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Patrick Boyd 1928 - 2001

MOCRA Vice-President, past Racing Secretary, Treasurer and Commodore died aged 73 from aneurism, after two weeks in hospital. Patrick Wentworth Boyd was one of the best known and best loved figures in the multihull world. As the major multihull broker for many years many people from many countries have bought or sold a boat through him, or been inspired into multihulls. He told wonderful tales of adventure, like carrying a briefcase containing £80,000 cash from one country to another, the price of a boat. Pat purchased an Iroquois Mk1 shell and fitted out as "Pyewacket". He became Chairman of the Iroquois Owners Association. He wrote the early multihull book "Multihulls for Cruising and Racing".

He is survived by Patricia and sons Nick, Iain and James, who chose not to take the brokerage into a second generation. Instead James is a highly respected reporter with Yachting World and seems to get the best multihull assignments .

Sir Peter Blake1948 - 2001
British based, New Zealand born Peter Blake led the New Zealand team to wrench the America†s Cup from the Americans in 1995. He had already won the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race from a fleet of 23 boats. His multihull fame came in 1994 from sailing the 92† ENZA, (later to be extended by Tony Bullimore for The Race in 2001), with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to attempt to sail around the world in under 80 days and win the Jules Verne Trophy. They covered 26,395 miles in just under 75 days and took four days off the record, averaging 14.6 knots. In 1969 Robin K-J had averaged 3.5 knots with SUHALI.

Appointed a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme, he was leading an environmental expedition to monitor the effects of global warming and pollution on environmentally sensitive regions. His yacht SEAMASTER was anchored off the mouth of the Amazon in Brazil when the boat was attacked by pirates. He was shot a number of times trying to resist the attack. Police described the assailants as "river rats", who roam the river preying on tourist boats and luxury yachts. He is survived by his wife Pippa and their two children.

Heavy weather sailing
March 2009

"I have been capsized, foundered, run-down and placed in more survival conditions than I can remember"


A Voyaging Canoe for Tikopia
March 2009
A project to build a sailing double canoe for Tikopia.

Tikopia is a tiny remote Polynesian island in the Western Pacific, which has maintained self-sufficiency for 3000 years.

Using a Parachute Anchor
March 2009

Peter Clutterbuck, MOCRA Safety Officer, examines the benefits of carrying one on board, and compares with the conventional anchor.

Budget charters in Thailand
March 2009

We sailed "Veni Vidi Vici", one of Siam Sailing's Tiki 30's for two weeks in January

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