Category Archives: Sailing ships

An opportunity to support a local hospice

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Decorative Wedgwood Cutty Sark plate

Wedgwood Cutty Sark plate. As usual, click on the image for a larger view

Are you near Tonbridge, and fancy hanging a nice plate bearing the image of a clipper ship on your study wall? I found this one at the Hospice Charity Shop in Tonbridge’s High Street. I thought it was a very decent buy for £8, and I’m very happy to support a hospice when I can. I’ll never forget how the people at the Taunton one treated my mum in her last days.

When I was at the shop, I noticed they’ve got a pile of similar plates depicting a variety of clippers in different situations. So if you’re local, get down there!

All this talk of clippers reminded me to take a look at the Cutty Sark website. How about this for an example of extreme restoration?

Sven Yrvind collaborates with Matt Layden

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Sven Yrvind’s next boat designed in collaboration with Matt Layden

Sven Yrvind’s new boat, designed in collaboration with Matt Layden

Legendary Swedish small boat voyager Sven Yrvind has designed a new boat in collaboration with Matt Layden, who is equally well known for his adventuring in small self-built sharpies fitted with chine runners.

Yrvind’s new boat has a Layden-style form, with a deep and heavy sharpie hull that allows the runners along the chine to work like a keel – holding the boat up to the wind without the draft a conventional keel would require.

Far from being the sort of wildmen who compete to cross oceans in progressively smaller boats shorter than themselves, these gentlemen have impressive track records in small boat cruising and some useful ideas about how these kinds of boats should be built. Yrvind’s latest boat is interesting, as it seems to complete a circle: for while it’s possible to see Yrvind’s influence in several of Layden’s earlier designs, the American designer’s influence on the Swedish sailor’s new boat could not be more obvious.

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Smell the Sea, Feel the Breeze exhibition of paintings at Falmouth gallery

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Charles Napier Hemy RA, painting Running for Home

Running for Home by Charles Napier Hemy, one of the paintings
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Charles Napier Hemy RA, painting Running for Home Charles Napier Hemy RA, painting Running for Home Charles Napier Hemy RA, painting Running for Home

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Mike Haywood-Barnabas St Ives fishing boat Jamie Medlin - Pandora

Mike Haywood’s Barnabbas, St Ives fishing boat; and Jamie Medline’s Pandora, will also be on show

This impressive and exciting painting by Charles Napier Hemy RA will be a key exhibit at the Smell The Sea, Feel The Breeze show at Falmouth Art Gallery next month. Certainly I can smell the sea and feel the breeze here, but just look at that sheet – it’s hardly more than inches from gybing in water rough enough to push the little boat around. I hope they get home.

The exhibition aims to capture the variety of water, wind and waves from dramatic sailing adventures in wild waters to paddling in rock pools with Rupert Bear, and is being made possible by the generous sponsorship of TMS Financial Solutions, and Arts & Business South West which funded the additional insurance and the transporting of valuable works by distinguished Cornwall artists such as Henry Scott Tuke RA, Charles Napier Hemy RA, William Ayerst Ingram, Frank Jameson, Mike Haywood and David Hills.

Important loans from the Royal Society of Marine Artists Diploma Collection have been made available through the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Work by one of Britain’s greatest abstract painters, Sir Terry Frost, is also being made available through private collections. Sir Terry’s career spanned seven decades, starting with his introduction to art in a prisoner-of-war camp. The featured works drew inspiration in Cornwall from sailing boats bobbing on the tide.

Also showing will be original works by contemporary Falmouth artist Jamie Medlin. Jamie is one of the country’s leading marine artists and is known widely through his prints. He currently paints beautiful classic yachts, and some of the best of these paintings have been borrowed for this exhibition. His art was included in the recent Christie’s sale of Important Maritime Paintings.

Falmouth has a long and proud association with sailing. The packet ships, ocean-going clippers and the coastal trading sailing vessels have long ceased their trade, but Falmouth can still attract major sailing events, from the famous Regatta to the arrival of ‘round the world’ yachtsmen.

The exhibition is mounted to celebrate and promote the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Race, which will be held in September 2008.

A full programme of gallery events has been designed to complement the exhibition, which will include free workshops for babies, children, families, schools and community groups. A full colour brochure sponsored by TMS Financial Solutions will be available priced £4.50.

The exhibition can be seen at Falmouth Art Gallery from 1 March to 26 April 2008, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. For more information about activities and education please contact Natalie Rigby on 01326 313863.

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