by Tom Martin
"Dither" is one of 6 remaining Yorkshire One Designs from the original fleet built in 1898.
She is designed to take on short, north seas.
I found her adjacent to a golf course, and she had been out of the water for some years.
Her owner did not want to enter the "arms race" of restoration to allow her to become competitive once again - a number of the fleet have had makeovers!
She had been in his family for over 70 years, and I promised him she was going to a good home.
Nonetheless, there was some emotion as her trailer was coaxed into life, and fortunately there were no Police witnesses!
I can't really claim to own her, I feel I am her custodian.
Restoration starts next week, and as her current sugar daddy I want to thank you for this fantastic resource - I look forward to contributing discoveries of my own.
The challenge is to have her back in the fleet in 10 months time, and then to enter her for some of the Classic regattas.
There is considerable interest in getting all 6 remaining originals (out of 8) on the water, and 5 "Captains" are up for this.
More news when I have it,
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