Did any­one know Shaun Blatch­ford?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

I met a man called Shaun Blatch­ford when he was a sta­tionery sales­man in Southamp­ton. I think he was Ir­ish, dark hair, blue eyes, full of charm and blar­ney!

I was work­ing at Southamp­ton Boat Show in 1974, show­ing an Etap 22, Gam­bling (Jan Linge de­sign) and NorthS­tar 80/20 (S&S de­sign). Ex­hib­ited at the en­trance of the Show at Mayflower Park, there was a tiny, flimsy mul­ti­hull, I re­call it was a tri­maran.

I was amazed to see Shaun Blatch­ford with her. He had built and pos­si­bly de­signed her and in­tended to sail around the world. I am em­bar­rassed to say that there were many snig­gers, tut-tuts and a lot of shak­ing heads.

Some months later I heard – I can­not re­mem­ber how – that he and the boat had been lost in the Tas­man Sea. I felt dread­ful at the time and still do. How coura­geous and amaz­ing to have got that far.

I would love to know more about Shaun Blatch­ford but I have scoured the in­ter­net to no avail. Hope­fully your read­ers will know some­thing or re­mem­ber an ar­ti­cle writ­ten hon­our­ing his mem­ory.

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