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BEAUTY CONTEST – PART 1
A series of articles detailing the refitting of a 1975 Contest 33 mark II yacht. Here in part 1 we take a look at the searching and finding of the boat that started me on my journey back into the sailing life…
BY STEVE COTTRELL
IN THE BEGINNING
Back in the summer of 2010, I had the chance to do some filming aboard a yacht in the ‘Round The Island Race’ that takes place annually about the Isle of Wight in the Solent, UK. I was a cameraman working for local TV News and they wanted footage from one of the boats being operated by the Ellen MacArthur Trust. Little did I realise that stepping back aboard a sailing boat after many years would rekindle a love I once had for sailing.