Sunday, 2 December 2007

Britannia at the Earls Court Boat Show

John Fairfax was the first to row the Atlantic solo back in 1969, taking 180 days to get from the Canaries to Florida. The boat, a 25ft GRP cylinder designed by Uffa Fox and built by Clare Lallow in Cowes, was called Britannia. It used techniques developed for lifeboats to create a hull that would right itself from a total capsize, and if swamped would drain automatically within half a minute.
All the boats are from the collection of the Ocean Rowing Society, whose website has lots more pictures of the boats in action.

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