Monday 16 May 2011

Around the Island Race Gaffers Entries

Ocean Pearl the Chichester based lugger appeared on 1001 Boats a few days ago, by co incidence someone sent me a picture of her in the 2009 Around the Island Race, hopefully we will see her competing in this year's 80th anniversary race as well.

Another entry in the Gaffer class for othe 80th Anniversary Race and which was featured on the Bursledon Blog is MAYBIRD. The Fred Shepherd Classic 43ft Gaff Rigged Ketch was built in 1937 and is in stunning condition having recently undergone a three-year restoration.

Previously owned by Rear Commodore of Royal Yacht Squadron John Russell before departing to New Zealand for 35 years she is back on the Hamble.

There are 30 gaffers currently entered for this year's race among them 6 Cornish Shrimpers, an original Itchen Ferry Nellie, built by Dan Hatcher in 1862, but perhaps my favourite is the Drascombe Drifter delightfully named "Creeky Crawley".


  1. Hello Bursledon Blog,

    Am a Bursledon boy in exile and just wanted to say how much I enjoy your site.
    Makes me feel very wistful, especially being stuck in an office a lot of the time. Lovely pics as well.

  2. Yes, but can you afford the massive financial and technical outlays implicit in the iPhone studio system?


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