Monday, April 06, 2015

‘Hussar’ - Vertue No 21

Of the Laurent Giles designed yachts, I’ve always liked Vertues. A friend of mine built the very first Mark 11 GRP version. She was made from sheathed fibreglass planking formed on a male mould.  I had the privilege of crewing for him on a cruise from Canvey Island, Essex to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. When I was skippering ‘Speedwell’* (Not ‘Speedwell of Hong Kong’***) at Brighton I was invited to look at a Cheoy Lee Vertue. The quality of workmanship was first-class.

The Vertue shown in the photo is ‘Hussar’ ** sailing on the River Crouch.


**’Hussar’ – Details of Laurent Giles Yacht

Other Links
Maid of Tessa – Vertue 34

Vertue Yachts – ‘Maid of Tessa’

Viking Boats (Yachts, Modern Classics, about the Vertue)

Vertue Yachts Homepage

Sailboat Vertue

An example of a Cheoy Lee Vertue

Cheoy Lee Vertue (Sold)

‘Drumler’ – a Cheoy Lee Vertue

***'Speedwell of Hong Kong’ – The Log of a Junk Rigged Vertue

The Laurent Giles Archive

‘Sumara of Weymouth’

Modern GRP Vertue 11 for Sale at £35,500

GRP Vertue for Sale at £21,385 (Italy)
Vertue Yachts for Sale

1 comment:

Alden Smith said...

The Vertue is one of my very favourite of boats - and it has such a rich history.

I think Hussar is improved by having the jib headstay attached to the top of the mast making her a Sloop rather than the original "Slutter" (horrible word) rig.