The Schooner Vagrant
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I had the great good fortune to be invited to sail on Vagrant during a Cowes week Regatta.
In a large ‘RIB’, being driven out to see join the Vagrant, we had more good fortune, seeing the historic brig “Maria Asumpta” (on which I later sailed) approaching Cowes under all plain sail.
Sharing an enthusiasm my helmsman diverted to take a closer look at Maria Asumpta.
She even smelt of tar and hemp ropes…
My ‘driver’ did a first class job of following my camera directions, we got a super set of pics.
When thanking him and offering copies he wrote his name and address.
He was the (also legendary) Sir John Oakley, former Flying Dutchman world champion and author of I book that inspired me, “Winning”…
We soon obtained an equally memorable set of photos and some sketched of the schooner Vagrant, then I was ‘boarded’ onto her over the transom to explore and enjoy sailing her.
“Vagrant”, built by the now legendary Captain Nathaniel Herreschoff at New York, this beautiful classic schooner is shown demonstrating “big boat yachting” to celebrity guests for Peter de Savary’s America’s Cup Challenge.
At the time radio celebrity Noel Edmunds and Cabinet Minister Norman Tebbit were the principal celebrity guests.
Sailing Vagrant was an exhilarating experience.
Gordon Frickers is included as a self portrait, in red waterproofs, braced by the main mast.
Peter de Savary bought 2 paintings of Vagrant and commissioned 2 of his America’s Cup Challenger Blue Arrow.
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