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GP Week : Issue 227
Partridge was built by camper & Nicholsons in Gosport, england, in 1885. she was designed by J Beavor Webb and launched on June 2 1885 by Miss Nora lapthorn. Nora was the daughter of edwin lapthorn, who was in charge of the ratsey and lapthorn sail loft in Gosport. In 1991 Partridge was moved to Groves and Gutteridge in Cowes. Patterns were made for the gear and cast at Wessex Castings Techniques. Harry Spencer made the standing rigging from galvanized steel and 72 blocks were made by Nick Smith at Ryde. She had a 1997-built Lister Petter Alpha engine with four cylinders producing 40hp installed. She took to the water again in May 1998. Originally the hull had been spotted lying at Tollesbury an the River Blackwater in 1979. The vessel was then lifted onto a low-loader and transported to Shalfleet on the Isle of Wight. All that was known of her history was that the vessel had once been called Tanagra, and a previous owner had removed a deck beam with ‘Harry 1885’ carved into it. In the Lloyd’s register of 1923, a yacht of similar length and date was found to match the hull at Tollesbury. The original name was given as Partridge, built at Camper & Nicholsons in Gosport. The records at Lloyd's included the yacht’s first entry certificate. This gave a full specification of her construction materials and scantlings, plus mid-ships section, stamped by the Lloyd’s surveyor ’s office in Southampton, showing lead keel, floors, planking, bilge stringers, shelf, deck beams and deck. The full length keelson featured in the plans was found in the hull in 1979 and the rebuild then took place over the next 18 years. In 1999, Partridge was put on a cargo ship in Southampton and shipped to Majorca in Spain, off-loaded and within a month had won the Conde de Barcelona in Palma. Partridge went on to win prizes and awards at Monaco Classic week, Cannes, and Saint- Tropez on the Cote d’Azur. A full photographic record relives the life of Partridge in the Mediterranean and takes the reader back in time to the day she was found on the River Blackwater in the Essex marshes. The owner of Partridge is Jean-Raymon Boulle. Peterv Saxby, Alexander Laird and he, together with many craftsmen, volunteers, friends and family, have through their love and passion for Partridge, kept her afloat and given her a new lease of life. In 2014, she won the prestigious Rolex Trophy in Saint-Tropez. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news Two seperate driver announcements in the leadup to the Italian Grand Prix have all but ended the silly season for this year. For a time it had looked as though we might face one of the biggest shake-ups in recent years with a number of drivers from top teams rumoured to be on the move. But when Ferrari confirmed Kimi Raikkonen it allowed Williams to keep Valtteri Bottas in what will be an unchanged lineup for the Grove squad. Also staying put is Nico Hulkenberg, Force India confirming he'd inked a new deal heading into Monza. It's expected Sergio Perez will remain alongside him, though whispers linking him to whatever the Lotus team becomes next season offers a slither of hope that there may be just a little silliness left. The latest announcements firm up all the leading teams. Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams have now all signed their drivers while it's expected Red Bull will retain Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Should Force India hang on to Perez, and the fact Sauber locked in its drivers for 2016 some weeks ago, it really only leaves McLaren and Lotus with any serious question marks. Lotus' driver situation is unlikely to be resolved until more is known about its future - with varying rumours claiming Renault is keen on buying it to having already completed its acquisition of the squad. McLaren's plans are also unclear. While Fernando Alonso will almost certainly be with the team next season comments from Jenson Button have suggested he may not. Asked in Monza about the 2016 season he refused to be drawn, and sounded like a man who would rather retire than face another season like 2015. not-so-silly season