Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Programme 2018

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MARINE ARTIST: Maiwenn Beadle Gilly Gobinet

Disillusioned with trends on the art scene at the time of gaining her UK fine art degree, Maiwenn eventually found herself working in the yachting world and liking it. Earning various tickets along the way, by1993 she was able to buy the 18ft Alacrity, a converted lifeboat with no engines or electrics, and which was to be her home for the next six years. Maiwenn’s first experience at the Antigua Classics was racing Alacrity single-handed throughout at a time when there was no shortened course alternative: she once finished a race at 9pm! In later years, she crewed on various Js, such as Shamrock and Velsheda – which she found amazing. And then she fell in love with Carriacou sloops, an affair that started on Tradition the year Frank Pearce brought her up from Carriacou and continues to this day. In between sailing jobs, Maiwenn started to paint boats: her success inspired her to advertise specially commissioned marine watercolours. With over 60 commissions to her name, she feels that a painting of a boat is more personal than a photograph, as well as being the ideal gift for crews to present to owners or for owners themselves to commission. She works closely with photographer Tim Wright, a friend of 15 years’ standing, going through thumbnails taken by Tim with prospective buyers before deciding on the best shot as subject for the painting.

Painting watercolours is not easy and painting watercolors of boats even less so: only an artist who truly knows boats can achieve this, and Maiwenn Beadle certainly fits the picture. For more information, visit

above: Blondie below left: Weather below centre:

edge: Velsheda and Ranger

12 Metre dropping kite.

below right: Luffing

up Velsheda and Endeavour


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