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Doctor Who thing of the day: the racing yacht called ‘Doctor Who’

So, this exists:
raching yacht Doctor Who

From Sail-World.com earlier this week:

Doctor Who shows a clean transom to rivals

Veteran ocean racing yacht Dr Who, skippered by her equally veteran owner Roger Jackman, showed a clean transom to its younger rivals in today’s Combined Clubs Distance Series race, revelling in the tight reaching course with moderate to strong winds on the River Derwent and Storm Bay.

The New Zealand designed and built Davidson 52 led the monohull fleet around the 27 nautical mile course to Yellow Bluff, on the seaward side of North Bruny, and return, winning the Group 1 IRC handicap category, beaten only by two fast catamarans for line honours and first place in the PHS division.

‘We’ve actually just put her on the market after 22 years of racing her in Tasmania and in Sydney Hobart races, ‘ Jackman said after today’s racing.

‘The close reach back from Yellow Bluff in the 15-20 knot SSW breeze, with gusts to 25 knots, was just what she likes.

‘She is a powerful boat and we have had some excellent wins in Tasmanian offshore races and also winning the IMS division of the 1990 Sydney Hobart,’ he added.

Sailing with Jackman today while on a visit from Queensland was Les Nibbs, who sailed for many years with the late John Bennetto on Mirrabooka.

If it’s more than 22 years old, that explains why the boat sports the show’s 80s logo:

raching yacht Doctor Who

No, it’s probably not bigger on the inside.

More boat-nerd info about the Doctor Who at bJet Marine.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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