Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race

Melbourne House

Status: No Download, Findability: 2/5

It is with great thanks to our friends at Unseen64 and specifically Luca Taborelli and contributor MP83 that this title has been highlighted to us as yet another lost title for we believe the Commodore 64, but also ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

The game was mentioned in Crash issue 23, but also within Popular Computing Weekly, Vol 4 No 26 from July 1985 as coming soon from Melbourne House, based on the Whitbread Round the World yacht race that would start in September of that year. Melbourne House declared:

“We hope to produce the definitive yachting simulation, with the same sort of detail as you would find in a flight simulation. The game should be available in the autumn to coincide with the initial stages of the race.”

Nothing would surface of the game at all, and it would be subsequently forgotten about.

Finnish computer magazine MikroBitti would though later have an interview with Denton Designs in 1986, where Ally Noble would confirm that Denton were behind the conversions of the game. She just mentions that the game didn’t get published and likely never will. The game was mentioned as being finished, but negotiations broke down between Denton and Melbourne House due to a change in the contract that was demanded.

So hopefully we will be able to find out from Ally a bit more about the game, and who worked on it. The chances of being able to find something could be quite slim, but you never know!

Contributions: Luca Taborelli, MP83

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