No more Round the Island Race for Peta

My swansong (as it turns out) was being invited to fire the first (warning) gun of the day at the RYS on race day 1st July 2017.  Tickled pink to get one over on Trump and have my finger on the red button! 
After seven interesting and challenging years, my consultancy role for the Island SC/Round the Island Race has ceased with immediate effect. Many reasons have led me to taking the decision not to renew the current agreement with the ISC. My contribution to the Race marketing & PR has been pretty much all-consuming for a long time and it’s the right time for me to make that change.
I’m still working with the Royal Southern YC as their Marketing & Media consultant, and as Communications Manager for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and will be working with them in the immediate future as the official charity for Lendy Cowes Week and then there’s Bart’s Bash in mid-September.  After that, who knows, and I will be actively seeking new challenges and projects.
I’m always open to discussing fresh ideas and new opportunities, so do please stay in touch.


6a architects shortlisted for Antwerp Maritime Museum development

6a architects shortlisted for Antwerp Maritime Museum development

Photography: Tim Van de Velde


6a architects, in collaboration with the Belgian practices, architectecten de vylder vinck taillieu,  Bureau Barbara Van der Wee, Denis Dujardin BVBA and doorzon interieurarchitecten, have been shortlisted to develop a new Maritime Museum on a dry docks site in north Antwerp.

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Thielman Takes Melges 20 Fleet Control At 2017 Sail Newport Regatta

Class stalwart Thielman jumps to a commanding scoreline with all top finishes, priming his ‘Kuai’ team for a long overdue regatta win headed into the final day

NEWPORT, R.I. (Jul. 8, 2017) – With a much drier start, Melges 20 teams took to the ‘outside’ race course on Narragansett Bay for Day Two of the 2017 Sail Newport Regatta. With 8-9 knots of breeze out of the Southwest, the fleet got underway with a clean start to kick off the second daily round of racing.

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Exmouth RNLI (Volunteers tasked during RNLI Inspection)

Photos: (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)


Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn tows the broken down fishing boat back to mooring.

Exmouth’s volunteers tasked to fishing boat in difficulty during the Institution’s inspection

Crew volunteers were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 7pm on Wednesday 5 July to the aid of a broken down fishing boat nine miles south of the Exe estuary. Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was on exercise during an RNLI three-yearly inspection.

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Soggy Sail Newport

2017 Sail Newport Regatta kicks off two races under rainy and wet conditions,  Michas’ Midnight Blue leads the fleet, tied on points with Thielman

NEWPORT, R.I. (Jul. 7, 2017) – If there was ever a day for perfect foul weather gear and a Sou’Wester rain hat, opening day of the 2017 Sail Newport Regatta was it. The day started with a steady rain and a light easterly wind which showed no signs of letting up. Melges 20 sailors waited until the last moment to push off the dock, and once to the racing area south of the Newport bridge near the Jamestown shoreline, the rain was merely an afterthought when the starting gun sounded.

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Conrad Shipyard mourns passing of founder Parker Conrad; Navy eyes acquisition of AGOR variant

Conrad Shipyard mourns passing of founder Parker Conrad
Conrad Shipyard mourns passing of founder Parker Conrad
July 7, 2017 — Conrad Shipyard has announced the passing of its founder, John Parker Conrad, Sr. Surrounded by family and friends, Parker died peacefully on July 6 at his home in Morgan City, LA. He was 101 years old. A shipbuilding pioneer and a legend along the Gulf of Mexico coast and beyond, Parker founded Conrad Industries in 1948. Conrad now has five shipyards along the Louisiana-Texas coast.

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