In these extracts, two sailors recount windy cross-Channel passages in a Sunbeam one-design. Written by Tom Cunliffe.

“The Sunbeam day racer is perhaps the prettiest of all the designs produced in the 1920s and 1930s by Westmacott for building originally at Woodnutts on the Isle of Wight.

“I have always admired these sweet-sailing craft when passing their moorings in Itchenor Reach in Chichester Harbour, but it was on a recent visit to Cornwall that my eye was caught by a supreme example in the shed at Mylor Yacht Harbour. It turns out that three new ones have been built there by their own in-house craftsmen in recent years”.

Read more here: YW June 18 Sunbeam_Tom_Cunliffe_article.

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