After selling ‘Zeta’ to the yachting journalist Colin Jarman, I bought a Fairey Fulmar designed by Uffa Fox. She was based on his Atalanta 26, but did not have an aft cabin, and she had one drop keel instead of two. Her name was ‘Petronella’. Unfortunately I do not have any photographs of her.
In 1981 I acquired ‘Apple Charlotte’, a Pandora Mk 1, designed by E.G. Van de Stadt. My brother and I sailed her to Holland.
My thoughts turned to ocean cruising, and to that end I purchased a Folksong hull and deck. I fitted her out as a junk sloop and named her ‘Zeta’. She was fully commissioned for cruising in 1984. From thereon I referred to her as big ‘Zeta’.
Four years later I bought ‘Lady Ashquelon’. She was a Van de Stadt Buccaneer, and I sailed her to the Scilly Islands. She did not have an engine.
Small ‘Zeta’ – Hunter Europa 19 - 1977
‘Apple Charlotte’, part 1 - 1981
‘Zeta’ – Folksong - 1984
‘Lady Ashquelon’ - 1988