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Examples of models various types.
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Endeavour (J Class)218 viewsShe is the most beautiful J class yacht ever built. She was the fastest of the class when she was built. She should have brought the Americas Cup back to Britain.
Like all British J boats, she was designed by Charles Nicholson. Sir Thomas Sopwith was his client. Nicholson's lines were conventional. It seems the design was not even tank tested. However, her lines are fair, and extremely beautiful. She proved very fast indeed.
Sopwith was determined to learn from the humiliation suffered by "Shamrock V" in 1930. The new boat's rig was a technological marvel. Strain guages measured the loads in the shrouds and stays, and enabled the rig to be precisely tuned. Instruments measured wind speed and direction, reading out to guages directly in front of the helmsman. This is commonplace today, but then it was very new. A large number of winches were fitted. A new type of sail, the quadrilateral jib, supplied two tons of extra driving force. She was certainly a faster boat than "Rainbow", the defender. Sopwith was a superb helmsman, especially in the vital pre-start manoevres. As any competitive sailor knows, many match races are won or lost at the start.
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Trent class lifeboat (miniature)340 views
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Rainbow (J Class)268 viewsShe nearly failed to be selected as defender. Just as with the challenge of 1930, Vanderbilt faced stiff opposition from other American J boats. In this case, it was "Yankee" which posed the main danger. Always a fast boat in stiff breezes, she had been modified so as to retain all her speed in strong winds, while becoming much faster in light airs. She gave "Rainbow" a very hard time in the selection trials. To this day, partisans for "Yankee" claim she was robbed. In 1935, "Yankee" came over to British waters, the only American J boat to do so, and posed a stiff challenge to "Endeavour"s supremacy in her home waters. There is little doubt that she could have been as effective a defender as "Rainbow".
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America244 viewsThe first race also initiated a tradition which has bedeviled Cup races to this day. There has seldom been an Americas Cup series which was not spoiled by controversy and accusations of deliberate bending of the rules. To this day, the lawyers can be as important as the sailors. There is still controversy about "America"s victory in 1851. Did she sail the proper course? Was she unduly favoured by rule changes designed to allow her to compete? What might have happened if the foremost British yacht had not broken her bowsprit?
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Sir Galahad.440 viewsReaders of Traplet's "Introdution to Marine Modelling", which I co-authored with Chris Jackson, will recognise the model from that book, in which it is prominently featured.
(model by John Davies)
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Pond yacht restored361 viewsThis large pond yacht model, a family heirloom, came into my workshop in a pretty dreadful condition, with a nasty crackle-finish paint over much of the hull, (there was enough left to ascertain her original colour scheme, but it was in a horrible state) crude holes hacked in the decks over the mast step and rudder head, no hatch, no chain plates for the shrouds, no rudder and no keel (I cast a 35 lb lead keel for her and faired it in fore and aft), damage to the deck planking, especially over the counter, and no rigging parts whatsoever.
(Model by family builder, restored by John Davies)
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Small Colin Archer; Port Quarter view.240 viewsBuilt to a tight deadline for a wedding present, she makes a pretty picture.
(Model by John Davies)
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America267 viewsThe schooner "America" was built by a syndicate of new England yachtsmen as a business proposition, to collect some of the prize money available in yacht racing, and to win wagers. She succeeded handsomely. In 1851, she trounced the finest yachts sailing in British waters, in a race around the Isle of Wight. Queen Victoria was most ungracious about it. When told the American yacht had won, she grumped "very well, who is second?". She was not amused to be told "madam, there is no second".