The Boat Building Academy’s class of September 2014 launched eight boats in bright but blustery weather at Lyme Regis last month.
I’ve put up lots of photos because I feel they convey the busy atmosphere of the event!
Around three hundred people gathered at the slipway to see the student-built or student-renewed boats were launched for the first time.
Following a few words from academy director Tim Gedge, and former Lyme Regis mayor Sally Holman, each of the boats set off on their maiden voyages, cheered on their way by the crowd.
The boats the students launched were:
10ft restored traditional clinker dinghy, believed to have originally been built by Naval apprentices
12ft strip planked Andrew Wolstenholme Mallard dinghy
13ft glued clinker Iain Oughtred Acorn Skiff
14ft traditional clinker faering designed by builder Max Stembridge’s naval architect father
15ft 2in cold moulded Iain Oughtred Whilly Tern
18ft strip planked GuillemotNight Heronkayak
20ft carvel Seabird Half-Rater (the claimed to be the oldest one-design class boat still sailing, this was the 107th to be built)
22ft clinker built small Viking ship Nordlands
The Nordlands boat crew managed to keep hold of their Viking hats as they rowed across the harbour and experienced sailors aboard the Seabird Half-Rater and Mallard dinghy enjoyed an exciting sail across the bay.
Once the boats had been enjoyed, the students returned to the workshops on Monmouth Beach where they received their Level 3 City & Guilds certificates.
Principal,Yvonne Green, congratulated the class on their achievements and wished them well as they start their new lives as boat builders.
Dave Young from PodFilms caught footage of the launch from the safety boat (kindly provided by Rob Perry Marine). The Academy is delighted with the new film showing workshop and launch shots, which can be viewed on the homepage of their website.
North Western coast of Scotlandboatbuilder Alasdair Grant’s recent build Lewenie has been launched.
She was built to his customer’s specification on a hull of Alasdair’s design, and the proprieter of Isle Ewe Boats is clearly very pleased. Here’s what he has to say:
‘Lewenie was launched a month early on Friday the 19th. All went well and she didn’t leak a drop – all she needed was a little fine tuning with some ballast.
‘She has a top speed of 7 knots but cruises along nicely at 6 knots with very little wake. She’s due to head south on a lorry on the 17th of July, which gives me plenty time to check her over and hopefully get her out in a gale to really see what she’s about in those conditions.
‘I emailed Steve (owner) on Friday night with a few photos and he replied “Superb , Can’t wait to get my hands on her”.’
Alasdair completed the long course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis in 2009 after building a Beer beach boat, and went on to work at Cockwells , repairing yachts and completing new builds.
He then moved back to Scotland to work in the Mallaig Boatyard repairing fishing boats, and is now back on his home island of to Isle Ewe, where he has set up a boat building business.