The ‘Big Class’ racing on film in 1899

The Big Class on film 1899

Check out this page about the ‘Big Class’ and a striking piece of film of three GL Watson-designed racing yachts competing in 1899.

While you’re there do take a look around the Peggy Bawn Press website – there are some very nice looking books on sale!

Sailing on The Clyde in the 30s

Mylne film

Here’s a nice 8+ minute film from the  Alfred Mylne archive showing boats sailing on the Clyde. I think it will make many folks out there smile; many of the boats shown are Mylne designs.


Victorian racing cutter Leila receives a vicar’s blessing and the local community enjoys a party


The local vicar blest the splendid Victorian gentleman’s racing cutter Leila this past weekend, and hard-working Leila Sailing Trust crew responsible for restoring her showed visitors round the boat in Southwold Harbour this weekend.

I should say that the work has been carried out by Trust volunteers and local yard Harbour Marine Services, with funding support from the National Lottery.

Naturally, they also had a bit of a party at Southwold Sailing Club, not to mention a session in the old Harbour Inn. All in all it was a great outing, as you will have guessed, and it was great to run into Leila Sailing Trust stalward Rob Bull once again, as well as some local music pals.

I’ll put up some more photos of Southwold and roundabout shortly.

For more posts about Leila, click here.


Reprobate pirates celebrating at Southwold Sailing Club