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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...]

 

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The Real  Virgin Atlantic Challenger.The Real Virgin Atlantic ChallengerThe Real Virgin Atlantic Challenger

 

The Virgin Atlantic Challenger, a powerboat trying to beat the trans-Atlantic speed record of a liner, filled with water and sank just below the surface in stormy weather today only hours from the British lighthouse that marked the end of her 2,850-mile course.

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

 Richard Branson's first attempt on the record, in the 32 ton 65ft twin-hull Challenger, departed New York in June 1985.The Challenger, going down.The Challenger, going down.

After surviving rough weather and the threat of late icebergs, Challenger  was fatally damaged 100 miles from Bishops Rock, the intended finishing line, and sank in heavy seas, three days after setting sail.
All the crew were saved.
  [Read more from the BBC coverage...]


However, Richard Branson, not giving up that easily, there and then took up the challenge once again and said he would try again next year.

 

Inspired by this great news, Peter and I decided also to take up the challenge and build our model of the Virgin Atlantic Challenger I.

 

 

 

View about how we began the model  

BBC's Tomorrow's World Special detailing the first failed attempt in 1985 of Virgin Atlantic Challenger, which sank just over 100 miles short of the finish line at the Bishops Rock lighthouse.