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Waterbug One Design by JW & A Upham 


Grakle was the 1931 Grand National winner.
A winning bet is where the money to build Grakle came from.

Twenty year refit for Uphams built Waterbug
Paul and Vanessa Martin have been in touch to say that Grakle is in their back garden !
They write, “We purchased her over 20 years ago when our children were all quite young with the intention of using her as a family sailer. Well, that never happened. However, I am pleased to report that she is now nearly ready to set sail again, having had a 20 year refit”.
Paul and Vanessa assure me that they will send in an update when Grakle is relaunched and, hopefully, a photograph too.

# Fascinating Facts
In 1961 the Waterbugs became a registered One Design
# Facinating Facts

Grakle Statistics
Built : 1938 by JW & A Upham, Brixham
LOA : 24'
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 6 Tonner
Lloyd's Register : N° 166909

Grakle Custodians
Paul and Vanessa Martin (1994-2017...) Ivybridge, Devon
RW Lowe (?-1980-?) Warsash
GW Curtis Lake (1965-1973-?) Polruan
FH Wilkinson (1964) Bursledon
Richard W Whorlow (1961-1963) Birdham
RC Hammond (?-1954-1960) Brixham
WJ West (1952-?) Brixham
George Shearmur (1950-1951) Brixham
Col WR Lloyd-Jones (?-1949) Brixham
A Grain & P Russell (?-1947-?) Brixham

Grakle Links
The Waterbug; A Derived Design?, HBA Journal, New Year 2016 
Pedigree of The Warterbugs, HBA Journal, Autumn 2016
Archve video of Grackle winning The Grand National in 1931

Page last updated : December 2017


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