Our boats

Our festival wouldn’t be the same without the spectacular boats who visit. We invite scores of historic and classic vessels to fill the harbour, re-creating the sights, smells and flavour of what was once an important, vibrant fishing port. Traditional wooden vessels, (from Brittany to Falmouth) are rigged with spars and tan sails and line the harbour wall. They then set out for an impressive parade of sail over the three days, a sight that stirs the heart of even the most hardened land lubber.

Boat Owners – we encourage you to please send us your details via the ‘Book your boat’ link on the homepage. We will do our very best to include your boat details on the website or in the festival catalogue.

This year's boats

Maia

Maia is a St Ives Sailing Punt. She was built by Jonny Nance in 2015 and is traditionally constructed with an oak keel and structural members and Douglas Fir clinker planking. She has no centre board or dagger board and relies on her hull shape and shallow full length keel to sail to windward. She has a standing lug rig on an unstayed mast. Her overall lines were developed from those taken off one of the last St Ives punts in 1975. She is 11 ft 6in long and draws 1 ft. She is owned by Scott and Tom Bowring and is kept on a running mooring in St Ives harbour.

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Mizpha

Mizpha was built by Gary Mitchell of Percy Mitchell & sons in 1981. She is 20 ft 7’ and constructed with larch on oak. She has a standing lug mainsail, a lug mizzen and jib and is freestanding with legs.

Molly Oxford

Molly Oxford is a Heard 28’ Gaff Cutter from Gaffers & Luggers Mylor and completed by Robertsons of Woodbridge in 1989. The current owner is Chris Lane, who was brought up in Penzance and now sails out of Chichester Harbour in West Sussex.  Molly Oxford participated in the Falmouth Classics and the Brest & Douarnenez Festivals in 2016.

Norwegian Girl

Norwegian Girl was built in Devoran in 1982 and was originally a Bermudan sloop with a metal mast. She featured in PBO in 1984 as a ‘progressive day sailer’. Also the first of class built. The second owner converted her to a gaff rigged cutter with a short bowsprit and all wood spars. Little is known after that until the present owner saw her in Mylor boatyard full of water with a completely seized Dolphin inboard, laying under the water. This was 1996. She was then restored and re-engined with a Bukh 10hp diesel. A new suit of sails in 2009 and an extended bowsprit brought her to her present configuration. The hull is a Skanner 19 much modified. She has been trailed to the maritime festival in Brest in 2013 and La Sumaine du Golfe du Morbihan twice. She is now based in Weymouth.

Our Boys

Our Boys is a 42′ dipping lugger, built in Looe in 1904 by Dick Pearce for the Woodrow Pengelly family. Named ‘Our Boys’ after the first owner’s seven sons, she was involved in commercial drift-net fishing for pilchards and mackerel from Looe, until decommissioned in 1978. In the 1960s, she was skippered by Bill Pengelly, one of only five motorised former luggers still working from Looe. The others were Our Daddy, Guide Me, Iris and Eileen. In 1980 she was restored to a yacht with dipping lug rig and then used as a leisure yacht with some chartering on the Solent and West Country. In 1991, she was found on the Isle of Wight and restored by George and Sue Dart from Seaton, Devon. Here, she was used for private cruises from Axmouth. Mike Cotton then brought her back to Looe in 1999, where she was then owned by Paul and Maggie Greenwood who returned her to the traditional Looe colours in 2002. In 2009 she was awarded a sustainability grant from National Historic Ships, towards a new engine when she was based in Milford Haven and has undergone considerable restoration since then. She is now owned by Phil Cogdell and based in Weir Quay, Devon.

Our Daddy

Our Daddy is a 45ft Lugger (75′ with bowsprit and bumpkin) and carries 2,500 sq feet of sail. Built for (£435) in Looe in 1921 by Dick Pearce for the J E Pengelly family, she was skippered by their son Alfred John. She fished for some 65 years in the pilchard, mackerel and later shark fishing industries. She was the last sailing Lugger to work out of Looe and was then owned by Mike Darlington and Stuart Murray. Mike, who fished on the boat with the legendary Alfred John Pengelly said: `A J told me: “One day, she will be yours.” But he forget to say it would take 21 years…’ Our Daddy has been re-built as a stunning classic with a Dandy Rig and since 2014, owned by Steve Styles and Tim Sunderland. She will once again be working as a traditional charter vessel along the South West Coast and across to France, visiting many of the festivals en route.

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Our Kate

Our Kate is a graceful 18ft Gaff Rigged Pilot Cutter, built in Salcombe, Devon by Edgar Cove in 1910. She has been owned by the Tyler family for over 40 years and is sailed from Mousehole.

Penrosa

Penrosa was built in 1963 at Fairey Marine, Hamble. She is a 28ft Sloop Rigged motosailor and made from hot moulded Agba (mahogany) on pitch pine frames. Her owner Andy Wheeler keeps her in Penzance.

Pomona

Pomona is 27 ft Bermudan sloop, with 5.5 ft draft and a long keel with no legs. She is built from mahogany on oak in 1956 and designed by Collin Cowan, who worked in the Laurent Giles office. Her last owner circumnavigated the world and made 5 Atlantic crossings in her. Now that’s a talking point for a small vessel. She is now owned by Danny Rocca.

Prudence

Prudence is a Percy Dalton designed hard chinned steel gaff cutter. She is loosely designed around a Falmouth Working Boat, currently moored in Penryn and owned by Sam Coltman. She has a long keel with no legs.

Reliance

Reliance is a 40′ dipping lugger built in 1903 by Dick Peal of Gorren Haven, for the Longmail family of Mevagissey. She has a beam of 11′ 6″ and draft of 5′ 6″. She is owned by Graham Butler and her home port is now Cawsand. Rescued in 1998 by Duncan Russell and then fully restored between 2014 to 2018 by the current owner, Sea Salts and Sail will be her first long cruise.

Ripple

Ripple was built in St Ives by Henry Trevorrow and registered as SS19 in 1896. For 25 years until 1933, she was used for fishing under the ownership of the Barber family. Her skippers were William and his brother Matthew. She was originally propelled by sail, with two lugsails carried on two masts. In 1915 this was boosted by the installation of a 16 hp port wing engine. She has recently undergone a complete renovation by the present owner John Lambourn and is seen regularly sailing in the Bay.

Rose of Argyll

Rose is newer than many luggers, though probably does the most sea miles than many combined. She was clinker built in Scotland and not in Cornwall. Her specific type is a Loch Fyne skiff and a replica of a herring boat from the early twentieth century. First sailed as a yacht, she was then abandoned in a garden in the Gulf of Morbihan in 1990. She was bought and restored and relaunched in 2009. Owned by Benoit and Elise, her home port is Lannilis, Aber wrach. The boat is skillfully handled under sail (as she’s engineless) and port manoeuvres are carried out by rowing and sculling.

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin is a smaller version of the Ellen, a Gorran Haven Crabber and built by Percy Mitchell in Mevagissey (or Portmellon) around 1936. Sea Urchin has a Spritsail rig, similar to the Thames Barge. It’s an unusual rig for this style of boat, but fantastic for down and up wind sailing. Importantly, there’s no boom so perfect for kids. Also of interest, is the Ganderfied fore sails, as she’s now a cutter with two jibs and small bowspirit. She is owned by Richard Biker and sailed from Mousehole.

Snowdrop

Snowdrop is a tough little 22 foot Deben Four Tonner from the early 1930’s. With a beam of 8ft, a draft of 5ft and a 9ft bowspirit, she’s a beautifully balanced boat that sails around Mounts Bay for most of the year. Winning Sea Salts and Sail’s U23 foot class in 2014 and runner up in 2016, she’s now owned by Geoff May and sails out of Newlyn.

St Ives Sculling Punts

The St Ives based Jumbo Association are providing two identical traditional punts on Saturday, for our inter-crew team challenge. Members of the public can join in, however, we’d like names / teams before the event. The latest details will be on the web site in due course! Contestant will scully from the South beach, around a buoy in the harbour, before returning to leap ashore whilst team members spun the punt about. The next contestant will then scramble aboard whilst the punt is shoved off by the whole team for the next leg. It’s extremely competative… and will work up a sweat. And that’s just for those watching!

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Sula

Sula is a Western Highland skiff built in larch on oak by Sandy McDonald in Ardnamurchan, Scotland in 1993.  She also won the ‘Classic Boat’ amateur boat building competition at the Wooden Boat Show in 1993. She’s 11’3’’ long and owned by John Scott.

Trooper

Trooper is a 9 ton Bermudan Cutter, canoe stern and centre cockpit constructed in wood in 1959 by David Hillyard of Littlehampton.  David Hillyard made his name boat building affordable wooden boats in between the 1920s and early 1970s.  The 9 ton series was his most popular and Trooper was built in the heyday of the yard.  Hillyards are known for their solid construction but not for their speed.  She has a new rig designed in 2005 by the renowned marine architect Ed Burnett and sails beautifully.  She is owned locally by the Guys and is used for local Helford cruising with all the family aboard.

Twilight

Twilight was built as a motor boat by H J Mean & Son at Axmouth, Devon in 1973/4 and later converted into a Beer Lugger in 2005/6 by the present owner Alan Abbott. She regularly sails in the Beer Lugger Club Races, Beer Regatta, the Biennial Looe Lugger Festival as well as Sea Salts and Sail Festival. She’s a hard boat to beat!

Unity

‘Unity’ is a new 40 foot workboat-style gaff rigged cutter, designed by Jon Bray and built by West Country Cutters. Her hull is based on a Mevagissey Lugger. She was launched in 2016 and turned heads at her first festival, Sea Salts and Sail, followed immediately by Brest and Douarnenez. She’s as traditional as it gets: larch on sawn-oak frames, copper and bronze-fastened, including a delightful wood burning stove, plus she’s clean, spacious and has a very practical interior. She’s fast, looks stylish under full sail and through simply rigging, can be sailed by two.

Veracity

Veracity is a stylish 32 ft dipping Lugger, built by Marcus Rowden in 2004. She is now owned by Holly Latham.

William Paynter

The Jumbos were a small class of open, double-ended luggers introduced exclusively to St.Ives during the mid 1880’s. The modern Jumbos are replicas of some of the smallest (20ft 6ins LOA) designed by the renowned boatbuilder, William Paynter. Although rigged in the same way, Jumbos were significantly smaller than the other luggers which earned them their ironic nickname. With all the characteristics of the dipping lug rig in an easily manageable form, the Jumbo is an ideal boat on which to learn.The replicas were researched and built by Jonny Nance in order to encourage the community of St.Ives to engage with the sea and each other and even kindle a sense of pride in the town’s almost-forgotten maritime heritage. The idea caught the public imagination and took off. Today’s Jumbos are operated by the St.Ives Jumbo Association – a charity of some 450 members. For more info see www.jonnynance.com

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Winnie

Winnie was built in 1897, a 28ft Falmouth Working Boat and owned by Arthur Williams. We’re delighted to see her return (enginless (ish!) to this side of the Lizard for she’s an impressive sight under full sail. In a close hauled contest, there are few who cannot be inspired by the beauty of these powerful Gaff Rigged Cutters. Outwardly, little has changed in nearly 200 years for the FWB, which under the laws of local harbour byelaws, prohibits the dredging of oysters by any mechanical means.

Wylo II

Wylo II is owned by Nick Skeates of Warminster and is a 32ft Centreboard Gaff Cutter. She was built in New Zealand in 1980 to the owners design. She has a steel hull, wood deck and has now circumnavigated 3 times, via the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, Panama Canal, New Zealand and South Africa. Nick is a fantastic character full of soul, wisdom and experience. An honour to have him here.

Zephon

Zephon was designed by Harrison Butler and built by the Probert Brothers, Swansea. The build started before WWII but as with many boats, this was put on hold during the war years and she was completed and launched in 1950. Until the late 1960’s she was owned by Mr D.G. Probert of Milford Haven. She is sail No. Z278. She is one of only 10 Zyklon class boats built as opposed to 52 of the Z4 Tonners. Her hull (pitched pine on bent oak) is to the standard Z4 design but she has raised topsides which hugely increases the interior volume of the boat. This alteration was designed by Cpt O.M. Watts and proved to be very effective. Sailed by Giles Gilbert (the present owner) from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall in 2016, since then she has been sailed around the Cornish coast and out to the Isles of Scilly. Currently sailed without an engine.

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