It looks like the folks at Weymouth are working hard to ensure legendary 1872 racer and Ratsey sail experimentation vessel Dolly Varden has a future. Good for them!
‘I just couldn’t believe that the Dolly Varden was still intact. She is so well known throughout history but disappeared in the early 1990s. Everyone thought she had been scrapped but it turned out she had been in a field for 25 years waiting for someone to realise her importance and potential.’
My thanks to Tom Cunliffe for spotting the link and posting on Twitter.
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.
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