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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The future of Dolly Varden is once again of grave concern as IBTC do a U Turn on restoration.
No doubt they have their reasons – so what is the position now and what are they options please?
I’ve seen this… but that’s all. https://www.dollyvarden.co.uk/a-major-setback/
As mentioned on the website there is grave concern for her future. Initially we have to remove her from Portsmouth and then store her till a new way forward can be found. We are under no illusions as to the enormity of the task returning Dolly to former glory however we cannot just keep her in store indefinitely. At this time she has to be classed as at risk.