I’ve just seen my first East Coast One Design at Tollesbury.
She needs a little care, but there’s no question that these are outstandingly beautiful boats that must offer some truly glamorous racing and daysailing anywhere – so long as you don’t mind the British weather…
Read about them here and here, and click here to see photos of more ECODs.
Will Stirling usually tells me a little about how he feels about things – but sometimes its different – and I think his near-silence speaks volumes. He has every right to be immensely proud of his the Victorian gentleman’s yacht he has just launched.
‘Integrity emerged from the shed a few days ago. After a tricky passage down the lanes she reached the main road where she reached a top speed of 40mph – despite head wind all the way, a fast passage it will be difficult to beat.
‘She was launched at Plymouth where we went on to ballast, and one afternoon we completed dressing the mast and it was craned into position. She’s on schedule for sailing by the end of the month.
I look forward to hearing about how she sails. There are more pictures and a lot more story here.
Traditional yacht building and wooden boat repairers Stirling and Son is based in Tavistock in Devon, and can be reached via the Stirling and Son website, or by telephone at 01822 614259.
A chap called Udo has been in touch to ask for information about a boat he has bought recently.
She’s a strip-planked 37ft gaff-rigged cutter named Medusa Bay and is currently in a marina at Hull – though he plans in the spring to sail her to Blankenberge, Belgium.
Udo was put in touch with intheboatshed.net because has been told that she was built at Faversham. We’ve since learned that she was actually built at Conyer, though her spars came from Faversham. Still, I’m sure Udo would be delighted to learn more about her story, and for any old photos readers may have to hand please!
PS Now in the autumn of 2012 Medusa Bay is for sale. Contact me at email@example.com, and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.