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Bermuda Rig Collection

"Bermuda Rig: A Timeless Elegance on the High Seas" Step back in time and witness the grace and power of the Bermuda rig

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 205 ton J-class yacht Velsheda sailing close hauled, 1933

The 205 ton J-class yacht Velsheda sailing close hauled, 1933
The 205 ton J-class yacht Velsheda sailing close-hauled, 1933. Velsheda was designed by Charles E Nicholson and built in 1933 for Woolworths founder William L Stephenson

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Cremona crashes through wave, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Cremona crashes through wave, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6-metre Cremona crashes through wave, 1913

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Sloop (Dragon? class) sailing with spinnaker, c1938

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922. The Yarmouth One Design class was established at the Solent Yacht Club in 1910, on the instigation of Sir Arthur Cope, RA

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Trivia, a 12 Metre class yacht sails close-hauled, 1939. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Trivia, a 12 Metre class yacht sails close-hauled, 1939. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Trivia, a 12 Metre class yacht sails close-hauled, 1939. Trivia was designed by Charles Nicholson for Vernon W. MacAndrew. She achieved first in her class in 1937, her first season

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Stella sailing close-hauled, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Stella sailing close-hauled, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre class Stella sailing close-hauled, 1914

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre class Lanka, Wamba and Stella racing on reaching leg, 1914

The 6 Metre class Lanka, Wamba and Stella racing on reaching leg, 1914

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Wamba II running downwind under spinnaker, 1914

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Stella, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Stella, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Stella, 1914

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 23-metre cutter Astra sailing close-hauled, 1932. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 23-metre cutter Astra sailing close-hauled, 1932. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 23-metre cutter Astra sailing close-hauled, 1932. Astra was designed by Charles E Nicholson for Adam Moritimer Singer and was launched in 1928. It was converted to J-Class in 1931

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 7 Metre Ancora (K3) sailing under spinnaker, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 7 Metre Ancora (K3) sailing under spinnaker, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 7 Metre Ancora (K3) sailing under spinnaker, 1913. Ancora went on to win gold medal in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Cremona moored with flags, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Cremona moored with flags, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Cremona moored with flags, 1913

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Unknown yacht sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Unknown yacht sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Unknown yacht sailing close-hauled

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The American J-Class yacht Yankee, 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The American J-Class yacht Yankee, 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The American J-Class yacht Yankee, 1935. In 1935 Gerry Lambert bought the Frank Paine designed Yankee to England to race against the British J-Class yachts Endeavour, Velsheda, Candida

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre class Maid Marion (K22) sailing close-hauled, 1921

The 6 Metre class Maid Marion (K22) sailing close-hauled, 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The Big Five J Class yachts racing downwind, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The Big Five J Class yachts racing downwind, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The Big Five J Class yachts racing downwind, 1934

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 23 Metre sailing yacht Cambria, 1928. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 23 Metre sailing yacht Cambria, 1928. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 23 Metre sailing yacht Cambria, 1928. Cambria was built by William Fife for the newspaper magnate Sir William Berry

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6-metre Lanka sailing close-hauled, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6-metre Lanka sailing close-hauled, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6-metre Lanka sailing close-hauled, 1914

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Class yachts Oui-Oui (D15) and Gairney racing, 1922. Creator

The 6 Metre Class yachts Oui-Oui (D15) and Gairney racing, 1922. Creator
The 6 Metre Class yachts Oui-Oui (D15) and Gairney racing, 1922. Oui Oui was designed by the Danish yacht designer Johan Anker

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Saling yacht Asphodel (K5) with prize flags, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Saling yacht Asphodel (K5) with prize flags, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Saling yacht Asphodel (K5) with prize flags, 1922

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Flya (K13) sailing close-hauled, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Flya (K13) sailing close-hauled, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Flya (K13) sailing close-hauled, 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre sailing yacht Margaret (K14) sailing close-hauled, 1921. Creator

The 6 Metre sailing yacht Margaret (K14) sailing close-hauled, 1921. Creator
The 6 Metre sailing yacht Margaret (K14) sailing close-hauled, 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre class Maid Marion (K22) and Freesia (K11), 1921

The 6 Metre class Maid Marion (K22) and Freesia (K11), 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre yacht Polly (K10) sailing upwind, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre yacht Polly (K10) sailing upwind, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre yacht Polly (K10) sailing upwind, 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Spinnaker flying on unknown yacht. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Spinnaker flying on unknown yacht. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Spinnaker flying on unknown yacht

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Start of W Class race: Squirrel (3), Jadi (26), Diana (8), Emerald (27), Melody (28), 1931

Start of W Class race: Squirrel (3), Jadi (26), Diana (8), Emerald (27), Melody (28), 1931

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Party sailing on the Earl of Normantons Cutter, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Party sailing on the Earl of Normantons Cutter, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Party sailing on the Earl of Normantons Cutter, 1911

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The cutter Minstrel competing in the round Island Race, 1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Minstrel competing in the round Island Race, 1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Minstrel competing in the round Island Race, 1938. (Possibly the 1913, William Fife designed yawl that was later converted to a bermudan sloop.)

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Sailing yacht Blue Peter, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Sailing yacht Blue Peter, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Sailing yacht Blue Peter, 1934

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Unknown sailing yacht under way. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Unknown sailing yacht under way. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Unknown sailing yacht under way

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Stern view of W Class boats racing downwind, 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Stern view of W Class boats racing downwind, 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Stern view of W Class boats racing downwind, 1933

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: A 5 ton sloop, possibly Armonelle, under sail, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

A 5 ton sloop, possibly Armonelle, under sail, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
A 5 ton sloop, possibly Armonelle, under sail, 1921

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Cutter sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Cutter sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Cutter sailing close-hauled

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Cynthia sailing upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Cynthia sailing upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Cynthia sailing upwind, 1912

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Anitra dressed with flags, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Anitra dressed with flags, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Anitra dressed with flags, 1912

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre sailing yach t Pichin (L65), 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre sailing yach t Pichin (L65), 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre sailing yach t Pichin (L65), 1913

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Start of One Ton Cup Race, Stokes Bay, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Start of One Ton Cup Race, Stokes Bay, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Start of One Ton Cup Race, Stokes Bay, 1913. The 1913 Cup was won by Britain in Cremona of the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Cremona was designed by Morgan Giles

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 7 Metre Marsinah (K1) sailing with spinnaker, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 7 Metre Marsinah (K1) sailing with spinnaker, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 7 Metre Marsinah (K1) sailing with spinnaker, 1912

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: International 6 Metres class racing at Cowes. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

International 6 Metres class racing at Cowes. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
International 6 Metres class racing at Cowes

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 7 Metre sailing yacht Pinaster (K8), 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 7 Metre sailing yacht Pinaster (K8), 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 7 Metre sailing yacht Pinaster (K8) helmed by Captain R. Sloane Stanley, 1913

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: A group of 6 metre boats racing downwind, 1931. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

A group of 6 metre boats racing downwind, 1931. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
A group of 6 metre boats racing downwind, 1931

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Class Jonquil (L5) helmed by Capt R J Dixon. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Class Jonquil (L5) helmed by Capt R J Dixon. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Class Jonquil (L5) helmed by Capt R J Dixon. This boat has not yet been beaten in her class. 1st prize

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Class Sioma (L19) helmed by A Maudsley Esq. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Class Sioma (L19) helmed by A Maudsley Esq. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Class Sioma (L19) helmed by A Maudsley Esq

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: 6 Metre Class Jonquil (L5) with Captain R J Dixon at the helm

6 Metre Class Jonquil (L5) with Captain R J Dixon at the helm

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metre Correnzia close-hauled, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The 6 Metre Correnzia close-hauled, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The 6 Metre Correnzia close-hauled, 1911. Correnzia, launched in 1909, was designed by Alfred Mylne and built in Scotland by McAllister of Dumbarton

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: The 6 Metres boats Snowdrop, The Whim, Cheetal and Ejnar racing downwind

The 6 Metres boats Snowdrop, The Whim, Cheetal and Ejnar racing downwind

Background imageBermuda Rig Collection: Group of 6 Metres racing downwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Group of 6 Metres racing downwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Group of 6 Metres racing downwind, 1911



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"Bermuda Rig: A Timeless Elegance on the High Seas" Step back in time and witness the grace and power of the Bermuda rig, a sailing marvel that has captured hearts for decades. From the 205-ton J-class yacht Velsheda gracefully navigating close-hauled in 1933 to the mighty Cremona crashing through waves in 1913, these vessels showcase the artistry of Kirk & Sons of Cowes. In 1922, the Yarmouth One Design Greywing took center stage with its sleek design, courtesy once again of Kirk & Sons. Meanwhile, a trivia-worthy moment unfolded as a 12 Metre class yacht sailed close-hauled in 1939. The same year witnessed Stella's breathtaking performance under similar conditions - yet another testament to Kirk & Sons' craftsmanship. The racing scene came alive in 1914 when Lanka, Wamba, and Stella fiercely competed on reaching legs. Wamba II stole attention by effortlessly running downwind under its vibrant spinnaker. Not far behind was Ancora (K3), an impressive sight as it soared beneath its billowing spinnaker sails in 1913. No discussion about Bermuda rigs would be complete without mentioning two iconic J-Class yachts: Shamrock V and Britannia. In their regal splendor, they graced our waters with their presence in 1934 - masterpieces crafted by none other than Kirk & Sons. Let us not forget Margaret (K14), a stunning example from the renowned six-meter class fleet that dominated seas worldwide since its inception. In her glory days of close-hauled sailing back in 1921, she showcased both beauty and speed simultaneously. Finally, we pay homage to Cremona - moored proudly with flags fluttering high above her decks since her creation by Kirk & Sons back in 1913.