Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yacht sailing on the Thames

Just another sailing picture you might think, of a yacht heading downwind close to shore. But no, it was actually taken on the Thames, upriver near Putney, where there are mud banks and bridges, low bridges.

I've seen the boat motor by a few times as the mast can be lowered to go down river, but this is the first time I've seen her out sailing.

Single handed too by the looks of it.... impressive.

8 comments:

Baydog said...

And a familiar yacht it is. It can hold up to a 55 hp outboard on the transom. I've actually seen people use this sailboat as a motorboat with no rig at all!

Carol Anne said...

The newer ones can even take a 75hp outboard.

Mark Hendy said...

She's a macgreggor by the looks of her. Rather than a keel she uses water balast to stay upright so has a very shallow draught. Ideal when you're dancing with the mud banks!

Tillerman said...

Isn't that the most ridiculed "yacht" on Sailing Anarchy.

michael b said...

And rightly so, Tillerman. Sorry JP.

O Docker said...

I love those boats.

They're the only ones I can sail past like they're standing still.

JP said...

Though I'm not tempted to get one, and ok, yup, so it isn't elegant and the slightest puff of wind it was rolling all over the place, but still - a yacht in Putney!

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Yeah, Mark's right: it's an ugly Macgregor. When the sails are down and the motor is on she will pull two water skiers behind her. Maybe more.