Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta and Rally
A celebration of vessels from a bygone era
Regatta 2023 Entrants
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The current owner bought Joker in 2018 from Christchurch in Dorset. She had spent some time in a field. The interior and sails had been maintained to a high standard, but some items needed attention before it could be sailed back to Brixham.
Overall an unusual mix of components, with original 1978 Volvo MD7A and modern in-mast reefing with fully battened sail, large overlapping roller reefing genoa and a spinnaker. She weighs about 3.5t laden, so designed for cruising, not racing, although the keels were optimised in tank testing, rather than by measurement.

Almonde is based on the Englyn design by Harrison Butler, and built in Holland at the Kok te Muiden yard in 1934.

She is named after the 17th century Dutch Admiral, Philips van Almonde, and was commissioned as a present for the retiring Captain of the Dutch Royal Yacht, the Piet Hein. Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Beatrix are rumoured to have learnt to sail in her.

With a total length of over 10 metres, she is framed in oak, with hull, deck and superstructure in Mulmain teak.