The British challenger for the 1964 Americas Cup was Sovereign and unlike the current hi octane hi- adrenaline event those days bought an elegance and style akin to Sunday cricket on the village green, Panama hats rather than carbon crash helmets, summer chic, and sipping tea while surrounded by newsreel photographers, and not a sponsors […]

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Donella, the prototype to the Donella Class was designed in 1956 and during the following two years was built by Messrs. Percy Mitchell of Mevagissey, Cornwall. Altogether nineteen Donella class hull numbers were assigned of which two (hulls numbers 12 & 13) were not built. Four of those that were built: numbers 5, 11, 14 […]

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The Westerly Konsort proved to be popular right from the outset and remains one of Westerly’s most popular cruisers with eight hundred and twelve built between 1979 and 1992. The project to introduce a ‘gap filler’ between the Centaur and Longbow models demandeded the yacht being designed twice: the first brief from the builder was […]

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Today, ten years after the mission started a visitor to the Laurent Giles can find either directly from the site by searching the design name, or by using the contact feature, technical and design information on all of Jack Giles designs and most Laurent Giles designs up to the end of the twentieth century. For […]

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Designed in 1968 the Westerly Centaur is thought to be the last small craft design that Jack Laurent Giles contributed to before his death later that year. He didn’t survive to see the construction of what is probably the most important development in production yacht design and certainly the most prolific. Fifty years ago, Laurent […]

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Seventy years ago, a busy time for Newman & son, the Poole yacht builder. In the previous ten years eight new custom Laurent Giles designs of various sizes left the yard.  1948 saw the start of construction of another two: the 38’ racing cutter Tilly Whim named after a cave on the Jurassic coast of […]

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