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Return to Antigua via the BVI

December 9th, 2017

An intrepid crew left Bermuda at the end of the hurricane season (late November) to take Heartbeat IV from her secure mooring in Agar’s Passage (shown below) back towards Antigua. Here she is nice and comfortable in Agar’s Passage, Bermuda: Stopping only to remove a few rogue cockroaches,  the Immigration Authority of Bermuda said that […]

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America’s Cup & J-Class Regatta in Bermuda

December 3rd, 2017

So, having arrived in Bermuda after the Antigua Bermuda Race  some of the team returned to the UK whilst others disappeared to Canada or stayed on the island.   We returned a couple of weeks later with the America’s Cup in full swing. We based ourselves on Heartbeat IV with Clive and Carol White, as […]

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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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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 getting ready for Bermuda Race!!!

May 22nd, 2014

Judy, Jason, Paul,  Marcus and Trevor have just spent a very, very intensive few days transitioning HBIV back from delivery/charter mode to race mode. With great support from the team at Brewers Pilots Point Marina (particularly Jeremy Maxwell) we arrived to find her tied up on the dock and in no time at all Senior […]

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Heartbeat IV on her way to Long Island

April 30th, 2014

HBIV set off on 26th April from Antigua via Barbuda, for Long Island, and specifically Pilot’s Point Marina. Captain Chris Rundlett is delivering with two others and are making steady progress. In the meantime the shoreside organisation continues.  Any race like the Newport Bermuda requires huge logistic support and planning. Examples of what need to […]

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