The Wonderful 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 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 has just completed the2016  Caribbean 600  and is now ashore for the hurricane season in North Sound Marine, Parham,  Antigua. Likely plans are the Caribbean 600 in 2017 and then the inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race in time for the America’s Cup.

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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  –  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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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

… 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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Heartbeat IV is a Dufour 45e. Her owners are Jason & Judy Payne-James. Heartbeat IV and her predecessors race have 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 is likely to do the same race in 2017 followed by the inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race in May 2017.

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