A one-off design by A.J. Barber

Built of pitch pine over rock elm frames the hull is original except for replacement floors and decking.

Cockleshell is now raced out of the River Hamble, having spent the first 33 years in her native Guernsey, followed by 30 years on the East Coast of England.

With no class mates to spar with, she has always raced under handicap, and since her arrival on the South Coast in 1989 has sailed with the yacht class at Hamble River Sailing Club and the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

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Photo by Vicki Weston

The hull lines have now been digitised for posterity, based on AJ’s original hand drawn lines and by checking dimensions from the hull itself. This reveals that additional freeboard was added during the build. This undoubtedly contributed to her proven seaworthiness and racing success.

Cockleshell is listed by Classic Boat magazine in their Top 250 classics, celebrating 250 issues of that magazine in 2009.

There is a near-complete photographic history of the boat, just some of which has been digitised. See the photo album page.

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Launching at Deacon’s Boatyard in 1989 for Cockleshell’s first season on the River Hamble