Rosneath Argyll and Bute UK
This is a unique opportunity to own a bit of history as these fine McGruer built, classic Gareloch One Design racing yachts reach their 100 year!
They sail as a class and "Zoe" is looking for a new owner to enjoy her and the unique camaraderie that goes with the fleet. As an owner you will be part of history, join the class for their Centennial regatta in 2024.
ZOE No.10 -
- Zoe will have a new paint job professionally carried out by Miller Marine which is included in the asking price. If you are quick you could choose the colour too!
- A cradle comes with the boat, which is part of the local GTA trailer association. This means she can be taken home if you have the space.
- She is in ready to sail/race condition with all necessary equipment to meet the class sailing rules.
GARELOCH ONE DESIGN (GOD) - Join the class
A great opportunity has arisen for anyone who wants to own a lovely historical sailing yacht.
These elegant yachts were built by the famous McGruers of Clynder, 99 years ago. They still race as a one design class on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, right through summer on their Gareloch home waters. At other times they may be seen cruising the Clyde and local lochs.
The fleet is so accommodating that beginners can buy a boat and be taught sailing by members of the class. Gareloch One designs are the perfect platform to learn the skills of sailing and racing. Being easy to sail the skills are learnt quickly and before you know it you will be trading paces in this tactical sport.
As a famous sailor once said - Sailboat racing is like a game of chess, played on a variable surface where nothing is constant. What could be more involving than that!
One thing perhaps!
The fleet owners and crews organise great social events which span the generations. Whether you are a young aspiring 8 year old or a canny 80 something these is fun to be had. The class has endured due to it's inclusive ethos and all are welcome.
Come and join in, set yourself a new challenge and be part of history.
ABOUT THE GARELOCH ONE DESIGN - HISTORY
The fact that the Gareloch One Design class is still complete and active after 99 years of sailing belies a turbulent history of migration from home waters after the invasion of the Norwegian Dragons – introduced to British waters by Clyde owners. At various times the class has been active on the Gareloch, the Firth of Forth and at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.
In the 1950’s the single-mindedness of John G.D. Henderson – whose family have been intimately involved with the class from its conception to the present day – brought about the return of the migrants from all points to the waters of their birth. That labour of love, together with further tender loving care and restoration by local boatbuilders over the ensuing 50 odd years has ensured the survival of these delicate and beautiful boats with a tough will to survive – and an endearing place in the social structure of the local sailing scene.
It is hard to believe that boats built down to a price – less than £160 – should have lasted so well. It says something about the skills and quality of workmanship and materials available almost 100 years ago.
The first mention of a proposed class in the minutes of the Gareloch Yacht club is October 22nd 1923 and by April 1924 the first boat afloat – Athene – was being trial sailed. At the club’s opening regatta of 3rd June 1924 the first batch of ten boats – Galatea, Athene, Dione, Ceres, Halcyone, Thalia, Iris, Hermes, Thia and Zoe – were racing, the owners having drawn lots for their boats in the interest of fairness.
Reputedly in the space of only 6 weeks, McGruers built 5 further boats to the same design but known as the Royal Forth Yacht Club – Spray (now Luna), Cockelroy (now Zephyrus), Fintra (now Catriona), Jean (now Circe) and Rosemary II (now Teal). The 16th boat – Juno – was built in 1928, now a mere youngster of 95.
There was some come and go between the Clyde and Forth fleets during the early years and, of course, team racing for the Barge Cup from 1934. But by 1936 on the Gareloch and 1937 on the Forth, the Dragon class began to take over.
In 1937 most of the Forth fleet was purchased – along with Iris and Athene – from the Gareloch, by members of Aldeburgh Yacht Club; the ideal answer to their search for a reasonably priced class to replace their ageing Sibbick designed Whitewings. Luna, Catriona, Thalia, Athene, Iris, Juno and Circe raced as a class on the Alde 1937-39 and 1945-1954 and finally in 1955 minus Athene. At the end of the 1955 season they were transported back to McGruers to begin the almost complete regrouping of the class in home waters.
Appropriately perhaps, when the Henderson family boat of old, Iris, was returned from Aldeburgh in 1957, the class was complete for the first time on the Gareloch.
Since 1957 all 16 boats have been based on the Gareloch, where they have given enjoyment, keen racing and pride of ownership to yachtsmen of all ages. The last time the whole fleet raced was in 1984, but most years see around 10 boats afloat with a good turn out at the first race of the season. Regular events are the matches against the Howth 17 Class from Dublin, Fairy Class from Belfast and HMS Neptune from the Faslane Submarine Base, as well as the Yvonne Armstrong Memorial Trophy which is raced for by local teams of cadets. Finally there is the Gareloch World Championship held in late July for the 50th Anniversary Cup, which was presented by the RNCYC in 1974.
The notes above were originally compiled by Iain McAllister
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