Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta and Rally
A celebration of vessels from a bygone era
Regatta 2023 Entrants
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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.