Article sent to the Hardway Sailing Club . It was published, unaltered, in their December edition


    I thought that you might be interested to know that my boat – Thalassa – has just celebrated her hundredth birthday. A party was organised at Cowes by many friends, who have sailed with me over the years, and over 150 attended! It was superb to be asked by a ‘committee’ “When?, where? And who? – and then shut up”. Consequently my wife and I were really able to enjoy the party. They also gave me a scale model and a ‘log’ with comments, photographs and stories of her.

    Thalassa - a 48’ yawl - was designed by Sibbick of Cowes, who started to build her. She was finished by Fay of Southampton (which became Camper & Nicholson’s ) in 1906. She had various owners until my father-in-law, Alan Baker, bought her in 1936. He raced her successfully for many years.

    When Alan died in 1966 my wife and I took her to Ireland, where I used to do some local and Irish Sea racing. When we returned to England, we brought Thalassa back via Gibraltar! She has now been in Portsmouth Harbour since 1972 and is sailed most weekends from mid May to the end of September.

    Yachting Monthly celebrated their centenary this year and there are some good photographs of Thalassa in their August edition. Classic Boat has also given extensive coverage in their September edition