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Endeavour, Lulworth and Velsheda … ladies- in- waiting.

January 4, 2014

Today I continue to reblog; these stories are from my childhood and written as part of a future memoir …

Bald, beautiful and ballsy bint gets on her bike ...

One of the inhabitants of Crableck was rich enough to employ my father as a boat builder and handyman to maintain three rather special ladies he had acquired before the war. There was Lulworth, 151 foot, ocean going gaff rig cutter – gaff rig describes the 4 cornered main sail and cutter means she is fast.  She was was built by the White Brothers in 1920 for Richard H. Lee who sailed her in the premier yachting league in Europe.

Her farewell race was in 1930. In 1947 she was saved from the scrap yard by Mr and Mrs Lucas my father’s employer, who mud- berthed her and she became their home.

Befitting of a lady who had waited so patiently , in 1990 with much deterioration her hull was shipped to Italy, where she was restored and sailed again. Lulworth is currently the world’s largest race cutter.

Then there…

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  1. January 4, 2014 9:39 am

    I love reading your childhood memoirs. They remind me of my dad and his many years sailing wooden boats in and around the Solent. I enjoyed this post the first time around, but enjoyed it more today as it’s all the more poignant as my dad passed away last year.
    Keep posting the memoirs – they’re fab.

    • January 4, 2014 9:52 am

      I am sorry to hear about your dad … and as we speak I heard my mum too died last night xxx warm thoughts to you with love.

      • January 4, 2014 12:17 pm

        I’m so sorry to hear your news. My thoughts and love wing their way across the internet to you.

      • January 4, 2014 1:04 pm

        🙂 xx

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