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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Design 1698 - Clarion of Wight


Here's a boat with a very successful career both as a cruising boat and most especially as a racing yacht. She was built by Clare Lallow of Cowes, England and launched in the spring of 1963.

Her construction is a little different from the average S&S boat. The backbone and deadwood are made from Afromosa. Frames are of Canadian rock elm. Planking is double mahogany. Fasteners are of copper and clinched.

Let me see if I can get these facts correct: In the year she was launched she was selected to represent the British Admiral's Cup Team. She was successful in winning. She also won the Fastnet Race of that year, which was part of the Admiral's Cup Series.

The boat was subsequently modified and the rudder was detached from the keel and hung from a skeg. The original rudder was reduced in size and became a trim tab. Nice idea.

The boat continued to enjoy a successful racing career. It is believed that Sir Edward Heath was introduced to ocean racing aboard this boat and subsequently order the design of Morning Cloud (and more to follow).

Here are the plans.


Here's a fairly contemporary image from her current owner, taken in 2004. Thanks for sending it to us.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 43'-6"
LWL 30'-0"
Beam 10'-11"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 22,175 lbs
Ballast 11,250 lbs
Sail Area 725 sq ft

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