Nigel Towse of Sherkin is a gentleman and scholar – I know this because he has very kindly sent me these great photos of the launch of the AK Ilen via my musical pal Katie Howson. Thanks for your kind help, both of you!
The Ilen looks great of course, and they had such a nice day for it!
For your further entertainment, here is a project he was involved with a few years back, and here’s his lovely 1892 Heir Island lobster boat, Hanorah.
‘As the winning teams take the podium, bowing their heads to receive a wooden medallion Aidan carved from Fogo Island wood in his shop, it seems there are multiple reasons for Fogo Islanders to cheer. After four years, the inn is turning a profit; cod, the very foundation of this place, appears to be recovering; Shorefast initiatives are building palpable optimism and have put Fogo Island in the international spotlight. And punt culture is safe home for another day.’
Smacks and sailing barges have benefited mightily from something similar – but there might be some useful ideas for admirers of some other types of traditional craft here…
Article: The race that saved the Fogo Island punt.