Category Archives: The Weekend Watson

The Weekend Watson – Camilla

The sweet, varnished gaff cutter Camilla is one of a very special group of surviving yachts designed during the all too short lifetime of Glasgow naval architect and yacht designer, G.L. Watson (1851-1904). The business carrying his name continued – … Continue reading

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All mod cons: the steam yacht Hermione, 1891

When the elegant G.L. Watson-designed steam yacht Hermione arrived at the Newfoundland port of St. John’s on 2 July 1895 on passage from Gourock, Firth of Clyde, to New York, she naturally turned heads. The seafaring citizens of such a … Continue reading

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The first match racers?

As Women’s Match Racing World Championship competitors prepare for a second lovely Cork Harbour sailing day at the Royal Cork (the world’s oldest yacht club), meet Gipsy and Brunette of 1893. G.L. Watson designed them specifically for racing against each … Continue reading

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig

We don’t know how to turn our blog’s template green for the day, but we do know a beautiful recently restored G.L. Watson & Co. designed yacht named after Ireland’s patron saint. Take it away St Patrick… (Just add music). … Continue reading

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A new Watson for the weekend – No. 274

Is this the first yacht built to a design by Glasgow-based naval architect to the world, G.L. Watson, since his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 53?* In the past week, during a yard movement in Brittany, we were … Continue reading

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The Weekend Watson – St Patrick

For the first time since its inception in 1998, this year’s Fife Regatta will host one of the rare examples of a yacht built by the famous Fairlie boatyard to drawings by another designer: the Salcombe Saint One Design St … Continue reading

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The Weekend Watson – Charles Henry Ashley

Charles Henry Ashley really is a G.L. Watson for the Weekend – you can sail and row in her… or should it be row and sail… “To a reader today, it may seem strange that men would elect to use … Continue reading

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