August 13, 2015
We spoke to Captain Scott Innes-Jones ahead of the Rolex Fastnet about this canting keeled race yacht and visiting Berthon.
PRIVATEER is a canting keel yacht built by Cookson in Auckland. Designed by Bruce Farr she was launched in late 2006, she is 50 ft /15.24m LOA, has a slender beam of 14 ft / 4.29m and a draft of 10ft 7in / 3.25m. Constructed in carbon and with a canting keel the yacht is highly competitive on the race course. In fact the Cookson 50 design is something of a legend on the racing circuit, various models having won practically every major racing event worldwide.
Here is a quick look at some of PRIVATEER’s results.
Line Honours Ft Lauderdale to Key West Race – 2014
1st Overall – RORC Caribbean 600 in 2013
1st Class – 3rd Overall – RORC Caribbean 600 – 2010
1st Class Ft Lauderdale to Key West Race – 2010
1st Class St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – 2009
1st Overall – Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay – 2009
Scott was part of the original commissioning team when PRIVATEER was built, eventually joining this rocket machine full time in 2008. We asked Scott about crossing the pond and coming to Berthon “…we had initially planned to compete in the TR 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport in June. However, an engine issue meant we couldn’t start the race. We had prearranged to come to Berthon following the race in order to prepare for the Rolex Fastnet, but because of the engine issues another plan was needed. Following a few phone conversations with Robin Milledge (Berthon Refit Manager) I knew that all the repairs could be completed by Berthon. So PRIVATEER was put on a ship in New York and arrived in Southampton a week later. Robin had arranged for the mast and cradle to be transported by road and the yacht to be towed back to Lymington”.
We asked Scott why he picked Berthon, “…We needed a base for the yacht after the Transatlantic Race so we could prep the boat ready for the Rolex Fastnet Race. I had been told about Berthon by a number of friends in the yachting industry in the UK. Following a few calls and emails with your team I became aware that Berthon is a complete “one stop shop”; I also checked the website and confident of all the facilities that the boatyard services could offer I realised that if we needed any repair or maintenance work undertaken it was clear that Berthon had all the skills and facilities in-house to deal with anything we required. It was a shame that we were unable to participate in the Transatlantic Race, but I have been very impressed with the efforts made by the whole team at Berthon – especially as our plans changed so quickly. I can now look forward our first Fastnet”.
Whilst at Berthon PRIVATEER has had a complete rebuild of her sail drive system by our marine engineers and her mast was stepped and tuned by our rigging team. Once she has completed the Fastnet, she will return to Berthon to be lifted out on to her cradle and de – rigged before being delivered to Southampton and transported by ship back to her home yard in Portsmouth, RI, USA.
The team at Berthon wish the crew of PRIVATEER a safe but quick race around the Fastnet Rock.