Category Archives: Rowing boat

The Harlingen-Terschelling sloepenrace

33 kilometers of this! How? I take my hat off to you, ladies and gentlemen of Friesland.

PS – there’s more here. Thirteen starts of ten boats each, apparently…

BBA students build an Iain Oughtred-designed Whilly Tern

Photos by Paul Dyer, Jonathan Hall and Jenny Steer

A 15ft 2in Whilly Tern double-ended beach boat built to Iain Oughtred’s well known plans was among the boats launched at the Boat Building Academy’s latest launch day.

Built by Nick Wunderly helped by Chris Webster, this double-ended beachboat has a laminated black walnut centreline and her hull is cold moulded using three layers of veneers. The inner hull is made of quarter-sawn larch veneers and the outer two layers are khaya.

The beachboat was sheathed in glass fibre and epoxy, bright finished on the inside and painted on the outside. She has a gunter sloop rig with Douglas fir spars and sails made by Elvstrom Sails.

Nick has a degree in politics and political history from London Guildhall University and a master’s degree in politics.  For thirteen years he worked in the Civil Service in project and programme manager roles. However, over three years Nick completely renovated his home in his spare time, and in doing so realised he enjoyed working with his hands, and decided it was time for a change.

Chris Webster worked alongside Nick as well as working on each of eight boats constructed by the class.

Chris joined the Academy from the Scottish Highlands where he worked as a senior instructor at the Outward Bound Trust. The Trust is an educational charity that uses challenging outdoor courses to help develop young people from all walks of life. He has qualifications in mountain leading, climbing, sea kayaking and open canoe leading and has also taken RYA powerboat and day skipper courses.

See the Whilly Tern boat building diary at the BBA’s website.

27ft Thames skiff for sale

Sharon Day has been in touch with these photos and some information about an old It measures 27ft Thames skiff she’s selling.

The maker’s unknown, but it is thought to have been an Eton College boat, and is dated 1912.

It’s built in mahogany and was found in the loft of the Green Jack brewery at Oulton Broad. The bottom has had 6-7 new planks, and a coaming and decking was added for the Great River Race, but this is said to be easily removable and does not affect the original structure.

It was originally two-oared but has been adapted to four oars, but again it still has the original parts including footboards, rolling seatsa and outriggers, and could returned to its original arrangement.

The skiff competed in The Great River Race between 1997 and 2002, but has been unused and stored in a barn since then.

A trailer is included, and the boat would have to be collected from Hingham in Norfolk.

If anyone’s interested, please drop me a line at and I’ll pass the message on to Sharon.