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Virgin Atlantic Challenger I

Everyone was disappointed when the news broke that Virgin Atlantic Challenger I had hit an underwater obstruction and sunk, just a few miles short of the record. [Read more...]

 


Virgin Atlantic Challenger II

Inspired by Mr Richard Branson crossing the Atlantic in record time, we thought it would be nice to have a model of the Virgin Atlantic Challenger II. [Read More...]

 

H.M.S. Norfolk.

F230 Duke

Class Frigate.

A world record holder.

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Motor Torpedo Boat  [Read More...]

 

The 2nd World Record Challenge (2013)

H.M.S Norfolk

Well, this is the largest Challenge that I have organized so far and it's NOT for the faint hearted.

 

It all started in 1996 when Peter and I put down the keel of my model HMS Norfolk for the specific purpose in mind and that was a Long Distance World Endurance Record on a river. NOT on a pond, lake or canal, as they would be static water and this would not be a Challenge.
So I took it upon my self to find a suitable river. As I already owned a cruiser, I had cruised up and down the River Yare and River Waveney a lot, and I came to the conclusion that if we did it from Norwich all the way down to Beccles there would be some serious quick tides in some of the places, such as Reedham railway bridge and we would have to use the New Cut and the tides were sometimes difficult here as well. Also further down the River Waveney it also could be dodgy sometimes so I decided to go from Waveney River Centre up to Boaters Hill Quay near Beccles as this was a lovely river that was protected most of the way there and back. The tides were not too bad, about 1 to 1.5 mph and it was reasonably quiet river WE HOPED!

Gaining Permission and Finding a River

After finding a river on which to do the attempt, it was up to me to get the permission from the Broads Authority.Close up shot of HMS Norfolk on the River WaveneyClose up shot of HMS Norfolk on the River Waveney

After talking to Dave Tedstone and other cruiser friends, we decided to use my cruiser Blithe and have Dave's cruiser as a back up. A local farmer up at the Beccles end gave me permission to use his quay and I thank him for doing this. We had thought to continue up and into Beccles main quay but there was a problem in doing this and that was getting through the sailing yachts and reducing our speed to 4mph before turning and struggling through the yachts again.

 

 

 

 

Rules & Regulations

 

 

My team is as follows:
Peter Dorsett,

David Houseago,

Richard Thurston,

Richard Flatt,

David Tedstone

and myself, Graham Davies.

 

Dave Leatherland learning the ropes on my Cruiser Blithe with a look of pure concentration and trying to see HMS Norfolk.Dave Leatherland learning the ropes on my Cruiser Blithe with a look of pure concentration and trying to see HMS Norfolk.

 

My model HMS Norfolk on the upper River Waveney cruising towards Geldeston Lock at some pace.My model HMS Norfolk on the upper River Waveney cruising towards Geldeston Lock at some pace.

Publicity

I had written a Press Release but I was not sure how it looked so I gave it to a neighbour as he was something to do with the press. He came back and said that he had made some alterations so I retyped it and then showed it to him again and this time it was right.
I then emailed it to ITV, BBC TV, Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News & BBC Radio for Wally Webb show. I have not heard from the ITV or BBC but I had an interview Wally Webb at 07.50 am on Thursday 6th June 2013 and one of my neighbours rushed over and said that the interview was very good. Plus the Eastern Daily Press did a SUPER piece with a lovely photo of Peter Dorsett and myself. Later on in the Norwich Evening News Saturday 7th June 2013 there was larger piece with 2 photos of us. I also had written a A4 page for the Navy News.

 

 Taking HMS Norfolk on the Starboard side of my cruiser Blithe and going towards St Olaves on the New CutTaking HMS Norfolk on the Starboard side of my cruiser Blithe and going towards St Olaves on the New Cut