Heartbeat IV

Heartbeat IV races in classic offshore and long-distance races either side of the Atlantic. Heartbeat IV – a Dufour 45e – is originally based in Burnham-on-Crouch on the UK East Coast.  Home sailing was with the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association and in events organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.  Links to 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 or Vimeo for heartbeatoffshore (one word). She has been based in Jolly Harbour, Antigua for 3 years,  She went to Newport,  Rhode Island to do the 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race.  Most of these races can be seen on Yellowbrick Tracker.  She did  the 2016  Caribbean 600 .  She has just completed the inaugural  2017 Antigua-Bermuda Race , in which she was 1st British boat home,  and is in Bermuda for the America’s Cup.

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Antigua Bermuda Race 2017

May 26th, 2017

  Antigua Bermuda Race 2017 The Antigua Bermuda Race was organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week and is a new fixture in the offshore sailing calendar. It is likely to become a new ‘classic’ ocean race being 935 nautical miles as the crow flies, but in far from […]

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Getting Ready for the Antigua-Bermuda Race (we hope)

May 2nd, 2017

After trips in February and April,  little by little we’re getting there.  Heartbeat Iv has been in her berth at Catamaran Marina  since March (when Jason and Raffan brought her round from her stay at North Sound Marina - many thanks to Raquel,  Tom and the team there).  Assorted work is going on with sails and […]

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2017 Heartbeat IV – Antigua – Bermuda – America’s Cup

December 18th, 2016

The inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race starts on May 12th 2017.  Heartbeat IV is entered for the Race.  She has a berth reserved at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club from arrival after the race until June 30th.  She has private boat registration for the duration of the America’s Cup series and associated events.  Heartbeat IV and the team […]

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Many Congratulations to Claire & Tim Girvan

August 22nd, 2016

Delighted to announce the marriage of ‘Trim’  Girvan and Claire after 21 years together.  A great celebration on 19th August with son and daughter Oliver and Eleanor superbly performing as bridesmaid and pageboy.  Some pics of Heartbeat IV team members below.  Congratulations to the Girvans!!      

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Late 2016 and 2017 suggested plans

August 11th, 2016

Heartbeat IV will be back in the water over Christmas and the New Year.  It is intended to do the RORC Caribbean 600 starting on 20th Februaruy 2017.  This will allow preparation for the 1000 mile inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race starting on May 12th 2017.   This is planned as a feeder race for the America’s Cup […]

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Hurricane Season on the way

June 4th, 2016

….and after an exhausting but ultimately satisfying Caribbean 600 (ie we finished and didn’t like many competitors have to retire) Heartbeat IV is now safely ashore in North Sound Marina, in Parham,  Antigua.   The C600 once again enabled us to compete against a huge variety or world-class boats.  To race with boats such as Comanche, Bella […]

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Getting Sorted for the Caribbean 600

December 26th, 2015

Heartbeat IV crew and travel plans getting sorted now.  Confirmed team so far is Paul B, Sarah G,  Dani S, Nic P,  Mark H, Tim, Trevor , JJPJ and JEPJ.  Said farewell to Roger and Megan T and the girls who are off back to New Zealand.  Will be much missed but hoping that Rog […]

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Counting Down – Caribbean 600 – starting February 22nd 2016

November 21st, 2015

…..and here’s the link to the Notice of Race for those who want the details  – http://caribbean600.rorc.org/Table/Race-Information/.  Planning now underway with new sails on order.  Some of the team have booked their flights.  Anyone interested in doing the race let us know as we may have some spare space.

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Heartbeat IV is a Dufour 45e. Her owners are Jason & Judy Payne-James. Heartbeat IV and her predecessors raced regularly with an amateur crew 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, the Newport-Bermuda Race in 2014, the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2016 and did the inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race in May 2017. She will return from Bermuda to Antigua in late 2017 and plans to do BVI Week and the BVI Full Moon Race in 2018.

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