The Waverley ClassIn the summer of 1903 three small yachts, “Rowena”, “Talisman” and “Red Gauntlet” sailed their first race off Whitehead. The Waverley Class was born.
In each of the next five years another boat was added to the fleet so that by 1908 the class numbered eight. The Waverley, designed by John Wylie who was a member of County Antrim Yacht Club, had a class rule that the boats should take their names from characters in Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels.
At just over 18 feet and with a sail area of just of about 200 square feet plus a small spinnaker, these little keel-boats were perfect miniatures of the yachts of that time and seemed to be exactly suited to the sailing conditions in Belfast Lough.
Currently there are ten boats active in the class.click here to read more . . .
Rules of the Waverley Class
NewsIt will be fascinating to see which owners manage to launch their boats in the 2016 season as other interests and demands are competing for attention.
Durward is being treated to a full “facial scrub”, Fair Maid needs a touch up, and internal sanding on Lilias has stalled due to other projects at home.
Let’s hope some are in the water to see the Tall Ships, and make a showing at regattas