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  1. Hanneke Boon says

    I am partner of James Wharram featured in your film. This clip is of great interest as a historical record. The catamaran in the film is the 40ft Rongo, which James built in Trinidad in 1957/8. He together with German Ruth and other German woman Jutta (both featured in your film, as well as Jutta's son Hannes) were the first to sail a catamaran across the Atlantic on the hard Northern route from West to East in 1959.

    They then prepared Rongo in Deganwy, North Wales, for a round the world voyage. They took film stock to record this voyage given to them by David Attenborough. Your film shows their arrival in Dublin in 1960. Sadly this voyage was aborted due to the death of Jutta in Las Palmas in 1961.

    James became a well-known designer of catamarans, thousands of his designs are sailing the world. You can see his/our work on our website

    Another clip "£200 Boat Prepares To Cross The Atlantic" shows the same crew about to leave the UK on their first voyage in 1955.

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