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Cameraman Dylan Winter captures the lovely Swallow Class keelboats

This film in Dylan Winter’s Keep Turning Left series captures these 25ft lovelies (and Sunbeams and XoDs, I’m reminded to point out – see the comments) rather beautifully.

To know more about them click here and if you want to know about Swallow racing at Itchenor Sailing Club, click here.

Designed in 1946 by Tom Thorneycroft as a possible successor to the Star, the Swallow class was used as a two-man keelboat class in the 1948 Olympics, they are now raced three-up. Stars, of course, are still around, but they aren’t quite as graceful on the water…

Highlights of the 2013 season of Troy racing

Film of the Troy class racing at Fowey during last season – my thanks to Troy and Fowey River dinghy builder Marcus Lewis.

BBA students’ half rater – not ready for launch day, but so beautiful…

Photo by Paul Dyer Photo by Becky Joseph 

Boat Building Academy student Colin Hurner decided to build a half-rater after stumbling across a picture on the internet of Miru, a William Fife 25ft racer and day-sailer built in New Zealand in 1895.

With no complete plans and limited drawings, Colin created a half-model inspired by Miru’s lines, and then developed a table of offsets, which he then lofted with the help of the other students on the course – it was an excellen learning experience for all of the group.

Named Miura, the new boat is just over 22ft, and carvel planked in Alaskan yellow cedar with an iroko backbone and laminated sapele frames.

He could not complete Miura in time for the launch to the standard he required and so decided not to try – but visitors who had come to see the class’s launch day were able to see her unfinished hull in the workshop.

Woodworking has been a significant part of Colin’s life. His father comes from a long line of Swiss craftsmen, teaching carpentry and carving, and young Colin spent many hours in the workshops working on projects alongside his father, including the restoration of an old 16ft catamaran.

Just before coming to the BBA in September, Colin worked in the Caribbean as deckhand on Martha Ann – a 70m luxury superyacht built by Lurssen.

Colin is now in Southampton with his brother, where he plans to complete Miura’s build.

Tobias Roithner was Colin’s main artner in building Miura. Half Swiss and half Australian, Tobias is a data analyst and process design engineer.

Before joining the BBA worked as a quantitative analyst for Swisscom. Tobias has an interest in ‘unconventional’ means of transport, and in 2002 cycled from Switzerland to India by bicycle.

He joined the BBA wanting to learn the craft of boat building, with a long term goal of sailing around the world – he intends to set sail from Lyme Regis later this year, with the Mediterranean his first destination.

Tobias created a weblog about Miura’s build – click here to see it. Also click here to see the BBA’s photo diary.

Students on the 38 week course, whether building their own boat or not, work on all of the boats built by their class, and Peter Whale’s experience included time working on Miura learning the art of carvel construction.

At earlier stages he learned strip planking, cold moulding and traditional clinker boat building, and spent time time restoring a Rensa (Royal Navy Sailing Association RNSA) dinghy, a traditional clinker dinghy planked in mahogany with oak back bone.

Originally from South Africa, Peter brought his wife and two-year old son with him to Lyme Regis while studying at the BBA, and their second son was born during the course.

At weekends Peter worked at the Lyme Regis Town Mill Bakery, and although his original plan was to work in the marine industry after graduating, he has decided that he wants to stay in Lyme Regis and so for now he will continue with his work as a chef and baker.


The Kentish Sail Association’s Swale Match 2013 – part 2

Victorian racing yacht Germaine relaunched after many years at the IBTC

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The 1882 Nicholson racing yacht Germaine has been relaunched following a long restoration at the International Boatbuilding Training Centre at Lowestoft.

Once she is fully rigged and has her new suit of sails she will sail to her new home in Brittany.

Germaine was designed by Ben Nicholson for a prominent racer, Mr FW Leybourne Popham.

After being photographed by Beken, she sailed to the Med in December 1882 and returned in the spring of 1883, passed to Mr Harvey A Dixon, who rigged her as a cutter. She was later made into a yawl again, and passed through further changes of ownership – later owners were Major Middleton Robinson and Mr HW Whittingham of Goodmayes, Essex. In the early 60s she was found on the banks of the Blackwater by Ann and Peter Christgau, who refloated and cleaned her, and sold her in the mid-1960s.

Eventually she returned to the Camper and Nicholson yard, where she was to be repaired ready for the yard’s bicentenary celebrations. Sadly the yard got into financial difficulties and the project had to be abandoned.

Germaine’s cause was then taken up by Patrick Bigand, who acquired her and transported her to the IBTC in 1997 for restoration.

The restoration took quite some time, and I gather that she leaves quite a space in the College’s premises, having been there for two decades, but it must be wonderful for the staff and students to see her back on the water.

PS – Donan Raven points out that there’s some good material about Germaine here – and that it includes a set of lines, two Beken photos and some shots of the IBTC restoration. Thanks Donan!

Classic Yacht TV – short videos about sailing classic yachts and working craft

Classic Yacht TV has been set up to offer short documentaries from the classic yachting and work boat scene on a monthly basis.

The folks behind it are London-based photographer and multimedia artist Emily Harris, who grew up sailing and sculling on the East Coast of England in smacks, yachts and dinghies, and photography and film production expert Robin Weaser.

They say they’re looking for advertising and I wish them better luck in that direction than Intheboatshed has experienced – despite notching up more than 18,000 uniques a month…