Brigantine ‘Eye of the Wind’ bound for Tall Ship Regatta

Brigantine ‘Eye of the Wind’ bound for Tall Ship Regatta

“Open ship” presentation in Falmouth and London-Royal Greenwich

Around 35 years ago the traditional square rigger ‘Eye of the Wind’ was the flagship and base camp of the renowned scientific expedition “Operation Drake”. HRH Charles, Prince of Wales himself steered the proud brig while he was patron of this almost two-year circumnavigation in the footsteps of the famous explorer and scientist Sir Francis Drake. Now the ‘Eye of the Wind’ is about to return to London for the first time since 1980 after joining this year’s Falmouth Royal Greenwich Tall Ship Regatta.

Sailing the waters of the Commonwealth under the British flag

Certified as a civil sail training vessel and registered in the home port Jersey, the ‘Eye of the Wind’ is sailing under the Red Ensign. After visiting several British overseas territories such as Anguilla, Bermuda and Gibraltar in 2013, her crew is now about to set sail for Cornwall and London. Following the Tall Ships Regatta from Falmouth to Royal Greenwich the journey continues to the Canary Islands, further west across the Atlantic and to the Carribean British Virgin Islands. Interested sailors are welcome any time – sailing experience is not necessary and active participation is completely voluntary.

Open-Ship presentation

As well in Falmouth as in Royal Greenwich you are invited to visit the brig, which has by the way served as film setting for Hollywood productions on several occasions. During daily open-ship events the crew will answer all questions about the ship and its history to guests and ship lovers. Admission is free, fun is guaranteed.

Open-Ship in Falmouth:
Thu. August 28 until Sun. August 30, 2014: daily from 12.00 – 6.00 pm.
Mooring area: County Wharf in Falmouth Docks

Open-Ship in London – Royal Greenwich:
Sat. September 6 until Mon. September 8, 2014: daily from 10.00 am – 7.30 pm.
Mooring area: Victoria Deep Water Terminal (close to „The O2“ arena, North Greenwich).

The ’Eye of the Wind‘ – a unique sailing legend with a Hollywood-past

For 103 years already the seaworthy brig has crossed the oceans of this planet. Built as a topsail schooner in 1911 the ship was first named ”Friedrich“ and used as a cargo vessel. After passing through several different proprietors, a change of name, beaching and a fire in the engine room the ship’s end seemed to be inevitable in 1970. Instead a British sailing enthusiast started to rig the ship anew. In 1976 the two-master with its new name ‘Eye of the Wind’ was ready to sail the seas again. After rounding the globe followed the expedition “Operation Drake” under patron Prince Charles.

The majestic appearance of the Tall Ship also caught the film industry’s attention and so the ‘Eye of the Wind’ defied storms, ran ashore, caught fire and sank in front of the camera, too. Hollywood-stars like Brooke Shields and the Academy Award®-winners Tommy Lee Jones und Jeff Bridges were steering the ship. In “White Squall” (1996) and other action movies the sailing Hollywood-diva was used as film setting. For further information please visit

Short profile ‘Eye of the Wind’

  • Type: Brig
  • Year of construction: 1911
  • Length: 40.23 m [131 ft], Width: 7.01 m [22 ft]
  • 2 masts; 750 m2 sail area
  • 6 comfortable cabins for 12 guests
  • Up-to-date safety standards
  • Parlor with on-board library, deck parlor, sun deck
  • Radio (worldwide), satellite phone, Fax, Internet

Classic Cornwall 2014 – Three Concerts at St Columb Major 26/28/30 August

Harmoniemusik at the Parish Church ~ St Columb Major – 26/28/30 August 2014

The classical music group Harmoniemusik will again visit the Parish Church of St Columb Major to perform three varied and entertaining concerts.

The St Columb Festival was launched in the early 1970s by Cornish born Richard Cooke, whose father Canon Cooke served at the Church for many years.

Since 1992 Harmoniemusik has promoted this annual celebration of outstanding chamber music in the beautiful surroundings of the Parish Church at St Columb Major, an historic setting noted for its outstanding acoustic.

Harmoniemusik first performed at St Columb Major in 1992 and their ‘Classic Cornwall’ series has secured a loyal and enthusiastic following.

  • The 2014 concerts provide a wide variety of music across a broad range of genres and styles.
  • Harmoniemusik has been extremely fortunate to have received funding to allow the Parish Council to renovate and partly restring the St Columb Church piano.
  • To mark the piano’s restoration three wonderful works have been programmed to show off the piano to the full – not to mention pianist Paul Guinery’s brilliant technique.  These are Elgar’s Quintet for Piano and Strings (Tuesday), Brahms’ fabulous Horn Trio (Thursday) and Ludwig Thuille’s romantic barn-storming sextet for Piano and Wind (Saturday).
  • Other attractions include Weber’s virtuosic Clarinet Quintet, York Bowen’s rhapsodic sonata for Flute and Piano, and two contrasting wind quintets one of which will promptly awaken anyone who may have inadvertently nodded off after a large cream tea!
  • Each concert also includes a work from the baroque era with JS Bach’s concerto for oboe d’amore (Tuesday), Vivaldi’s Chamber Concerto in G minor (Thursday) and Telemann’s Trio Sonata in A minor (Saturday).

Delicious refreshments will be available in the Church Hall both before and also during the interval of each concert.

Tickets are available now from Hall for Cornwall (01872 262466), or by post from Joan Smale at 28 Station Road Newlyn East Nr Newquay TR8 5NE. Prices are £12 / accompanied under 16s free.


The Walking Path ~ Artworks Exploring Pilgrimage and Place

15th-22nd August 2014
Opening Event Night: 15th August 6.30pm (food available, tapas).£3 entrance
Closing Event Night: 22nd August 6.30pm onwards. £3 entrance.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Nr Gulval, TR20 8YL



When Roger Thorp was invited by Neil and Jane Armstrong, late one winters night, to create an installation for the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, he immediately had a notion of what he wanted to achieve. In May 2013 he had installed The Fountain Project in the James Turrell Skyspace at the same garden and lit the rising path towards it with
flares. A steady procession of people climbed the hill and entered the Turrell ‘temple’. There were echoes of pilgrimage, through a beautiful garden…this image stayed with him.

Tremenheere lies on St Michael’s Way, part of the ancient pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago. The Waking Path is a collection of artworks that touch on a very human need to slow down, to listen, to gaze and seek grace.

The artists involved have held true to Tremenheere’s guiding ethos “to evolve a aturalistic, arcadian space blending the elements of landscape, planting and art to create a place for contemplation and wonder.”

All the art created for The Waking Path addresses the increasing contemporary interest in pilgrimage. The significance of place and journey is being explored by more and more people of all faiths and none. Maybe it is an antidote to our cultures obsessive policing and domination of national frontiers, and the human atrocities this can lead to. Could this wandering through territories be an act of resistance? A quiet, solo act taken by many that acts as a counterbalance.

Roger Thorp will be projecting a series of related images onto The Hanging Cloth, a sackcloth suspended in the Skyspace. These will form a linear triptych creating an exterior, interior and a ‘ghost’ image. He will also be exhibiting a series of ‘song films’…Songs For The Hard Earth that are lyrically and visually relevant to the intent of The Waking Path. Thorp’s End Of The Way, features Pilgrims at their destination in Santiago de Compostela. A moment is captured when they react to the camera. Thorp is based in Gunwalloe on the Lizard Peninsula.

Faye Dobinson’s involvement is due to her recent walk on parts of El Camino. ‘Field of Stars’, (the translation of Compostela) is a lightbox that depicts a constellation made of plotted points along Dobinson’s walk, creating “a shimmer of significance”. Dobinson will also create a stone Cairn – an interactive piece generated by visitors carrying a stone from the bottom of a hill to the top, accessing something ancient- an act that speaks of hope, love, and purpose. Dobinson is based in Perranuthnoe, near Penzance.

Thorp has collaborated with Jesse Leroy Smith on a series of animated paintings. The first of these works, Bardo 7.08 is a triptych that explores an interplay between a Christian and Buddhist imagery. More recently they have created blood to dust, a series of 7 works that explore shifting creeds and ethnicity: studies in difference and sameness through paint and film. Jesse is a painter based in Newlyn and Brighton.

Joe Dworniak, a musician and producer works between Spain and Riverfish Music in Penzance. He has an impressive list of World Class Spanish & Cuban artist collaborations and is creating a soundscape to guide the viewer along the path from the lower ground to the top of the hill and the Skyspace.

Xurxo Chirro was introduced to Thorp by Pedro de Llano, a Spanish curator previously based in Santiago de Compostela, He will be showing Santa Catalina. “In 2012 the procession of Saint Catalina is held for the first time in A Cruzada neighbourhood: A Guarda. The itinerary overcomes steep slopes and narrow paths. This is an ethnographic
pretext that turns up to be a reflection on spirituality and religion by means of the cinema. The position of the camera,the staging, the low angles and the duration of the scenes place this short film inside the devotional cinema.”

It was in conversation with Pedro de Llano, that Thorp was inspired by hearing of ‘On the zoad’, an exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s visit to the city. This introduced the element of paying homage to St Francis in The Waking Path.




Ignite Cornwall


Ignite 2014, the £120,000 business start-up competition, delivered by Oxford Innovation as part of the ERDF funded Coaching for High Growth programme, continues to search for innovative entrepreneurs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who plan to start a new business or have been trading for less than a year. A series of sell out two day workshops has been running throughout the county over the summer and spaces for the final workshop at Trethorne Golf Club in Launceston on 19th & 20th August are filling rapidly. To find out more and reserve a space at this popular, free event visit

Eligible candidates invited to attend the Ignite Experience workshops have benefited from a wealth of practical business guidance and leading edge support from Oxford Innovation’s experienced coaches whilst, at the same time networking with like-minded people. The events are interactive, informative and provide the perfect insight into what Ignite competition judges will be looking for and how to develop a compelling three minute elevator pitch.

Praise for the Ignite Experience has been high, Lara Sword and Olivia Bossert saying after attending recent workshops:

‘I’ve been sitting on this idea for 6 years. In two days Ignite has given me the confidence and drive to go and do it!’ – Lara

‘The Ignite workshop has honestly been one of the most insightful and amazing learning experiences ever. I feel really excited and ready to take the next step in my business.’ – Olivia

Following the Ignite Experience workshops, entrants will use the knowledge gained to create and submit a three minute elevator pitch for their idea or start-up business.

A shortlist of finalists will be drawn up from the video pitches with a winner chosen in November by a judging panel made up of Cornish business leaders. The winner will receive a prize package worth £120,000 including £25,000 cash plus comprehensive support from well-established Cornish companies. This provides everything a fledgling business needs, from website design, digital marketing and PR services to legal and financial advice

New for 2014, an Innovative Product award is running in conjunction with the main prize fund to help launch a newly designed product. The winner in this category will receive support from local experts to help design and produce a prototype of their invention and to register its intellectual property (IP).

Ignite, one of the biggest business planning competitions in Europe, is delivered by Oxford Innovation and is generously sponsored and supported by a number of prominent Cornish companies.

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