Class of March 2015 Launch Day – 2nd December 2015

Lyme Regis experienced terrible weather in the run up to the March 2015 launch day in December but, fortunately just as the boats were being walked to the harbour on 2nd December, the sun broke through the clouds and the wind calmed enough for two of the four boats to be launched.

The two boats that launched were a cold moulded, bright finished 18’7 Robert Steward electric motor launch, ‘Barbara Anne’, and a traditional clinker, 16’ Iain Oughtred Norwegian faering.

The two larger boats built by the class, the 22’7 Iain Oughtred Kotik with two berth cabin and the replica of a Herreshoff 12 1/2 didn’t launch. Due to some awful luck several members of the class had to take time out of the course – one student was hospitalised after a car crash, another had to spend time in Austria after his father had a serious accident and two others had to spend weeks away due to illness. As a result the two boats weren’t quite ready and, with the bad weather, it was decided that they should not be launched. They were big projects and visitors invited to an open workshop after the launch could see at close quarters the beauty of the enormous amount of work put into them. When the two unlaunched boats are finally put in the water in Australia and Austria, their respective homes, students Andreas and Steven have promised to send video.

It was a fantastic day. Thank you to everyone who made the day such a splendid celebration.

To find out more about the students who make up the Class of March 2015, read their student profiles here and for photographic diaries of the build projects see here.