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  • Maybird Classic Sailing Charter - Classic luxury sailing yacht charter holidays onboard a remarkable vessel
    roles have included being a gentleman s auxiliary yacht an ocean passage maker and a Greenpeace coastal support vessel Maybird s story is truly compelling Maybird slipped her lines at Lymington in April 1972 bound for New Zealand The picture above was taken on passage whilst in the Caribbean by Sandy Mill with David Armstrong helming A video of their passage is included in the Voyages and Gallery sections She was returned to the Solent in 2007 and has since undergone an extensive restoration over the last two years A video of the restoration in included in the Restoration and Gallery sections We relaunched her in December 2009 and she has sailed over 5000 miles during 2010 and 2011 Maybird won the Iolaire Block awarded by the Royal Ocean Racing Club for the oldest yacht to successfully complete the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race In October 2011 Maybird returned to Arklow where she was built by Jack Tyrrell back in 1937 She regularly cruises around the Irish and the west of Scotland s coast Generally she winters at Crosshaven County Cork where her first owner Lt Col W C W Hawkes DSO 1872 1947 learnt to sail as a child and

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    1914 18 war but he continued broking and designed a few yachts for clients hoping for happier times He designed motor launches for the British Army and the Red Cross Service in France and Mesopotamia By 1921 FS moved his design practice to the village of Swanwick on the River Hamble only to move back to London after a couple of years to 199 Piccadilly where he would remain for the rest of his working days It was from that office that FS gave advice to the late Maurice Griffiths the young editor of the struggling magazine Yacht Sales and Charters which became Yachting Monthly Cruising sailing yachts and motor cruisers continued to be the mainstay of FS s business Long distance racing and cruising was then growing in popularity and in 1930 he designed Lexia which was the first British yacht to finish the 1931 Fastnet Race When the author Arthur Ransome looked around for someone to design his dreamship in 1937 he chose FS Selina King like Maybird embodied FS s design philosophy for cruising yachts One of FS s last designs was Amokura built at Moody s yard Swanwick in 1939 she is very much Maybird s half sister Interestingly both Maybird and Amokura shared the same trot of moorings on the River Hamble during 2007 nearly seventy years after they were both conceived on FS s drawing board FS effectively retired in September 1939 During the previous 45 years he had designed 84 yachts often sizeable yachts almost all like Maybird were individual designs which involved supervision of construction The Piccadilly office closed and FS sought the peace of the Hampshire countryside at Kings Somborne a delightful village Indeed some of Maybird s drawings show FS s address as 199 Piccadilly whilst others show Carn Brea

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    He joined the regiment in France and was wounded twice at the Somme bringing wounded soldiers back from No Man s Land He was promoted to Lt Col and awarded the Distinguished Service Order DSO in January 1917 Hawkes other two brothers were also in the Army seeing action in France and also awarded DSO s All three survived to tell the tale Later in 1917 WCW transferred back to the Hazara Pioneers who were deployed in Mesopotamia Iraq and Turkey Sadly WCW s cousin Neville Hawkes was killed in action at Ypres 1914 WCW retired from the Army in 1921 and returned to Ireland settling near Carrigaline County Cork At this time he owned Thalassa a Charles Sibbick designed yawl which competed in the Fastnet Race in 1927 He subsequently owned Kathleen and Buccaneer both gaff cutters As a member of an Anglo Irish family who had served in the British Army the Ireland that WCW returned to in the 1920 s was a very different place to that in which he had grown up He left Ireland in the late 1920 s and moved to Restronguet near Falmouth in Cornwall He was a member of the Royal Cruising Club the Royal Munster Yacht Club and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Like WCW Maybird s gaff rigged mainsail harked back to an earlier era Maybird s name still remains a mystery We think it is a derivative of the names of two of WCW s cousins May Hawkes and Daisy Hawkes Hopefully the mystery will be resolved shortly as we are now in touch with WCW s grand niece WCW died unmarried in 1947 Provenance Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Fred Shepherd Fred Parker John Jack Tyrrell Owners Lineage Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Major Erskine Thackeray Martin DSO

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    with a pencil as he was with an adze In 1959 the yard built Gipsy Moth III in which Sir Francis Chichester crossed the Atlantic single handed winning the OSTAR in 1960 Chichester commented in his book Alone Across the Atlantic it was a rough night I must say how glad I am that this boat was built by John Tyrrell He is a member of RORC which you can t join without taking part in at least one of their races in other words he knows what the boat is wanted for but he builds fishing boats and lifeboats chiefly so also knows what a boat is up against in a storm The yard also built Asgard II named after Erskine Childer s original Asgard Ireland s national sail training vessel designed by Jack Tyrrell in 1974 She was built in 1981 and the funding was largely due to the tenacity and determination of Jack Tyrrell in convincing the Irish government of the merits of sail training for the development of young people Lee Breewood recalls in 1979 when he and Jack were on the French tops l schooner Belle Paule Mr Tyrrell said Lee if there is anything up there that you want to know about I could be aloft in a minute and find out all about it for you no trouble at all Young man replied the 79 year old master shipwright and designer if there is anything up there I want to know about I will go aloft myself to see it and I ll tell you something else he added with an impish twinkle if we started together from the deck I think I can promise to be there before you Jack s son Michael took over the yard in the 1970 s together

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    occasions in 1972 The Vega was rammed by the French Navy in an effort to deter the protesters However Taggart and his crew were made of sterner stuff and in the end the French Navy had to board and seize the Vega which by then had been renamed Greenpeace III Taggart s book Greenpeace III Journey into the Bomb 1978 gives a compelling account of both the seamanship involved and the skulduggery engaged in by the Canadian New Zealand British French and American governments Shallcross was a friend and supporter of both Horn and Taggart and joined the Auckland Peace Squadron in 1975 It was set up by George Armstrong a lecturer at St John s Theological College Auckland as an open group for people with their own boats who wanted to protest actively against both nuclear testing in the South Pacific and visits by nuclear powered vessels to New Zealand The Peace Squadron became very important to the future development of Greenpeace in New Zealand and played a key role when the French resumed nuclear testing in the early 1980 s According to the book Protest at Mururoa by Claudia Pond Eylsey vessels of various shapes and sizes from several countries sailed to protest against French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean from April 1972 to October 1995 She does not list every vessel and crew member involved in these protests and no trace of Maybird can be found So although we have no evidence that Maybird did the long passage out to the Mururoa atoll we do have anecdotal evidence of her participating in many of the Auckland Peace Squadron flotilla protests in New Zealand waters at that time During this period Maybird was based at the Te Puna Inlet Keri Keri Bay of Islands and regularly plied

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    space and power Upper and lower bunks were fitted in the passageway to the aft cabin These were measured for the two middle children but in the event they nearly outgrew them On deck we fitted powerful modern sheet winches to assist in efficient sail management An ingenious semi catamaran dinghy capable of carrying the whole crew in calm water was stowed neatly and securely on the short coachroof forward of the permanent dodger We had to remove and sell the excellent auto pilot recently installed by John Russell as a power saving measure In its place the mizzen boom was shortened to make way for the installation of a Max Gunning designed pendulum servo type windvane self steering unit When coupled to the iron auxiliary tiller Maya proved to be easily controlled by this gear and we seldom had to revert to the tyrrany of the helm We controlled fresh water consumption by restricting availability to the galley pump only The basins were restricted to salt water pumping and tumblers filled from the galley With a total freshwater capacity of 200 gallons and water collection from the gooseneck while sailing or an awning while at anchor we had no difficulty in maintaining considerable reserves For the expected downwind passages we had a mizzen staysail cut and fitted running backstays to the mizzen mast to carry this load Our purpose was to equip ourselves with a serious offshore vessel Although this left little room for sentiment we never lost sight of the need to retain the qualities of this fine little ship and we were proud of our handiwork In spite of this we sympathised with John Russell s comment as we showed him aboard it s very nice but it is not my old Maya Route Departed UK from

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    friend on his 40ft yawl Flamingo a sister ship of the famous Olin Stevens Finestere He participated in many ocean races off the Atlantic coast between Santos and Rio de Janeiro After four years with Noreno he resigned and started his own private practice They ended up staying in Brazil for six years With two small daughters a third child on the way plus some money in a Swiss Bank it was time to move on They took a ship to the UK At work in Berthon s Yard Contact was re established between the Mill s and the Armstrong s the time was now right for them to realise their ambitious dream but now both families had children of their own The Mills arrived in London a few days after Barclay was born Now there were ten At auction they bought an old BBC Commer van and scoured the country searching for a suitable craft From Brokers and the Yachting Press they gathered information on many possible options physically inspecting at least thirty craft They covered many miles in their search driving from the South Coast to Scotland and back before settling on MAYA a handsome ketch lying at a marina in Lymington then owned by John Russell a flag officer of the RYS Once John Tew their Surveyor with his old cavalry sword declared Maya sound their offer of 8 500 was accepted and exciting prospects exploded Now they really had to roll up their sleeves They rented the top floor of an old Manor house near Lymington sent the older children to school Sandy and David got stuck into altering Maya s interior to accommodate ten souls two couples with six children Only using their own hand tools Berthon s kindly allowed them to do this refit in their shed provided D and S did not use any of the yards equipment Lists with lists of lists were made and ticked off one by one A new pram dinghy an excellent Gunning self steering gear a new mizzen staysail a new stove a Sestral Moore compass and an outboard motor were purchased plus much else besides and so on and on it went Kate and Daniel with Whale shark alongside Maya s bow Around Christmas after the lion s share of the work was completed they took a cold shake down cruise across La Manche to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands They were delighted with all aspects of the boat and her admirable sea kindliness They decided to postpone their immediate departure to allow more time and make full use of the Carribean hurricane free season Both Sandy and David returned briefly to their architectural profession to help pay the bills Then sailing westwards down the south coast their voyage really started when they left The Helford River Cornwall in May 1972 Reflecting on the voyage David comments Maya had a strong crew with considerable blue water experience So far as was possible everything was split 50

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    knots Maybird was craned aboard the MV Eemsgracht on 7th May once the 25 000 tonnes of onions had been loaded She arrived at Ipswich in the UK on 19th June Diplomatic Incident Notice of seizure from HMRC Whilst awaiting customs clearance Maybird was inadvertently taken beyond the boundary of the Port of Ipswich by some 150 metres whilst being towed over to Fox s Marina on the other side of the River Orwell This technical breach of the rules resulted in Maybird being seized by HMRC and she was chained to the pontoon until the paperwork was sorted out For some 5 days Maybird became the property of the Government but took it all in her stride Once an apology had been made and the correct documents lodged ownership was transferred back and Maybird was set free from her chains and honour was restored Ipswich to the River Hamble Unloading at Ipswich The sail to Hamble took 37 hours via the Thames Estuary Ramsgate Dover and Brighton As Maybird rounded Selsey Bill she seemed to know her way through the Eastern Solent to the River Hamble That night she seemed contented on the Harbour Master s pontoon at Hamble

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