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West Solent One Design 
Designed - H G May & H. Jacobs
Built - Berthon Boatyard, Lymington 1923 - 1933
LOA 34’ 6”  LWL 24’ 0” Beam 7’ 6” Draft 5’ 1 1/2"
Disp 4.4 tons. Sail Area 530 sq ft.
Elegant thoroughbred yachts, originally built as the "W Boats" as one of the first production cruiser racers, and adopted
by a number of yacht clubs around the coast including Lymington, Torbay and Burnham. A total of 32 boats were originally
built for the U.K. market. A further five were built and exported fo Argentina as the Los Indios Class, and one was built
under licence in Bombay, India. They participated as a class in a number of regattas around the coast until the 50's whilst
their distinctive classical lines sometimes earned them the nickname of "the little J-Class"
A resurgence in interest in the class in the 90s and early 00s, particularly around the East Coast, resulted in a number
of boats being sympathetically restored to the early one design rules whilst using modern boatbuilding techniques to
solve some of the fundamental structural problems of the original boats. Others are currently under restoration or
awaiting new owners seeking projects. In 2010 the lovely new "Winnie Marie" W-39 was launched.
Something of a purist's boat with a big rig, running backstays and normally engineless, they offer a superb sailing 
experience in all conditions, and gather appreciative glances and comment as one of the most beautiful boats around, 
in whatever company. Whilst the current fleet is a bit scattered, a number regularly participate in regattas and local races, 
both in classic events or racing to IRC or local handicap amongst modern raceboats where, given the right conditions, they 
can carry away the silverware. Highlights of the season are the Levington Classic Regatta in June and Mersea Week in