Wendy May

An Invited Friend of The Harrison Butler Association
The Gaff Cutter built in 1936 to a design by Maurice Griffiths


Wendy May

For Sale; The Boat Owned by Yachting Monthly's Editor at Large
Wendy May saw Dick Durham, the Editor-at-Large of Yachting Monthly move back from owning a GRP boat to one made of wood. He wrote, "After nine years of ownership (of a Contessa 32) I realised that glass also needs upkeep if it's not to look shabby and I began to miss the rituals of wooden boat maintenance". This was the first time he'd owned a Gaff Rigged boat; "I am realising very quickly there is a lot more to making sail with throat and peak halyards hoisting a hooped, loose-footed mainsail and handing a jib hooked to a traveller run out on a 12 foot bowsprit, than there is to setting a Bermudian sail. I've already shackled on the peak halyard to the gaff upside down, mistaken the clew for the tack on the main, and reeved the mast hoops too tight to the luff. But I'm getting there". However, after four years of ownership, Dick's looking to try something new, and consequently, Wendy May is now (October 2017) up for sale.

Wendy May Statistics
Built : 1936 by Williams & Parkinson in Deganwy, North Wales
LOA : 25' 6"
LWL : 23' 0"
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 4' 4"
Displacement : 7 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 166077
Signal Letters : MWKI4
OGA Boat Number : 0660

Wendy May Custodians & Home Ports
Dick Durham (2013-2017...) Canvey Island, Essex, England
Philip J Slade (1996-2013) East Coast, England
Mr & Mrs Robert L Munro (1975-1992) Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England
Martin Challis (1973-1974) Swanwick Shore, Southampton, England
F Mark Miller (1967-1972) Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England
Derek D Windram (1966) Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
David B Robb & Alastair HB Robb (1961-1965) Swanwick Shore, Southampton, England
Dr. Wetherley-Mein (1958-1960) Bursledon, Hampshire, England
Guy Agg and G J Scott-Plummer (1955-1957) Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Eric G Farrow (1948-1954) Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Lt Col A T C Priddle (?-1946-1947) Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Lt Comdr R G Wynne-Edwards RN (1936-?) Aberdovey, Wales

Wendy May Links
Wendy May on the OGA website
Wendy May For Sale in 2017 by CYB

Page last updated : October 2017


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