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The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes


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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, the famous portrait painter of the Royal Family. The boats were designed by Henry Longmore who worked at J Samuel Whites shipyard in Cowes. Greywing was lost during a race on 29th July 1946, it is said that the three navel officers on board considered themselves too senior to bail out the water

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The Yarmouth One Design Greywing, 1922 - A Testament to Elegance and Tragedy

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This print showcases the magnificent Yarmouth One Design Greywing, a sailing yacht that epitomized grace and style in the early 20th century. Created by Kirk & Sons of Cowes, this vessel was part of the esteemed Yarmouth One Design class established at the Solent Yacht Club in 1910. Designed by Henry Longmore from J Samuel Whites shipyard in Cowes, Greywing embodied both beauty and speed on the water. With its sleek lines and Bermuda rigging, it stood as a testament to exceptional craftsmanship. However, despite its grandeur, tragedy struck on July 29th, 1946 during a race when Greywing was lost forever. Legend has it that three naval officers aboard considered themselves too senior to bail out water when faced with adversity. This ill-fated decision sealed Greywing's fate but left behind an enduring story of hubris. The photograph captures a moment frozen in time - an era where sailing yachts were not only symbols of leisure but also vessels for fierce competition. It transports us back to the Isle of Wight off England's coast where Cowes served as a hub for maritime excellence. As we admire this monochrome masterpiece today, let us remember both the glory and tragedy associated with The Yarmouth One Design Greywing – an embodiment of passion for sport and adventure on open waters.

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