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Professional and amateur boat builders and restorers

Boat Camp – a Faversham project to build two John Welsford rowing skiffs this summer

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The Faversham Creek Trust and local boatbuilder Alan Thorne (see his ad in the left-hand column) are raising funds for a project they’re calling Boat Camp – the idea is to get ten or so youngsters from Faversham’s Abbey School into a workshop for a fortnight this summer to build a couple of legendary New Zealand designer John Welsford’s lovely Joansa skiffs.

The project will be based in the FCT’s Purifier building by the Creek.

Alan has set up a Givey site for donations. The FCT is looking for funding for this from lots of sources including Givey

Another upcoming FCT event is the forthcoming Brents Dinner on the 2nd July. It’s a community fundraiser for the Brents Community Association, which is raising money for the Nautical Festival and for the cost of their planned open air gym. I’m told it was a great night last year, when it was held for the Swing the Bridge fund. Download this poster for details.

Fundraising for a Summer Boat Camp for ten 14-16 year olds from Abbey School, Faversham. Under supervised, expert instruction they will build two 15′ 6″ rowing boats (a ‘Joansa’ design – a lightweight skiff for two oarsmen plus one coxswain) in Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building. The finished boats will then be kept by the school for use on Faversham Creek or elsewhere.

Famous Itchen Ferry racer Dolly Varden to be restored

A new YouTube shows the famous racing yacht Itchen Ferry Dolly Varden arriving at the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth for restoration.

She’s described in one of Uffa Fox’s famous books and was known for trialling sails rigs for Ratsey’s. She’s now in the hands of a new owner and happily seems to have a bright future ahead, which is great news. Read all about her and the project here.

BBA class of September 2015 launch their boats on the 9th June

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A date for your diary: the Boat Building Academy has sent out an invitation to the next student launch on Thursday the 9th June.

This season’s crop of boats include:

  • 11ft 6in Iain Oughtred Guillemot
  • 17ft International Canoe
  • 19ft Replica of a traditional Beer Beach Boat
  • 20ft Paul Gartside daysailer Terror
  • 21ft 6in Gil Smith South-Bay Catboat

If anyone is able to get along and to send me some photos, please do! Email me at gmatkin@gmail.com . Thanks!