Channel Island resident Bill Walden has now sold “Charleston” the Fairey Swordsman that once belonged to Peter deSavary and was used by him as support boat during his America’s Cup pursuit in the 1980’s…another “classic” going into restoration….now Bill get the Christina “Blue Blazes” finished !


Some fascinating photo’s have come come to light showing the Foden powered Anglesey 2 and of Anglesey 1 which was powered by Crusaders but sank in Torquay after the 62 race.
An event that helped to make Foden marine engines famous was the 1963 Cowes to Torquay power boat race. The race was reported by Mr Les Jago, Foden Marine Engines Sales Manager and his report is reproduced below.

In December 1962 we were approached by Mr. C. W. T. Pochin, an enthusiastic yachtsman, who had competed on two previous occasions in the Daily Express Offshore Power Boat Race with moderate success. For the 1963 race he intended to build and enter a boat in the hope of winning the “All British” category, the “Diesel Class,” and first place overall if this were possible.

Two FD.12 Mark VII turbo-charged engines were built and installed in “Anglesey II.” They were rated at 400 s.h.p. each and drove 28″ diameter propellers of 36″ pitch at 1200 rpm. through vee-drive gearboxes. The reversing gearboxes were supplied by the Self Changing Gear Co. Ltd., type MR. 700.

The engines for this year’s race were limited to a maximum capacity of 32.8 litres and the engines in “Anglesey II” were no more than 19.2 litres. Even so, with a total installed horse-power of 800, “Anglesey II” was the most powerful diesel boat in the race. She was designed to take heavy punishment and unfortunately, from her owner’s point of view, the day of the race produced a calm sea which did not enable her to make full use of her excellent sea-keeping qualities.

She was disqualified before the race started for minor infringements of the design regulations concerning internal fittings such as cabin seats, bunks, the cooker, sink and lavatory. Mr. C. W. T. Pochin, however, decided to run over the course, although he could not qualify for any prize, in order to prove her capability. He actually moved off from the starting line 7 minutes after the remaining competitors had got clear.

Anglesey II completed the course in 5 hrs. 55 mins. and she was the 7th boat across the finishing line. After making the 7 minute correction for her late start, she would have been 4th and had she been an official entrant, she would have been placed 3rd due to the disqualification of “Tramontana II.” She would have also been the 1st “All British” boat home and the 1st diesel powered boat. In fact, she arrived at Torquay 35 minutes in front of “Giovanna,” which was the official winner of the Diesel Class. The machinery ran faultlessly throughout and at the end of the course 80 gallons of fuel were left out of the 295 gallons with which she started.

OWNER : Mr. C.W.T. Pochin, managing director of Pochin (Manchester) Ltd., King Street Works, Middlewich, Cheshire.

PILOT : Mr. James Dale, Torbay Marine Co.

NAVIGATOR : Mr. W. R. Verity, site director, Messrs. Pochin.

EXTRA HAND : Mr. B. Flwod -Thain, Messrs. Pochin.

ENGINEER : Mr. H. Wright, Fodens, who installed the engines and was with

(The article has been copied from “The Foden News” October 1963 – Ed)












1963 Watson

Sorry about quality of the picture but does anyone have any idea if Zingara Mia has survived to the present day?  we have a request to help track this boat down last seen in 1971 painted white with orange transom…this unique Watson design was one of the first British boats to sport a Flybridge!    Picture courtesy of Graham.



A little bird tells me that the Historic Class in the 2014 Cowes-Torquay -Cowes (subject to it running of course) will witness a new competitor for HTS, Dry Martini and any other entrants….this will be the reborn Bertram 31 Thunderstreak which is currently undergoing a major refit after spending the past 47 years in limbo…..picture this twin Ford Dearborne’s of unspecified hp with a new cabin top resembling a well known 1964 winner….we wish the new owner Robin Ward good luck with his venture and advise you to look out in late spring 2014 for her testing in Hamble and the Solent…..

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Motor Boats Monthly – December

Our Commodore won the rum for his letter of the month urging support for the heritage of boating and the Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes. . .
There is also a serious article on Sonny Levi followed by a road test of the latest version of the Corsair


Does anyone who was connected with Camper Nicholson’s back in the 60’s remember this being built for Tommy Sopwith? It is approx 14ft long has similar spray rails to Avenger 16 but lines akin to the Thunderflash hull and it is not Thunderbox.  Was this Don Shead’s prototype hull to test out Avenger lines?

pictures show her at speed, at the yard and on board Philante.

Prawn Cocktail

 Prawn Cocktail was originally built in 1969, the hull by Souters and fitted out at Woodnutts Yard in St. Helens with a Holman and Moody Ford engine. She was entered in the Cowes – Torquay – Cowes powerboat race for four years from 1969 – 1972, after which the engine was removed and the hull was abandoned in Woodnutts Yard to rot.

Over subsequent years various parties had taken interest in the boat but it was only in 2007 that we started the restoration of the powerboat for a new owner looking to move her to the Museum of Motive Power in Lytham, St Annes.

Despite sitting covered for nearly 40 years in the corner of the yard she had relatively little rot, together with damage to the forward deck and the spray rails. Once the hull had been repaired all external paint was removed and then she was re-finished in her original racing livery, and fitted out with a refurbished 5.7 litre petrol Mercruiser engine.

A key part of the client’s brief was that the boat was to be finished as close to the original specification as possible, reusing the original equipment and fittings as far as possible, including the original rudder and rudder-scaffold.

Forty years on from her initial launching she was again launched, cruising in and out of Bembridge Harbour for sea trials, with only a few modifications required as a result of the tests.

Prawn Cocktail is still resident at the yard, and will in due course be moved to her new home as a working exhibit at the Museum of Motive Power. In the meantime she often makes appearances at events such as Cowes Week, and even featured recently in a Henri Lloyd clothing catalogue!

In coming years the new owner hopes to race her in classic powerboat classes and perhaps in the Cowes – Torquay – Cowes race.

With thanks to Will Squibb and his employee’s


SURFURY sits forlornly in the storage hangar at old RAF Wroughton

As the end of another year approaches the question of SURFURY has again arisen…this time in an email from Peter Chapman who did all he could to attempt a rescue of Tramontana but was defeated by the owners greed….last known to be sinking into the field by the way! Anyway back to Surfury.. Peter has had some thoughts about approaching this problem from the top! ie going to the top with some high powered backing……plus support from all relevant clubs and organisations COPC, FAIREY, BOATMAD, BOAT BUILDERS MARINA’S etc…. We would also link this with our support for the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes for if they were able to gain Surfury as an exhibit it might strengthen their future. Any suggestions gratefully accepted please send to either martin.napier1@btinternet.com   TOMMYSTBOLT@aol.com

Happier days……………

Bertram 31

As an update to the Bertram article posted in November last year, I mentioned that no one knew what had happened to Damian 3…well  Charles Lawrence has reminded me she is now Known as Bertie and attended this years Classic Rally…another off the list of missing.