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The First Lady of Offshore – Lady Violet Aitken has passed away

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Lady Violet Aitken passed away at her home in Lambourne this evening with her daughter Laura by her side, she was 94.

When her husband Sir Max Aitken, organised the first Cowes to Torquay race in 1961, the young ‘Lady’ was already a fan of high speed boat competition having viewed the 1956 Miami-Nassau powerboat race.

For three decades after the start of ‘Offshore Racing’ in Europe, Lady Aitken had raced various boats, anything from a revolutionary Sonny Levi Class 3 catamaran to a Fairey cabin cruiser.

In one of her last Offshore races in 1988, Lady Vi raced with her daughter Laura in a Steve Baker designed, Mercury outboard powered Phantom 28′ when she tackled a punishing London to Brighton in a force six gale.

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