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Olympic wooden boat project launched
The Boat Project
A nine metre boat will be built from a range of donated wooden objects

A Portsmouth-based Olympic sailor and Lymington yacht designer are taking the helm of a unique sea-faring vessel.

Boat builder and Sydney 2000 silver medallist in Open Star Sailing, Mark Covell and yacht designer, Simon Rogers will build a craft from wooden objects.

The nine-metre vessel will be made from donated timber. Items collected so far include a 15ft mast, a paddle, a house sign, a bread board and a spoon.

The boat will set sail on its maiden two-week voyage in 2012.

Donated materials

Designer, Simon Rogers said: "This has to be the first time in 20 years that I have been involved with something that on the surface appears potentially so simple.

"But due to the materials being donated during the build, we have little idea what she will finally be built of."

The Boat Project
In 2012, the boat will set sail on a maiden voyage

A boatshed at Thornham Marina, near Chichester is housing the vessel.

It has opened to visitors to donate some timber or a wooden object, help out with the boat build, or just watch the craft taking shape.

"Living archive"

Artist-duo Lone Twin - Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters - are working on the arts side of the ambitious project, creating a series of celebratory shoreside events.

They hope the boat will become a "living archive of people's lives."

The duo said: "This is something everyone get can involved in, whether you're nine or 90, live by the sea or in land-locked Oxfordshire."

The boat will be manned by a crew made up of people nominated by the public.

The project is one of 12 Arts Council-funded public art commissions taking shape across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.




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