Redwing dinghies racing at Looe in 1963

Redwings racing at Looe in 1963

Spotted on Youtube: artist and filmakerStuart Armfield shot a series of films between 1958 and 1970 in and around the port of Looe in South Cornwall, including these clips of Redwing dinghies built to Uffa Fox’s design.

It’s lovely footage, but it’s a shame we can’t hear more of what’s being said in the background, as it sounds interesting. I picked out a snatch of an old boy saying ‘A Redwing hadn’t been capsized before, and I was the first one to do it.’ No doubt there are a few good stories in there somewhere…

Armfield’s original footage is held by the South West Film and Television Archive.

One thought on “Redwing dinghies racing at Looe in 1963”

  1. G'day Gavin, what great little craft, FG may be lighter and have less maintenance but give me wood every time. I have been keeping an eye out for a RNSA 14footer, I sailed them in the sea scouts years ago. Part of the fun was sailing them on the limit with an extra crew member (a smaller boy) bailing. Uffa Fox surely had a designers eye for a bonnie boat. I can't find reference to the Redwing design in Aus but I'm sure there will be some about.


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