UK entry, Samskara, has done a few sea miles, including the 2010 Melbourne Vanuatu race with her former owner. She is one of five Beneteau 47.7s competing, so will enjoy in-house competition. Now owned by Richard Stain, Mike Curtis (from Wales/Mumbai) is her skipper, with a crew of eight: navigator Carl Davies (a Welsh lobster fisherman); and Ed Simmons (a friend stolen from his son) are the regulars. “The four ‘newcomers’, although I’ve sailed with all except Bernard, are James Mansell (Brit), Eric Zon (Dutch), Andrew Miles (Brit) and Bernard Atkins (Aussie).’ Stain is yet to lay eyes on Samskara, but is sure she will be fine. He has previously contested the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race (finished seventh in IRC 4A), and the three Peaks race with his home-built Laura.
|Crew||M Curtis, B Atkins, J Mansell, A Miles, E Zon, R Stain, E Simmons, C Davies|
|Type||Beneteau First 47.7|