Sunday, 14 October 2012

A trip in the Solent on Collective Spirit


In May we wrote about Collective Spirit. A boat that had been built earlier this year at Thornham Marina. Thousands of wooden objects were donated by people from the South East to create a seaworthy archive of stories and memories.

The Boat Project by Lone Twin is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.

Since May, it has sailed many miles to make appearances at the Olympics in Weymouth and Southampton Boat Show.

Last week Jonny and Simon were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to sail on Collective Spirit with Mark Covell, the technical Manager for the project. Mark sailed to glory to win silver in 2000 Sydney Olympics in the Star Class with his sailing partner Ian Walker, and was on hand to help Jonny and Simon with all their technical questions.

Simon and Jonny had lovely weather for their trip. The wind was just right and they both said she sails beautifully.