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The Bermudan Sloop built in 1936 to a design by Major AM Bellingham and Fred Shepherd


Photograph from The Tobermory Race directed by Louis Miller, 1968

Islay : Rare Image Found
Islay, a 'Cooper 6 tonner', took part in the 1968 Tobermory Yacht Race which was filmed in colour and in unprecedented detail. The half hour film is now available on YouTube. Her design has echoes of Albert Strange, although it's actually one of around nine similar boats from Major AM Bellingham, this one also giving credit to Fred Shepherd.

Islay Statistics
Built : 1936 by Charles Cooper Yacht Builders Ltd in Teynham, Kent, England
LOA : 28' 6"
LWL : 22' 0"
Beam : 8' 1"
Draught : 5' 0"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 161803
OGA : Boat N° 2976
Signal Letters : MMNG
MMSI : ---------
Sail N° 69C

Islay Custodians & Home Ports
David Wilson (?-2018...) Clyde, Scotland
John Fraser (?-1980-?) Plockton, (Loch Carron), Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Dr Ian A Mackay and Bill Mackay (?-1964-1972-?) Faversham, Kent, England

Islay Links
Islay in The Tobermory Race at 32:12
Islay on the OGA website

Page last updated : July 2018


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