A very special addition to the fleet
We are sure you’ve heard the rumours that all Sailors are infamous story tellers! Well this particular serendipitous tale, tells of how the lovely May Dora joined our fleet…. In 2011 David submitted an article to the Dinghy Cruising Association’s quarterly journal in which he wrote mostly about the Whammel boat Frieda and the crucial part she has played in the development of the charity over the last 16 years. He also wrote about Joanna but expressed a preference for the older boat that was built before the hull and rig were altered considerably by the current owner of Character Boats.
A reader of the magazine happened upon the article and was so taken with the Blackwell Sailing story that he offered to donate his boat to us. May Dora’s owner, Richard Martin, was no longer able to sail her and wanted her to go to a good home.
Well, it’s now hard to imagine Blackwell Sailing without her! She sails a bit faster than the other two and now, thanks to a grant from the Rumic Foundation Trust, has a completely silent, electric outboard motor. The battery for this can be re-charged with a solar panel. If you want to read more about Whammel boats have a look at the Magazine Article.