She was a big, flat-bottomed, square-sterned craft, sloop-rigged, with a sprung mast, slack rigging, dilapidated sails, and rotten running-gear, clumsy to handle and uncertain in bringing about, and she smelled vilely of coal tar, with which strange stuff she had been smeared from stem to stern and from cabin-roof to centreboard
When I was fourteen, my head filled with the tales of the old voyagers, my vision with tropic isles and far sea-rims, I was sailing a small centreboard skiff around San Francisco Bay and on the Oakland Estuary.
I pulled up my centreboard, ran full tilt into the mud, took in sail, and, standing in the stern, as I had often done at low tide, I began to shove the skiff with an oar.
An optional centreboard
and shoal draft keel version allows easy entry into those shallow tropical lagoons, while the standard deep fin keel version maximises the sailing performance of the powerful GRP hull for those long ocean passages commonly sailed by Oyster yacht owners and their crew.
THE 470 is a pairs event which takes place in a double-handed monohull planing dinghy with a centreboard
, Bermuda rig, and centre sheeting.
Nazgul of Fordell, with its shape and deck typical of a vintage boat, has the quick works of a modern yacht, including a weighted keel and centreboard
and a carbon mast.
Of all things mechanical, he loved sailboats the most, planing into the wind with a sheet of canvas, a centreboard
and a tiller, which he picked up from perusing the Horatio Hornblower novels.
Despite starting 33-1, the daughter of Dr Fong always travelled well just off the pace before coming with a winning run on the outside and smoothly stretching two lengths clear of Centreboard
Roger Charlton, who trains not far away at Beckhampton, has a good record at the track and is fancied to strike with potentially smart newcomer Centreboard