Join Classic Sailing for the launch of their new boat on March 10 and 11.
The New No 8 is nearing completion at Peter Williams’s boatyard in Fowey.
James and I paid a visit to Peter in Fowey to view the new No 8. Peter has done a fantastic job on using the lines from the old No 8 to create a brand new No 8.
Old No 8, a replica, was purchased for her size and ties to the village of St Mawes, the first one was built in St Mawes at William Peters yard in the early 19th century.
Our 1996 No 8 served excellently as an oared harbour tender. She became an integral part of our back to traditions sailing holidays. However the usage we gave her was more than the construction could handle so we have learnt from it how to make our new No 8 even better for us.
The 2012 No 8 has thicker planking, sturdier top planks and gunnel, the ribs are closer together, the seats have lateral knees as well as vertical, towing points are better positioned. New features include a sculling notch, that’s for rowing with one oar at the stern, mid seat supports, stringers to push your feet against when rowing and a proper brass bilge plug.
The new No 8 is defiantly fit for purpose and we are very very pleased with the high quality of the construction and the beauty of the boat.
Next weekend she will be taken to Gweek and put in a shed alongside Eve of St Mawes were James will complete her painting in good time for her launch
Saturday 10th March in St Mawes Harbour at 6pm.
No 8 will be launched in St Mawes Harbour at 6pm and after an inaugrual row we will celebrate her launch with a pint ot two in the Victory Inn.
Sunday 11th March No 8 Maiden Voyage Row to Mylor and back.
At 11.30am the A team will row No 8 from St Mawes to Mylor for a pub lunch. (Sorry but you do have buy your own lunch.) We aim to be in Mylor weather permitting by 1ish. After lunch, 2ish the B team will row No 8 back to St Mawes. (The A team can return to St Mawes by walking to Flushing for ferry to Falmouth and ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes or make other arrangements.)
A and B team row is £8.00 or free to No 8 Club members.
Please call us on 01872 580022 to book your place.
Preference will be given to existing No 8 Club Members.
If the weather is not suitable we will organise a different starting point and still hope to get to Mylor.