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A beautifully illustrated look at the history, stories and characters behind this classic yachting keelboat.
The Sunbeam class was designed 84 years ago, and are still classic boats – made of wood and beautifully crafted. Raced in Chichester harbour and Falmouth, this is a collection of photographs from the beginning – early photos in black and white, and modern photos in full colour. There is also a full history of the class – anecdotes, stories, sinkings, races, and some of the characters that sailed these delightful boats.
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The year was 1922, the location Riverside Cottage on the River Hamble, deep in unspoilt countryside which is difficult to imagine if you visit the Hamble today. There man sat down around the table. F.G.T. Dawson, Freddie Leith and Basil Lubbock who has set the ball rolling by asking the distinguished naval architect Alfred Wesmacott. to design "...an improved Mermaid" for his particular emplayment. These three founders of the Sunbeam class ended their meeting by drawing lots to decide sail numbers for the first three Sunbeams tto be built - No 1 Dainty, No 2 Joy and No 3 Mary. more than eight decades later, Messrs Westmacott, Dawson, Leith and Lubbock must surely be gazing down from on high, delighted to see their three craft out among the 46 Sunbeams that race at Chichester, the Solent or Falmouth. And with the double delight of the Sunbeams' names still ending in a 'Y'.
"Buying a Sunbeam is a life changing experience. Partly this comes from the sheer joy of sailing in your own classic wooden yacht; partly from the glorious sight of the Sunbeam fleet, like a corps de ballet, racing with you; partly from the mental challenge of racing; partly the enjoyment of the sea, the sky and the coastline around you and partly, perhaps mostly, the wonderful friendships forged both afloat and ashore."
"Big boat feel at small boat cost"
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Book Description Wiley, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110955143209