Bonita was designed by William Crossfield and built in his yard at Arnside, Cumbria in 1888. This occasional blog describes some of her adventures - including her 2013 circumnavigation of Britain and Baltic cruise of 2016.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
The Helford Old Gaffers Race
Today we took part in the Helford Old Gaffers Race. This consists of 3 circuits of a course in the entrance to the river. We had D and Roly as crew - Roly has a small gaffer that he trails around from his base in the Midlands. We had a light Easterly wind and were able to set both topsail and light jib on the down wind legs. Bonita however would have liked a bit more wind. Inevitably we didn't do quite as well as some more modern Gaffers with local knowledge, but we did get a prize for being both the oldest boat and the one that had come the furthest. After the race D and I went ashore to visit Trebah gardens once again; D is a life member so we thought we should get the benefit from this.
The day ended with a jolly dinner and prize giving in the Port Navas yacht club.
Our tour of West Country old Gaffers events is now coming to a close so we are hoping for fair winds for the trip home...