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GP Week : Issue 234
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. PoS DRiveR teaM Q1 Q2 Q3 LaPS 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.111 1:40.979 1:40.237 12 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.974 1:40.758 1:40.614 12 3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:42.500 1:41.612 1:41.051 14 4 Sergio Perez Force India 1:41.983 1:41.560 1:41.184 18 5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.275 1:41.830 1:41.444 17 6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.608 1:43.868 1:41.656 19 7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:41.996 1:42.925 1:41.686 15 8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:42.303 1:42.349 1:41.759 20 9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:42.540 1:42.328 1:41.933 22 10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:42.911 1:42.482 1:42.708 17 11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:42.889 1:42.521 14 12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:42.570 1:42.668 12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:42.929 1:42.807 13 14 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:42.896 1:43.614 14 15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:42.585 No Time 11 16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.941 7 17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:43.187 5 18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:43.838 7 19 Will Stevens Manor 1:46.297 7 20 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:47.434 8 Q1 107% Time 1:48.042 formula 1 round 19 abu dhabi gp – Qualifying 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: