There is a story behind the bears - here's Brian's note!
The bears are part of a project from St. Mary´s School in New Mills, Derbyshire. They've been on the boat since the start, and there are lots of pictures of them doing interesting things (like going to the top of the mast) in
the "Schools" album in the photo gallery on the New York Clipper
website. Their names are Barnaby and Azraboa.
Too darned cute for words.
You can check out the amazing adventures of Barnaby and Azraboa (and Tigger and in fact the whole New York Clipper crew on their last leg, New York to Jersey*here!
(happysurfer's gonna LOVE that gallery - she's liking the ursines lately!)
*- ok, I have to admit that when I first saw that the last leg was NY to Jersey, my knee-jerk reaction was "Sheesh, what kind of lame-o last leg is that???!!" - then I realized that it wasn't the NEW Jersey they were talking about, but what my friend O, who's from there, calls "the ORIGINAL Jersey" - across the pond, what what?