Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta
A celebration of vessels from a bygone era
Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta Entrants 2023
"Pilgrim of Brixham"

Built by JW & A Upham in Brixham in 1895 and fished out of Brixham until 1912.

She was then sold to Swedish owners and until 1999 was in Nordic waters as a fishing, cargo, private yacht and sail training vessel.

She returned to the UK and was fully restored between 2009-2012.

Now charity owned and operated undertaking seasonal sailings April-October each year.

Sailing area is South West England and North West France.

"Little Tern" 
Launched in 2005, Little Tern is sailed by Lin and Dave Dickens and is based at Noss on the River Dart.  
She was built by Dartmouth boat builder, Pete Nash who modelled her hull design on Claude Worth’s Tern III.  
Her rig was designed by Ed Burnett and she carries a mainsail, staysail, jib and topsail. She displaces 12 tons and her length on deck is11.3m.  
She has traditional carvel construction with larch and pitch pine planking on grown oak frames

Capraia is a Heard 28 built by Gaffers and Luggers in 2000. The Heard 28 design is based on a GRP mould taken from a carvel-built Falmouth Working Boat designed by Percy Dalton for boatbuilder Terry Heard of Mylor. The Falmouth Working Boats are open gaff cutters used for oyster dredging in winter in the Truro River and the River Fal. All these working boats have no engines, as dredging under power is banned in the area. 
Capraia was built for a Frenchman and her home port was St Malo. Bought by her present owner in 2009 she has been sailed extensively in UK and Irish waters and has cruised to the Channel Islands, Brittany, and the Isles of Scilly. In 2013 Capraia sailed around Britain as part of the OGA’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and in 2019 she circumnavigated Ireland.

 The 11 metre steel junk schooner FLY was built by the owners in the UK Midlands. Work started in May 2002. 
The craft identification number, GB-RYA01509L010, was obtained in 2010 and, with help from friends,it was finished and then launched on the River Dart, Devon, UK in 2014. 
The hull, topsides and superstructure are mostly to an origami design by Brent Swain, Vancouver. The hull is 5mm mild steel, 10.8 metres long x 3.3 metres wide x 1.5 metres draft. The deck, cabin and pilot house is 3mm.
Snark is a modern, coastal spritsail 'Thames' barge launched in 2017 at the Historic Shipyards in Chatham, Kent.

She is over 100 ft long overall with 2300 sq ft of sail and 80 tonnes displacement but can still be sailed with a crew of two.

She is based in Dartmouth and offers a range of one- and two-week voyages and day sailing around the UK and European coasts. We have day sailing places available on Sunday for the 2023 Regatta or for the whole weekend starting and finishing in Totnes.

For more info about the boat and to book online
Minnow is a 21ft junk-rigged sailing yacht converted in 2019 from a Freedom 21.

Built circa mid 1980s, this little bilge-keeler was rescued and refurbished by the current owners after languishing in a marina on the River Itchen in Southampton.

Originally with twin lifting keels, these are now permanently 'down', though unsuitable to 'take the ground'.  
Her distinctive grey junk sail marks her out; designed by David Tyler, and built by Sebastian Hentschel of tuchwerkstatt in Germany. On board are four comfortable berths and basic catering facilities.
"Sybil of Cumae" 
Sibyl of Cumae was designed and built as a Gaff Cutter for the protected waters of the Clyde by William Fife III in Fairlie, Scotland in 1902. Her original name was Ensay, after a small island in the Outer Hebrides.

Her name changed early on to Sibyl. When she was off Lloyds register for a year, someone took the name. Coming back to the register the name extended to - of Cumae (The oracle who lived in a cave West of Naples and predicted the future, sat on a tripod over a fire)

Sibyl converted to bermudan rig very early on in her life. She has also been a wishbone ketch. For a long time she lived at Lochgoilhead, and survived the war in Ireland.
KRKA (pronounced "Cracker") is a junk rigged Newbridge Pioneer, designed by Bill Dixon and built in 1986 by Newbridge Boats in Bridport, Dorset. 
She is twin keeled and steered by tiller in the cockpit and is named after a beautiful national park in Croatia.

What makes KRKA special is that for many years she was owned by the JRA and used as a charter boat in the Solent area. Aspiring junk-rig sailors (and others) could learn what it was like to sail a junk-rigged boat, as well as having a good holiday.

The original owners sailed her across the Channel, crossed France via the canals, and based her in the Mediterranean for a number of years.
Falanda is a 26’ classic wooden Morgan Giles, built in Teignmouth in 1950 with mahogany on oak frames. She is a West Channel One Design; as raced around the Torbay area in the 1950s/60s.  
Her current owner, Katie McCabe, bought her two years ago at the age of 12 for £800 from a Cornish boatyard where she was laying abandoned full of dirty water.  
After a winter of repairs, Falanda was launched again in 2020. In company with her parents on ‘Amaryllis’, Katie then single-handedly sailed her 400 miles to the Scilly Isles and back, and subsequently in 2021 single-handedly sailed Falanda around Britain aged14.  
Katie describes Falanda as the prettiest boat in the world!
The Sunbird 32 was designed by Alan Boswell (later Chief Designer of Oyster Yachts) as his ideal cruising boat. He and Robin Blain formed Sunbird Yachts to build and market it.

In 1977 it became the first modern western production boat specifically designed for a junk rig. Draft was 4ft to transit French canals. The first hull was built at Burne’s shipyard in Bosham, UK but production was subsequently moved to Fareham Quay Boatbuilders.

During the recession of 1980-81when VAT at 25% was first applied to boats, orders for the Sunbird dried up and production was closed down. Only 13 Sunbird 32s were built, but almost all of them are still in commission and most have cruised extensively.
"Ragdoll" is a Gibsea 90 built in 1984 in France.  
Of GRP construvction, she regularly takes part in club racing at Brixham Yacht Club, both "round-the-cans" and in local coastal series
‘Cynthia’ was designed and built by Thomas Jackett of Falmouth in 1910 as a gaff cutter for a Mr. C.P.Foster.

She remained in the West Country until 1927 when she was sold on to Cowes. Soon after, the rig was changed to a Bermudan Sloop as she raced under RORC, in the Channel, quite successfully for many years.  
She was owned by one family until 2012 when she was sold and towed back from Cowes to Dartmouth.

Here, a full refit was undertaken by Peter Lucas and the rig changed back to the original one of a gaff cutter.
"Charlie Bravo" 
Charlie Bravo is a well loved Westerly 22, Gunter-rigged classic built in the 1970's. Whilst built of GRP and not of wood like many classics, she does make up for it with plenty of wood trim, in the cockpit and internally.

The extra quality she has, is her ship's dog "Charlie", who is well known for his faithful love of "Charlie Bravo".
The name Charlie Bravo- C B - are the initials of the owner's eldest son and eldest granddaughter- so well and truly a family classic with her ship's dog.

The original owner commissioned Percy Dalton to take the lines of one of the original Falmouth working boats and contracted Cygnus Marine to construct the hull to the then relevant 'White Fish Authority' standard. This resulted in a very solid 28' , 8.3 tonne gaff rigged cutter. The rig was designed by Percy Dalton and the interior was designed and fitted out by the original owner. 
The boat was sold in 2009 and kept in Weymouth with sadly aborted plans to take her to the Med by way of the French canals. She had a new Collars mast and gaff made, updated interior and new running rigging.

Since coming into my ownership in September 2020 she is now moored in Plymouth and I have fitted a new engine, bowsprit, standing and running rigging and the teak deck has also been re-caulked.