HISTORICAL INTEREST

MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS ON A PERFECT AFTERNOON: ACORN DINGHY CALLED 'IRIS'

Patrick Wilson bought this ‘Acorn’ dinghy from Dudley Isaac. You may have walked past this boat in the covered section of Woodmill Lane. Dudley found it in the Sea Cadet enclosure in a delapidated state. For a donation, Dudley was permitted to take it and after restoring the boat, he named her ‘Iris’, after his mother.

Patrick found some soft areas in the hull which he dug out and refilled, fairing the hull and painting it white, with a vintage green stripe. There are some special features on this dinghy that make her worthy ‘Pinterest’ subject matter.

Acorn dinghy
Acorn dinghy called Iris

On Saturday afternoon, in perfect conditions, Iris was sailed over to the yacht club after her mast was raised and gaff rig made ready.

Acorn dinghy called Iris
Iris acorn dinghy
Iris in full sail
Iris acorn dinghy

The acorn on her sail is a nice detail. She sailed well, making it to her new home in quick time. 

Heading back on a perfect afternoon, I saw the ‘The Gael’ in full sail for the first time and was able to capture this truly beautiful sight!