HATHERLEIGH is believed to be one of the last 'Sidewinder' trawlers to be built and, at the time, considered to be the fastest of the East Coast fleet and the pinnacle in the evolution of the sidewinder design.
In the early 1980s, she was converted from a trawler to work as a rig support vessel. In 1993 she was bought by print company Pindar and converted for use as a venue for corporate entertainment as well as a support vessel for Pindar's ocean racing yacht.
In 2004, HATHERLEIGH sailed approximately 1,000 miles to rescue Transatlantic Race skipper Jean-Pierre Dick and his yacht VIRBAC which had been dis-masted in the mid Atlantic and towed them back to the UK. This is thought to be the longest tow in yacht racing history.
- 1960 Vessel built by Crown Works, Lowestoft, Suffolk
- 1980s Converted from a trawler to work as a rig support vessel
- 2004 Sailed 1,000 miles to rescue Transatlantic Race skipper Jean-Pierre Dick and his yacht VIRBAC dis-masted in mid-Atlantic
- 2009 Bought by Pindar and converted to be used for corporate entertainment and also as a support vessel
- 2010 Vessel became privately owned and is currently used for diving expeditions
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