A recent arrival on the river, or at least I hadn't spotted her until recently Lady Belle is a Gaff Yawl built by Harley Mead in Cowes during 1909.
Commissioned by an RCC member with a strong influence from the Falmouth quay punt. By the early noughties she was in poor condition but fortunately rescued and restored and now raced regularly in Solent OGA events.
The beast from the east returns
3 hours ago