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Jubilee boat collective spirit

More than 1,000 people saw the launch of an Olympic boat built from 1,200 pieces of wood, including bits from the Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar.

The 30ft yacht, named Collective Spirit, will sail along the south coast of England from July in the run-up to the Olympics.

The boat will arrive at the sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, in time for the Games in August.

It took to the water in Emsworth, Hampshire.

The artists who came up with the idea, Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, visited 20 locations across the region seeking wooden donations to be used in the building of the craft.

The pair, known as Lone Twin, also invited members of the public to bring wooden pieces to their boatyard at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, from where it was launched. 

The only criteria were that the items were made from wood and had a story behind them.

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