INDEPENDENT BEAR , CHS/ IRC 41.5
Built in 1997 by John Corby & Mark Downer for Kit Hobday & Tim Louis. Foam/kevlar/glass hull with carbon deck.
Major refurtbishment & update by Corby Yachts in 2009 for current owner Neil White from Swansea, Wales.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID ABOUT INDEPENDENT BEAR DURING COWES WEEK 97
"INDEPENDENT BEAR SWEEPS ALL BEFORE HER AT COWES" Times
"BEAR CLINCHES CLASS 1 HONOURS" Telegraph
"BEAR SWIFT TO PRESS HER CASE" Times
"BEAR WINS" Telegraph
"DREARY DAY LIT UP BY INDEPENDENT BEAR" Telegraph
"BEAR STARS DESPITE WEATHER PROBLEMS" Telegraph
"....the design sensation of the season proved she can excel in light winds as well as strong ones by winning the Britannia Cup......"
" Independent Bear, the John Corby-designed 41 footer has been the sensation of the week, with a remarkable scoreline of 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 10th & 1st. And this included winning the two most coveted Cowes trophies, the Britannia Cup and the New York Yacht Club Challenge Trophy."
"On the water, one boat has stood out above all others. With an overall win in Class 1 and victory in both the Britannia and New York Yacht Club Cups, Kit Hobday and Tim Louis' Independent Bear simply swept all before her."
"....this years hot new boat......"
"....all conquering Independent Bear........." Saturday 9 August
"....all conquering Independent Bear........." Monday 11 August
"....able to glide along in gentle breezes or power to windward in strong ones"
"......rounded off a triumphant week with yet another victory in Class 1."