About the Boat ...
'Camara' - a new name for a new era of this 80ft beauty, the first of 10 Ocean 80's built by Southern Ocean Shipyard and designed by David Alan-Williams and Doug Peterson.
She was built for the 1981/1982 Whitbread RTWR, then called 'Ocean Greyhound' and renamed to 'FCF Challenger' before the race finished. In 1989/1990 she raced as 'Creighton's Naturally' in her last appearance in the Whitbread RTWR. Over the years she appeared not only in the Whitbread RTWR but also served many years as a charter yacht.
We rescued her in late 2015, spending the following 3 1/2 years on a major refit, which saw us taking her right back to the bare hull, re-glassing where necessary and starting again. It was a mammoth project for us, especially considering we had no outside funding for the refit. We spent thousands of hours of hard labour, just the two of us, lovingly restoring her and breathing life back into her. In return we now have a fully refitted and serviced comfortable cruiser with a racing pedigree that we know every single inch of and have touched and inspected each and every system onboard.