Eilean is a 72ft William Fife design Bermudan ketch, built at Fairlie in 1936. She was rescued in 2006 by Angelo Bonati, boss of the Italian luxury watch manufacturers and classic yacht racing sponsor Panerai. The restoration took place in Viareggio and lasted three and a half years.

Eilean from the cockpitDan and I are lucky to have raced on her at Cannes, France and Argentario in Italy. This year (2014) we’re joining her at Imperia, Italy. She is the most beautiful boat I have ever sailed on. And there is another reason I love this boat, you see she was used in the making of Duran Duran’s music video ‘Rio’ and I had a teenage crush on Simon le Bon. So, you can imagine how fabulous it was when he came racing with us one day in Cannes and I finally got to meet him.

Dan and I are even in an advert for Panerai. I’m wearing a pale blue cap and wearing red Converse shoes.

Couldn’t see me? Well check in at 20 seconds and here’s a still from the shoot.
Capture meraid in panerai advert

Dan on the bowsprit

Mizzen boom end Eileancannes 2012-09-27 047Packing the Mizzen Stay sailSplicingSpuds Angels on EileanEilean in CannesAfter a sudden squall in CannesEilean motoringMe and Simon le Bon

Eilean at Panerai Imperia Regatta 2014 Me with Simon Le Bon



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