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At Salcombe in the 1920’s and 1930’s sailing racing was divided between the Salcombe Sailing Club and the Salcombe Yacht Club and three classes were initially developed.
In 1935 the Salcombe Sailing Club started a class for sailing canoes with the idea of introducing young people to sailing. A specification was drawn up and one item was the requirement that the whole boat complete with sails must not cost more than £7! Several were built but John Cove believes that his canoe, which he still owns in Norway is the only surviving example.
Salcombe B-class racing in late 1920's.
- A further class was added about 1937 when people started class racing with the old cruising yawls which were developed from fishing boats for pleasure use. Then certain of the ‘B’ class boats were converted to yawls with sail area reduced to more manageable proportions and a couple of new 16’ boats were built with yawl rig by J. Stone (Y14) and Morgan Giles of Teignmouth (Y7). These boats and their successors outclassed the old boats and for a while the racing was divided between ‘old yawls’ and ‘new yawls’. When racing resumed postwar the B class no longer raced and instead the yawl class became very popular. The prewar ‘new yawls’ became the prototypes leading to the development of the present day rules governing the Salcombe Restricted Yawl class.
Salcombe,'B'-class 'Blue Peter', built in 1937.
John sailing his canoe, about 1938.
Yawl 'Priscilla', Richard helming.
Yawl class racing, about 1948. 'Priscilla' leading.
For more information about the yawl class follow the link to articles covering the history of this class on the Salcombe Yawl Owners Association website: http://www.syoa.co.uk.
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