Tag Archives: Hunter’s Quay

Wind of fortune

  Snippets of news slipping out online more than strongly suggest that one of the most exciting of classic yacht replica projects is well underway: a reincarnation of G.L. Watson’s design for the fabulous and fast schooner Rainbow, later Hamburg, … Continue reading


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The Weekend Watson – Lufra

For those suffering the worst of winter right now, here’s a bright sunny image – even in monochrome – from the mid-1890s. The gaff-rigged cutter Lufra eats up the Clyde off Dunoon in a stiff nor’westerly, her cotton sails by … Continue reading

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The “Big Class” on Film, 1899

As part of the research for G L Watson – the Art and Science of Yacht Design, we discovered in the Irish Film Institute’s Irish Film Archive an amazing film clip from the Golden Age of Yachting. The year is … Continue reading

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