Created: 04 Mar 2022 09:34
Updated: 23 May 2022 08:14

When Sir Myles Wyatt, Admiral of the RORC, commissioned a new boat after he had sold Bloodhound to Prince Philip, his ambition was to cruise to the Arctic and the Antarctic in her. Tyger was duly designed by Camper and Nicholson to Wyatt’s specification and built by Hall Russell. She was a steel hulled ketch of 88 feet overall, the largest yacht in the country at that time.

Charles Barrington sailed with Wyatt to Spitsbergen in the summer of 1967 and this is the story of that remarkable trip. Written up from his own diary of the voyage and illustrated with the photographs taken at the time by Michael Graham-Cloete, his shipmate, this is the story of an unforgettable cruise – winner of the RCC Challenge Cup for the year – in the company of an unforgettable man. Wyatt died the following year so his ambition remained only half fulfilled, but his legacy as a major figure in the story of post-war sailing lives on through the Admiral’s Cup racing series that he instigated.

"An attempt to remember what happened 54 years ago, which given that I have a problem remembering what happened yesterday could be a challenge. Luckily I have the diary ‘wot I rote’ at the time". 
So start The Spitsbergen Diaries.  Come and join us to hear more!

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