69

3

Over 40ft to 45ft

6

Over 25ft to 30ft

Skipper

Co-Skipper

Yacht

type

loa

class

rank at stopovers

Elapsed

Class

Corr

Nat

CR

CB

LK

LO

time

time

rank

rank

rank

Rob James

Naomi James

COLT CARS GB

T

60

2

1

3

2

2

16 15 03

1

1

GBR

Chay Blyth

Peter Bateman

BRITTANY FERRIES GB

T

65

1

2

2

1

1

16 15 46

2

1

GBR

Mark Gatehouse

Peter Roswell

EXEMOUTH CHALLENGE

T

53

2

5

1

3

3

16 16 42

3

2

GBR

Peter Philips

Andrew Herbert

LIVERY DOLE III

T

60

2

3

4

4

4

17 11 15

4

3

GBR

Tony Bullimore

Nigel Irens

IT82

T

40

4

6

5

5

5

17 14 26

5

1

GBR

Brian Law

Dick Gomes

DOWNTOWN FLYER

T

38

4

8

7

7

7

17 15 17

6

2

GBR

Mike Whipp

Wil Hardcastle

GORDANO GOOSE

T

40

4

7

8

8

8

17 15 43

7

3

GBR

Walter Greene

Joan Greene

A CAPELLA

T

35

5

12

11

10

9

17 22 15

8

1

USA

Terry Cooke

Andrew Hall

TRIPLE FANTASY

T

34

5

10

14

11

10

18 07 21

9

2

GBR

Philip Walwyn

Frances Walwyn

SKYJACK

C

45

3

9

9

9

11

18 07 27

10

1

SKT

Robin Knox-Johnston

Billy King-Harman

SEA FALCON

C

70

1

4

6

6

6

18 09 08

11

2

GBR

Bertie Reed

John Martin

VOORTREKKER II

M

60

2

17

10

12

12

18 16 10

12

4

RSA

Donald Young

Shirley Weese

HUMDINGER

T

35

5

16

15

13

14

18 21 37

13

3

USA

Frank Wood

Michael Hampson

TRIPLE JACK

T

45

3

14

12

14

13

18 22 40

14

2

GBR

Bertrand Harin

Herve Harin

ARRAOK

T

36

4

13

26

20

18

20 02 40

15

4

FRA

John Perry

Charles Prendergast

CRUSADER SEA WOLF

C

50

2

19

35

26

25

20 03 01

16

5

GBR

Warren Luhrs

John Luhrs

TUESDAY’S CHILD

M

54

2

21

16

16

15

20 03 03

17

6

USA

Robert Nickerson

Jeffrey Taylor

RJN MARINE

M

39

4

23

25

22

16

20 03 13

18

5

GBR

Kitty Hampton

Geoff Hales

QUEST

T

54

2

18

17

15

19

20 03 23

19

7

GBR

Leslie Williams

Bob Fisher

CHALLENGER

M

80.5

1

24

22

17

21

20 04 57

20

3

GBR

J.W. Simonis

A.W. Simonis

BOOMERANG

C

44.5

3

28

21

23

17

20 05 23

21

3

NED

Cees Visser

Chris Court

TRIPLE TRAPPEL

T

31.5

5

27

23

24

20

20 06 31

22

4

NED

Paul Jeffes

Bryan Collins

S-L SIMPSON LAWRENCE

T

33.5

5

25

20

21

23

20 08 54

23

5

GBR

Wolfgang Quix

Lothar Koehler

JEANTEX II

M

54

2

26

18

18

24

20 09 22

24

8

GER

John Oswald

Richard Oswald

PEPSI

M

39.5

4

31

19

19

22

20 09 22

25

6

GBR

Fred Dovaston

John Wetherup

KURREWA

M

35

5

32

24

25

26

20 17 00

26

6

GBR

Chris Shaw

Chris Cannon-Brookes

MICRO METALSMITHS

M

56

2

30

28

28

27

20 17 53

27

9

GBR

John Dean

Richard Reddyhoff

POPPY II

M

35

5

36

27

27

28

21 10 51

28

7

GBR

Michael Cozens

Ian Atkins

GEMERVESCENCE

M

39.5

4

33

29

29

29

22 04 20

29

7

GBR

Bent Lyman

Ulla-Britt Lyngkjaer

GHOSTER

M

57

2

34

46

32

30

22 11 06

30

10

DK

John Oakley

Robert Oakley

FREEDOM FLIGHT

M

33

5

40

39

37

36

22 11 10

31

8

GBR

Frank Esson

Martin Walker

MOODY EAGLE

M

41

3

38

31

36

31

22 16 21

32

4

GBR

Greg Bertram

Johan Bruwer

KREEPY KRAULY

M

34

5

42

34

30

33

22 17 38

33

9

RSA

Rodney Barton

Peter Johnson

BLACK JACK

M

38

4

41

33

33

32

22 19 22

34

8

GBR

Julian Mustoe

Andrew Williams

APPLEJACK

T

30

6

29

38

39

35

23 01 24

35

1

GBR

Adrian Thompson

Max Noble

ALICE’S MIRROR

M

30

6

45

40

31

34

23 01 42

36

2

GBR

Mark Heseltine

Mick Underdown

PROVEN SHARPE II

M

33

5

39

36

34

38

23 13 46

37

10

GBR

Gerald Tattob-Brown

John Everton

WHISPERER

M

30

6

47

49

44

42

23 16 13

38

3

GBR

Robin Tatham

John Clayden

ANCASTA MARINE

M

30

6

54

43

41

41

23 19 37

39

4

GBR

W.R. Lawes

J.H.P. Reid

CAMELOT OF WESSEX

M

36

4

46

52

42

44

23 21 37

40

9

GBR

Martin Sadler

Peter Foot

SADLER TWO NINER

M

28.5

6

51

45

43

43

23 22 51

41

5

GBR

Edward Bourne

Alan Perkes

ELIA ROSE

M

38

4

43

32

40

39

23 22 54

42

10

GBR

Donald Clark

Nick Starkey

ABACUS

M

41.5

3

44

37

38

40

24 00 09

43

5

GBR

Hywel Price

Keith Fennell

TAAL

M

35

5

37

30

35

37

24 04 11

44

11

GBR

Robin Sargent

Terence Jenkins

SEA NYMPH OF SOUTHWICK

M

34

5

48

48

45

45

24 04 36

45

12

GBR

John Chaundy

Christial Delaisse

ROO

M

32

5

50

44

49

46

24 14 56

46

13

GBR

Eve Bonham

Diana Thomas-Ellam

BLUE NUN

M

32

5

55

47

51

48

24 18 07

47

14

GBR

Walter Ehn

Kurt Meierhofer

SCHEAT

M

31

5

71

59

53

52

24 23 11

48

15

SUI

David Searle

Roger Downham

RUINED BRUIN II

M

30

6

53

51

48

50

24 23 26

49

6

GBR

Jerry Freeman

Roger Utting

TORTOISE

M

28

6

53

41

46

49

25 00 35

50

7

GBR

Katie Allan

Alexander Allan

UNCLE JOHN’S BRAND

M

25.5

6

60

50

47

47

25 01 06

51

8

GBR

Andrew Bray

Hugh Cartwright

FOOTLOOSE

M

28.5

6

56

58

54

54

25 02 32

52

9

GBR

Richard Moncad

David Craddock

Mr SPEEDY

M

25.5

6

57

57

56

55

25 11 15

53

10

GBR

Max Ekholm

Johan von Willebrand

GEFION

M

30

6

63

54

55

56

25 11 24

54

11

FIM

Nigel Southwood

R.H. Devitt

SKAT

M

32

5

58

53

52

53

25 13 14

55

16

GBR

Richard Linnel

Russell Calderwood

QUELLE SURPRISE

M

26

6

69

62

59

60

25 14 14

56

12

GBR

Luke Fitzherbert

Jeremy Fordham

FALMOUTH BAY II

M

29

6

64

55

57

58

25 15 04

57

13

GBR

Stuart Hatcher

Sarah Meyhew

RTZ COMPUTER SYSTEMS

M

37.5

4

49

42

50

51

25 16 14

58

11

GBR

Jane Ashe

David Ashe

STORMY RIVAL

M

34

5

66

60

61

59

25 16 25

59

17

GBR

Michael Hall

Michael Moulin

P&O CRUISING WEST

M

25.5

4

62

56

58

57

26 07 00

60

12

GBR

Nigel Wollen

Mick Bettesworth

WISH HOUND

M

33

5

72

61

60

61

26 14 15

61

18

GBR

Mary Falk

Fiona Wylie

WILD RIVAL

M

34

5

74

63

62

62

26 18 27

62

19

GBR

June Clarke

Vicki de Trafford

MOONDOG

M

30

6

70

66

64

64

27 05 34

63

14

GBR

Jocelyn Waller

Brian Hall

PLUNDER

M

31.5

5

67

65

65

63

27 17 15

64

20

GBR

John Boyd

Geofrey Dean

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

M

34

5

77

67

68

65

28 07 51

65

21

GBR

Bob Menzies

Christine Bruet

DANCING DOLPHIN

M

37

4

68

64

63

66

29 05 47

66

13

GBR

Andre de Jong

Dick Van Geldere

LA PELIGROSA

M

31

5

79

69

67

67

29 13 27

67

22

NED

S. Whiting

R. Davies

GIBBS II

M

28

6

78

68

66

68

29 19 17

68

15

SUI

Ann Fraser

Jack Marr

GOLLY WOBBLER

M

32

5

75

70

69

69

31 02 25

69

23

GBR

John Clark

Jack Hooper

LAUREL

M

30

6

73

72

70

70

33 00 03

GBR

Roger Burt

Christopher Hughes

GREY WANDERER

M

29.5

6

80

73

71

71

Did not finish

GBR

Ian Johnston

Cathy Hawkins

TWIGGY

T

31

5

15

13

Capsized

AUT

Mike Cox

John McKillop

DELTA SHRIKE

M

34.5

5

76

71

Retired, slow progress

GBR

George Jepps

Harold Young

SEA MIST OF RHU

M

25

6

82

74

Retired, slow progress

GBR

Robert Denney

Tony Smith

JAN II

C

35

5

11

Capsized

NZ

Patrick Tiercelin

Francis Tiercelin

TRIMAMA

T

40

4

20

Retired, various problems

GBR

Bernard Letellier

Jean-Pierre Strowski

HELIODE

T

42

3

22

Retired, mast problems

GBR

David Bains

Humphrey Trusswell

AQUA BLUE

T

40

4

35

Retired, centreboard problems

GBR

Barry Sullivan

David James

MARITIME ENGLAND

M

27

6

59

Retired, crew sick

GBR

John Dungey

John Mullins

OCEAN BEETLE

M

28

6

61

Retired, crew sick

GBR

Geoffrey Cook

Peter Porter

ANOUKI

M

35

5

65

Retired, crew called home

GBR

Mike Butterfield

Bill Howell

ADVOCAT

C

35

5

81

Retired, various problems

GBR

Mike Ellison

David Ellison

SABU

T

26.5

6

Retired, structural problems

GBR

Simon Beeson

John Gill-Murray

PASSING WIND

C

40

4

Dismasted

GBR

Richard Tolkien

David Tolkien

DOUCHKA

M

34

5

Rudder carried away

GBR