Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta
A celebration of vessels from a bygone era
Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta Entrants 2024 - So Far
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
"Blue Bell"
Cornish Shrimper
"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.
‘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. 
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 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.
Leader was built in 1892 for William Robbens by the yard of A W Gibbs at Galmpton Creek on the River Dart, just two miles across the hill from Brixham.

She was one of the “big ketches”, a design developed from the original Brixham cutters of the early 19th century. The cutter-rigged boats were known in Devon as “Mumble Bees”, ketches of up to 40 tons were “mules” and those over that size were “ketches” or even, perversely, “sloops”.

Leader represented the pinnacle of the evolution of the sailing trawler.
"Mischief" is a Cornish Crabber 22, built in 2009 by Cornish Crabbers Ltd at Rock, Cornwall. She is a 22ft LoD gaff cutter-27ft inc bowsprit with 15hp inboard engine.
Construction is grp with wooden mast and spars and tan sails  to give a traditional 
appearance. She has a 15hp internal diesel engine and living accomodation. 
Family owned since 2015 and moored on the River Dart at Dittisham from where she sails the South Devon and Cornwall coast,day sailing, taking part in rallies 
and races, making passages and spending nights at anchor. 
She has been sailed single handed and with up to seven crew, though most frequently 
with two or three aboard. 
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.
"Susan J"

"Susan J" is a Heard 28, built in 1991 by Gaffers and Luggers.
She has been through the French Canals to the Mediterranean and sailed extensively in the Channel with previous owners.
Since taking her over in 2017 her present owners have cruised the Channel, Brittany and she has recently been to the Channel Islands.