Knight Frank, Plymouth's America's Cup and West Country Sailing Havens
PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:58 20 February 2013
Knight Frank has drafted in Peter Bruce, maritime author and world-class sailor to talk about the World Series coming to Plymouth 10 – 18 September and to review a property that can offer the best sailing parties ever!
World-Class Sailor and Author Peter Bruce Talks Americas Cup, Plymouth Sound & West Country Sailing Havens
Knight Frank has drafted in Peter Bruce, maritime author and world-class sailor to talk about the World Series coming to Plymouth 10 18 September and to review a property that can offer the best sailing parties ever!
To celebrate the Americas Cup, Sandy Davenport, Head of Knight Franks Waterfront Department asked renowned sailing author Peter Bruce, to offer his professional insight into the sailing.
Peter has represented Britain at sailing on seven occasions, four times in the British Admiral's Cup Team, twice in the British teams for the Southern Cross series in Australia, and once as the sighted skipper of one of the British Team blind sailing crews.
He said, The shape of Plymouth Sound allows a wide range of viewing options for the spectactor and its definitely a must-see with the worlds best sailors competing in this qualifying series. The racing starts on Saturday September 10th and continues through to Sunday September 18th. Plymouth Hoe will be one of the best places to watch the action as the whole course is laid out inside the Breakwater. The sailing action is very fast-paced and will be raced in the AC45 catamaran which is capable of speeds of up to 30 knots. The final event will take place in 72 ft wing-cats at San Francisco, and preliminary bouts will take place at Plymouth Sound in 45ft wing-cats, which should look spectacular enough for most tastes in such restricted waters with such dramatic speed and acceleration. In addition to the San Francisco-based defender, Oracle, which will race two boats, the eight challengers expected include Artemis from Sweden (the new Challenger of Record), Team New Zealand, a China team, two from France, Energy and Aleph, one from Italy, Venezia, with another Italian team expected to announce at the end of next week, and one from Korea. Each yacht will need a crew ofover 11 and a support team of about the same number so the City of Plymouth may well notice the invasion of top international yachtsmen.
Plymouth Sound has an awesome reputation for seeing some of the most famous sailing events in history. Sir Francis Drake left to do battle with the Spanish Armada from here in 1587 and the Pilgrim Fathers crossed the Sound in 1620 on their way to America. And the Americas Cup, which started in 1851, has the finest pedigree in international sailing.
And is Spindrift, on Heybrook Bay in an astonishing position overlooking Plymouth Sound possibly the very best place to see the Americas Cup? Keen sailor Sandy says, Homes near water are always hugely popular, attracting attention from all over the world and Spindrift, currently being marketed by Knight Frank, is in the most extraordinary position with a sweeping view of the Sound. We expect huge interest during the Americas Cup.
Peter explained, Spindrift is certainly in a unique position for sailing lovers. The Americas Cup course sweeps round close below the house so a sailing party there would be an amazing experience. Even when there are no sailing events going on, the huge gardens from which to watch the comings and going of private yachts as well as various naval and commercial vessels are a joy. This would be a very inspiring place from which to update my latest volume of Sailing Directions.
Peter continued, Of course the waters within Plymouth Breakwater will be controlled during the Americas Cup but private yachts can spectate from an area just inside the breakwater. Spectators on land will get great views from the Hoe and around the coastline. I understand that there will also be big screens on the Hoe with filming from helicopters.
Sandy Davenport said, Plymouth is a great place to live and sail and the Americas Cup is a huge draw for visitors to the area. But another favourite spot for the West Country sailing lifestyle is Polruan in Cornwall and there are two exceptional properties on the market at the moment in this gorgeous spot on the Fowey Estuary, Folly Cottage and The Old Vicarage. Both are likely to be snapped up fairly quickly as the South Wests popularity for sailing havens continues to grow.
About Peter Bruce
Peter Bruce has represented Britain on seven occasions, four times in the British Admiral's Cup Team, twice in the British teams for the Southern Cross series in Australia, and once as the sighted skipper of one of the British Team blind sailing crews. In 79 he was in the top individual boat in the Admirals Cup, twice, in 77 and 81 he was in the winning Admirals Cup team, and when skippering the blind crew in '92 they won a gold medal. He has written a number of local books: Solent Hazards, Wight Hazards, and Inshore Along the Dorset Coast and created the tidal stream manuals Solent & Island Tidal Streams and Tidal Streams between Portland Bill and St Albans Head, of which 65,000 have sold. Of more general interest is the world famous book that he took over from the original author, Adlard Coles. This is called Heavy Weather Sailing, and is now in its sixth edition, the most recent threeeditions having been written by Peter Bruce. The last edition was translated into eight different languages.
Sandy Davenport is Head of Knight Frank Waterfront Department and is marketing Spindrift, Folly Cottage and The Old Vicarage.
Contact: Sandy Davenport, Knight Frank