1925
Building commences in granite shed at Beauregard*, Les Cotils, St. Peter Port
Iron keel cast by the Guernsey Railway Company

1926
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

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

c1947
New hollow pine mast by Marine Craft St. Peter Port using Aerolite glue

1949
John Sherwill marries Pat Barber, daughter of A.J. Barber

1952
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

1959
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

1961
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

1964
Cockleshell joins Waldringfield yacht class and competes in Deben Week

1983
John and Pat Sherwill return to Guernsey for their retirement

1984
Major refit by Jonty Sherwill in Dick Larkman’s yard at Melton with new decking and aluminium rig

1988
Cockleshell arrives at Bursledon by road and joins Hamble River Sailing Club yacht class

2011
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

2013
Cockleshell wins Classic Dayboat Class at Cowes Classics Week - 6 starts, 6 wins

2014
New mast step fitted
Cockleshell wins the Classic Cruiser (Fast) Class at Cowes Classics Week

2015
Cockleshell wins Royal Southern Yacht Club Aveva September Regatta IRC Class 4

2016
Cockleshell competes in the inaugural Hamble Classics Regatta - an event inspired by her and Vicki and attracting 65 entries!

2017
New laminated oak floor fitted - grateful thanks to Ollie Ophaus for his assistance.

*Beauregard is now La Fregate Hotel in St. Peter Port