Cora A

Englyn Design : Published 1932


Cora, an Englyn class Harrison Butler yacht

Tropical Delight
Cora A is a boat that I suspect has several interesting stories attached. She's had some VIP custodians in the past, such as The Rt Hon The Lord Coleraine PC, author of Return from Utopia. It was Gareth and Christine Davies who sailed her across the Atlantic, initially sailing from Woodbridge and then going through the French canals before crossing to the Caribbean. It would seem that at some stage after this crossing she was abandoned for Jane Coombs reportedly found the 26-footer drying out in the hot tropical sun on an Antigua slipway, with gaps between her planking. Cora A then became a regular sight in and around Antigua. 
More recently, Cora A was mentioned in the obituary of Kenny Coombs, Jane's husband and founder of the Antigua Classics. In 2019, Jane was voted Classic Boater of the Year.

# Fascinating Facts
# Cora A was built for £545 14s 4d
# Fascinating Facts

Cora Statistics
Built in 1937 by Anderson, Rigden and Perkins Ltd in Whitstable, Kent
LOA : 26' 6"
LWL : 22' 6'
Beam : 8' 4"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 7 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 161805

Cora Custodians & Home Ports
Jane Coombs (?-2015-2019...) Antigua
Gareth and Christine Davies (1980-1990)
Mr & Mrs Peter Rosser (1974-1980) Bursledon
Martin J Bandey (1973) Bursledon
Major Denis Willison (1961-1972) Bursledon
The Rt Hon The Lord Coleraine PC ...
... and Major Sir Derrick W Gunston, Bt, MC (1960) Faversham
Charles K Dearlove & JMW Llewellyn (1957-1959) Faversham
LW Brown (?-1954-1956) West Mersea
Gerald Uloth (1937-1952-?) Faversham

Cora Links
Jane Coombs Under The Lens (Antigua Newsletter Oct 2011)

Page last updated : July 2019


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