Drum (yacht)

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Nation  United Kingdom
Class Maxi
Designer(s) Ron Holland
Owner(s) Simon Le Bon
Sir Arnold Clark
Racing career
Skippers Skip Novak

Drum is a maxi yacht owned by Scottish car sales group Arnold Clark Automobiles, formerly co-owned by lead singer of Duran Duran Simon Le Bon who was rescued from the vessel while competing in 1985 Fastnet Race.


Drum was designed by Ireland-based boat-builder Ron Holland[1] and built in Finland.[2] Drum was purpose-designed and built to be sailed in the Whitbread Round the World Race.[3] The vessel was purchased by Simon Le Bon and the Berrow brothers.[4]


Fastnet, 1985[edit]

Drum competed in the 1985 Fastnet Race. It was one of the favourites to win the race, but the boat lost its keel due to a design failure and capsized.[1] Its crew were all rescued.[5][6] Le Bon had not insured the vessel.[4]

1985–86 Whitbread[edit]

Drum was re-fitted and competed in the 1985–86 Whitbread Round the World Race.[7]

Current status[edit]

As of 2013 Drum is owned by Scottish businessman Arnold Clark, who purchased the yacht in the late 1980s. In 1988 Drum was again accorded media attention when it was involved in a collision with a Royal Navy submarine, around 5 miles off the Mull of Kintyre.[8]


  1. ^ a b "The History of Arnold Clark Drum". Arnold Clark. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Yacht Wreckage Examined". New York Times. New York Times Company. 12 August 1985. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Volvo Ocean Race moments: page 3 girls, arrests, 'rock star' sailors, all-female crews and turning turtle". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Wallace, Carol (26 August 1985). "Rescued at Sea". People. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Alleyne, Richard (8 August 2005). "Le Bon back at the helm after brush with death". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Simon le Bon pays tribute to Cornish SAR crews". Pirate FM News. February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ Lloyd, Barbara (21 December 1987). "On Course to the Whitbread". New York Times. New York Times Company. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Cramb, Auslan (18 July 1988). "Probe after submarine collides with yacht". The Glasgow Herald. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 23 August 2013.