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The amazing restoration story of the Nancy Blackett

The Nancy Blackett is a 28ft Hillyard cruising yacht that famous children’s author Arthur Ransome bought second-hand in 1934.

In fact, she was quite new, having been built in 1931, but in her young life had already borne two names when Ransome renamed her after a character in his children’s novels.

The story of how she came to be rescued by Mike Rines, who restored her and finally sold her to the Nancy Blackett Trust, is astonishing – perhaps the most remarkable aspect of it is that he lived only doors away from Ransome’s home at the time he owned the Nancy B, yet knew little about the author and nothing about his connection with the boat.

Nancy Blackett story and pictures

http://www.solarnavigator.net/arthur_ransomes_nancy_blackett.htm

Nancy Blackett Trust website:

http://www.nancyblackett.org/

Swallows & Amazons enthusiasts pages for more material about Ransome’s boats, both in real life and in his novels

http://coastweather.com/html/sanda.html

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Norfolk wherry Ardea back in Broadland

The Norfolk pleasure wherry Ardea is back on The Broads – in fact she’s being restored by the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company of Horning, which is well known as the home of another popular pleasure wherry, the White Moth.

For some news of the Ardea: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/4302632.stm

For some photos: http://www.ncsl.co.uk/ardea/index1.htm

Take a holiday with the company restoring Ardea (I’ve done it and I recommend it!): http://www.norfolk-broads.com/

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Glorious racers of the past

 

Fairlie Restorations do some fantastic work looking after some of the great sailing racers of the past, specialising in the craft built and designed by William Fife.

Check out the Hispania, Moonbeam, and Lulworth.
Go to http://www.fairlierestorations.com

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