Flica II in 1960

Patrick O’Brien sailed on board the 1939 William Fife-built, Laurent-Giles designed 12-metre racing yacht Flica II in 1960 and has sent some photos of the yacht under sail that year.

I’ve published them here with the Beken company’s blessing, so my thanks go to them.

Patrick is one one of the figures in middle of cockpit leaning out a bit to adjust the port runners.

He says: ‘She was flying the giant Herbulot spinnaker and we had Mme Herbulot’s two daughters on board, as they worked in her sail loft.’

Thanks Patrick! That first photo with the giant spinnaker is magnificent.

James Dodds exhibition at Maldon

This is a delightful exhibition of James Dodds work put on by the Hayletts Gallery in Maldon, and in the spirit of our virus-ridden times the gallery has done a great job of putting up an online virtual gallery to view in comfort and safety. But perhaps the best way to see the material is via this guided tour!

My thanks to Malcolm Woods for giving me the tip!

For more from James, see Artist James Dodds talks about this work, the sea and rebuilding the deep sea smack Pioneer and The Song of the Waterlily, set to music.

Fowey River Dinghy class seeks to contact the owner of FR number 4

Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis has been in touch to ask for help tracking down the owner of Fowey River Dinghy.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Fowey River Dinghy class, which was based on the Yachting World 15ft Knockabout Dinghy designed by Reg Freeman. The plans were published by Yachting World in the late 1940s. Watercraft magazine has published an article on the topic.

It seems that a few months ago the owner of FR number 4 (or possibly number 2 due to early numbering issues) posted to the Fowey River Class Association Facebook page with some details of their boat.

The Association is keen to get in touch with the owner again to get more info, and a better picture for the booklet that is being produced… It is thought the boat is named Buttercup and could be in the Essex area. The owner, who appears on Facebook under the name of Barrie Tinson, isn’t replying to messages, so one hopes he’s ok in these strange times.

If anyone can help, please contact Marcus via the website above!