Monday, December 12, 2011

‘Mischief’ a West Solent One Design

Yesterday’s subject was the Thames sailing barge ‘Hydrogen’. I saw her at Heybridge on Saturday. Only ten minutes before seeing her, a very graceful classic yacht sailed past the lock gates. She was heading up river towards Maldon.

I have subsequently discovered this elegant Edwardian yacht was ‘Mischief’, a West Solent One Design. This class of yacht was designed by H. Jacobs and H. G. May in 1924, and they were known as ‘W’ Boats. The Berthon Boatyard at Lymington built 30 in all, and another was built under licence in India.

‘Mischief’ was completed in 1930 and she was restored to pristine condition between 1992 and 1993 by Brookes Classic Boatbuilders.

There is a considerable amount of information pertaining to West Solent One Design yachts (‘W’ Boats) at various websites - see links below. I particularly like photos of ‘Mischief’s’ restoration at the website Photos of ‘Mischief’.*

Text for the Day

Hebrews 13:5 ‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”


*Photos of ‘Mischief’

The ‘W’ Boat Association

West Solent One Designs

West Solent One Design

West Solents return to Cowes by Sue Pelling

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