Scandalised At Sea: Depowering Your Rig Skipper Ben Gillett tells us a story from the sea and a useful trick (or two) for traditional sailors As the afternoon wore on we cleared the traffic from the top end of the off-Casquets TSS, on passage towards the Devon coast from Sark. The swell and south westerly
This Time Of Year This is always a bit of a funny time of year. Winter sailing isn’t always at the top of our mind. Instead there’s Christmas. Spending a lot of time with family. Societal pressures to buy stuff, spend money, eat too much, drink too much. And then comes New Year and the overwhelming
‘Moosk’ 1906 Gaff Yawl This fine gaff yawl was was built in 1906 as a classic gentlemen’s cruising yacht by W.H. Thomas in Falmouth, UK. Moosk is traditionally rigged, at 39ft on deck and a bowsprit giving her an overall length of 58ft. Moosk is the smallest of three vessels in The Island Trust’s fleet.
About ‘Pegasus’ 2008 Gaff Cutter Built as a replica Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Pegasus was commissioned by The Island Trust as a custom-built addition to their sail training fleet. Pegasus was designed by Ed Burnett, and built by The Bristol Classic Boat Co. by the Rolt brothers in Bristol’s Floating Harbour at Redcliffe Wharf. Ship
Excelsior LT472 Excelsior LT472 was built by John Chambers of Lowestoft in 1921, as a sailing smack. She was bought by a local fishing consortium after their previous smack (built 1885) had a sad ending after a collision in the fog with a steamer. In 1935, Excelsior was sold to a Norwegian owner and converted