Classic Boat Awards, 2019

'Bonita' sailing off the west coast of Scotland
©Edgar Wagemakers

Several boats in the OGA online Boat Register, some owned by OGA members, have been nominated for the 2019 Classic Boat Awards.

Restored Sailing Vessel (under 40ft)

Built by Robert Sanders, 1899, LOD 30ft (9.1m), rig gaff cutter. Restored over 10 summers on Suffolk’s River Deben, while OGA members Steve and Beverley Daley-Yates lived in a camper van. The project involved a near-complete rebuild, including the elliptical counter stern, stem, most timbers, all planks and deck. She has a new suit of Ratsey & Lapthorn sails ready for the 2019 season.

Designed by Albert Strange, built by P McKeown, 1907, LOD 26ft 6in (8.1m), rig gaff yawl. 99 years after she was launched, 'Mist' was found upended in a lighter after a sinking. Following a plea for new custodian, OGA member John Krejsa of Suffolk stepped forward and spent the next 12 years completing a full restoration. He got to see her sail again but tragically died shortly after her triumphant relaunch.

Restored Sailing Vessel (over 40ft)

Designed and built by WH Halford, 1899, LOD 50ft (15.1m), rig gaff cutter.

Traditional New Build (all sizes)

Designed and built by Jonny Burke, LOD 16ft 6in (5m), rig gaff sloop.

Centenarian of the year


Now in her 130th year, 'Bonita' has never been restored. She is owned by OGA member, Mike Beckett, has been in his family for several generations and is sailed widely. She won a race against 70 other gaffers in the summer of 2018, at the OGA anniversary in Cowes, in conditions that saw most boats retire.

Built for duty as a ‘protection cutter’ in Gloucester, England, she was later converted for use as a private yacht. The past three years have seen her restored in full, in Canada and secondly in the UK. Her new owner will be using her for private sailing and for taking disadvantaged youngsters to sea.

See the full lists of nominations, and submit your votes, on the Classic Boat website.

1 Jan 2019