In the early hours of Monday morning Penarth Quays Marina made welcome a trimaran called Ten Men from Bristol. The boat is a replica of and has been renamed Teignmouth Electron, the yacht that Donald Crowhurst unsuccessfully attempted to sail single handed and non stop around the world in the Sunday Times Golden Globe in 1969.
The tragic story of his voyage has since become part of sailing folklore. The trimaran is staying with us for a week filming every day capturing footage for a film being produced in his memory.
It was like history repeating itself on the first day of filming when she limped back experiencing engine and rigging problems. Luckily Matt Biscoe (Wigmore Wright Marine Services) and Andy Freemantle (Freemantle Yacht Rigging) were on hand to lend their assistance.
Unfortunately on this occasion, ladies, Colin Firth who is reported to be playing Donald Crowhurst in the new film was nowhere to be seen!!