1919 Harrison Butler Classic
La Bonne, meaning "nursemaid", was built to sail in the Nursery Class which was suggested by Herbert Reiach (MINA), the founding editor of Yachting Monthly, in 1917. His aim was to create a class of small cruiser racers which would encourage young men to take up sailing again when the (1914-1918) war was over. La Bonne was T Harrison Butler's 1917 design, Albert Strange also designed for this class. She was the only boat to be built to this design and therefore unique. She was launched in 1919 on the Solent.
# June 1953 - New Bermudian Sail plan drawn up by Norman Dallimore
# Fascinating Facts
Old photograph of La Bonne from
Cruising Yachts, Design & Performance
by T Harrison Butler (Fourth Edition)
La Bonne Statistics
Built : 1919 by H Gale, W Cowes
LOA : 27' 1"
LWL : 21' 0"
Beam : 7' 2"
Draught : 4' 2"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 145340, Southampton
La Bonne Custodians & Home Ports
Justine & Vicki Sole (?-2014-2016...) Salcombe
Philip Osborne (2000-?)
Georgie Stone (?-1996-?)
Timothy Newman (1977-1980-?) Exeter
RV Watts (1975-1976) Helford
RT Sharp (1974) Helford
Sir Atholl Oakley Bt (1968-1973) Burnham-on-Crouch
DJ Kay (1967) Burnham-on-Crouch
Charles G Farmer (1964-1966) Burnham-on-Crouch
JR Turner (1962-1963) Bradwell-on-Sea
Eric A Mann (1958-1961) Bradwell-on-Sea
Donald M Cameron (?-1949-1957) Southampton
William D McDonald (?-1934-1947-?) Southampton
SN Cooke (?-1927-?) Southampton
HJ Booker (1919-?) Southampton
Page last updated : July 2016