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British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 17th - 24th JULY 2010


MODERN MASTERPIECE Sold by Berthon in 2009; after a pitstop refit with us, she is now sailing with her new owner in the Golfe de St Tropez.

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Cowes Classic Yacht Regatta A WARM WELCOME TO YOU ALL ON BEHALF OF ALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE BCYC AND PANERAI, TO OUR 2010 BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB PANERAI COWES REGATTA

The BCYC Panerai Cowes Regatta is the jewel in the Club’s year – with ever-growing regattas and social calendars in the West Country and on the East coast. Indeed, the BCYC has grown from its handful of founder members in 2002, to over 80 members today. It is worth reiterating the founding principles of the BCYC that have allowed the club to flourish and that form the cornerstone of this Regatta. Firstly, the Club is about our members’ classic yachts, which we seek to gather together and as a group to encourage the ongoing preservation, enjoyment, and to provide an environment where the owners and crews can share their experiences and passion, which at times are not without heartache or hardship! Our new Cruiser Class allows members and guest yachts to join our Regatta and enjoy being part of the event without racing. The Concours d’Elegance is an essential part of the regatta, allowing vessels to vote on the fleet and recognise those yachts with outstanding beauty and soul. This year the prizes have been expanded and will include the favourites in each class as judged by the class, along with an overall top three. I most enthusiastically request that all vessels vote by Wednesday night, based on the beauty of the design, current condition, ethos of the crew, seamanship and naturally, gentlemanly conduct on the race course. Secondly the BCYC aims to facilitate exciting and equitable racing of classic yachts at all regattas, allowing them to be fully appreciated as yachts that at their time, were at the cutting edge of the technology of the day. We race under IRC because it is the most successful handicap system in the history of yacht racing and allows our many different yachts to race equitably. However like any handicap system, for a yacht to maximise its potential, it requires work to optimise the yacht. As many members have learnt, this is a process that can take a number of seasons’ refinement, yet at the same time encourages an understanding of the performance characteristics, that only deepen an owner’s relationship with his yacht. The Regatta Committee encourages yachts to gain endorsed IRC certificates, as each yacht is effectively a one-design. For those that are not endorsed, we should

stress that it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the measurements on their certificates stand up to scrutiny of our club IRC measurer; otherwise racing quickly becomes unfair. Naturally, like any single handicap system, IRC results will to some degree be dependent upon wind strength, with some yachts performing better in light conditions and others optimised for heavier air. We are very lucky once again to welcome Tony Lovell and his team of race officers who will be running the racing. Their aim is to provide enjoyable and challenging courses, tailored to each fleet and the conditions on the day. The BCYC strongly believes that rules observance by our fleet is imperative for safe and enjoyable racing throughout the Regatta, and I do hope that you will all spend some special time with your 2010 rule books before taking to the water to race. On Saturday, our spectacular Parade of Sail will take place from Cowes Roads, and I do hope that the fleet will demonstrate new levels of formation coordination that would make Nelson proud. For the first time, the event will be supported by a fly-past from the Royal Navy Historic Flight, to jingle any residue hangovers from the prizegiving the night before. Most importantly, I would like to thank Panerai for their generous support of our Regatta, and Berthon for their souvenir issue programme with history and photographs of the assembled BCYC fleet, which highlights the heritage of these classic yachts that capture all our hearts year after year. It only remains for me to wish you fair winds, fabulous sailing and great fun. The Commodore BCYC

David Murrin

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Our team has put in enormous amounts of hard work since our first event in 2002, and this year with the support of Panerai, we hope that 2010 will be yet another fabulous and memorable event.

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CONTENTS

Event Programme

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Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge

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Our Aviation Heritage

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Berthon - Shaping Yachting since 1877

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Classic Yacht entries

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Classic Yacht index

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Director / Editor Sue Grant - Berthon Editorial Contributors Titch Blachford Berthon England Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL, England Tel: 44 (0) 1590 679222 Fax: 44 (0) 1590 647446 brokers@berthon.co.uk www.berthon.co.uk Design & Print wc creations www.wccreations.com Photography The Beken photographic team of Ken Beken and Peter Mumford will be providing the most comprehensive coverage of the event, as usual, from their two boats.The entire photoshoot of each day will be put on their website www.beken.co.uk Free proofs can be requested after the event by phoning 01983 297311 or by going to their website www.beken.co.uk and filling out the “ Boat search “ form. Beken may also have archive images of your boat and given time can send you proofs of these if requested. Berthon would like to thank Beken for their contribution to the BCYC Programme.

Cover Image Front cover image kindly supplied by Mark Lloyd © www.lloydimages.com

Berthon International Ltd. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, no responsibilty can be accepted for any inaccuracies, however caused. No liability can be accepted of illustration, photographs, artwork or advertising materials while in transmission or with the publisher or their agents. All information is believed correct at the time of going to print. Copyright Berthon ©


Event Programme

SATURDAY 17th JULY

12:00

Berthing available at Cowes Yacht Haven for regatta entrants. Regatta Office open for registration and picking up of regatta packs (including Social Tickets), battle flags and race charts (The Regatta Office is situated in Cowes Yacht Haven office building – up the right-hand stairs)

18:00

Seafood Buffet at The Waterside Pub (situated along the High Street just before the Island Sailing Club) Dress Code: Casual

SUNDAY 18th JULY

10:00

Regatta Office open for registration and picking up of regatta packs (including Social Tickets), battle flags and race charts (The Regatta Office is situated in Cowes Yacht Haven office building – up the right-hand stairs)

18:00

18:30 to 20:00

MONDAY 19th JULY

08:00

Regatta Office open – Coffee and Croissant in the Panerai Lounge

10:30

Rally Division depart Cowes Yacht Haven for Sail in Company

12:00

Race 1 - All classes

17:00 to 18:30

19:00

TUESDAY 20th JULY

08:00

Regatta Office open – Coffee and Croissant in the Panerai Lounge

08:30

Round the Island Race – All classes (Race 2) Day cruise around the Island for Rally Division

17:00 to 18:30

WEDNESDAY 21st JULY

08:00

Morning

Skippers & Navigators Briefing for all classes in the Pavilion at the Royal Yacht Squadron Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Dress Code: Smart Yachting (Jacket & Tie)

Hospitality in the Panerai Lounge followed by Daily Prize Giving ‘Open Yachts’ Dock Party – view the yachts whilst listening to live Jazz

Hospitality in the Panerai Lounge followed by Daily Prize Giving (Open to all Regatta Entrants)

Regatta Office open – Coffee and Croissant in the Panerai Lounge Visit to Osborne House for Rally Division

10:50

Afternoon

17:00 to 18:30

Hospitality in the Panerai Lounge followed by Daily Prize Giving

19:30 to 12:30

Caribbean Crew Party in Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre. Dress Code: Fancy Dress

THURSDAY 22nd JULY

08:00

Regatta Office open – Coffee and Croissant in the Panerai Lounge

10:30

Rally Division depart for Sail in Company

11:00

Race 3 - All Classes. Race 4 – To start ASAP after Race 3 (All classes except Class 0)

17:00 to 18:30

20:00

FRIDAY 23rd JULY

08:00

Regatta Office open. Coffee and Croissant in the Panerai Lounge

10:30

Rally Division depart for Sail in Company

12:00

Race 5 - All Classes (except Class 0). Race 4 – For Class 0

17:00 to 18:30

Hospitality in the Panerai Lounge followed by Daily Prize Giving

19:30 – 00:30

Prize Giving Dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Dress Code: Smart Yachting(Jacket & Tie)

SATURDAY 24th JULY

08:00

Regatta Office open

11:00

Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green

11:10

Flypast by a Sea Hawk from the Royal Navy Historic Flight

Afternoon

Challenge Day Judging for ‘je ne sais quois’ in the marina

Hospitality in the Panerai Lounge followed by Daily Prize Giving Rally Division – ‘Supper Aboard’

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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge FOUNDED BY GIOVANNI PANERAI IN FLORENCE IN 1860 IN A SMALL WATCHMAKER’S SHOP WHICH TODAY REMAINS A PANERAI BOUTIQUE, OFFICINE PANERAI WAS FOR MANY YEARS THE OFFICIAL SUPPLIER OF PRECISION INSTRUMENTS FOR THE ITALIAN NAVY, MOSTLY FOR THE UNDERWATER SPECIAL CORPS. TODAY, THE TRADEMARK OF PANERAI’S FINE WATCHES IS A COMBINATION OF THE BRAND’S TRADITION, ITALIAN DESIGN AND FINE SWISS CRAFTSMANSHIP. Staying true to its nautical roots, Panerai first began sponsoring the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Circuit in 2005: between April and September every year, the series features some of the world’s leading classic yacht regattas, including the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Les Voiles d’Antibes and the Régates Royales, Cannes. For the 2010 edition, the circuit has grown with addition of the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta and the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (Marblehead, USA) both joining the circuit. Since its inception in 2005, the circuit has been increasingly successful, demonstrated by the growing list of competitors. Each year the Challenge draws yachting enthusiasts from around the globe and the most highly regarded Classic Yachts sailing today: in 2009 over 350 yachts and 1,500 crews competed in the Circuit. The overall winners of each individual stage in the two categories: Vintage (boats built before 1950) and Classic (boats from between 1950 and 1975), are awarded a watch specially created by Officine Panerai as an exclusive limited edition. Together, these events present a rare opportunity to see the most beautiful classic boats still seafaring, assembled together and in action, in locations that have marked the history of sailing; like the “Moonbeam IV from 1914”, a spectacular 33 metre aurica cutter which was used by Prince Ranier of Monaco and Grace Kelly for their honeymoon; Zaca, a majestic yacht of 43 metres which hosted Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth for the making of the movie “The Lady from Shanghai”. Or historic 23 metre Stormvogel from 1961, the floating set of the movie “Dead Calm”, starring a young Nicole Kidman. Officine Panerai’s passion and commitment to safeguarding and spreading the culture of vintage yachting also lies at the heart of the

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purchase of Eilean, the 22 metre Bermudian ketch built by legendary Scottish boatyard Fife in 1936, the same year as the first Panerai watch was built. Famous for her appearance in Duran Duran’s video clip for “Rio” in 1982, Eilean was rediscovered in need of complete restoration in Antigua in 2007. Thanks to the efforts of Officine Panerai, Eilean was recovered and underwent restoration for two and a half years at the Cantiere Navale Francesco Del Carlo boatyard in Viareggio. The restoration work was completed in September 2009 much of it using original materials from the era, In October 2009, she was re-launched in La Spezia Italy, in conjunction with the Italian Navy. From this summer Eilean will compete in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge strengthening further Panerai’s involvement with Classic Yachting.


This page, Antigua Classic Week Opposite, (top) Regates Royales, Cannes (bottom) Argenatrio Sailing Week, Italy

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Sea Fury VR930

Our Aviation Heritage A LIVING MEMORIAL TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE AND FLEET AIR ARM SINCE 1909 The Royal Navy Historic Flight exists as a living memorial to all those who have served in the Royal Naval Air Service and Fleet Air Arm since the birth of Naval Aviation in 1909, as well as providing something of a shop window for the Fleet Air Arm, representing different eras of our History. The aircraft collection we have is unique and forms a major part of the nation’s aviation heritage. The aircraft are rare in that we fly three of the world’s four airworthy Fairey Swordfish and the only airworthy Armstrong-Whitworth Sea Hawk. The classic aircraft we operate are flown by serving officers and the maintenance personnel are ex-military civilians. The aircraft are displayed at air shows across the country bringing Naval Aviation Heritage to some three million people in a season. Keeping vintage aircraft flying is a costly business that cannot be funded by air show fees alone. We rely on grants from our charitable trust, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, which fundraises and gathers sponsorships and donations to ensure the continuing success of the Flight. The Fly Navy Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 1117272) whose Patron is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Commodore–in–Chief to the Fleet Air Arm. You can also visit the Royal Navy Historic Flight online! Find out more about our aircraft and personnel, where you can see us display during the air show season and get regular news updates throughout the year - all at www.royalnavyhistoricflight.org.uk The British Classic Yacht Club are absolutely delighted that the Royal Navy Historic Flight will be providing a Flypast of the Sea Hawk (and possibly the Sea Fury) for the Parade of Sail on Saturday 24th July.

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Sea Hawk WV908

The Display Aircraft Detail

Swordfish

Sea Hawk

Sea Fury

Cruise

90 knots

290 knots

240 knots

Average Endurance

4 hrs

1 hr

2 hrs

Length

10.9 metres

12.08 metres

10.06 metres

Width Folded

5.2 metres

3.79 metres

5.47 metres

Width Spread

13.6 metres

11.7 metres

11.52 metres

Height

4.2 metres

5 metres (folded)

4.8 metres (folded)

Weight

2497 kg

5270 kg

5270 kg

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Berthon » Shaping Yachting since 1877 BERTHON HAS BEEN TRADING CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1877 AND IS INEXTRICABLY LINKED WITH THE RICH HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS OF YACHTING. THE RIVERSIDE SITE, WHICH BERTHON STILL OCCUPIES WAS MENTIONED IN THE DOMESDAY BOOK, AND THE COMPANY HAS WORKED WITH AND TRAINED GENERATIONS OF CRAFTSMEN IN THE SKILLED TRADITIONS OF BOATBUILDING. Boatbuilding traditions started with the Romans Originally reputed to have been in use since Roman times, Berthon Lymington Shipyard has been a strategic marine location across many centuries of peace and wartime. During the reign of Edward I (12721307) the Shipyard supplied no less than nine ships to the Defence of the Realm. The Shipyard and the Hundred Pound Cup – 22nd August 1851 In 1819 Thomas Inman bought the yard to build fast Customs Cutters and gentlemen’s sailing yachts. Three of the most famous were ALARM, ARROW and LULWORTH, all of which raced against the schooner AMERICA on 22nd August 1851 for the Hundred Pound Cup. The trophy is now more widely known as the America’s Cup and during this inaugural race around the Isle of Wight watched by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, ARROW ran aground and ALARM went to her rescue. The race was then over for both yachts, and when AMERICA cut inside the Nab light, LULWORTH was soundly beaten and the trophy taken from British shores, and the rest is history… Reverend E Berthon and the Collapsible Lifeboat Reverend Edward Lyon Berthon was a great inventor and at 22, invented the screw propeller, at the time dismissed by the Admiralty. He later read that a Francis Smith had developed a similar device, which had also been rejected; so collaborating at the instigation of Berthon, they proved the propellor by towing the Lords of the Admiralty on their barge from Whitehall to Woolwich. His second invention was the Berthon Collapsible Lifeboat. A friend had been on board the SS ORION when she was wrecked off Port Patrick in 1849, and later in a letter had suggested the concept to stow lifeboats on board passenger steamers ‘without inconvenience’, knowing that Berthon had an ingenious, inventive mind. The lifeboats,

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demonstrated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, were finally accepted by the Royal Navy in 1873, which allowed the Reverend E L Berthon to set up his company in Romsey in 1877 to build folding lifeboats and “other floating machines”. Berthon Boat Company later moved to Inmans Yard in Lymington, this has been home for Berthon ever since. 1917: From Berthon to the May Family’s Berthon Frank Aubrey May had been badly wounded in the trenches in 1917 and was invalided out of the army. Returning home, he bought the Romsey-based Berthon Boat Company as Edward Berthon had recently died. May’s partner was to be his brother Harry, the present-day owners’ great-grandfather. Harry had been a boat builder on the Thames (May, Harden & May), where he built International 14s with Morgan Giles under the name Giles and May. In 1918, Harry May bought the yard and the next year moved Berthon Boat Company, merging it with his newly acquired Lymington shipyard. Under the Berthon banner, Harry developed a diverse business of yacht and commercial boat building, repairs, refits and mud berthing. As well as one-off yachts, he designed and built a large class of West Solent one designs, and the Gauntlet series (see entries for Guiding Light and Tiger C). Tugs, pilot boats and naval launches provided core work for the shipyard.


Racing and dredging for the future with Harry’s Grandson, David, at the Helm The Lymington shipyard business was passed on to Harry’s grandson, David, who took over in the late 1950s. He was a very successful, active racing yachtsman who built many winning yachts. In 1967 David May revolutionised Lymington by dredging the Shipyard foreshore and building the marina. Always at the leading edge, David had set up the infrastructure for a modern yard, when marinas were a relatively new concept in Britain. Lymington Marina was officially opened in 1968 by Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Berthon built the 36 ton SHELMALIER in 1966, which was the largest yacht to be built in Britain for 13 years; proving that many Berthon yachts remain in contact with their roots. SHELMALIER is available for sale via Berthon now.

offices in France, Spain and the States, selling up to 200 yachts a year. At the same time, the lifting dock was rebuilt to accommodate the new 75 ton capacity boat hoist for Berthon to handle larger yachts. Berthon continues to support their apprenticeship programme, which is thriving. In 2009 Berthon received the ultimate accolade at the Apprenticeship Awards, winning Employer of the Year. Something of which the previous owners of the yard dating back over many centuries, would undoubtedly be proud.

Present Day Modernisation and Maintaining the Traditions David’s sons, Brian and Dominic May took over in 1990. They both consider themselves tenants for the next generation. During their tenure, they have modernised and upgraded the shipyard, and Berthon remains a vertically integrated business committed to client service at the highest level possible. Serious investment was required to take the shipyard into the 21st Century and following bad floods in 1990, the sea wall was raised and a flood defence system put in place. The marina was refurbished and many of the sheds dating from the 1930s were rebuilt, providing the skilled teams of shipwrights, joiners, engineers, plumbers and electricians with specialist workshops. The paint spray booth was enlarged and upgraded to be one of the most technologically advanced facilities in Europe. Finally the marina building was totally refurbished, housing the Sales Division, the yacht maintenance management team and the dockmasters. The Sales Division has continued to expand, now with

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Nicholson Bermudan Sloop

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 35’

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Teak planks on mahogany laminate frames, lead keel Camper & Nicholson’s, Peter Nicholson

LWL: 26.5’ • 8.1m Beam: 10’ • 3m Draft: 6’ • 1.8m

Refits In 2001, her 35th birthday present was a major refit with all structural and mechanical components replaced including keel bolts, floors and mast step. Her original shipwrighting was however retained. During the refit, she was fitted with a new engine and electrics and 9 years later in 2010 all electronic and navigation systems were upgraded.

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Displacement: 7.86 tons

History She was designed for Sir Owen Aisher, to compete under the old One Ton Cup Rule. She competed in the 1967 One Ton Cup in Copenhagen, with Peter Nicholson as helmsman as one of 3 British boats. Originally launched as Yeoman XIV, when she was sold she was renamed Quailo for 3 years, then Dalcassion and finally ‘A Day at the Races’

Refits She was rebuilt in 1982 in California as an exact replica with the keelson as the only original timber. Her refit build was double planked in cedar to the waterline, with fir planks for the topsides. She has triple layered decking, finished in Port Orford cedar with light timber frames of oak. She has low bulwarks with a small coachroof. Her interior currently remains basic, however, over the next winter full cruising accommodation will be

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to reflect her competitive history and racing pedigree.

Build Date » 1904

AEOLUS

Construction: Wood, plank on edge, long keel Builder and Designer: Unknown LOA: 42’• 12.8m LWL: 36’4”• 11.1m Beam: 9’2”• 2.8m Draft: 8’2”• 2.5m

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Build Date » 1966

A DAY AT THE RACES

Displacement: 15 tons

added in a traditional style providing six berths. She will also be fitted with a wood-burning stove. History Aeolus is a 42’ extreme plank on edge gaff topsail cutter with an excessive sailplan of working sails. She was built and sailed in California, yet little is known of her history until after the 1982 rebuild, when she was occasionally raced.

In 2003, she was brought over to the UK but seldom sailed until her current owner purchased her in late 2008 and carried out some trial sails. The lines of the hull were drawn and Ed Burnett was commissioned to produce a balanced sailplan. The new mainsail has a much shorter foot and combined with bigger headsails she now has the correct balance for performance and beauty. She remains traditional with block, tackle and belaying pins as the sole method of securing ropes.


Build Date » 1971

AMAZON AYC

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Steel Camper & Nicholson, Sparkman & Stephens

LOA: 72’6”• 22.12m LWL: 55’8”• 17m Beam: 17’8”• 5.42m Draft: 10’7”• 3.25m Displacement: 54 tons Refits In 1992, Amazon underwent a complete refit in Holland. The process began with removing the interior to sandblast the interior hull plating, bilges and tanks with 20 tons of grit. Major work included a new teak deck, galley, replacing the generator and restoration of both masts. She has also undergone a recent refit in La Rochelle.

International 8 Metre

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History Amazon was designed by Olin Stephens in 1970, for Mr Goulandris who wanted a fast yacht to race on the East Coast of the States, in particular for the Bermuda Race. She was built in 1971 by Camper & Nicholson in their Gosport yard. She raced in the States until she was sold in 1977, to different owners who used her essentially for cruising in the US and in Europe. The current owner has owned her since 2009.

Build Date » 1939

ATHENA

Composite – Mahogany and pitch pine on oak and iron Tore Holm, Sweden

LOA: 46’8”• 14.26m LWL: 30’• 9.13m Beam: 8’5”• 2.6m Draft: 6’4”• 1.96m Displacement: 8.6 tons History Athena was built to the 8m Rule for Swedish banker Marcus Wallenberg. Mr Wallenburg had been disappointed in his attempt at the Olympic title in 1936 – see BCYC member Ilderim – as a politically influenced decision relegated him from the gold medal position to fourth. He challenged the Germans and Italians for the Coppa d’Italia, then the European Championships for the Eight Metre Class, in Genoa in 1937 and

1938, winning on the second occasion and taking the Cup home to Sweden. For the 1939 defence he built a new Ilderim, again from the board and yard of Tore Holm. This Ilderim was also successful and won the last challenge for the Cup before the Second World War, beating, among others, renowned 8 metres such as Pinuccia, Sira, and Germania IV. She was renamed Athena in 2007.

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Refits Athena spent her life in Sweden until 2002. Prior to that, she was very well maintained and had not required a rebuild, although she went through a major refit during the 1980s. In 2002 when she came to the UK, she was stripped and any defective frames and planking were made good. Following the refit, she was recommissioned in race-ready condition, with a new wooden rig, all new sails and deck gear.

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37’ Prior

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Build Date » 1966

CARESSA

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Teak over Canadian Rock Elm with bronze floors and lead keel. Teak decks and superstructure. R J Prior & Sons, Burnham, Alan Buchanan

LOA: 37’6” • 11.5m LWL: 28’• 8.5m Beam: 10’2”• 3.1m Draft: 5’9”• 1.8m Displacement: 8 tons History The Prior 37 is a classic from the board of Alan Buchanan, and CARESSA has enjoyed a small number of custodians through life who, apart from a new rig, have maintained her in her current, original condition. She is now owned by the Classic Sailing Club who make her available to

Shoreham 10 Tonner

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a wide range of yachtsmen who are interested in traditional yachts and who want to enjoy Solent sailing aboard her. For more information visit www.classicsailing.com

Build Date » 1938

CERESTE

photo» (above) The Robert Clark design 10 tonner Cereste is taken to windward by a happy crew racing at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta 2009. She underwent a complete restoration 1998 to 2001

Carvel, mahogany pitch pine on oak Sussex Yacht Works, Robert Clark

LOA: 39’4”• 12m LWL: 28’5”• 8.69m Beam: 8’5”• 2.58m Draft: 5’7”• 1.75m Displacement: 7.138 tons Refits She had an extensive refit over 3 years in 1998, which presented the opportunity to improve and upgrade some features of her design. This included a new teak deck, cockpit and coach roof and the installation of wheel steering. The original rig design was masthead cutter, although Robert Clark drew an alternative three quarter rig, but the then more fashionable masthead option prevailed. Cereste is now re-rigged with the three

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quarter rig design, which has greatly improved her performance and made her highly competitive under IRC and handicap racing. History Cereste spent several years in the Mediterranean where her structure deteriorated significantly, although some running repairs were carried out to keep her in commission, before returning her

to the UK in the late 80s. Some further attempts were made at restoration but when she was found by her current owners in Neyland, South Wales in 1998, she was in a very sorry state. Following her restoration, her inaugural passage was a passage from the East Coast to the Solent to witness the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee celebrations.


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Build Date » 1955

CETAWAYO

photos» Peter Mumford / Beken of Cowes

Construction: Teak hull, mahogany deck and superstructure Builder and Designer: Morris & Lorrimar, Laurent Giles LOA: 47’6”• 14.5m LWL: 35’• 10.7m Beam: 10’6”• 3.5m Draft: 8’ • 2.4m Displacement: 17.4 tons Refits She was restored by her current owner, with the of work in 1995. Successive winters of refitting have Zulu. In 1989, she was found by her current owner initial reconstruction work allowing her to be sailed to seen further changes with the installation of a new abandoned and rotting in Pembroke Dock. engine (48 h/p Kaboto marine diesel auxilliary), and a Plymouth to later undergo a complete renovation. complete rebuild of the transom rudder and steering Following her complete restoration, Cetawayo has Prior to this work, she was raced in and around allowing extra winches to be installed, facilitating the been immaculately maintained to achieve her full racing potential, with ongoing upgrades to sails and the Solent and the decision was made to optimise use of higher performance modern race sails. systems. She has undergone some dramatic changes her racing potential. A continuing programme of including a complete rebuild of the transom to restoration, innovation and improvement has been History undertaken year on year. This includes a newly Cetawayo was built on speculation of sale and sold accommodate running backstay winches supporting shaped keel, new duel cockpits and improved race to Sir Henry Spurrier, who campaigned her very the rig with its complement of vast masthead and instrumentation amounting to 800 crew hours’ worth successfully on the Clyde, under her original name of fractional asymmetric and symmetrical spinnakers.

Builder and Designer:

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Build Date » 1963

CLARION OF WIGHT

photos» (above) Beken of Cowes (left) Peter Mumford - Beken of Cowes

Clare Lallow, Sparkman & Stephens

LOA: 43’5”• 13.26m LWL: 31’5”• 9.61m Beam: 11’• 3.34m Draft: 6’7”• 2.04m Displacement: 11.7 tons Refits During the winter of 2006/07, Clarion of Wight’s teak decks were replaced at Lowestoft Boat Building College. History Her first owners were D. Boyer and D. Miller. In 1963 she was believed to be very light with an original displacement of 10,070 Kg, of which 4,536

Kg was in the lead keel. She was selected for the British Admiral’s Cup Team in the same year as she was launched, and won the Fastnet Race with the team, also winning the Admiral’s Cup. The boat was subsequently purchased by Sir Maurice Laing, who had the keel-hung rudder replaced by a skeg-mounted version, and the original was reduced to a trim tab.

photos» (left) Beken of Cowes (above) Peter Mumford - Beken of Cowes

In 1971 in the ownership of Dr R. O’Hanlon Clarion of Wight competed again in the Admirals Cup, this time in the Irish Team. The current owners bought her in 1992 and were totally unaware of Clarion of Wight’s impeccable racing history!

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Build Date » 1947

CROIX DES GARDES

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Teak on oak Bonnin of Arcachon, Henri Dervin

photo» (left) Peter Mumford - Beken of Cowes

LOA: 50’• 15.2m LWL: 38’• 11.6m Beam: 11’6”• 3.5m Draft: 7’8”• 2.4m Displacement: 19 tons Refits Croix Des Gardes was partially restored in 1993-94 at Cantieri di Imperia, with a new engine and some internal cosmetics. Under Swiss stewardship she had a new transom, stem and mast between 2001 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 she moved to the UK and had new keel bolts, chainplates and 21 iron strap floors renewed. The deck was repayed, the forepeak was returned to the original design and a modern galley was fitted.

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History Croix des Gardes was designed by the French naval architect Henri Dervin. She was built by Bonnin in Arcachon in 1947 with timber hidden from the Germans during WWII. With 40 mm teak planking and deck structures on oak she is a powerful cruising boat. Her history between 1947 and 1970 is vague and her launch name has not yet been traced.

DANEGELD

Construction: Mahogany on oak frames, teak decks and superstructure. Builder and Designer: David Cheverton & Partners, David Cheverton LOA: 35’ 5” • 11.8m LWL: 24’• 7.3m Beam: 9’6”• 3m Draft: 5’6”• 1.7m Displacement: 8 tons Refits History In 1997 Danegeld returned to Cowes for a major Danegeld was built for Bobby Lowein, a well-known restoration. The hull was sound but her interior was sailor with an enviable race record, later to become stripped because, as pointed out at the time, it was Max Aitken’s sailing master. Lowein’s brief was for a never completed since the Danegeld ran out when “prettier“ boat than his previous Rum Runner, and she was built! Danegeld, with her long overhangs, was hailed by the yachting press as one of the “nicest and most She has been returned, as near as possible, to her shapely vessels produced in this country”. original condition. Worn planks were replaced and the deck refastened. A heavy diesel engine and fuel In 1959, from 22 starts, she gained 15 first places, 2 tanks in the long counter with compensating ballast x 2nds and 4 x 3rds, which included overall winner in the bow were removed and she is now restored to of that year’s Round the Island Race and her class in the Fastnet. That year Bobby Lowein was awarded her designed float marks. Yachtsman of the Year.

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She was called “Voie Lactée” when owned by a senior figure at Nestlé and then renamed “Croix des Gardes” by Jean Carré in 1970. With her current owners since 2007; today, young crew have the forepeak, with the owner’s cabin aft, and the galley and saloon between. Numerous skylights give light and ventilation below deck.

Build Date » 1958

photo» Hamo Thornycroft

Her distinct lines, made her more akin to the normal American cruiser racers of her size, with similar remarkable comfort below. Her long coach roof maintained low windage, yet provided ample standing headroom. Danegeld’s 3 ton lead keel was made up from melted gargoyles from East Cowes Castle, which Bobby had inherited! The funds to build Danegeld came from Bobby’s Danish wife Karin, hence the boat’s name. 4 further sisterships were built. She was sold in 1964 and in 1997 she passed on to her current owner, who began an extensive restoration back to the racing condition for which Danegeld was famous.


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Build Date » 2003

DIDO

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Wood / Epoxy Spirit Yachts, Sean McMillan, Mick Newman

LOA: 46’7”• 14.05m LWL: 33’10”• 10.3m Beam: 9’3”• 2.83m Draft: 6’6”• 2m Displacement: 4.9 tons Refits Regular maintenance. History Launched in September 2003, Dido was commissioned by her current owner. She was first overall in the BCYC Regatta in 2007 and competed again last year. Her home port is St Helier in the Channel Islands.

Thames Rater Gaff Sloop

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Teak on oak frames Thames Yacht Building Company, Linton Hope

Build Date » 1894

photo» (left) Peter Mumford – Beken of Cowes

LOA: 32’8”• 10m LWL: 22”• 6.7m Beam: 7’2”• 2.2m Draft: 3’6”• 1.1m Displacement: 2.8 tons

Dorothy retains her original teak planking on oak frames, now, after 116 years, rather thin and delicate. A new cabin in the style of the original was built in

the 1980s, bow fronted and all in teak with traditional skylight, sliding hatch and lift-off doors to the cabin. Each winter Dorothy is ashore, at home in Monmouthshire, being maintained and re-varnished ready for the next season. Last year Dorothy was taken to France for the “Semaine de Golfe” in Brittany and again this year for the Brest Classic Week.

Over the years she has proven to be very fast, winning Concours d’Elegance and Classic Yacht Regattas on the South Coast. Recent Successes: 2006 1st Gaff Class, Dartmouth Regatta 1st Plymouth Classic Regatta 2007 Concours Winner, BCYC Regatta, Cowes 2008 1st “Classic Round the Island Race” IOW 1st Gaff Class, Dartmouth Regatta

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History Designed by Linton Hope and built in Greenhythe on the Thames in 1894 for Mr R F Lawson of Mayfair, London. She was raced as a “Thames Rater” until 1912 when she was bought by Charles Ffolliott, a photographer, and moved to Dartmouth. Today she is still kept on a mooring on the Dart river.

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Build Date » 1948

DROLEEN II

photos» (above) Ray Little (bottom right) Hamo Thornycroft

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Carvel, mahogany on oak A H Moody & Sons, Laurent Giles

LOA: 33’8”• 10.2m LWL: 22’3”• 7.7m Beam: 8’2”• 2.5m Draft: 5’2”• 1.1m Displacement: 2.8 tons Refits The current owner took Droleen II home in 1998 to project manage a comprehensive refit over a period of 18 months. He prepared drawings, managed the quotations and laboured throughout this time, with Mark Welch, a skilled shipwright, carrying out the expert work.

30 Square Metre Seefahrtkreuzer

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 32’• 9.75m

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LWL: 24’• 7.3m

Beam: 7’2”• 2.18m

www.cowes.co.uk/zonexml/story?story_id=9376;cp=0

History Erida (original name Erda) is a 30 Square Meter Seefahrtkreuzer built in 1937 by Abeking and

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ERIDA

photo » Sailing Scenes by David Harding

Mahogany on oak frames, long keel Abeking & Rasmussen

Refits In 2008 Erida’s current owners found her lying on the Wareham River and following an extensive restoration, she was re-launched at Clare Lallow’s yard in Cowes in September 2009.The refit can be seen at:

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History Droleen II won the Channel Race in 1940 competing against notable names such as Tilly Whim, Debra and Old Gauntlet.

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Draft: 4’6”• 1.4m

Displacement: 3.25 tons

Rasmussen in Bremen, Germany. She is one of the 100 or so high quality wooden offshore yachts taken as reparation after the Second World War. Virtually all the British service personnel who sailed offshore for the next 15 - 20 years were introduced to sailing aboard these yachts. Later, the Services gradually disposed selling them to civilian owners. They evolved into classics, and are still known today as Windfalls. Their beautiful lines still turn heads today. More information on the Windfall Yachts can be

found in The Windfall Yachts - A Legacy of Goodwill by Michael Cudmore (www.windfallyachts.com) It is believed that Erida was sailed by the services from her arrival in England until 1950. From 1950 to 1973 she was listed in Lloyds Register of Yachts and owned by W M Read who raced her in the Solent Class Racing Association Q Class and events in Poole. Erida was returned to the Solent in 1995 where she raced until 2001.


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Build Date » 2007

FLIGHT OF UFFORD

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Wood/epoxy Sean McMillan

LOA: 52’• 15.8m LWL: 36’8”• 11.2m Beam: 11’3”• 3.4m Draft: 7’2”• 2.2m Displacement: 2.8 tons History Designed and built by Sean McMillan, MD of Spirit Yachts for his own use, 2 further Spirit 52s have subsequently been built by the company. Flight of Ufford fills a dual role as a fast, but easy cruiser for Sean and Jenny McMillan, and as a regatta participant in the great Classic regattas. She has also been extensively used as a demonstrator for Spirit Yachts and was exhibited at the Southampton Boat Show in 2008.

Dallimore Bermudan Cutter

LOA: 42’• 12.8m

Build Date » 1937

FOGLIO

Pitch pine on oak with teak deck and superstructure William King & Son, and Norman Dallimore

LWL: 30’• 9.1m

Beam: 9’6”• 2.9m

Refits Originally named Allegro, she was purchased in 1989 by Martin Muntiga and renamed Foglio. He restored her and replaced the rig, lengthening it by 2 metres. In 2009 her garboards were rebuilt and standing rigging replaced.

Draft: 6’• 1.8m

Displacement: 12 tons

History One of a pair built at Burnham for Charles Vickers, her sister was Marchwood Maid. Other owners of Foglio include Fred Miles who was a leading engineer involved in the pioneering of supersonic flight. Norman Dallimore designed the famous Burnham One Design and his designs are well known for their distinctive counter shape and angle.

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Build Date » 1947

INFANTA

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 47’• 14.3m

Mahogany planking on oak frames, bronze fastened. Butternut interior, teak decks and superstructure. Kretzer Boat Works, New York, Philip Rhodes

LWL: 33’• 10.1m

Beam: 11’10”• 3.4m

Refits Infanta underwent a major structural rebuild in the 1980s after she had been neglected; including new frames, some planking, new forward cabin trunk and replacement of all systems. In 2007/8 she had all new systems and updated navigational equipment together with a full cosmetic finish. Like most classic yachts, it is an on-going process.

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LWL: 30’• 9.1m

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History Built in New York in 1947 for Houlder Hudgins, Infanta was designed to race and cruise in Long Island Sound, and to take part in passage races like the Bermuda Race. The Hudgins family owned her for ten years, until Houlder died. Her history thereafter is sketchy, but she spent some time in St Barts, West Indies. Her current owners bought her in 2006, and in 2008/9 sailed her to

Morocco, back to St Barts, cruising the West Indies, competing and winning at Antigua Classic Week; then to New York, Martha’s Vineyard and back to the UK via Nova Scotia and Spain. While in Long Island Sound, Infanta was reunited with Bill Hudgins (72), whose father had her built, and who had sailed on her as a small boy.

Build Date » 1974

Cold Moulded Gordon Neil Durban, South Africa, Sparkman & Stephens

Refits Golden Fleece underwent a complete 5 year restoration at the Elephant Boatyard from 2004-2009. This included the removal of any questionable timbers, a re-designed, new interior, epoxy sheathing of hull and sub deck, new electrics, plumbing, standing rigging, teak deck, cockpit, engine and sails. The spars were re-painted white and the topsides finished in Awlgrip flag blue.

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Displacement: 14 tons

GOLDEN FLEECE OF MERSEA

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 31’2”• 12.6m

Draft: 7’• 2.1m

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Displacement: 10.14 tons

History Golden Fleece was built in South Africa in 1974 to the previous year’s design from Sparkman & Stephens for Marionette IV. She represented South Africa at the Admiral’s Cup in Cowes in 1975 winning 133 points. She went on to win Rothman’s Week in Cape Town the same year and campaigned in many other ocean races around the South African coast. The current owner found her in Durban in 1999 in rather a sorry state. He bought her and after a hurried

refit sailed her to Rio de Janeiro in the 2000 Cape to Rio Race. In Rio she broke away from her mooring, went aground filled with water and was threatened with arrest by the Brazilian authorities for overstaying her permitted time in Brazil. She was then raised, made seaworthy and sailed back to the UK over a 14 month period. Upon arrival in Falmouth in 2003 she was sailed to West Mersea, where she was surveyed and subsequently shipped by road to the Elephant Boatyard in 2004 which was to become her home for the five year restoration.


International 30 Square Metre

LOA: 38’6”• 11.78m

Build Date » 1929

GLUCKAUF

Carvel wood/lead keel Abeking & Rasmussen

LWL: 25’1”• 7.65m

Beam: 6’4”• 1.96m

Refit The previous owners began restoration in March 1994. A detailed photographic record of the restoration shows the GRP sheath was removed, the hull splined, the centre structure rebuilt, keel refitted and a replacement rudder made. She was re-launched in Bodenzee in August 1996 and now races with a modern rig.

Draft: 5’4”• 1.65m

Displacement: 2.7 tons

History Gluckauf (Good Luck) is an International 30 square metre class sloop designed by Rasmussen and built by Abeking and Rasmussen in 1929. This type of yacht is known as a ‘Skerry Cruiser’ which is a mistranslation of the Swedish word Skargardskryssare which means a boat that is fast tacking in the skerry (archipelago).

which suggests that her original owner was a “30’s” fanatic. She was based in Flensberg in the 1970s as Diana before being renamed Kuky and sheathed in yellow GRP sometime prior to 1993 when her previous German owners acquired her. At that time she had been re-decked but photographs show her being transported by tractor on an ancient trailer with much of her centre structure missing and with her lead keel strapped down beside her! Unlike so many yachts of her type, Gluckauf has no iron frames or floors (and no associated galvanic action!). The original owner was a mine owner Gluckauf, although there is no exact translation was a term of greeting exchanged by opposite shifts at the pit head – ‘Good Luck on your shift – hope you come up again!’

The history of Gluckauf (her original name) has not been easy to trace. At least 4 yachts of this name and class were built by the same yard,

The “30’s” are still a flourishing class with new boats occasionally being built in Scandinavia and in Bodenzee (Lake Constance). Gluckauf

was bought by the present owners in the Spring of 2002 and was trailed back from Germany behind a Land Rover Discovery. At 2.5 tonnes displacement she can be towed legally using an over-run braked trailer which is a great practical advantage although negotiating country lanes with a 38’ load has it’s moments! Gluckauf possibly got her first taste of the open sea in 2002 and she obviously enjoys it. She is a delight to sail, being very responsive and with deeper bow sections and narrower counter is less prone to slamming than a Dragon. She is, however, still a sailing submarine and snorkel and goggles are advised, particularly if you are nominated foredeck hand! Each alternative year 30 squares congregate together for the European Championships – the Europa Cup. Gluckauf returned to Bodensee in 2006 and to Sweden in 2008 for the centenary regatta.

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Build Date » 1939

TIGER C

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 36’5”• 11.13m

Carvel, teak on oak frames Berthon Boat Company, H G May LWL: 30’2”• 9.23m

Beam: 9’5”• 2.90m

Refits With her annual maintenance carried out at Dolphin Quay Yard, Emsworth. Tiger C still has her original cutter rig with recent sails by Sanders and Lucas. Over this winter, all keel bolts and throat bolts were drawn, checked and replaced as and where necessary.

Draft: 5’6”• 1.68m

Displacement: 11.5 tons

History Tiger C is 1 of the 12 ton Gauntlets built by Berthon. Under her current ownership since 2001, Tiger C has sailed as a family cruising yacht to the West Country, Scilly Isles, Brittany and the Channel Islands. Her home port is Itchenor, Chichester Harbour. Before 2001, under her previous 25year ownership, she was kept in Ardfern on the West coast of Scotland. Throughout WW2, she passed her time in a mud berth on the Blackwater in Essex. She is 71 years young!

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Build Date » 1897

JAP

photos» Fairlie Restorations

LOA: 37’• 11.3m

Elm keel, stem and sternpost oak frames with laminated iroko/sawn oak. Pitch pine planking and teak deck William Fife III

LWL: 21’46”• 6.5m

Beam: 7’3”• 2.2m

Refits Fairlie Restorations received Jap in 2001. Much of the structure was rotten and thus an extensive repair and replacement programme was undertaken, including pulling the yacht back into shape. Much of the backbone was re-used, but replacement floors and planking were needed. On deck, nothing was re-useable so new beams were fitted and a solid teak deck. Her deck gear is of the simplest kind with sheets

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Draft: 4’6”• 1.4m

Displacement: 4.5 tons

controlled by purchases, and of course she has no engine. History Designed in 1895 by William Fife, 6 of these One Designs were built at the Carrigaloe Gridiron and Works for £80 each (without sails of course). Soon it was established that close racing was to be had and by 1897 there were 9

of them. They raced gaff rigged until 1956 when 2 of the fleet unilaterally converted to Bermudian and were quickly followed by their sisters. Today it is believed that only 5 of these lovely little yachts exist. Clayton Love Jr. a local Cork businessman commissioned her restoration at Fairlie, and with no electronics or engine fitted, her helm relies on her burgee just as he or she would have in 1897.

Build Date » 1898

Kismet

Construction: Builder and Designer:

Traditional Timber 1898

LOA: 55’ (inc bowsprit) • 16.8m

LWL: 48’• 14.6m

Refits A virtual rebuild over four years was completed in August 2009 by Adrian Wombwell and three other shipwrights in Tollesbury, Essex. Designer and technical co-ordinator was David Cooper. History Built in 1898, Kismet had 9 owners to the time when Richard Matthews (founder and former owner of Oyster Marine) rescued her from a mud

Beam: 10’• 3m

Draft: 7’• 2.1m

Displacement: 10 tons

berth in West Mersea, after 50 years as a house boat. Her stern was reputedly blown off by an unexploded German bomb. Only the hull remained – the rig, rudder and ballast having disappeared years earlier.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 32’8”• 10m

Build Date » 1957

MARCITA

Pitch pine on oak Harry King & Sons Pinmill, Alan Buchanan

LWL: 24’• 7.3m

Beam: 8’2”• 2.5m

Refits Marcita has been maintained as required during her life so apart from a modern rig fitted in the early 90s, she mostly retains her original feel and appearance. History Marcita is very much at home in Pin Mill, she was built there in 1957 and she has spent all her life on the Orwell. She was in the same family for over

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Draft: 5’7”• 1.73m

Displacement: 4.06 tons

40 years until she was the acquired by the Classic Sailing Club. From the board of Alan Buchanan during his most prolific and successful period, Marcita is 1 of 2 built to this experimental racing design.

Build Date » 1937

MAYBIRD

Oak frames, pitch pine planking and teak deck Tyrrells Arklow Ireland, Fred Shepherd

LOA: 43’• 13.1m LWL: 34’5”• 10.5m Beam: 10’7”• 3.3m Draft: 6’7”• 2.0m Displacement: 16 tons History She was built for Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO, Indian Army (retired). This wooden ketch connects the lives of her designer, her builder and her original owner with some 9 families who have had the privilege of owning and sailing her over the last 73 years. Maybird’s various roles have included being a gentleman’s auxillary yacht, an ocean passage maker and a Greenpeace protest vessel - Maybird’s story is truly compelling and detailed on her web site www.maybird.co.uk

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Her story begins in Ireland in the years following the First World War and the creation of the Irish Free State. It continues in England from the outbreak of the Second World War until the late 1960s. She sailed to New Zealand from Berthon in Lymington in 1972 via the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Galapagos Islands and Tahiti. She spent the next 36 years based in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand making a number of South Pacific voyages to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and

New Caledonia. During 2007 she made the trip back to the UK as deck cargo on a bulk carrier, which was transporting 25,000 tonnes of onions from Tauranga, New Zealand to Ipswich. She was seized by HM Revenue and Customs on arrival in Ipswich but took it in her stride and once common sense prevailed, ownership was transferred back from Her Majesty to the current owner. She has since undergone an extensive restoration over a period of 2 years and been returned back to her original Gaff Rig design after being converted to Bermudan Rig in 1950. She was re-launched in December 2009. She has had a long association with the Berthon yard throughout her life.


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Builder and Designer: LOA: 95’1”• 29m

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Build Date » 1911

MARIQUITA

photos» (top) Peter Mumford / Beken of Cowes (below) Beken of Cowes

William Fife & Son, William Fife III

LWL: 62’3”• 15m

Beam: 17’1”• 5.2m

Refit Mariquita was one of the largest yachts Fairlie Restorations have ever undertaken. History Mariquita, meaning ladybird in Spanish, is the last 19-Metre in existence. She was designed to the first International Rule as a 19-Metre. There were 4 built in the UK, 2 by Fife, 1 by Mylne and 1 by Nicholson; they raced as a class from 1911 – 1914 and provided some of the most exciting and close racing of the era.

Draft: 11’8”• 3.6m

Displacement: 78 tons

After the first war Mariquita raced on handicap until the 30s. She was laid up in 1938, lead keel cut off, mast chopped away. She lay at Pin Mill in the Orwell as a houseboat for 60 years until transported to Fairlie Restorations in 1990. She lay there until a buyer could be found who would take on the restoration and running costs. She was then relaunched in 2004 and has competed in the Classic regatta circuit in the mediterranean, visiting the UK in 2008.

Mariquita’s first captain was Edward Sycamore, second Robert Wringe. Both sailed as Captain of the Shamrock for Sir Thomas Lipton in his America’s Cup challenges.

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Wood / Epoxy Stephen Jones

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 46’• 14m

Build Date » 2006

METEOR

LWL: 30’6”• 9.3m

Beam: 10’• 3m

Draft: 8’• 2.4m

Displacement: 6.4 tons

History Launched in 2006 she was designed by Stephen Jones for use with his family. She has so far sailed within the UK and the Channel Islands in her short history.

attachment. Inside she has laminated mahogany frames and floors and her deck is ply plus laid teak. The keel is a composite stainless steel and lead with a bulb.

She is built in strip plank Brazilian Cedar subsequently cold moulded over with Khaya, and then a thin glass protective layer. There is substantial extra glass sheathing in way of keel

She is of moderate, not light, displacement form like a metre boat and her traditional spruce bowsprit with dolphin striker is purely for supporting the asymmetric spinnaker.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 42’• 12.8m

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Build Date » 1904

MIKADO

Beam: 8’6”• 2.6m

Refits A series of refits have been accomplished through life – 1925, conversion to Bermudian Cutter and in 1946 to Sloop.1993-95 saw a total restoration including new deck, cabin top, floors, interior, engine and masthead cutter rig. History A Clyde Day Racer from 1904-07, in 1912 she had moved to the Forth. From 1920 - 1960 she was

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Archangel Pine and Red Cedar on Oak William Fife III

LWL: 31’• 9.4m

Inside she has a conventional saloon with table, heads compartment, then double berth forward. Aft is a galley, navigation seat and table, starboard double berth plus port wide single.

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Displacement: 7.5 tons

a successful cruiser racer on the East Coast. By 1993 she was feeling her age and her restoration followed. Since 1991 she has enjoyed a second racing career as probably the oldest yacht in IRC. She has collected cups at Cowes, the Fife Regattas and on the Med circuit. She remains a potent sailing machine and is an enchanting cruising yacht when not racing.


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Build Date » 1971

Opposition

photo» Peter Mumford – Beken of Cowes

LOA: 40’7”• 12.4m

Carvel wood with laminated hull frames Clare Lallow, Sparkman & Stephens

LWL: 31’2”• 9.51m

Beam: 12’5”• 3.81m

History Opposition was built for the then British Prime Minister Edward Heath as his second Morning Cloud and was launched in the Spring of 1971 with a view to competing in that years Admiral’s Cup as part of the British team. The British team won the Admiral’s Cup that year and the yacht went on to achieve a number of notable successes under Edward Heath’s ownership including Burnham Week and the Round the Island race. She was also a class winner in the Sydney Hobart race. After two years the yacht was sold and renamed Opposition and for a further 2 seasons she raced in the Solent. Thereafter Opposition moved to the Clyde and continued to race, winning the Tomatin Series in 1975 (now known as the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series). Towards the end of the 70s Opposition was sold once again and started her life a cruising yacht spending some time in the Mediterranean. The heat of the Med did not suit the yacht well and she returned to the Clyde in the mid-80s to lie on a mooring in Tarbert in Loch Fyne. She was lightly used during this period and towards the end of the 80s was brought ashore for a major refit. She remained ashore for several years were she suffered further during several hot summers under cover. In the mid nineties she was then sold to the current owner’s late brother-in-law and was once again made sea-worthy and continued her life as a cruising yacht in the West of Scotland. Within a couple of years the current owner bought an

Draft: 6’7”• 2.04m

Displacement: 12.59 tons

interest in Opposition eventually becoming the outright owner and she continued to be used for cruising in the Clyde and the waters of the West Coast of Scotland. By the Spring of 2007 it became clear that Opposition had become very tired indeed. Perhaps this is not surprising given that she was now 36 years old and as an out and out racing yacht had perhaps only been built to last 5 or 6 years.

in public but perhaps this was a very special occasion for him. Opposition is now to be seen participating in classic races and regattas in both the waters of the Solent and the West Coast of Scotland.

That summer, discussions took place with Lallows and the decision was made to return the yacht to her birthplace to undergo a complete restoration. She arrived back in Cowes for the first time since the 70s at the end of Cowes Week that year, and a few days later was hauled ashore up into Lallows shed to commence her re-birth. The following Spring she returned to the water looking every bit as splendid as she had done some 37 years before and resumed her racing career a few weeks later by entering the JP Morgan Round the Island in which she came 3rd in her class. Her return to the sea was celebrated with a party at the Royal London where all her original crew with the exception of Edward Heath who had passed away were able to see her. We were very privileged in particular to have Owen Parker raise a glass to Opposition. Owen had suffered ill health for some time and sadly this was to be the last time he would be seen

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Build Date » 1936

OVERLORD

Construction: Mahogany on oak and iron frames Builder and Designer: Abeking & Rasmussen, Henry Rasmussen LOA: 56’4”• 17.2m LWL: 40’6”• 12.39m Beam: 11’3”• 3.45m Draft: 7’5”• 2.3m Refits Overlord has never been restored, but rather actively sailed and maintained for her entire 74 year life, with any major work being carried out in her annual winter refit. She had an engine fitted in the mid-1950s; was replanked below the waterline in 1979; and had her deck replaced in 1982. From 1961 Overlord sported a “cut down” aluminium masthead rig, which was replaced by another aluminium rig to the original ¾ design for the 2000 sailing season.

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Displacement: 18.3 tons

History She was originally named Pelikan and built as a sail training vessel for the German armed forces. After WW2 she was taken by the British as a one of the Windfall yachts and renamed Overlord. The Royal Engineers and then Royal Army Service Corps (notably under the command of Capt. J A Venables in the mid-1950s) campaigned her in the RORC series until she was dismasted and put up for sale. Tony Venables bought her and, with a group of

Mahogany closed seams Kungsors Boatyard Sweden, Knud Reimers

Refits Patriot has only had minor work carried out to her deck and hull since her current owners purchased her in 2003. Next winter it is planned to replace her centreline because of fresh water damage sustained whilst under her previous ownership on the Great Lakes, USA. History Patriot is one of a few of the Udell one design class. Only 7 out of the original 11 designed by

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Build Date » 1961

PATRIOT

LOA: 36’1”• 11.0m LWL: 27’• 8.24m Beam: 6’6”• 2.01m Draft: 4’9”• 1.5m Displacement: 3.3 tons

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friends, set up the Offshore Cruising Club in 1963 to own and sail her. Overlord is a fantastic bluewater cruising yacht kept in excellent condition, and the OCC has sailed her extensively throughout NW Europe, the Mediterranean and N. Atlantic Islands. Membership of the OCC is open to all.

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Knud Reimers and built in Kungsors remain today. She is designed to the square metre rule, last revised in 1935. Built on commission for Chicago owners, the Udells were very successful in the States where they still have a great following. Built in 1961 for Byron Morril of Chicago and originally named Gladys, she was renamed Valkyrie in 1964 and Patriot in 2003.


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Build Date » 1956

PAZIENZA

photo» (top) Transat Classique

LOA: 59’• 18m

Teak strip plank on acacia frames, teak deck and superstructure Beltrami Cantiare Navale Genoa, Laurent Giles

LWL: 48’• 14.64m

Beam: 13’1”• 4.0m

Refit Pazienza has undergone a number of major refits in the course of her 54 year life but due to the quality of her original materials that included 3/4” 40’ long Burmese teak planks, her hull and superstructure look as good now as when she was first launched. Under her current ownership a continual programme of maintenance has included a new engine, rewiring, new plumbing, new internal bulkheads, new floor bearers, new standing rigging and replacement of all deck and spar stainless fittings.

Draft: 9’5”• 2.9m

Displacement: 32 tons

History Pazienza has a long history of winning classic races in the UK and the Caribbean and under current ownership she has undertaken two Atlantic circuits in her stride including the inaugural Transat Classique where she took line honours in the challenging Brittany to Morocco leg.

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23m Gannon & Benjamin

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 72’• 21.9m

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Construction: Plank on frame with Angelique backbone and white oak frames and deck beams. Angelique and Silver Bali hull planking, deck in Silver Bali, Teak and Angelique Gannon and Benjamin, Nat Benjamin

LWL: 45’• 13.7m

Beam: 14’8”• 4.3m

History REBECCA was found at Gannon & Benjamin in a dusty shed, nearing completion, by her current owners. Immediately they were in love, and when the call came some months later saying that the Courts now owned her as her current owner had run out of enthusiasm and cash, and would they like to take on the finishing of the yacht; the answer had to be yes. In their ownership REBECCA has cruised Massachusetts and Maine and well as the Caribbean. She has crossed the Atlantic and

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Draft: 8’6”• 2.6m

Displacement: 78.5 tons

cruised in Ireland, the west coast of France and Portugal; before heading through the Straits of Gibraltar to the Mediterranean where she based in Cannes to further explore that great cruising ground. From there she sailed back to Northern Europe and the Solent.

REBECCA is the one of 2 schooners to be built by Gannon & Benjamin, the largest yachts to be built at Martha’s Vineyard. In May of this year, a book called Schooner, written by Tom Dunlop was published, featuring the astonishing story of REBECCA’s build.

She has participated in a few regattas, winning the Sweethearts’ Regatta in the BVI, and Classics Class in Antigua Classics in 2002. This will be her second visit to the Cowes Classics.

REBECCA is now for sale, through Berthon.


Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 34’4”• 10.5m

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Carvel traditional wood McGruer Bute Slip Dock, McGruer

LWL: 27’9”• 8.5m

Beam: 8’4”• 2.56m

Refits Substantial work has been carried out by Dolphin Quay Boatyard, Emsworth to include new bronze floors and hull joins. She has also had a redesign of the cockpit and companionway to facilitate single-handed sailing. She was fitted with new winches in 2009 and this year she has had a new engine.

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Draft: 5’3”• 1.63m

Displacement: 6.3 tons

History She was built in Scotland to the order of Ian Arnott, Gentleman of Garelochhead. She has been in her current ownership since 2007 and has competed in the BCYC Regatta in Cowes in 2008 and 2009.

Build Date » 1961

SARILA

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 27’2”• 8.3m

Build Date » 1953

Sally of Kames

Mahogany on Iroko Georges Durr, Maurice Amiet

LWL: 22’2”• 6.78m

Beam: 7’4”• 2.27m

Refits First refit 1990, painted hull stripped back to wood in 1990, then varnished. New wc, new instruments. Major refit 2004 – 2007 completed at Universal Marina’s Metre Shed, including: sheathed deck, Sitka spruce mast by Collars, toerail, sampson post, engine and fuel tank, additional keel bolt, cushions, curtains, galley, instruments, Andersen self-tailing winches, deck hardware, standing rigging, inner no.3 blade track, mainsheet system.

Draft: 5’• 1.52m

Displacement: 13.5 tons

History Sarila was built in 1961 by Georges Durr in Versoix on the north shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. She is a Maurice Amiet ‘Solveig’ class design, built to compete in RORC class C. The class was named after the original yacht built to this design in 1956 at Silvestro’s boat builders in Nice, France, and has a ‘Norwegian’ canoe stern inspired by the Tumlare design, for increased performance.

Sarila spent some time racing in Italy and was imported to Ipswich in the UK to race on the East Coast in 1982. Her current owner bought her in 1990, in need of some work, and has enjoyed sailing her around the South Coast and France whilst steadily improving her condition year on year.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 41’• 12.5m

Carvel, mahogany planks on oak/iroko frames Abeking & Rasmussen, Henry Rasmussen

LWL: 32’8”• 10m

Beam: 8’5”• 2.6m

Refits Since 1984 most of the annual refit jobs have been done by Syndicate members. Major works carried out by professionals shipwrights include - 1991: new deck pine, on ply base. 1999: lower 6 planking strakes replaced with pitch pine, silicon bronze keel bolts fitted. 2009: cockpit replaced. 2010: 3 larger bow floors with larger laminated frames and bronze hanging knees fitted to strengthen the bows. Other years: cracked frames have been replaced as necessary, and bow floors and throat bolts have also been replaced.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 31’3”• 9.55m

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Displacement: 8.1 tons

History Her original name was Zeisig, and she used by the Luftwaffe for navigation training from 1936-44. After the WWII, she was taken by British Forces as war reparation and sailed back to England as part of the Windfall fleet. Renamed Sea Scamp, she was used by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines & Sea Cadets for sail training. In 1984 she was purchased by a group of enthusiasts who formed the sea scamp syndicate.

For the last 26 years she has been based at Shamrock Quay and cruises around the Solent on Spring and Autumn weekends with extended summer cruises - changing crew each week – Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany, East Coast & Holland, West Country and the Isles of Scilly, Ireland, Western Scotland. She has participated in events such as the Royal Escape Race, Round the Island Race and the Benodet, Douarnenez and Brest Festivals.

Build Date » 1937

photos» (above) Peter Mumford – Beken of Cowes (left) Kathy Mansfield

Carvel mahogany on steamed oak and steel frames Kungsors Boatyard Sweden, Eric Nilsson

LWL: 19’3”• 5.88m

Beam: 6’2”• 1.89m

History Sensa is an International 5 Metre commissioned by the Royal Swedish Sailing Association KSSS in 1937. She was one of the prizes in the draw for

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SENSA

Refits Sensa has had her canvas deck replaced with a full teak one. She has a new spruce mast. Her hull has been totally rebuilt below the waterline and all 26 keel bolts are now bronze instead of mild steel.

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Build Date » 1936

SEA SCAMP

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Draft: 3’6”• 1.10m

Displacement: 1.76 tons

their Annual General Meeting, which was aimed at promoting the Class. After 73 years she is still varnished and with her original planking. She was an early build in the series as hull number 11, so very quickly she was superceded by faster designs and therefore converted into a cruising 5 with a cabin.

biggest racing class in Sweden, with 100 yachts. Nowadays the class is undergoing a revival and entry levels for National Championships in Sweden are back to around the numbers of the 1940s. There were about 100 built in Sweden in total.

The class was introduced by Knud Reimers in 1936 and in the 1940s the International 5 Metre was the

The previous owner brought her back to her old racing configuration and her original name.


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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 54’5”• 16.6m

Build Date » 2005

Soufriere

Wood / Epoxy Spirit Yachts, Sean McMillan

LWL: 38’7”• 11.8m

Beam: 10’8”• 3.3m

Refits In 2008 she underwent an extensive refit in the Spirit Yard to bring her to top racing standard. In 2010 she had a new carbon fibre two spreader rig installed by Nordic. History Soufriere achieved lasting fame when she was chosen as the ‘Yacht of Choice’ for James Bond in the film Casino Royale in 2005. For the film

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Draft: 7’• 2.12m

Displacement: 8.9 tons

she travelled to the Bahamas and to Venice. In 2006, she was purchased by Stephen O’Flaherty and arrived in Howth Yacht Club for the 2007 racing season. She won her first race to claim the Fitzpatrick Salver during the Round Lambay Island race. In 2009, she took part in the British Classic Yacht Club Regatta winning the Spirit Trophy and being placed in the Round Island Race and Spirit of Tradition class.

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She summers in Sneem Harbour, County Kerry and can be regularly seen cruising the South coast of Ireland.

Build Date » 1963

photos» Chris Boynton

In 2007 the coach roof was stripped and re veneered, and in 2009 the boat was re-rigged with a mast 1.6m taller than original.

Cold-moulded, 8 layers of mahogany on rock elm frames Souter’s Cowes, Illingworth & Primrose

LOA: 39’5”• 12.04m LWL: 29’1”• 8.87m Beam: 10’2”• 3.12m Draft: 6’• 1.83m Displacement: 7.2 tons Refits A major rebuild commenced in 2003 to rectify a rot problem to the upper hull caused by fibreglass deck cladding fitted in the early eighties. When the decks were removed to expose the problem, it was realised that the framing, which was redundant, would retain it’s integrity even if the hull was completely cut away. Thus the hull was cut down past the damage all the way round the boat to the same level, leaving the beam shelves and the deck beams supported by the frames.

2 thin ply planks were bent round the exposed frame as a base, and successive layers of veneer were laminated over, each layer stepped back into the original hull in order that the glued overlaps would regain this structural integrity. The transom was removed and renewed. The deck was replaced with new teak on a ply base. It is a tribute to Peter Wilson and his craftsmen at Aldeburgh that the result was a strong, fair hull with a beautiful swept teak deck.

Construction is cold moulded, eight layers of mahogany over rock elm frames, supplemented by laminated mahogany frames. In 1963 the strength of cold moulded hulls was not known and the framing was distinctly over engineered. This feature is shared with another BCYC boat - Outlaw, which had the same designers and construction, and was built alongside St David’s Light at Souters in Cowes. The interior is rather luxurious by modern racing boat standards, being mahogany, inlaid with sycamore.

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History St David’s Light was built for De Forest Trimmingham in 1963 as a one off ocean racer. The Trimmingham family owned the largest department store on Bermuda and commissioned several fine yachts over the years. This is why she has a Bermudan sail number. The design by Illingworth and Primrose, who later designed Gypsy Moth IV for Francis Chichester, was optimized for the Bermuda race. The name comes from a lighthouse on Bermuda.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 48’7’• 14.85

Build Date » 1963

STIREN

LWL: 34’4”• 10.50m

Beam: 12’4”• 3.77m

Refits 2006 at Stagnol Yard Benodet. New deck - New superstructure - New interior New rigging - New sails History She is the sister ship of Anitra which won the 1959 Fastnet race.

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Member of French team of the 1965 Admiral’s Cup 2006 » 2007 » 2007 » 2008 » 2009 »

Winner of Cherbourg Classic Winner of Cherbourg Classic Winner of Cowes British Classic Week Lines honours and overall winner of the Round the Island race Winner of La Belle Plaisance, Benodet Winner of leg 1 and leg 2 ofthe Transat Classique Overall winner of the Transat Classique

Wood / Epoxy Spirit Yachts, Sean McMillan

LWL: 28’• 8.5m

Beam: 6’3”• 2.05m

Her home port is Lymington.

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Displacement: 15 tons

Build Date » 2001

History The last Mark II Spirit 37 and was launched in time for the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001. She has probably collected more trophies than any other Spirit and has won her class in Monaco Classics and Regates Royales in Cannes in 2003.

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Draft: 7’7”• 2.35m

STREGA

Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 37’• 11.3m

photos» Peter Mumford – Beken of Cowes

Teak on oak frames Pichavant France, Olin Stephens

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Draft: 6’3”• 1.8m

Displacement: 2 tons


Gauntlet 12 ton Cutter

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Build Date » 1936

GUIDING LIGHT

Carvel pitch pine on sawn oak frames Berthon Boat Company, H G May

LOA: 41’ • 12.5m LWL: 30’6”• 9.3m Beam: 9’6”• 2.9m Draft: 5’6”• 1.7m Displacement: 12 tons

History She was built for the Earl of Normanton and launched in May 1936. She has retained her

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 49’• 12.5m

original name continuously since build. She was raced by the Earl’s wife many times in the 1930s and 3 photos by Beken attest to this. As the war approached she was sold and relocated to the Isle of Man and later to the Clyde. She has been the subject of many sea stories and is a well known yacht. Her latest adventure has been with her current owner, who crossed the Atlantic single handed in 2009 to Antigua to take part in the

AYC Classic Regatta, where she was first in the Concours d’Elegance and the Special Arne Fritzal Trophy. She also won first overall in the regatta with two first and two second places.

Build Date » 1938

TOMAHAWK

Mahogany over oak, bronze fastened and diagonally strapped with teak interior and teak Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake, Michigan, Sparkman & Stephens

LWL: 34’ • 10.4m

Beam: 11’6”• 3.5m

Refits Nearly 60 years after build, Tomahawk had had fallen on hard times. Brian Pope and the Ocean Yacht Company in Penpol, Cornwall carried out her restoration. When asked for his advice about this project in 2004, Olin Stephen’s views were polite but firm.....the great man had spoken, and the `lead keel up’ rebuild adhering to the original drawings, was undertaken. All her frames, and most of her planking was replaced, but her coach roof, spars,

Draft: 6’6”• 2m

photo» (left) Dan Houston

Displacement: 14 tons

horn timber, stem, stern, rudder, bronze knees and deck fittings were painstakingly restored and re-used. The result is spectacular. History Designed by S&S as an ocean racer in 1938, it is possible that the yacht’s lines were inspired by the New York 32’ with similar dimensions but shorter overhangs. The preliminary drafting was carried out

mainly by Gilbert Wyland who worked closely with Stephens. She was built for Dr Thomas Heffernan. Tomahawk raced achieving 5th in class in the ‘47 Annapolis/Newport Race whilst owned by Paul H Wyatt and went on to have a long history of good results. She was owned privately and also did her share of cruising.

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Refit The last major refit was in 1994 at Hamble Point Marine. Guiding Light has had no restorations since but lots of tender loving care! She underwent a mini refit in the winter of 2008/09 just before an Atlantic crossing towards the end of 2009.

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Construction: Builder and Designer: LOA: 34’8”• 10.61m

Build Date » 1961

TWILIGHT

LWL: 29’• 7.32m

Beam: 8’• 2.44m

Refits She was fully refitted in the 90s, with a new deck, cabin top, bronze floors and planking. In under her current ownership since 2003, the interior was refitted and restored and the exterior cosmetically upgraded. She has been in excellent condition ever since, and is currently being maintained by Moreton Marine in Cowes.

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Construction: Builder and Designer:

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Draft: 6’• 1.83m

Displacement: 7.1 tons

History Built in Hong Kong for an American owner in Port Washington, Twilight moved under new ownership to Bermuda in the 70s. She was sucessfully raced there in the 70s and 80s, before falling into neglect in the late 80s. She was bought by a boatyard owner for his personal use, and he gave her a thorough overhaul at the time. Since 2003 she

Build Date » 1937

WINGS

Mahogany planking over composite frames. Spruce deck and spars. Camper & Nicholson, C E Nicholson

LOA: 65’• 21.36m LWL: 44’7”• 10m Beam: 11’6”• 3.55m Draft: 8’9”• 2.71m Displacement: 26 tons Refits In 1999 she was found by her new owners and was restored to her original sloop rig under the guidance of French Naval Architect, Guy Ribadeau-Dumas, who previously worked on the refit of the 12 Metre Vanity V. The CRM boatyard in La Ciotat replaced much of the planking on the hull and removed the engine, and Chantier de Guip in Brest, built a fabulous new mast. Harry Spencer provided the new rigging.

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has been sailed from Bermuda to the Caribbean, where she spent 2 seasons cruising and taking part in the Antigua Classics. She was sailed home in 2005, and has since competed in local racing, cruising in the West Country and Northern France and a number of the Classic Regattas.

History She was originally designed for Baron Solvay of Belgium in 1937. Although built as a racing yacht, Wings never competed in any regattas during Baron Solvay’s ownership. He died in the late 1940s and she was then based in the Mediterranean under new ownership. She was converted to a cruising boat with the addition of a mizzen mast.

In August 2001, following her refit in Brest, she competed in the America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta which also incorporated the 12 Metre Class World Championships. During the next 8 years Wings regularly competed in regattas on the Mediterranean circuit, most recently in Valencia and in 2008 she moved to the Solent to participate in the Cowes Classic Regatta. Currently on the race circuit there are four Nicholson 12 Metres almost identical in design, which makes for excellent match racing. Evaine, Trivia, Blue Marlin and Wings were all built within two years of each other at Camper & Nicholsons in Gosport. .


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Mahogany on oak frames Clare Lallow Cowes, Charles A Nicholson

LWL: 25’• 7.6m

Beam: 9’• 2.7m

Refits Zahir was refurbished and given a new engine and shaft in 2005. Since then, she has had a new deck (2008), new mast and rigging (2009) and a new steering system (2010). And numerous coats of varnish……… History Zahir is 1 of 15 Jolina racer/cruisers built. For her period she is a beamy yacht, which gives

Camper & Nicholson

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Draft: 5’10”• 1.6m

Displacement: 6.74 tons

her a reasonable amount of space below for her length and age. Her design formed the basis for the later, and very successful, GRP-constructed Nicholson 36. Previously called Sunmaid and Dawn Goddess, she was renamed Zahir when bought in 2005 by her current owners. She is now based in the Royal Naval Sailing Association marina in Gosport

and can be seen most weekends sailing along the South Coast. She continues to be raced, and is a regular participant in the RSYC ‘Double-Handed’ series which frequently takes her across the Channel. In 2008, she circumnavigated the UK.

Build Date » 1951

ZOOM

Carvel teak on oak Camper & Nicholson, Charles E Nicholson

photos» Beken of Cowes

LOA: 44’• 13.4m LWL: 30’3”• 9.2m Beam: 9’6”• 2.9m Draft: 7’• 2.1m Displacement: 12 tons History Zoom was the last yacht designed by Charles E.Nicholson, which he drew in retirement as a favour to his friend Group Captain Teddy Haylock, Editor of Yachting World in 1950; and well known for promoting the design of the Cadet class racing dinghy.

developed into the strip planking system. Her frames are of steamed English oak in 2 laminations, and her entire backbone of teak. All joints are dovetailed, glued and fastened, and she was pronounced at the time a yacht of exceptional strength and durability.

At the time she was regarded as ‘a particularly interesting yacht’ as she is close planked in teak with no caulking, but the plank edges glued in what has now

Time has proved these statements correct, as 60 years later Zoom is still turning heads with her strong sheer, narrow beam and long overhangs. From her

profile she is obviously a Nicholson, and a comfortable fast cruiser. She has never needed rebuilding, having been loved by each of her owners and regularly maintained throughout her life. Her saloon is beautifully fitted with polished oak panelling, and the forecabin in Honduras cedar. The current owners found Zoom ashore in Cowes in 1994, and she was a founder member of the BCYC when the club was formed in 2002. She has raced in the BCYC Cowes Regatta each year since then. Based on the South coast she has cruised extensively over the years to France, Spain, round Ireland, to Sweden and she has spent two years in the Baltic.

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Classic Yacht Index AEOLUS .....................................................................................12

MAYBIRD ...................................................................................24

AMAZON AYC ........................................................................13

METEOR .....................................................................................26

ATHENA ....................................................................................13

MIKADO ....................................................................................26

CARESSA ..................................................................................14

OPPOSITION ............................................................................27

CERESTE ....................................................................................14

OVERLORD ...............................................................................28

CETAWAYO ..............................................................................15

PATRIOT ......................................................................................28

CLARION OF WIGHT ...........................................................15

PAZIENZA .................................................................................29

CROIX DES GARDES ...........................................................16

REBECCA OF VINEYARD HAVEN ....................................30

DANEGELD .............................................................................16

SALLY OF KAMES ..................................................................31

DIDO ..........................................................................................17

SARILA ........................................................................................31

DOROTHY ................................................................................17

SEA SCAMP ..............................................................................32

DROLEEN II ..............................................................................18

SENSA .........................................................................................32

ERIDA .........................................................................................18

SOUFRIERE ...............................................................................33

FLIGHT OF UFFORD ............................................................19

ST DAVID’S LIGHT .................................................................33

FOGLIO ......................................................................................19

STIREN ........................................................................................34

GLUCKAUF ..............................................................................21

STREGA ......................................................................................34

GOLDEN FLEECE ...................................................................20

TIGER C .......................................................................................22

GUIDING LIGHT ....................................................................35

TOMAHAWK ............................................................................35

INFANTA ...................................................................................20

TWILIGHT ..................................................................................36

JAP ...............................................................................................23

WINGS ........................................................................................36

KISMET ......................................................................................23

ZAHIR ..........................................................................................37

MARCITA ..................................................................................24

ZOOM .........................................................................................37

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...British Classic Refit A true Little Ship, Bounty has just completed the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Dunkirk evacuation This classic yacht underwent a major refit at Berthon between 2005-2008

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