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Memento-filled Olympic boat launches in London

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

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

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 building the boat. The only criterion was that the items be made of wood and have a story behind them.

"People have also been desperate to have a go on the tiller because that's where the Jimi Hendrix bit is," project spokeswoman Tracy Jones said.

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