Another boat launched at Lyme Regis Harbour by Boat Building Academy students this summer was an Andrew Wolstenholme-designed 12ft 5in glued clinker Mallard dinghy.
Named Born Slippy, she was built by Dominic Frankis and Steve Bramley, along with other students.
Dominic took a sabbatical from work in London as a management consultant in the health sector. He’s never sailed before but now has no excuse. Now back behind his desk, he also says it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be boatbuilding again.
Steve worked as a tree surgeon and builder before joining the course, and is now using the skills he gained on the course to renovate a house.
The Mallard should prove to be a lot of fun; the rigging is more modern than is usually employed on these Mallard dinghies, which the Boat Building Academy folks say makes it quite a racy little sail boat.
18 year-old Alasdair Grant launching his Beer beach boat; Tim Price, and Tom Trevessey and Lachlan McKenzie bringing Yachting World Dayboat Tailwind to the harbour; Dominic Frankis sails his Mallard dinghy while James Downs in the background celebrates in his Canadian canoe; Martin McMahon, Jim Walsh and BBA graduate and woman gig-builder Gail McGarva in waders with Martin’s Islay skiff
Back in early June June 2010 six full-sized boats built by students at the Boat Building Academy workshops were launched at Lyme Regis.
If that seems a long time ago, I apologise – I should explain that as a one-man band and I’ve had rather a lot to keep me busy lately!
The full-sized boats were joined by as surprise additional contender – a remote-controlled model of a Nordic Folkboat built in student Tim Price’s spare time.
Among the boats launched were a 14ft Yachting World Day Boat, a 12ft 5in Mallard sailing dinghy, a 16ft 5in Beer beach boat and a 14ft skiff with a polyester and glass hull, and a wooden fit-out. The sun shone, as usual – I really don’t know how the BBA does it.
Among the students were a management consultant, a builder, a product designer, an architectural technologist, a snowboarding instructor and a handful of school and university leavers.
The selection photos above come from BBA staffer Emma Brice, who has promised more of the individual boats over the next weeks. Thanks Emma!
I think Gareth’s probably the chap in the sensible hat
Finally, here’s more news of one more graduate of the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis – the fourth in a series about boats built by students while at the Academy, thanks to principal Yvonne Green
‘Gareth Evans’ working life had always been related to trees as a tree surgeon and forester, but the idea of boat building nagged at him for fourteen years. It wasn’t possible for him to take a year out of work until finally last year he joined the Academy and built a 12ft traditional clinker Mallard designed by Andrew Wolstenholme.
‘Gareth’s another of this year’s graduates who have gone into business in some way – he’s now renting workshop space in Exeter where he plans to use his knowledge of wood as a supplier, and his knowledge of boat building by building and restoring boats.’