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Hilbre One Design

Hilbre One Design is a 19 ′ 9 ″ / 6 m monohull sailboat designed by Alan Buchanan between 1958 and 1963.

Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

The HILBRE ONE DESIGN is raced at West Kirby Sailing Club in north west England.

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Basic specs..

The hull is made of wood.

The boat equipped with a fractional rig. A fractional rig has smaller headsails which make tacking easier, which is an advantage for cruisers and racers, of course. The downside is that having the wind from behind often requires a genaker or a spinnaker for optimal speed.

The Hilbre One Design is equipped with a centerboard keel. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters.

The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 0.48 - 0.58 meter (1.57 - 1.87 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Hilbre One Design is 1.88, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Hilbre One Design is about 72 kg/cm, alternatively 406 lbs/inch. Meaning: if you load 72 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 406 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

What is a Ballast Ratio?

Maintenance

If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

UsageLengthDiameter
Jib sheet 6.0 m(19.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Genoa sheet6.0 m(19.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Mainsheet 15.0 m(49.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker sheet13.2 m(43.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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The Hilbre Island One Design is a racing keelboat built to a strict design specification and raced at West Kirby Sailing Club in north west England. The class is named after an island in the mouth of the river Dee. To date there have been 55 built. The first boat was completed in 1958 but most of the 55 examples built were constructed between 1960 and 1963. The class has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1290.

In 1956 a committee meeting was held at West Kirby Sailing Club with the proposal of expanding the Star fleet, at the time there was a majority view of Star owners that the fleet should not be expanded (11 in favour, 1 against, 2 abstentions) at the current time but instead a new boat somewhat larger than the 16 ft Star should be developed with "a more modern design and a more solid construction than the Liverpool Bay Falcons" This proposal became the Hilbre One Design. Designer Alan Buchanan was commissioned to build a sturdy shallow drafted boat with a drop keel suitable for use on the Dee estuary which could be used for both racing and family picnics. The design had to cope with the shallow waters and strong tidal effects and moorings which dry out twice a day. Buchanan's design was for 19 feet 9 inches long boats, built of wood, with a clinker built hull. Their draught is 4 ft 5in with their centre plate lowered, and 1 ft 7in with it raised. They had a displacement of 2700 lbs (including the 500 lb keel) and looked more like a yacht than a large dinghy. The original design had a flat stern but the committee decided to change this to one with an over hang similar to a Seabird Half Rater and also to add a small cuddy for day and family sailing.

The original boat Hilbre, number 1, was demonstrated in the Menai Straits in 1958 however during her trip from the builders, Williams & Nixon in Deganwy to the Straits she was dismasted whilst under tow! This failed to put off interest and 7 boats were ordered to be built by Enterprise Small Craft Company in Rock Ferry and Williams & Nixon in Deganwy, 6 for private owners and the 7th to be raffled by West Kirby Sailing Club. Priced originally at £350.00 for the hull and spars and £150.00 for a full set of sails (now approximately £1,800.00), the original boat found an eager market which was met with the additional builders who were duly authorised.

By the early 80's the majority of the fleet were located on the River Dee, with 22 boats at Dee SC, 18 at West Kirby and 5 at Tranmere Sailing Club on the Mersey, but following the closure of Riversdale Technical College the fleet at Tranmere ceased to exist and the boats were sold off. The fleet based at Dee SC dwindled in the mid to late 80's and subsequently either left or joined West Kirby Sailing Club.

Boats carry an overlapping genoa as well as a smaller No1 jib and a spinnaker. Class rules permit windows in these sails, and currently permit three official sailmakers: North Sails, Speed Sails & Pinnel and Bax, albeit this is now being reviewed with the possible introduction of a more local manufacturer which would require ratification from the Hilbre Association. The Hilbre has a small cabin, which allows the boats to be used for day sailing as well as racing: Hilbres have crossed from the Dee to the Menai Strait and back many times, with the fastest trip reported as seven hours, however due to the unpredictability of the weather it was found that the long race which debuted on the class' 21st birthday from the Dee to Beaumaris was almost impossible to hold. Class rules stipulate a minimum of three crew when racing, although the boat can be sailed single-handed at a pinch, and benefits from having four crew in strong winds.

Like all wooden boats, Hilbres need regular maintenance in the winter. This is carried out in the boat sheds at West Kirby Sailing Club. The club also offers class racing including team and match racing. Hilbres also have their own starts at local Wirral regattas and at the Menai Strait Regattas fortnight in Anglesey during the beginning of August. In 2012, Hirondelle (H5) sailed by the Riley family dominated the racing at home winning all of the series. In this year's Menai Straits Regatta, the fortnight of racing was won by Hilbre (H1).

Hipparchus built in 1966 is located at Merseyside Maritime Museum, albeit not currently on display.

It is a class rule that all boat names should begin with the prefix "Hi" but as the fleet numbers rose to around the 50 mark it became increasingly difficult to find unique suitable words left in the dictionary! This has led to some curious names and spellings and one boat, Heulwen number 50, even managed to slip through the net and have the prefix "He", no one is quite sure why this was allowed by the committee. Though the spelling "Hieuwen" has been noted.

The Hilbre One Design Association was formed in 1960 to preserve the one design principles, which were threatened by the use of seven different boat builders who constructed the majority of the 55 strong class within a 3-year period each offering a list of extras to suit the prospective owners needs. However most of these concerned the interior layout and did not affect the sailing performance. For example the Williams & Nixon boats tend to have a far flatter cuddy compared to the other builders and it is reputed the only boats that strictly comply with the approved plans in full are the two Partington Boats (H47 & H53). Various improvements and adaptations have been incorporated into the rules over time including allowing kicking straps etc. The Hilbre One Design Association endeavours to keep boats sailing locally and currently owns two boats, Hiraethog (H32) and Hi-C (H46). The Association are now attempting to locate all "lost" boats with various Hilbres being found in gardens and one apparently being the possession of West Cheshire Sailing Club's Commodore. There is a view to obtain some of these boats and refurbish one per year. The plan of the Association is to make a boat a year available for sale or possible lease to sailors who want to sail and race on the Dee.

Following the recent Hilbre Association Annual General Meeting, Mr G Wright was confirmed as the Association's President.

An auspicious start to the 2013 season following Force 11-12 winds left H27 sunk (albeit successfully salvaged) and H8, H9, H34, H53 de-masted with 4 broken masts requiring replacement and stem heads re-securing. H8 lost its mooring and beached on rocks albeit the damage was limited to a few broken planks.

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The Hilbre One Design is a British trailerable sailboat that was designed by Alan Buchanan as a one design racer , specifically for the West Kirby Sailing Club in northwest England and first built in 1958. [1] [2] [3]

Hilbre One Design
Development
Designer
Location
Year1958
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Builder(s)amateur
Role
NameHilbre One Design
Boat
2,000 lb (907 kg)
4.42 ft (1.35 m) with centreboard down
Hull
Type
Construction
19.75 ft (6.02 m)
5.90 ft (1.80 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typekeel with
Ballast500 lb (227 kg)
Rudder(s)transom-mounted
Rig
Rig type
Sails
Sailplan
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Hilbre One Design

Hilbre

Boat
Crew 3-4
Hull
Type
weight 2,700 lb (1,200 kg)
19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
6 ft 6.25 in (1.9876 m)
Hull Appendages
Keel/Board Type Fixed

The Hilbre Island One Design is a racing keelboat built to a strict design specification and raced at West Kirby Sailing Club in north west England. The class is named after an island in the mouth of the river Dee . To date there have been 55 built. The first boat was completed in 1958 but most of the 55 examples built were constructed between 1960 and 1963. The class has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1290.

In 1956 a committee meeting was held at West Kirby Sailing Club with the proposal of expanding the Star fleet, at the time there was a majority view of Star owners that the fleet should not be expanded (11 in favour, 1 against, 2 abstentions) at the current time but instead a new boat somewhat larger than the 16   ft Star should be developed with "a more modern design and a more solid construction than the Liverpool Bay Falcons" This proposal became the Hilbre One Design. Designer Alan Buchanan was commissioned to build a sturdy shallow drafted boat with a drop keel suitable for use on the Dee estuary which could be used for both racing and family picnics. The design had to cope with the shallow waters and strong tidal effects and moorings which dry out twice a day. Buchanan's design was for 19 feet 9   inches long boats, built of wood, with a clinker built hull. Their draught is 4   ft 5in with their centre plate lowered, and 1   ft 7in with it raised. They had a displacement of 2700   lbs (including the 500   lb keel) and looked more like a yacht than a large dinghy. The original design had a flat stern but the committee decided to change this to one with an over hang similar to a Seabird Half Rater and also to add a small cuddy for day and family sailing.

The original boat Hilbre, number 1, was demonstrated in the Menai Straits in 1958 however during her trip from the builders, Williams & Nixon in Deganwy to the Straits she was dismasted whilst under tow! This failed to put off interest and 7 boats were ordered to be built by Enterprise Small Craft Company in Rock Ferry and Williams & Nixon in Deganwy, 6 for private owners and the 7th to be raffled by West Kirby Sailing Club. Priced originally at £350.00 for the hull and spars and £150.00 for a full set of sails (now approximately £1,800.00), the original boat found an eager market which was met with the additional builders who were duly authorised.

By the early 80's the majority of the fleet were located on the River Dee, with 22 boats at Dee SC, 18 at West Kirby and 5 at Tranmere Sailing Club on the Mersey , but following the closure of Riversdale Technical College the fleet at Tranmere ceased to exist and the boats were sold off. The fleet based at Dee SC dwindled in the mid to late 80's and subsequently either left or joined West Kirby Sailing Club.

Boats carry an overlapping genoa as well as a smaller No1 jib and a spinnaker . Class rules permit windows in these sails, and currently permit three official sailmakers: North Sails, Speed Sails & Pinnel and Bax, albeit this is now being reviewed with the possible introduction of a more local manufacturer which would require ratification from the Hilbre Association. The Hilbre has a small cabin, which allows the boats to be used for day sailing as well as racing: Hilbres have crossed from the Dee to the Menai Strait and back many times, with the fastest trip reported as seven hours, however due to the unpredictability of the weather it was found that the long race which debuted on the class' 21st birthday from the Dee to Beaumaris was almost impossible to hold. Class rules stipulate a minimum of three crew when racing, although the boat can be sailed single-handed at a pinch, and benefits from having four crew in strong winds.

Like all wooden boats, Hilbres need regular maintenance in the winter. This is carried out in the boat sheds at West Kirby Sailing Club. The club also offers class racing including team and match racing. Hilbres also have their own starts at local Wirral regattas and at the Menai Strait Regattas fortnight in Anglesey during the beginning of August. In 2012, Hirondelle (H5) sailed by the Riley family dominated the racing at home winning all of the series. In this year's Menai Straits Regatta, the fortnight of racing was won by Hilbre (H1).

Hipparchus built in 1966 is located at Merseyside Maritime Museum , albeit not currently on display.

It is a class rule that all boat names should begin with the prefix "Hi" but as the fleet numbers rose to around the 50 mark it became increasingly difficult to find unique suitable words left in the dictionary! This has led to some curious names and spellings and one boat, Heulwen number 50, even managed to slip through the net and have the prefix "He", no one is quite sure why this was allowed by the committee. Though the spelling "Hieuwen" has been noted.

The Hilbre One Design Association was formed in 1960 to preserve the one design principles, which were threatened by the use of seven different boat builders who constructed the majority of the 55 strong class within a 3-year period each offering a list of extras to suit the prospective owners needs. However most of these concerned the interior layout and did not affect the sailing performance. For example the Williams & Nixon boats tend to have a far flatter cuddy compared to the other builders and it is reputed the only boats that strictly comply with the approved plans in full are the two Partington Boats (H47 & H53). Various improvements and adaptations have been incorporated into the rules over time including allowing kicking straps etc. The Hilbre One Design Association endeavours to keep boats sailing locally and currently owns two boats, Hiraethog (H32) and Hi-C (H46). The Association are now attempting to locate all "lost" boats with various Hilbres being found in gardens and one apparently being the possession of West Cheshire Sailing Club's Commodore. There is a view to obtain some of these boats and refurbish one per year. The plan of the Association is to make a boat a year available for sale or possible lease to sailors who want to sail and race on the Dee.

Following the recent Hilbre Association Annual General Meeting, Mr G Wright was confirmed as the Association's President.

An auspicious start to the 2013 season following Force 11-12 winds left H27 sunk (albeit successfully salvaged) and H8, H9, H34, H53 de-masted with 4 broken masts requiring replacement and stem heads re-securing. H8 lost its mooring and beached on rocks albeit the damage was limited to a few broken planks.

Current fleet

Number Name Year Built Boat Builder Current Status
1 Hilbre 1958 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
2 Highlight 1959 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
3 Hilary 1959 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy South of Wales
4 Hioco 1959 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
5 Hirondelle 1959 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
6 Hie 1959 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
7 Highwayman 1959 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
8 Hiccup 1959 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
9 Hiawatha 1960 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
10 Hidalgo 1960 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Located in Hamburg, Germany
11 Highlander 1960 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Lying in Heswall Boat yard last 10 years, cuddy removed and decking changed to resemble a half rater
12 Hippo 1960 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC
13 No boat
14 Hibernia 1961 Turner & Son, Donegal Last heard located at Fiddlers Ferry SC
15 Hieros 1961 Turner & Son, Donegal Understood to be in a garden in Chester
16 High & Dry 1961 Turner & Son, Donegal Went down in the Persian gulf after 130 degree temperatures in 1981
17 Hilsa 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
18 Hijinx 1960 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Lying in Abersoch, requiring structural minor structural repairs and cosmetic refurbishment
19 Hilarity 1960 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Regularly sailed
20 Hilda 1960 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
21 Highlea 1960 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy Last heard in Polperro
22 Hijack 1961 Turner & Son, Donegal Set on fire and destroyed in Nevin in 1995 after a dispute with local fishermen
23 Hi-Falutin 1962 Wirral Boat Co., Rock Ferry Located at West Cheshire SC
24 Hibiscus 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Sunk when it disappeared from its mooring at Tranmere in 1984
25 Hideaway 1961 JM Lowther, Whitby Originally built out of class, subsequently altered and accepted by the Association in 1978. Five similar boats thought to have been built but not classed as Hilbres. Last Heard in West Lancs SC in 1996
26 Hispaniola 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Last heard of heard in Irvine, Scotland
27 Hicotee 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC-Regularly sailed
28 Highland Scot 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC - Ownership to be resolved
29 Hither 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC - Regularly sailed
30 Hiatus 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Last heard of in Barrow in Furness
31 Hi Sheriff 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside WKSC-Regularly sailed
32 Hiraethog 1960 Williams & Nixon, Deganwy WKSC-Hilbre Association Boat. Undergoing a rebuild by the Association
33 Hiwmor 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside South East England
34 Hi Fi 1960 Crossfield Successors, Arnside WKSC - Regularly sailed
35 Hilo 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Wrecked when escaped moorings at West Kirby SC
36 Hinayana 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Poorly repaired in the past and beyond economic repair and subsequently set on fire on bonfire night
37 Hinden 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Destroyed when put in a skip in Liverpool by over keen repairers who cut three feet off the stern in 1994
38 Hinemoa 1961 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry WKSC - Regularly sailed
39 Hickory 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Burnt on Bonfire Night
40 Hirundo 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Broken up and burnt with parts re-used
41 Highcrest 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Wrecked when came off its moorings at West Kirby SC
42 Hindu Honey 1962 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Destroyed/sank in North Wales with parts made available to the Hilbre Association
43 Hildebrand 1962 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Last heard in Northumberland
44 Hibrena 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Cut up and burnt in 2002 and parts salvaged for use by the Association
45 Hifactum 1962 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Lying in a garden in the Irby, Wirral, likely beyond economic repair
46 Hi C 1962 Enterprise Boat Company, Rock Ferry Recently purchased by Parkgate Parish Council beyond economic repair and the hull put on display at Parkgate
47 Highland Piper 1961 William Partington Marine, Pwhelli WKSC-Regularly sailed
48 Hi Di Hi 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Damaged beyond repair and burnt on bonfire night 2011 at WKSC
49 Higgler 1961 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Last heard of in Derry, reported to be in a poor condition, severe rot and broken ribs and likely to beyond economic repair
50 Heulwen 1962 Wirral Boat Co., Rock Ferry Porthmadog
51 Hiatus 1962 Wirral Boat Co., Rock Ferry WKSC -
52 Hikari 1963 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Converted to fishing boat, although understood now to be destroyed and burnt
53 High Hat 1963 William Partington Marine, Pwhelli WKSC-Regularly sailed
54 Hinon 1964 Crossfield Successors, Arnside Lying in a garden in Buckley, in a poor condition
55 Hiriver 1964 Anglesey Boat Co., Beaumaris Sunk in the river Mersey, when swamped by the Isle of Man Ferry in 1970
56 Hipparchus 1966 Anglesey Boat Co., Beaumaris Liverpool Maritime Museum

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The Hilbre One Design is a racing  keelboat , built predominantly of  wood  with  clinker construction. It has a  fractional   sloop  rig, a spooned  raked stem , a plumb  transom , a transom-hung  rudder  controlled by a  tiller  and a fixed stub  keel  with a retractable  centreboard . It displaces 2,000 lb (907 kg) and carries 500 lb (227 kg) of iron ballast. [1]

The boat has a draft of 4.42 ft (1.35 m) with the centerboard extended and 1.56 ft (0.48 m) with it retracted, allowing operation in shallow water or ground transportation on a  trailer . [1]

For downwind sailing the design is equipped with a  spinnaker . [1

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West Kirby Sailing Club was founded in July 1901, just a few years after the Marine Lake was opened. We started meeting in a room in the magnificent Hydro Hotel, but soon outgrew the ad hoc arrangements there. The First boats to sail at West Kirby were the 12 CB Class, who had all moved over from our neighbours at Hoylake Sailing Club.

Our first Regatta was held in 1906 and has been sailed all the years peace and Covid would allow. The prizes were £5 for the winners (£750 2023!).

In 1909 the first Seabird Half Raters were ordered, nine years before our venerable Star Class. Half Raters are still sailed by Wallasey Yacht Club, amongst others. 1913 saw a new 12 CB Class introduced, which we locally called the Dreadnaught Class.

On the 24 th March 1922 the Star Class was bought from West Lancs Yacht Club, still going, they are our oldest Class still sailing. First built in 1901, these ash framed on oak planked clinker built boats are a wonderful piece of living history and a delight to sail.

In the late 1940s members wanted something a little more competitive than the Seabirds, a few members were sailing National 18s, but this class was struggling to take off. In 1954 Harry Dennis sat down and sketched a boat, to be built with a moulded diagonal veneer, 19' 3" long and able to plane.  This was to become the Falcon Class, which is still going strong. In the 1980s, due to their clean lines, they moved to GRP construction, which has proven light weight and durable.

The Hilbre Class was designed in 1957 to be larger than a Star and more solid than a Falcon, designed for racing and picnicking, hence the coach house as a nod to British weather. The mahogany clinker construction has proven exceptionally strong and many of them are still sailing today.

The other tidal group, not yet mentioned, is the Cruiser fleet. Not one type of boat, but many. From the Clubs very first days, members have had an assortment of dayboats and yachts moored on the River Dee. Members have sailed these boats, under the WKSC Burgee all over the world.

Over the years we have also sailed many, many different classes of Dinghy, too many to mention in a short history such as this, so I will only mention those that get an official Start in the Club handbook in 2023. They include (in no particular order!) ICLA (Lasers), Solos, Illusions, GP14s, Optimists and Fireflies (currently team racing only). Many other boats sail in the Fast and Slow Handicap Fleets, where we use the Portsmouth Yard Stick (PYS) Rating to determine the race winners. A personal handicap will be trialled in 2024 to encourage new sailors to race.

It is fair to say that West Kirby Sailing Club, with their friends from Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire (ROI), invented the sport of Team Racing. The event which was to become the Wilson Trophy was started 1949. The Wilson, as we know it, became so in 1953 and has been raced every year (bar Covid years) since. It is the UKs premier Team Racing event and hotly contested by teams from all over the World. WKSCs dominance of the sport was recognised in 1995 when the inaugural World Team Tracing Championships were held at West Kirby. Liverpool and Manchester Universities use our Club as a base for their Team Racing Training, benefitting from over 75 years of team racing experience at WKSC.

We started a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre in the early 2000s to teach people to sail and drive power boats at a reduced cost to members. This has gone from strength to strength. Now members from aged 8 to 80 can learn to sail or drive a boat!

1910 saw the building of our own Club House, a wooden building at the back of the land now occupied by the present building. This land was owned by Mrs Ashton, of Ashton Park fame and was constructed in 3 months!

The Club was originally men only. In 1912, the first female Associate Members were elected. For the era a bold move and an early step in the right direction, but we were not home and dry for equality there, not at all!  In 1913, it was brought up at General Committee that a member, Mr Leo St Johns had brought his wife into the Club! In 1934 women were permitted to grace the Club with their presence, there were few facilities provided, and ladies and children had to get changed in a bus at the side of the building, which doubled up as their Club Room.

The Edwardians had soon realised that they were outgrowing the original Club House, and in 1939 a subscription to pay for a new Club house was commenced. It took 16 years to complete the project and on 30 th April 1955 the new Club House was opened, a single storey version of what we have today.

Only on the opening of the new Club House did the women get a toilet and an actual room in the Club to call their own (the current Macdona Room). On a bit of a roll, the Gentlemen soon realised the error of their ways and in 1992, only 80 short years after Mrs St Johns dared to enter the Club House, women were given full rights in their Club. There is nothing like equality, and that really was nothing like equality.

The Club continues to go from strength to strength, with sailing continuing throughout the year and a thousand members far and wide. Over the decades we have been lucky enough to produce National and World Class Sailors, professional and amateur, and many thousands of people with just a good old love for that water that has followed many throughout their lives and for others, a new love.

The building has been refurbished and re-purposed to make it suitable for the push and pull of modern life. Boats to hire and multi-function rooms to eat, drink, train, play snooker and party in, we have it all! That is not to say we can sit on our laurels and relax, we still have a way to go and much work for the volunteer Members and Staff as the sport of sailing continues to evolve.

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Arnside is located in Cumbria at the top of Morecambe Bay on the Kent Estuary. Historically the estuary was the port for Kendal. Unusually for the North West Coast the area is wooded providing the source material for boatbuilding. Crossfields were active from the 1840s to 1950s. Their heyday was the period leading up to the First World War from the 1890s. They were the leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners (or Lancashire Nobbies) serving an area from the North Wales coast to Southern Scotland. Lancashire Nobbies were fast gaff rigged fishing boat designed to cope with the shallow waters of the North West Coast, pull a heavy trawling net and get a perishable catch back to market as quickly as possible. Railways enabled the catch to be taken to the industrial towns of the North West fuelling the expansion of the fishing industry.

Distinctive features of Morecambe Bay Prawners are the elliptical stern, central cockpit with a large deck area and low freeboard to facilitate the working of nets, high bows to cope with rough sea conditions, a large sail area and shallow draft. The boats are regularly raced in the Liverpool Nobby Race.  There was crossover between the design of yachts and Nobbies. Around 25% of Crossfields output was yachts. They also built rowing boats, bay boats, and sailing dinghies, including Arthur Ransome’s Swallow. Bay boats were sailing boats used to take holidaymakers on excursions from resorts such as Morecambe. Yachts built by Crossfields include ‘Ziska’ 1903, which has been sailed across the Atlantic and is now on the West Coast of America, ‘Bonita’ 1888 the oldest boat to take part in the 2013 OGA50 Round Britain Challenge, ‘Moya’ 1910 and ‘Molly’ both based in the Mediterranean.

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The first Crossfield to move to Arnside was John, who set up a village joinery business in the early nineteenth century. His younger son Francis developed the boatbuilding side of the business, launching his first boat in 1838, whilst his elder brother Thomas concentrated on house building. By the mid 1880s the business was being run by his sons William, Francis, John and George as Crossfield Brothers operating from the Top Shop yard on Church Hill. Boats were rolled down the hill to the shore and launched from the beach. In 1892 William, the eldest son set up the Beach Walk Boatyard on the shore operating as William Crossfield and Sons taking his brother Francis with him. The Top Shop Boatyard continued to operate as Crossfield Brothers run by his half brothers John and George.

In 1906 John moved to Conway opening a boatbuilding business there that lasted till 1983. The Top Shop boatyard was then run by his younger brother George as George Crossfield and Sons. When George died in 1909 the name reverted to Crossfield Brothers run by his two sons. In 1915, they moved to Hoylake in the Wirral, the business lasting to the early 1920s. The Top Shop Boatshed is still in existence but due to be demolished for two houses. The Beach Walk Boatyard continued to be operated by William’s sons till the early 1950s, though after the First World War, the demand for yachts and prawners declined. It was then run as Crossfields Successors, firstly by John Gill till 1966 and then John Duerden till 1983. The yard finally closed in the mid 1980s. The building has been unused ever since. Crossfield Successors made 13 of the West Kirby Hilbre Class.

Conditions in the Boatyard were primitive with each plank of wood having to be sawn by hand. Working hours were limited to hours of daylight. It took four men six weeks or 120 working days to make a 32 foot prawner. It is said that the boats were made in silence with each man knowing what to do. Prior to the start of work, half models of the boats were made rather than plans. As well as making boats, Crossfields hired boats to holidaymakers, acted as village joiners and built coffins. In 2018 Arnside Sailing Club bought ‘Severn’, a Rivers Class yacht built by William Crossfield and Sons in 1912 in order to have an example of a Crossfield boat in the village. ‘Severn’ is being restored with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant and should back in the water in 2024.

Contributed by Alasdair Simpson, North West Area member of the OGA Arnside Sailing Club

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William Crossfield and workforce Crossfields of Arnside were leading builders of yachts and Morecambe Bay Prawners, also known as Nobbies. They were active from the 1840s to the 1940s. Their heyday was the period leading up to the First World War. John Crossfield 1782 - 1864 The first Crossfield to move to Arnside was John, who set up a village joinery business in the early nineteenth century. Francis Crossfield 1811 - 1899 His younger son Francis developed the boat building side of the business, launching his first boat in 1838, whilst his elder brother Thomas concentrated on house building. Crossfield Brothers, Top Shop, Church Hill

By the mid 1880s the business was being run by his sons William, Francis, John and George as Crossfield Brothers operating from the Top Shop yard on Church Hill. Boats were rolled down the hill to the shore and launched from the beach. The Top Shop Boat Yard was redeveloped as housing in 2019. William Crossfield and Sons, Beach Walk

In 1892 William, the eldest son set up the Beach Walk Boatyard on the shore operating as William Crossfield and Sons taking his brother Francis with him. His sons Frederick and William Junior continued to operate the Beach Walk boatyard till the 1940s, though demand for yachts and prawners declined after the First World War. Crossfield Brothers (John and George) The Top Shop Boatyard was run as Crossfield Brothers run by William's half brothers John and George from 1892 to 1906. John Crossfield, Conway In 1906 John moved to Conway opening a boat building business there that lasted till 1983. George Crossfield and Sons The Top Shop boatyard was then run by his younger brother George as George Crossfield and Sons. When George died in 1909 the name reverted to Crossfield Brothers run by his sons, George and Herbert. Crossfield Brothers, Hoylake In 1915, George and Herbert moved to Hoylake in the Wirral, the business lasting till the early 20s. Crossfield Successors When Frederick, the last of the Crossfields retired, the Beach Walk Boatyard was run as Crossfields Successors, firstly by John Gill till 1966 and then John Duerden till 1983. The yard finally closed in the mid 1980s. The building has been unused ever since. Crossfield Successors made 13 of the West Kirby Hilbre Class. They acted as Yacht Chandlers, maintained moorings in the estuary and provide boat storage in the adjacent quarry. John Duerden was instrumental in setting up the Arnside Coastguard Station. Crossfields and Morecambe Bay Prawners Crossfields are principally known for Morecambe Bay Prawners (or Lancashire Nobbies). These were fast gaff rigged fishing boat designed to cope with the shallow waters of the North West Coast, pull a heavy trawling net and get a perishable catch back to market as quickly as possible. Railways enabled the catch to be taken to the industrial towns of the North West fuelling the expansion of the fishing industry . Crossfields sold Prawners to ports from North Wales to Southern Scotland, though Morecambe and Fleetwood accounted for most of their sales of these boats. Distinctive features of Morecambe Bay Prawners are the elliptical stern, central cockpit with a large deck area and low freeboard to facilitate the working of nets, high bows to cope with rough sea conditions, a large sail area and shallow draft. The boats are regularly raced in the Liverpool Nobby Race. There was crossover between the design of yachts and Nobbies. Other boats built by Crossfields Crossfields also built yachts, rowing boats, bay boats, and sailing dinghies, including Arthur Ransome's Swallow and Coch-y-bonddhu. Bay boats were sailing boats used to take holidaymakers on excursions from Morecambe to Grange and Arnside. Yachts built by Crossfields include Ziska 1903, which has been sailed across the Atlantic and is now on the West Coast of America, Bonita 1888 the oldest boat to take part in a 2013 Round Britain Challenge, Moya 1910, second in her class in 1975 Fastnet Race and Molly both based in the Mediterranean. Working in the Boatyard Conditions in the Boatyard were primitive with each plank of wood having to be sawn by hand. Working hours were limited to hours of daylight. It took four men 6 weeks or 120 working days to make a 32 foot prawner. It is said that the boats were made in silence with each man knowing what to do. Prior to the start of work, half models of the boats were made rather than plans. As well as making boats, Crossfields hired boats to holidaymakers, acted as village joiners and built coffins.

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With 25 boats and 2 replicas, Crossfields of Arnside are one of most significant builders on the OGA Boat Register.

Arnside is located in Cumbria at the top of Morecambe Bay on the Kent Estuary. Historically the estuary was the port for Kendal. Unusually for the North West Coast the area is wooded providing the source material for boat building.

Crossfields were active from the 1840s to 1950s. Their heyday was the period leading up to the First World War from the 1890s. They were the leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners (or Lancashire Nobbies) serving an area from the North Wales coast to Southern Scotland. Lancashire Nobbies were fast gaff rigged fishing boat designed to cope with the shallow waters of the North West Coast, pull a heavy trawling net and get a perishable catch back to market as quickly as possible. Railways enabled the catch to be taken to the industrial towns of the North West fuelling the expansion of the fishing industry.

Distinctive features of Morecambe Bay Prawners are the elliptical stern, central cockpit with a large deck area and low freeboard to facilitate the working of nets, high bows to cope with rough sea conditions, a large sail area and shallow draft. The boats are regularly raced in the Liverpool Nobby Race. There was crossover between the design of yachts and Nobbies.

Around 25% of Crossfields output was yachts. They also built rowing boats, bay boats, and sailing dinghies, including Arthur Ransome’s Swallow. Bay boats were sailing boats used to take holidaymakers on excursions from resorts such as Morecambe.

Yachts built by Crossfields include Ziska 1903, which has been sailed across the Atlantic and is now on the West Coast of America, Bonita 1888 the oldest boat to take part in 1913 OGA Round Britain Race, Moya 1910 and Molly both based in the Mediterranean.

The first Crossfield to move to Arnside was John, who set up a village joinery business in the early nineteenth century. His younger son Francis developed the boat building side of the business, launching his first boat in 1838, whilst his elder brother Thomas concentrated on housing building.

By the mid 1880s the business was being run by his sons William, Francis, John and George as Crossfield Brothers operating from the Top Shop yard on Church Hill. Boats were rolled down the hill to the shore and launched from the beach.

In 1892 William, the eldest son set up the Beach Walk Boatyard on the shore operating as William Crossfield and Sons taking his brother Francis with him. The Top Shop Boatyard continued to operate as Crossfield Brothers run by his half brothers John and George.

In 1906 John moved to Conway opening a boat building business there that lasted till 1983. The Top Shop boatyard was then run by his younger brother George as George Crossfield and Sons. When George died in 1909 the name reverted to Crossfield Brothers run by his two sons. In 1915, they moved to Hoylake in the Wirral, the business lasting to the early 20s. The Top Shop Boatshed is still in existence but due to be demolished for two houses.

The Beach Walk Boatyard continued to be operated by William’s sons till the early 1950s, though after the First World War, the demand for yachts and prawners declined. It was then run as Crossfields Successors, firstly by John Gill till 1966 and then John Duerden till 1983. The yard finally closed in the mid 1980s. The building has been unused ever since. Crossfield Successors made 13 of the West Kirby Hilbre Class.

Conditions in the Boatyard were primitive with each plank of wood having to be sawn by hand. Working hours were limited to hours of daylight. It took four men 6 weeks or 120 working days to make a 32 foot prawner. It is said that the boats were made in silence with each man knowing what to do. Prior to the start of work, half models of the boats were made rather than plans. As well as making boats, Crossfields hired boats to holidaymakers, acted as village joiners and built coffins.

In 2018 Arnside Sailing Club brought Severn, a Rivers Class yacht built by William Crossfield and Sons in 1912 in order to have an example of a Crossfield boat in the village with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant. A Friends Group has been set up to help fund and maintain Severn.

Further Reading

  • The Lancashire Nobby – Nick Miller, Amberley 2009 ISBN 978 1 84868 490 4

There are the following books about boats built by Crossfields

a) Moya: Il Segno dell’onda, The Mark of the Tide by Piero Tassinari & Paolo Rumiz 2010, Communicarte Edizioni, Trieste, ISBN 978 88 6287 056 6

b) Deva: Only So Many Tides by Jon Wainwright, 2001, Seafarer Books 2001 ISBN 0 9538180 3 9

c) Laura: I brought a Prawning Boat by Edward Delmar-Morgan 1954

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  13. Crossfields of Arnside Boat Builders History

    The yard finally closed in the mid 1980s. The building has been unused ever since. Crossfield Successors made 13 of the West Kirby Hilbre Class. They acted as Yacht Chandlers, maintained moorings in the estuary and provide boat storage in the adjacent quarry. John Duerden was instrumental in setting up the Arnside Coastguard Station.

  14. Hilbre One Design

    The Hilbre One Design is a racing keelboat, built predominantly of wood with clinker construction. It has a fractional sloop rig, a spooned raked stem, a plumb transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed stub keel with a retractable centreboard. It displaces 2,000 lb (907 kg) and carries 500 lb (227 kg) of iron ballast.

  15. Crossfields of Arnside

    Crossfield Successors made 13 of the West Kirby Hilbre Class. Conditions in the Boatyard were primitive with each plank of wood having to be sawn by hand. Working hours were limited to hours of daylight. ... a Rivers Class yacht built by William Crossfield and Sons in 1912 in order to have an example of a Crossfield boat in the village with the ...

  16. New book about the history of the RNLI Hoylake and West Kirby lifeboats

    Sunday 24 July 2016. A new history of the Hoylake, Hilbre Island and West Kirby lifeboat stations was published today. The Hoylake lifeboat station is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the country. There was a good turnout of station officials, crew and supporters from both stations to celebrate the publishing of the new book which ...

  17. Flotilla Radisson Royal

    Show more. Flotilla Radisson Royal: Cruises and excursions on Moscow River on river yachts and trams, official website. Cruises all year round, in summer and winter! > Purchase tickets online.

  18. Radisson Royal Moscow river cruise

    The unique ice-class luxury yachts of the Radisson Royal Moscow Flotilla navigate the Moscow river 365 days a year, regardless of the season or the weather outside. Gorky Park Pier is the second pier in the city from where the Flotilla yachts depart. Let yourselves be amazed by the stunning views and the elegant mastery of our chef as you pass through the very heart of Moscow surrounded with a ...

  19. This Bespoke Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is a Nautical-Themed Land Yacht

    A bespoke Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, this copy has numerous visual upgrades that were inspired by a racing yacht.The vessel in question was built in 1939. It is a Sphinx 12mR yacht by Robbe ...

  20. Mercedes-Maybach x Robbe & Berking S-Class

    To commemorate their anniversary, Mercedes-Maybach created an exclusive S-Class model that takes inspiration from the Sphinx 12mR yacht, built in 1939. Robbe & Berking restored the yacht in 2008 as its first restoration, which led to the creation of Robbe & Berking Classics — the company's shipyard.

  21. River Cruise on Luxurious Radisson Boat

    Book. Guided tour. 2,5 hours. Популярные , Речные прогулки. Code: 10147. Equipped with ice-breaking technology, these huge fancy yachts are the only river cruisers running all year around. The round trip journey takes two and a half hours and floats past all the big sights like the White House, Novodevichy monastery and ...

  22. Radisson cruises along the Moscow river

    2,5 hours. Yacht of the Radisson Royal flotilla. Best water route in Moscow. Panoramic views of the capital from the water in winter and in summer. Restaurant with signature cuisine. Next tour: 1800 ₽. Learn more. Radisson Royal Class Cruise.

  23. Mercedes Maybach x Robbe and Berking S Class Info

    Mercedes-Maybach has unveiled an exclusive S-Class model to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Robbe & Berking, a renowned silver and yacht manufacturer.This unique vehicle draws design ...