Airborne lifeboat converted for racing

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‘With a fully battened mainsail, a total sail area of 20sq metres
and two sliding seats, Charles Currey’s converted airborne
lifeboat has an exciting performance. Photo: Charles Currey’

As usual, click on the thumbnail for a larger photo.

I’ve seen a converted airborne lifeboat sailing, but not for some years – so I was intrigued by this photo I found while reading a bound collection of old copies of The Yachtsman. Check the gaff rig, the battened sail and the planks for sitting out – clearly this is a very cool boat.

Are there any boats like this still sailing out there, I wonder?

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Uffa Fox’s airborne lifeboat – at last a nice clear photograph!

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Uffa Fox's airborne lifeboat at the Classic Boat Museum, Isle of Wight

Uffa Fox’s airborne lifeboat at the Classic Boat Museum, Newport

I’ve posted about the airborne lifeboat before – see Uffa Fox’s airborne lifeboat at the Museum of the Broads and Uffa Fox’s great and lasting memorial – the Airborne Lifeboat – but I’m delighted that Julie’s photo of the example at the Classic Boat Museum at Newport on the Isle of Wight is the best I’ve seen.

Thanks again Julie!

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