I have been trying to gather information about Sir Henry Pigott’s single-handed circumnavigation of the world in the 19’ 8” junk-rigged yacht, ‘Glory 2’. As far as I can remember, he had already crossed the Atlantic in a Mirror Offshore 19’yacht. I know that he completed his circumnavigation aboard ‘Glory 2’ in 1985, and at that time his yacht was the smallest to have done it. Two years later, in 1987, Serge Testa took the record from him, when he completed a 3 year circumnavigation aboard the 12’ ‘Acrohc Australis’.
There’s very little information out there in Cyberspace about Henry’s small Colvic Motorsailer. I think he bought the hull and built everything else. Apparently, she was flush-decked with no cockpit, and she could be managed from inside the doghouse. You can see from the poor photo above, she had a single Hasler junk sail.
I believe the Junk Rig Association Newsletters, numbers 27, 28, 36 and 47 contain articles featuring Henry and his famous yacht. Sadly as far as I am aware, the JRA does not publish their Newsletters online, and I do not have access to them. Apparently, the Practical Boat Owner magazine published an article with photos of ‘Glory 11’, but again, I do not have a copy. I came across a posting at one Yahoo Group that said in addition to sailing around the world in ‘Glory 11’, Henry had crossed the Atlantic 6 times! Also he sails to the Shetlands every year from Poole to visit his daughter who lives there.
I am not certain, but I believe Henry has roots in Hampshire, UK. I speak in the present tense, because I assume he is still alive, probably in his 90s. He has owned other junk-rigged vessels in addition to ‘Glory 2’. Somewhere I read that he had sailed six times around England and Scotland, but on the last occasion he broke his leg, and it is now so full of metal that it plays up his compass. You can’t believe all you read, but there may be some truth in it.
Any information you can give me about Henry and his boats will be gratefully received, especially photos of the ‘Glory 2’.