Where are you ?


Lets start this new feature with a look at the 1961 entry list…and see what possibilities there are of survivors.Working with the total entry and known craft still with us fathom out what may still yet be found…1961.. 27 starters 4 known survivors


equals 15% of the original starters but if we work through the list it may come out considerably higher based on certain aspects ie builder, build material and size.

GLASS MOPPIE…Bertram 31, glassfibre first off production line probably heavier than normal lay up, converted to cruiser in 62 survival rate ..high

ANGLESEA….Pochin, wooden lost in gale in Torquay harbour.

THUNDERBOLT…Campbell 25, wood laminate, rescued from certain loss, major restoration of hull and cabin. Future survival rate high.

CHRISTINA…Campbell 25, wood laminate, became LOBSTER THERMIDOR …had 4 Jaguars installed.. heavily modified raced for next 3 years then vanished , possibly in Scotland or cut down for fishing boat. Survival rate low. ……..update ..see sparate item above.

A’SPERANZIELLA Wood laminate high quality timbers used, survived then restored but subsequently found in poor condition now requires full rebuild to survive again. Survival rate medium to low, needs true enthusiast to save her.

HUNTSMAN No8  Fairey hot moulded wooden laminate hull very strong, was given to Dartmouth cadets but considered to big for their use then vanished when sold on. It is a Fairey survival rate high owner unlikely to know history…….  update…name changed to Diamonds Dublin but later believed to have sunk after colliding with Bournemouth Pier!?

GAY GAZELLE built by Dorset Lake in high quality timber was last know in use 25 years ago but times have changed, a very large boat expensive to maintain. Maybe now a live aboard. Survival rate very low.

CORALIE  Another Campbell this time a single engine and an earlier hull.. could exist but most likely became a fishing boat and cut back, very few Christina’s survive intact.

GERANIUM 11  Built by James Taylor at Shoreham? Another big boat but built traditionally again of quality timber but a 50’s design. As Gay Gazelle big enough for a live aboard but expensive to maintain once rot sets in, may survive up some lonely creek but questionable. Survival rate low.

HUNT 34  A Port Hamble built 34 footer constructed of ply on frames, many of the smaller Pacemakers survive but here again a large costly boat to maintain and very rare but also a handsome looking craft which would work in its favour. Survival rate medium to low……

 update HUNT 34 sold to North Wales in the 80’s after appearing for sale inboating advert

MONACO FORTUNA  Another monster boat but Morgan Giles built the old way with massive ribs and planking, many survive today in fact there is one looking for home on the web site and of course the beautiful Louly restored to perfection. Survival rate high.

YOYO   25ft BERTRAM PROTOTYPE ..Finished 2nd in the race to Thunderbolt…another solid Bertram glassfibre hull but did she go back to the States? Wynn arrived with YOYO 2 the following year. Both had custom built cabins and YO YO 2 had redesigned hull so maybe Bertram did take her back home. Survival rate high but 99% sure boat is Stateside.

KANITA  Another large Morgan Giles and the same rules apply as FORTUNA…survival rate high

BLUE MARLIN    R W CLARKS Mudie designed Force 8’s are a rarity now but we know of 2 survivors Sandpiper 2 in Northern Ireland and the restored boat for sale on the web site. Survival rate medium to high.


SNOWGOOSE OF SARUM …A Shakespeare outboard powered Cabin Cruiser, a rarity then and probably long gone to its grave.

THUNDERBIRD   The Prout Brothers Catamaran Cruiser, yes 1961 note, but have you ever seen one? neither have I, was it a prototype ? as they are more famous for their sailing boats…survival rate low!

IANTHE  The famous Watson/Westcraft that made the news that weekend it would be good to know she still survives in the EXE area somewhere but somehow I doubt it.

YEOMANA 111 Peter Thornycroft’s Nelson clinker hulled plodder that took all in its stride and finished the journey but out of time…many Nelson boats survive and it is highly likely she is one of them but where? Survival rate medium to high.

VANTAGE  As Yeomana above but smaller also out of time

DIESEL HUNTSMAN    A solid FAIREY built boat returned the following year as FAIREY HUNTSMAN then in 63 as HERE and NOW although this is subject to confirmation…A SURVIVOR and in use.

GRAYLING A small outboard powered cabin cruiser more suited to coastal waters unlikely to have survived to the present day.

BELLA  Fred Carvill’s ANCAS a Scandinavian built glassfibre hulled craft powered by a Volvo replaced by BELLA 2 the following year. Strongly built and probably a survivor, but where?

MURCAIN  Built by offshore stalwart Alan Venables. Who went on to bigger and better things, a survivor? don’t think so

And lastly

SANDRA SPENCER  This was the boat that had house glass in the windows and china in the cupboards…she did not survive very far in the race and one doubts she has survived till the present day!

So there we go the 1961 entries those in Red we can assume have long gone to watery graves, those in AMBER are a very big MAYBE!and in green we have 11 boats which all things considered might well still or do exist ..a staggering 41% They maybe out there somewhere but where? and that is why the club exists to hunt them down.. try the exercise your self pick a race year, go through the boats one by one and see what turns up!

Oh and keep your eye on E BAY as that is where they are turning up!!!!