Monthly archives of “October 2006

Massive site overhaul

As you have hopefully noticed, this site looks stunning. A huge thanks to the PR and design teams at MASSIVE in Sydney for sponsoring me with a complete site re-design!

I emailed the PR team at MASSIVE a month or so ago, asking if there was any chance of having them overhaul my crude site design. I was incredibly suprised when I received a positive reply and offer, considering they are such a large and renowned firm; I’ll be honest and admit I didn’t think they would have time for my cause. I sent off some dreamy specifications and a list of other sites I liked, and soon after the design team sent back a fresh look. Thank you so much!

I’d also like to give credit to Jo Mooring Aldridge from the association, for the use of the yacht image in the site design. I believe the boat is being helmed by Jeremy Rogers himself, the designer and builder of the Contessa 26 class.

(If people could send through any site issues they have, or if things are not displaying properly, I’d be most appreciative. My testing department have gone on holiday, leaving me all alone, as usual.)

Thanks again MASSIVE!


Constellation – A Gift

As it turns out, Constellation has an unusual history. Originally named ‘Prince Hamad II’, she was renamed in 1994 to Constellation.

Prince Hamad II? Yes, an odd name for a boat. I guess it would be an odd name if it wasn’t a present from an Arab officer cadet to the original owner! According to sales archives from Jeremy Rogers, Constellation was sold on the 8th of April, 1972, at a price of ?Ǭ3399.25 as a gift to the first owner. So now I am trying to research who the Arab officer was, and see if he was possibly a Prince (naming the boat after himself). I’ve also tracked down the original owner, who is still active in boating, writing books on Superyachts and working as a photographer. I see a compelling story unfolding here…

Not only have I found a little history on the boat, but thanks to Michael Lindsey, the class captain of the Contessa 26 Association (which I recently joined) Jeremy Rogers himself emailed me off of this site, offering to give some pointers on setting Constellation up for such an enormous journey. Jeremy Rogers is the boatbuilder and designer of the Contessa class – I think that’s pretty incredible, because I don’t think there is a better person on the planet who could offer advice. More history on the Contessa 26 can be found at

Thanks also to Peter McGrath for supporting my cause on his blog as well as offering helpful advice.

Also many thanks to Adam for the support and pledge. Adam’s blog is located here.