I bought her in mid 2006 from Canvey Island on the Thames estuary. She had been built in 1973 and sold for home completion, this never happened. As I found her she had half of an interior that had since rotted away almost entirely, no rig at all and no rudder. you can see in the photo the bare clear gel coat under the waterline.
Aspiring young offshore sailor, 19 year old Henry Bomby, who will be sailing solo around Britain this summer has recently received an extra boost by attaining lead sponsorship from the Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth, run by celebrity restaurateur and writer Mitch Tonks. His voyage will start and finish in his home port of Dartmouth in June. Henry will sail his Contessa 26 ‘Seahorse’ anti-clockwise, along the way competing in the Round the Island Race, the J80 European Championships as well as climbing the three peaks. Henry said he is delighted to have such an enthusiastic partner for the project in the Seahorse restaurant.
The South West dinner held on 11 April 2008 at Holne was a great success with some 20 members and non-members enjoying good company and good eats. The 2009 event will be held at the same venue on Friday March 27th 2009. All members and guests will be welcome.