Building commences in granite shed at Beauregard*, Les Cotils, St. Peter Port
Iron keel cast by the Guernsey Railway Company
*Beauregard is now La Fregate Hotel

Build completion coincides with birth of A.J. Barber’s second daughter Patricia, 29th April
Cockleshell is launched at the St.Peter Port careening hard

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1940 - 1945
Cockleshell is laid up during the German Occupation of Guernsey

New hollow pine mast by Marine Craft St. Peter Port using Aerolite glue

John Sherwill marries Pat Barber, daughter of A.J. Barber

Death of A.J. Barber

1953 - 1957
Max Barber and John Sherwill race Cockleshell on behalf of Mrs. Winnie Barber
Cockleshell moored some of this time at Grand Havre Bay

John Sherwill and Ben Johnston sail Cockleshell across the English Channel to Orford
7-day, 325 mile trip includes stops at Cherbourg, St. Vaast, Dieppe, Le Treport, Boulogne, and Dover

John Sherwill sails Cockleshell from Ramsholt to Kings Lynn,
with fortnight long stopovers at both Lowestoft and Brancaster

1962 -1963
Cockleshell races at Wroxham Broad near Norwich

Cockleshell joins the Waldringfield Sailing Club yacht class and competes in her first Deben Week regatta

John and Pat Sherwill return to Guernsey for their retirement

Major refit by Jonty Sherwill in Dick Larkman’s yard at Melton with new decking and aluminium rig supplied by Z Spars UK at Hadleigh, Suffolk before launching for the 1984 season based as usual at Waldringfield Sailing Club

Cockleshell arrives at Bursledon by road and joins Hamble River Sailing Club yacht class

Cockleshell’s 85th birthday coincides with public holiday for the Royal Wedding on 29th April

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Cockleshell’s 85th birthday celebration - dressed (semi) overall in the Hamble plus the post lunch sail with Vicki, Sue and Callum

Cockleshell wins Classic Dayboat Class at Cowes Classics Week - 6 starts, 6 wins

New mast step fitted
Cockleshell wins the Classic Cruiser (Fast) Class at Cowes Classics Week

Cockleshell wins Royal Southern Yacht Club Aveva September Regatta IRC Class 4

Cockleshell competed in the inaugural Hamble Classics Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club - this event was inspired by her and Vicki and attracted 65 entries, and she has taken part each year since.

New laminated oak floor fitted - grateful thanks to Ollie Ophaus for his assistance

Cockleshell competes in the Hamble River Sailing Club Centenary Regatta and the 4th Hamble Classics Regatta hosted for the first time by the RAFYC

2020 & 2021
Cockleshell competes in the 5th and 6th Hamble Classics Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club and winning her class for the first time
It was a record year for trophies won - see the 'Racing Record' page

The Hamble Classics Regatta organised in collaboration with Hamble River Sailing Club and the RAFYC has racing our of respect for Royal family after the death of the Queen just a day before the regatta. Instead a cruise in company around the 'royal' marks in the Solent was organised on the Saturday starting after the twenty-one gun salute at the Royal Yacht Squadron

Cockleshell competes in the 8th Hamble Classics Regatta (HRSC and RAFYC) winning her class for the second time

Cockleshell features in Waldringfield Sailing Club's centenary book 'A Century of Sailing' compiled by Robert Deaves

In memoriam: Toby our terrier who since 2020 did almost every race aboard Cockleshell sleeping soundly in the aft locker whatever the weather threw at us, winning friends as well as races, sadly departed this world on February 25th 2024. Sail on our faithful little crew and keep winning!