Heartbeat IV

Heartbeat IV – has raced for the last  three years  in classic offshore races either side of the Atlantic. Heartbeat IV – a Dufour 45e – is originally based in Burnham–on-Crouch on the UK East Coast   Prior to this she raced with the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association and in events organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.  The following videos show Heartbeat  IV and her predecessor Dufour 44 Heartbeat III underway; in the Pattinson Cup 2011; the Sunk Race 2011; the Thames Estuary Race 2011; the Walker Challenge Cup 2011. In 2011 Heartbeat IV competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Heartbeat IV  completed the ARC 2012 coming 3rd in the RORC Racing Division A.  She was placed 3rd in IRC Class 1 in the 2013 RORC Caribbean 600.  Other videos of Heartbeat can be found by searching YouTube for heartbeatoffshore (one word). Heartbeat IV is again in the Caribbean for charter  in 2015  (contact – Horizon Yacht Charters (Antigua) Limited – at info@antiguahorizon.com) having returned from the 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race.  The race can be seen on Yellowbrick Tracker.

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RORC Caribbean 600 2016

June 28th, 2015

Well, start planning your flights and booking your holidays. Heartbeat IV will be doing the RORC Caribbean 600 starting in Antigua on February 22nd 2016.  Heartbeat will be prepped from February 17th so as many as possible out then!  A few pics of the 2013 one below:

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Very little planned at present….

March 5th, 2015

…..open to any suggestions. Work and time has been obstructive for everyone.  Heartbeat IV remains in Antigua and has done a number of charters this year.  In the meantime here are a couple of additional photos from the Bermuda Race 2014.

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Well, we did it! The Newport-Bermuda Race 2014 – tick done

July 27th, 2014

2014 Newport Bermuda Race start: Heartbeat IV Mudslide time in Newport ….and what a finish it was –  with after just over 5 days the wind filling in and a rain storm coming down and about 20 boat all within 1/2  a mile or so of each other beating towards the St David’s Lighthouse line. […]

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The Onion Patch Gets Closer

June 25th, 2014

..but very slowly. Airs have continued to be very light predominantly easterly – rarely above 10 knots and mostly in single figures but we have continued on a variety of fetching, tight reaching and upwind to get in the right general direction. Day 4 was very gentle sailing with 1 Portuguese Man O’War seen briefly, […]

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More of an Amble than a Thrash to the Onion Patch

June 24th, 2014

We are now in day 3 of the Race with day 4 to start at 1340h.   Has been predominantly light winds with some up to 22 knots.  Sea conditions fairly unremarkable. We have done about 450 nm.  However in that time we have seen whales, dolphins, flying fish. The dolphins have been present at […]

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Final prep for Newport Bermuda Race 2014

June 19th, 2014

The never ending list of things to do continues.  Final compliance for NBSR completed (included short wave radio receive, crew training confirmation, additional liferaft rental). Bermuda immigration completion at New York Yacht Club.  Yellowbrick Tracker fitted.   Non-required gear packed and loaded onto container for delivery to Bermuda.  Anxious wait for sails and liferaft delivery. […]

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Westbrook to Mystic to Newport

June 19th, 2014

Crew arrived at Brewers Pilots Point Marina on 13th June – all work done by excellent team and boat final prep started.  Jason, Judy, Grace and Nicola arrived early hours on 13th – all upgraded courtesy of assorted airlines. Marcus arrived later that day.  Previously keel has been removed and checked. On headsail hoist had […]

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12 days 16 hours and 40 minutes (approximately)

June 8th, 2014

The Heartbeat IV team begin to fly out to the US on Thursday – initially Jason, Judy, Grace and Nic, shortly followed by Marcus, Paul, Sarah, Roger and then by Trevor, John and Ash.  Final work being completed at Westbrook.  Sea Survival update undertaken with approval in the UK rendering us compliant. A few pics […]

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Heartbeat IV is a Dufour 45e. She and her predecessors have raced regularly in the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association Series, RORC series and Rolex Fastnet races. Heartbeat IV did the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2011, the ARC in 2012, the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2013 and the Newport-Bermuda Race in 2014. She is now again available in the Caribbean for charter. Her owners are Jason & Judy Payne-James.

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