SUMMER NEWSLETTER JULY 2022

SUMMER NEWSLETTER JULY 2022

Mea bravely beat her way right around Britain! Here at VertueYachts we are just amazed at the valiant effort put in by Matteo and his two crew, Paolo and Mahoney, who each joined him for different legs. They drove Mea onwards whilst she had to beat nearly all the way, from Plymouth to Plymouth, making good around 1900 miles. Every time she started a new leg the wind had gone ahead, and Matteo was only able to use his spinnaker for a few hours in 36 days! For all the details, please see…Read more
MEA V89 Is Racing Around Britain! Even later Spring Newsletter 2022

MEA V89 Is Racing Around Britain! Even later Spring Newsletter 2022

Mea charging west out of Plymouth Sound today, after the start of the Round Britain and Ireland Race: 29th May 2022. Good luck Mea! (With thanks to Jon Dunsdon, owner of Hippo, Vertue 213, for the use of this splendid photo. Note that Mea is disguised as Sumara (V 198) thanks to the kindness of Alasdair Flint who has lent a mains'l for the race!) _________________ The last time a Vertue crossed the starting line of a race in Plymouth Sound was when Cardinal Vertue did so at the start of the Observer…Read more
NEWSLETTER  SPRING 2022

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2022

The first green leaves are uncurling from within the brown buds on the trees outside my window, urged on by the warm spring sunshine. I'm ashore for a bit of a refit just now, awaiting some new plumbing to the ticker, and dreaming of fair winds and blue seas............ like this lovely photo of the Tegra sailing up the Sir Francis Drake Channel off her home port of Nanny Cay, Tortola. So, I'm afraid today's Newsletter will be rather short. ________________________ I've always had a particular admiration for the gaff-rigged Vertues, as regular…Read more
2021 DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

2021 DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our fourth Newsletter this year! MERRY CHRISTMAS! A SPECIAL AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FEATURE! In 1962 Bill Nance worked his way into Fremantle aboard Cardinal Vertue under jury rig, after 'running his easting down' from Cape Town and losing some of his mast on the way. It was one of the most audacious passages ever completed with a Vertue, although what happened to him and the boat next was not the proudest moment for the Australian bureacratic machine. By that time, at least four other Vertues were already afloat on the…Read more
NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2021

NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2021

Vertue News continues to be sent from many corners of the globe and I am pleased to be able to report on a varied selection of boats this month. Of the three early 'classics' I feature, I'm afraid one of them may be in terminal decline. However, I also have good news of two 'ocean' Vertues, and updates about a trio of boats from the 1960's. Finally, I can report on another three Vertue II's, including one of the strip-planked boats which is now based in Captain Cook's old home port of Whitby,…Read more
Newsletter June 2021

Newsletter June 2021

First of all I want to thank all those kind fellow Vertue enthusiasts who have been in touch with news and updates from all four corners of the globe once again. I can't do this without you, it's as simple as that! Meanwhile, as you can see when you search the BOATS section on the toolbar above, we have now updated the boat descriptions right up to the low V130's: real progress, at last! The Adriatic Fleet of Vertues in Trieste This Newsletter is the third consecutive 'Quarterly' edition and I'm planning to…Read more
NEWSLETTER March 2021

NEWSLETTER March 2021

Many Vertues are now over 50 years old so it's a pleasure to be able to report on the current project to restore one of the older boats, Grace. She is shown above enjoying a brisk sail. Following on from the somewhat controversial refit of Andrillot recently I can now also report that a real, gaff-rigged Vertue, Fionn, has come onto the market on our own East Coast. We also return to South Africa for the story of 'The Baby Boat', Vertue Carina and her remarkable voyage to Denmark. Finally we visit the…Read more
Andrillot: The first Vertue

Andrillot: The first Vertue

Andrillot as originally drawn When Jack Laurent Giles was commissioned to design the little 5 tonner that was to become Andrillot he had lifted the lines, studied, and raced aboard the old French pilot cutter Jolie Brise. He also knew the British, converted pilot cutters such as Saladin and the old, transom-sterned Dyarchy, owned by his friend Roger Pinkney. By then he had also designed the little 23' Isabella, the first of a small fleet of about 17 'Lymington L' class dayboats, that were found to be ideal for a bit of racing…Read more
VertueYachts-December 2020 Newsletter                      MERRY CHRISTMAS!

VertueYachts-December 2020 Newsletter MERRY CHRISTMAS!

TALE TELLER IN SOUTH AFRICA Here in our Island Kingdom, off the northwest coast of continental Europe, it is the shortest day of the year, amidst the gloom of the pandemic and the uncertaintly of our relationship with neighbouring countries. So what we need is a bit of colour, light and cheerfulness, and where better to look than SOUTH AFRICA! So this Newsletter has become a kind of South African Vertue Feature! We don't get to hear much sailing news from that area of the world and it was only a chance tip-off…Read more
VertueYachts-October 2020 Newsletter

VertueYachts-October 2020 Newsletter

Virtue Fidelis, seen here, is a very special boat. She was commissioned by Stanley Glanfield in 1951 just when a committee of experts were looking for special exhibits for the forthcoming Festival of Britain in London. Her builders, Stebbings, of Burnham on Crouch, must have been delighted when she was chosen to be one of those outstanding exhibits to illustrate the best of British craftsmanship. She was launched as Festival Vertue. Since then, she has had very few owners, and is now based in Dartmouth where she has been racing in Start Bay…Read more