In the beginning there was thunder and lightning....


New National Maritime Museum in Falmouth will feature the history and development of sailing and racing dinghies
I'm sure that you all know the tale of the first use of the trapeze harness in the International 14 class.....but like fine wine it is worth imbibing again. During the 1938 Prince of Wales Cup, the International 14 class championship, Peter Scott and John Winter were sailing their new boat, Thunder and Lightning, designed and built by Uffa Fox. The pair had previously sailed with Beecher Moore on his Thames Rater where they had used a device known as 'The Bell Rope' - this was a rope attached to the hounds which the crew hung onto by his hands to increase their sitting out power. Scott and Winter worked with Charles Currey and Uffa to refine the idea by adding a hook and harness and Uffa built a stronger mast. During the 1938 POW race Scott and Winter alternated as crew and helm, the crew lying outside the boat with his feet on the gunwale, supported by the harness attached to the hounds, and they won - the trapeze had arrived. The International 14 Dinghy Committee asked Peter Scott to draft a rule banning the device and the trapeze disappeared from fourteen racing until 1970 when, at Falmouth once again, the POW was won by Jeremy Pudney and Peter Brazier using the re-introduced device. All this nostalgia has been brought about by the stand at the recent London Boat Show presenting the imminent opening of the new National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. This building will be part of a £22 million development transforming three acres of derelict harbour front into a complex including cafes, shops and restaurants, set around a public events square. Due to open to the public on the 22 June the museum will house the Small Boat Collection, a collection of more than 120 dinghies and small craft that have

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