Page published 20 December 2008

Spindrift - One of two craft built to this design

Spindrift - pictured in 2002

In 1967 there was a week spent on Spindrift I, a new yacht then operated from Eastwood Whelpton's yard at Upton Dyke. There were two of them built. They are still to be seen around the Broads today, awkward boats that were pigs to sail. Built of wood, they remind you of a 1950's motor cruiser with a full width cabin, no side decks and a small Bermudan sloop rig. With their huge freeboard they sailed sideways rather than forward most of the time. Best forgotten! (The picture here was taken in 2002 and was sent to me by Craig Slawson.)

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