Pete Townshend sailing yacht

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See the incredible pictures of Pete Townshend sailing yacht, with recording studio on board, and read his sailing adventures.

“As a sailor, I’m not as sociable as a lot of people,” he says. When Gloria is in the Mediterranean he has guests on board and some of them are Jerry Hall and U2. “But those relationships, although they’re business related, they are proper friendships.” And more often it’s family or less starry pals such as his accountant or his lawyer. It would be more accurate to say that boats have influenced his music than that his life as a rock star has affected his life on board.

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“When I was in the Sea Scouts, I had something which you can only really call a revelation on the river. I was on a motorboat with a bunch of other boys and I lost consciousness and started to hear this incredible music,” he says. Somehow the sound of water against the hull was transformed into an otherworldly orchestra. “I spent a lot of time as a composer trying to recreate that music I hUdlpyjQfS42nCSpehUX8_pete-townshend-snippet-640x360eard then –

“The whole of Quadrophenia is set on a river and at sea,” he says, and on that album in particular there’s I am the Sea, Drowned and I’ve Had Enough, which is “very much about being a sailor and life being like a journey that you fight sailing into the wind.

Love, Reign O’er Me, which is probably one of the best, if not the best, song I’ve ever written is about being on the ocean in the rain. It’s the closing song on Quadrophenia, the boy is either in the boat or on the rock, and you don’t really know what happens to him at the end of the story. But it’s raining and it’s about the vastness of the ocean and how small we feel. I think that’s something that every sailor knows.”MPBmuAm3TQW43oStvPsu_gloria-sailing-yacht-interior-640x360

Townshend describes his relationship with the water, and the Thames in particular, as primal. He grew up by the river, has always chosen riverside homes in the capital and in 1976 he felt instinctively drawn to The Boathouse in Ranelagh Drive, Twickenham. He bought it, turned it into the centre of operations for his Eel Pie group of companies, as well as a spiritual centre, and then his mother visited and pointed out that – unknown to him – he had been born in the house next door. The location certainly touched something in him. “It had a balcony that overlooked the river, so it had that fizz of ozone that you get from tumbling water, which I do think genuinely inspires creativity.”

But this is just one characterful facet in a lifetime of boat ownership. Townshend’s first purchase was a speedboat called Liz O in the mid-1960s that he bought with the early profits of his musical career, shared with his father and kept on the Thames. “I learned some pretty harsh lessons about the river,” he says. “It would do about eight or nine knots maximum and I found out that it’s okay going downriver with your girlfriend – we would take some beer and go to throw Champagne bottles at the Houses of Parliament – but to my horror when you turn round to go back, sometimes the river is going faster than that.”i1xKvTXdRASSJNn9zvOE_pete-townshend-barge-recording-studio-640x360

Here Townshend worked his way through an eclectic collection – “my Cornwall boats”, he calls them. There was 14.3 metre motorboat Ahmednagar Queen, which he commissioned at the Bates & Son Marina in Chertsey and named after the ashram of guru Meher Baba, a “little Finnish boat” called Double T, a 13 metre Eastbay motorboat called True Love, an 11.6 metre Sabre open motorboat called 5.15 after a Who song, a Fisher sailing boat called Blue Merlin, a 19.8 metre called Ferrara and more. He entered the Falmouth Classics race in 1991 on his newly acquired 18.3 metre Laurent Giles sailing yacht Pazienza (meaning patience in Italian), won and “really got the bug for classic sailing”. He followed up with the first boat in Andre Hoek’s Truly Classic line, Truly Classic and Zephyr. The stars of his current fleet also reflect his classic passion: Eva, an eight metre Fife from 1906, which he keeps in France and uses for serious racing, and his largest boat, Gloria. Here Townshend worked his way through an eclectic collection – “my Cornwall boats”, he calls them. There was 14.3 metre motorboat Ahmednagar Queen, which he commissioned at the Bates & Son Marina in Chertsey and named after the ashram of guru Meher Baba, a “little Finnish boat” called Double T, a 13 metre Eastbay motorboat called True Love, an 11.6 metre Sabre open motorboat called 5.15 after a Who song, a Fisher sailing boat called Blue Merlin, a 19.8 metre called Ferrara and more. He entered the Falmouth Classics race in 1991 on his newly acquired 18.3 metre Laurent Giles sailing yacht Pazienza (meaning patience in Italian), won and “really got the bug for classic sailing”. He followed up with the first boat in Andre Hoek’s Truly Classic line, Truly Classic and Zephyr. The stars of his current fleet also reflect his classic passion: Eva, an eight metre Fife from 1906, which he keeps in France and uses for serious racing, and his largest boat, Gloria.

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