Upcoming events

Andrew Birkin will be discussing his fascinating work on Nazi architect Albert Speer  at the Lincoln Drill hall on Friday May 14th with recorded extracts from over 40 hours of taped conversations and reflecting on his extraordinary life within the Film Industry from The Beatles `magical Mystery Tour` to Stanley Kubrick`s 2001 : A space Odyssey and `The name Of The… Rose` in the first of 2 key contributions to the Liincoln Book Festival with Alex Lewczuk ( Siren FM `s Midweek Drive Presenter, Director/Founder of Southside broadcasting and programme leader for Contemporary Culture & Communications at the University of Lincoln )

YOU DON’T HAVE TO OWN A BOAT TO COMPETE IN BRITAIN`S FAVOURITE ISLAND RACE

Peta Stuart-Hunt reports

Whilst the majority of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race participants are fortunate enough to own their own boats, the Race also hosts numerous weekend charterers, some of whom may only have done a limited amount of cruising or racing and there are some who have never even set foot on a boat before.

Most charter companies will provide a professional skipper and mate to introduce a novice crew to the delights of this iconic Race, whilst other chartered yachts are skippered and crewed entirely by amateurs.

One of our Race Partners, Britannia Corporate Events http://www.britanniaevents.co.uk/  organises tailor-made packages to suit clients’ requirements ranging from hospitality and spectating packages to take in the atmosphere of the Race at leisure, to organising a single-boat corporate weekend to take on the challenge of competing in and finishing the Round the Island Race. This year they have in the region of 30 yachts entered covering the full spectrum of client requirements including all the J.P. Morgan corporate race entries.

Global Yacht Racing, based in Cowes and Sailing Logic at Shamrock Quay in Southampton, are two more examples of the many charter companies entering yachts into this year’s race with professional skippers and novice racers on board to experience a thrill of a lifetime. These companies are experts in putting together a tightly controlled, three-day programme providing a mix of racing, fun and social occasions.

These yachts and their skippers often compete in major regattas and offshore events all over the world with a mix of professional and non-professional crews on board in the knowledge that with the right training and coaching, anyone can have a go at yacht racing.

Crew members racing on the four Sailing Logic yachts doing the race this year will join their boat on the pre-Race Friday morning for breakfast before departing for a day of training with their race skipper for the weekend. They will then concentrate on teamwork and maximising boat speed in preparation for Race Day. After the evening de-brief it is time for an early dinner and then to bed. It is up with the lark for the start of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and, after an action-packed day of racing it is time to return to Cowes for the obligatory partying. There’s the Race Prizegiving at the ISC on Sunday where hopefully crews will be picking up some silverware before having the afternoon to relax and then heading home.

If you enjoy sailing and you’ve been thinking about doing the Round the Island Race but don’t think you’re quite experienced enough to join a racing crew, it is worth doing a bit of research and signing up to a race training course and then applying to join a charter crew next year. Remember, 2011 is an extra special anniversary Race year, being its 80th edition, and you will surely want to be a part of it.

Three cheers for fund raisers

A resounding ‘three cheers’ to the numerous crews who have entered this year’s race and who are fund raising for good causes because their own lives have somehow been touched by tragedy or they just want to help others.

For example, there’s a yacht called Waiata, a Jeanneau 49i owned by Lymington Yacht Charters and skippered by Gary McMullan from Lymington. It is Gary’s 5th year competing in the Race and his second as a skipper. All his crew live locally and three have never sailed before, let alone raced! They have signed up to help raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association as a friend of one of the crew has recently been diagnosed with MND and a member of the crew lost their sister to the disease.

We wish good fortune to everyone fund raising.

Tri to Fly is a Folding trimaran, a Dragonfly 28 Touring, owned and skippered by Howard Jennings-Frisby from Wokingham, Surrey. Folding trimarans have been available in the UK since 1988 and are really gaining in popularity. Their seemingly effortless performance is owed to their light weight and slim hulls that slice cleanly through the waves. The enormous righting moment ensures minimal heeling, so the whole family can enjoy the ride. Howard is competing as a skipper for the first time in a brand new boat and describes his crew as ‘brave’!

Everyone’s a winner, as long as they complete the course in time!

Racing alongside the novices are hundreds of very experienced Round the Islanders such as the skipper of Heavens Above V, a Freedom 35 owned by Christopher Anderson from Oxted in Surrey. He has competed in over 25 Round the Island Races and has twice been awarded the Shepherds Trophy and has also won the Spread Eagle Trophy.
Tattarat, a Nordic Folkboat, won the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl (First Overall IRC) in 2009 with its previous owner Philip Williams and scored a second place in 2007. The boat has since been sold to Roger Granger from Freshwater on the IOW who recently sold his Sigma 41 in which he won the Jimmie Read Memorial Trophy in 2008 (First Overall ISCRS Group 5). Roger is looking forward to keeping up Tattarat’s high standards with its new crew who all sail out of the Royal Solent YC in Yarmouth.

A UK Folkboat Sandpiper, entered by Roger Hayward, is a GRP version of the UK Folkboat designed & built by Varne on the East Coast in 1980. She has competed in the last three RTI races and Roger says that she hasn’t disgraced herself yet! Last year she won the Hythe Sailing Club fastest club boat entry in the Race.
For every boat entered that sails the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race course according to the Sailing Instructions and declares correctly by the deadline of 22.00hrs on Race Day, the skipper will receive a pewter tankard with the Race logo inscribed on it.

Family ties…

A tale of three generations has emerged from Jimmy Warington-Smyth, a Marina Manager from Poole in Dorset who will race Jedanor, a Privateer 30 that was designed and built in 1964 in Falmouth by his Grandfather and was then bought by his father in 2000. Jimmy, who has sailed all his life, has had her since 2007 and says he just loves classic boats. He will compete in this year’s Race with his wife and sister-in law and some friends.

There are lots of happy family-orientated entries but it’s always especially heartening to see brothers getting along well enough in adulthood to cope with the demands of a potentially gruelling few hours together on the Round the Island Race!

Brothers Geoffrey and Graham Cooper will be racing Lorenda, a Marcon Tomahawk 25 whilst James Ford and his two brothers are on the SB3 Skallywag. Brinley Carpenter and his two brothers are on the Sadler 32 Samhradh. We wish them all a wonderful day out.

John Burton and his wife have entered his brand new Arcona 430, launched just a few weeks ago. This is the design that was voted 2009 European Performance Yacht of the Year. Cider with Rosie will be skippered by John, a RORC Class Champion in 1984, a member of the British One Top Cup Team in 84 and former Vice Chairman of the Sigma 38 class. He will be joined by a mainly novice crew including son Mark and his wife and cousins. John clearly believes in the boat’s name being good luck having named three previous boats Cider with Rosie.

…and loving restorations

It is always heartening to read about the exploits of those owners who just love their boats to distraction, often spending all their time, money and effort on refurbishing and restoring beautiful old boats to their former glory. One such wooden boat devotee is Anthony Wheaton from London who is racing his one-off design called Aeolus in the Traditional Gaffer class. His boat is a gaff topsail cutter, extreme plank on edge design with a narrow beam and 6 tons of lead ingots as ballast. She was built in California USA in 1904, designer unknown, rebuilt in 1980, imported into the UK in 2003 and is sailing properly for the first time in this year’s race with an Ed Burnett revised sailplan.

Another beautiful renovation project that stood out for me is that of Maybird, a Fred Shepherd Classic 43ft (52ft LOA) gaff rigged ketch that will be competing in her first race since being restored when she comes to the start line on 19th June. She has recently undergone a major two-year restoration and refit using all local skills and crafts with a team of classic yacht shipwrights at Saxon Wharf, Southampton bringing her back to her former glory. Her mast was built by Bob Snow in Yarmouth and her sails are from Ratseys in Cowes whilst her rigging is by Peter Martin, Martins Rigging in Swanwick.

Maybird was designed by Fred Shepherd for Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO, Indian Army (retired) and built by Jack Tyrell at Arklow, Co Wicklow in 1937. This wooden ketch connects the lives of her designer, her builder and her original owner with some nine families who have had the privilege of sailing her over the last 73 years. Maybird’s various roles have included being a gentleman’s auxillary yacht,an ocean passage maker and a Greenpeace protest vessel – Maybird’s story is truly compelling and she’s available for charter.

Her story begins in Ireland in the years following the First World War and the creation of the Irish Free State. It continued in England from the outbreak of the Second World War until the late 1960′s. She sailed to New Zealand from Lymington in 1972 with two families on board (10 in total) via the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Galapagos Islands and Tahiti. She spent the next 36 years based in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s North Island where she was owned by the current owner’s father-in-law – Robin MacDiarmid.

She made passages to Tongo, Fiji, New Caledonia and regularly plied the Island’s East Coast with Robin at her helm. During 2007 she made the trip back to the UK as deck cargo on a bulk carrier that was transporting 25,000 tonnes of onions from Tauranga, New Zealand to Ipswich. She was seized by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, took it in her stride and, once common sense prevailed, ownership was transferred back from Her Majesty to the current owner. I suspect he will be crying tears of joy at seeing her racing again and without a single onion in sight!

I knew that as soon as I mentioned a boat similar to the one that featured in the popular TV drama ‘Howards’ Way’ in my last entry news (Highly Sprung) that the real thing would emerge…and she has, in the form of Spring of Tarrant, the MG Spring 25 that actually featured in the long-running sailing saga. Owned by Carl Sotheron from Farnham in Surrey, he will be racing her with a ‘mixed bunch’ on board including a Kiwi (that’s a New Zealand sailor, rather than the bird) whose ambition is to compete in this globally renowned yachting event.

Amelia is a Sasanka 660 Supernova. ‘A what?’ You might well ask. Well, I admit I had to do some research to find out a little more. She is of Polish extraction, a production sloop built in Poland between 2006-08 and is a 21.65ft LOA trailer-sailer described as, ‘a safe, unsinkable and well equipped cabin yacht that has already earned recognition among people that have chartered it for its ease of use and reliability, aesthetics and functionality, as well as good sailing performance.’ She is owned and skippered by Paul Hansell from Ringwood in Hampshire and the boat, skipper and crew all completed their first-ever J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in 2009. Welcome back.

This guy deserves a medal…yes, another one!
I am proud to finish this particular report quoting from the latest blog written by one of our most high-profile Race competitors, Ben Ainslie. Ben’s sailing achievements are unprecedented. Not only is he a triple Olympic gold medallist, he is also a nine times World champion, eight times European Champion and three times ISAF World Sailor of the Year. Ben’s next aspiration is to win the Americas Cup with Team Origin before bringing back a historic fourth gold in the London 2012 Olympics.

“I’m looking forward to the 2010 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on June 19. This is always such a fantastic spectacle; so many different types of boat and people take part and it’s really enjoyable. It also gets lots of media attention and whereas sailing often gets a bad rap for being difficult to follow, the RTIR course is very easy to understand, which is good for the sport’s profile.” Thanks Ben!

To keep abreast of all the latest Race news and read about some of this year’s entries, follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RoundtheIsland  and keep checking the website for new postings at http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk   Peta will be joining the Midweek Drive crew on www.sirenonline.co.uk  at 5p.m on Wed May 26th to talk about this and all things nautical

A Midweek Drive at the heart of the Lincoln Book Festival

 With the Lincoln Book festival 2010  in full swing www.lincolnbookfestival.co.uk you will find this week`s Midweek Drive having a distinctly literary flavour ( www.sirenonline.co.uk and click on listen live at 5.00p.m UK time for some tasty audio treats )

Suggested Running order for `The Midweek Drive`

Wed 5-7.00p.m May 12th 2010

Studio presenters Alex Lewczuk, Julie Corden, Joy Knight Faculty Officer, Andy Brown – computer whizz and Radio Hartlepool engineer making his sirenfm debut, Sarah Perkins

1700- Launch/Show menu

 1705 Anna Chilvers- Author `Falling Through Clouds` discussing her debut novel and forthcoming appearance in the Lincoln Drill hall

 1715-  Alex Preston- author `This Bleeding City` discussing his Thursday appearances at the Lincoln Drill hall & LPAC

 1725- Al Davison- English cartoonist and author of ` The Spiral Cage` and owner of `the Astral Gypsy` comic shop discussing his lecture `How to write Manga` at the Lincoln Drill Hall on Sunday 16th may www.lincolnbookfestival.co.uk

 1755- Michele Monro- with the latest selection from her Father`s extensive recording catalogue www.mattmonro.com

 1810 Giles Kristian author `Sons of Thunder` discussing his upcoming Lincoln Book Festival appearance

 1830 Sarah Chase – head of marketing /PR for www.ruraltv.tv  with the latest news from the world`s premier rural tv channel 

1845- Thomas Spencer-Wortley www.thomasspencerwortley.com nationally acclaimed tenor with the unofficial England 2010 world cup song recorded with Peter Shilton `We are England underneath`  

 Possible discussion topics

The Importance of the Book festival

The mythology of the football song

Myths , legends and the contemporary author

Urban/Rural narratives

Hartley Botanic were delighted to be part of the Harrogate Flower Show 2010

An interesting post script to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Hartley Botanic attended the ‘blooming marvellous show’ and thought it was a perfect day in the flower show diary. Hartley displayed their newest patio glasshouse which became quite a focal point for enthusiastic visitors. The Hartley ‘Patio Glasshouse’ is specifically designed to fit neatly onto your patio area, balcony or roof top garden. It is the ultimate greenhouse for urban growers with limited space.Click on  http://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk/ranges/hartley_greenhouse_range.php for further info
Representatives from Hartley Botanic said “We were surprised to see so many people crowded around the greenhouse, asking questions and feeding back with so many positive comments. It really was a great experience for us,”
The show attracted thousands of keen gardeners, seeking inspiration for their own gardens and ideas for growing new vegetables. There was something for everyone at the show and the most innovative ideas for fresh summer gardens were shared.
Throughout the day there were demonstrations from experts and talks from some of the leading horticulturists from all over the world. The Kitchen garden live gave out some great tips on how to grow your own juicy and ripe vegetables.
This was a great day with over 58,000 gardening frenzies in the same place. Hartley Botanic are looking forward to attending other flower shows this summer and are sure to attend Harrogate Flower Show again in the future.

Exciting NEW Summer Southside Shows

As the sun sets on Boro`s Championship season the time is right to reveal 2 NEW Southside stars. featured here with Fly me to The moon Editor and presenter Rob Nicholls, Aaron Craig will be starting a brand new series of culinary delights with added music with the intriguingly title `Chef`s Special` in July ( ably assisted by Tracy Hyman ) whilst ace port and author Khadim Hussain is looking towards provided the inside info on the Midlesbrough Mela festival and more- All this  and the second Middlesbrough book festival as well means even greater added value from your top Southside team !

2010 Newark & Nottinghamshire County Show shines through

Despite some initially chilly conditions on Day 1 the traditional curtain raiser to the show season at the Newark Showground proved to be as wondrous as ever. CEO Adrian Johnston was delighted to welcome Becky Scofield back for her 3rd report from the show( and with deep gratitude to the Yorkshire Clothing Company for her New Wellies ! ) as indeed was ace publicist Wendy Packham. The increasing quality of the equine entries was confirmed by rider Jennifer Chang Carmichael who flew in from Hong Kong to compete for the ubiquitous Whittaker family. The Royal seal of approval was also provided via Red Poll Cattle as owned by Her Majesty whilst the huge range of exhibitors working with the Federation of Small Businesses from ace bakers to Trent Cruises provided heaps of options for Becky to consider. Main ring attractions and the expected range of quality exhibitors from the Bacon Carcase competiton and legendary Lincoln soul Neil Curtis to top quality sheep meant that something for all tastes was duly on offer- even the classic cars were up to speed !!!.
With over 555 cattle entries, 1200 light horse, 125 heavy horse, 377 sheep and over 400m showjumping entries the clear message from the Newark Showground is that the Country Show Season is here to stay .

Fun and laughter all the way at Carrington Rally

If you’re looking for something different for the family during Whitsun Bank Holiday, then why not come along to the Carrington Rally? Held on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 May, the show is filled with entertainment for everyone, from the youngest to the more mature!

Children – and probably the adults too – will enjoy a programme of non-stop fun and laughter taking place on the open-air stage, just one of many attractions at the event. On stage, Pedro the Clown will be joined by pupils and a past head boy of Boston Grammar School and the Giles School Cheerleaders in a series of acts that will you wondering, laughing, cheering and even taking part.

Champions of the Old Leake-based Giles School’s ‘Let’s Dance for Sport Relief’, the Cheerleaders are a group of talented and enthusiastic girls who have also represented their school in a Dance Festival at Haven High School.

Twenty years ago, a group of Boston Grammar School pupils formed ‘The Schuhplattler Show’ – and if you want to know what that means, you’ll have to come along and watch! For those in the know, look out for new dances, fresh costumes and some new faces alongside the ever popular ‘Day in the Life of a Saltminer’, the ‘Woodchop’ and the ‘Train’ dance.

Pedro the Clown is a talented man. By day he is journalist and broadcaster Peter Brown but at Carrington he will amaze you with his circus skills – juggling and rope-spinning to name but two – interspersed with comedy and audience participation.

‘Street Elite’ will be making its debut at Carrington Rally. Yet again, comprising a group of pupils from Boston Grammar School, here they will be showing off their street dancing talents as seen at the annual Boston’s Got Talent charity shows.

And the school isn’t finished there – pupils will also be showcasing a tribute to Lady Gaga with ‘Gaga’s Monsters’ while ex-head boy Mark Watson will astound you with his magical illusions and feats of skill and dexterity.

Of course, Carrington Rally wouldn’t be what it is without its incredible range of vehicles on display; vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, over 250 vintage tractors, more than 60 commercial vehicles and steam engines by the dozen.

Over in the Working Area, a rarely seen pair of Gyrotillers will be ploughing the field, as will a host of other tractors and crawlers and, on Sunday, a real note of nostalgia as two horses draw a plough gently and sedately across the field. Crawlers are one of the feature tractors this year, the other being a display of John Deere machines.

The show will be opened on Sunday by BBC Radio Lincolnshire personality, Farmer Wink, while star of stage and screen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be at the Rally on both days.

And the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Saturday and Sunday evenings herald a programme of live music with Steve Carmell and Bruce plus guests while Saturday plays host to the Vintage Auction organised by Robert Bell & Company and a car boot sale.

Admission for the 2010 Rally is being held at last year’s prices; Adults £6.00, children under 14 years of age £3.00, family tickets £15.00. Car parking is free and dogs on leads are welcome.

Anyone interested in having a trade stand or wishing to exhibit in the craft or food marquee at the show should contact the organiser on 07702 208518.

The Carrington Rally is located on the B1183 Boston to Horncastle road, just north of Frithville (post code PE22 7DZ). For more information and details of camping facilities visit: www.carrington-rally.com .

First May 2010 Midweek Drive with added Lincoln Book festival Goodness

To listen live at 5p.m UK time simply click on the live icon where you access www.sirenonline.co.uk
Running order for `The Midweek Drive`
Wed 5-7.00p.m May 5th 2010
Studio presenters Alex Lewczuk, Julie Corden, Joy Knight
1700- Launch/Show menu

1703- Events- upcoming from the University of Lincoln

1705 Ian Carpenter- author `Guardianwork` the story of his responses to applying to every job in the Guardian Newspaper

1725- Lynn Shepherd – author `Murder at Mansfield Park` on the challenges of writing in the style of Jane Austen for the 21st century

1755- Michele Monro- with the latest selection from her Father`s extensive recording catalogue www.mattmonro.com

1810 Steven Machat- Author ` Gods, Gangsters & Honour` autobiographical tale of over 40 years in the entertainment industry working with folk from Donny Osmond to Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dog & George W. Bush www.beautiful-books.co.uk  

1825- Giles Kristian author `Sons of Thunder` discussing his upcoming Lincoln Book Festival appearance

1830 Sarah Chase – head of marketing /PR for www.ruraltv.tv  with the latest news from the world`s premier rural tv channel

1840- Peter Kerr- Author of the Snowball Orange series & `The Gannet Has Landed` www.peter-kerr.co.uk  

Possible discussion topics
The Importance of the Book festival
The rock`n`roll entertainment industry
Interpretation and authorial intent
Urban/Rural narratives