The Launch full by Michael Austen

The Launch of Collective Spirit

What a day we had on May Day Bank Holiday Monday as thousands of you joined us to celebrate the first moment the boat was publically placed on the water. The boat was positioned onto the water by a large crane, where she went through the traditional blessing and champagne ceremony, performed by 12-year old Emily Covell – daughter of build team leader Mark Covell.

Emily said “It was amazing, such an honour after all the work that has gone into this - it was such a privilege to be asked to do it.”

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible;

The Build Team; Mark Covell, Jesse Loynes, Ian Davidson, Sean Quail and Mike Braidley
Rogers Yacht Design; Simon Rogers
Lone Twin; Artistic Director's; Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, Executive Director and Project Manager; Gwen Van Spijk, Project Manager; Catherine Baxendale
Launch Event Manager; Simon Davies
Volunteer Coordinator; Liddy Davidson
Project Assistant; Ally Wade
Launch Technicians; Peter Sclare and Robin Yeld
Launch MC; Matt Chilton
Launch Photography; Toby Adamson and Mike Austen
Official Namer; Emily Covell
Blessing; Ernest Monnery
Boat Captain: Mike Barham
Crew; Julie Wright, Steve Ashmore, Michelle Die’tt, Jerome Timmins, Daniel Lane, Harry Custance
Interviewees; Mary Milton, Jesse Loynes, Dan Lane, Dave Bulger, Flick Newton, Ian Davidson, Michelle Die'tt, Paul Underhill, Mike Barham
Performers; The Penny Black Choir, Peter Luscombe, Peter Hart, Emily Covell, Thirty Pounds of Bone and Mary Hampton
Volunteers; Havant Rotary, Southbourne Sea Scouts, Carleton Edwards, John Edwards, Ernest Monnery, Roger Palmer, Keith Rodwell, Chaz Shaw, Tracy Shaw, Paul Underhill, Harry Wilkinson, Bill Woods, Jar Vahey, Clem Cobden, Brian Edward-Picknett, Sarah Leppard, Mary Milton, Pam Wilkinson, Jemma Wilson, Don Manson, Felicity Newton, Gretta Pescod, Heather Way, Jonquil Tonge, Brian Wakeford.

With thanks to; Emsworth Arts Trail, Making Space, Havant, Barrie's Food, Boat House Cafe, Gosport, Boaters, Thornham Marina, St John Ambulance, Grapefruit Graphics, Havant Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council, Emsworth Business Association, Southbourne Sea Scouts, Emsworth Bus Company, County Lifting, Crew Clothing, Musto

The Lone Twin Boat Project Book; Designer; Kevin Mount, Editor; David Williams, Transcriptions; Alice Mount

The Maiden Voyage Guide Book Designers; Something-Somewhere