Old Gaffers Festival - Yarmouth


Another great weekend of weather for the Ratsey team who were invited to race aboard Lyra for the Yarmouth Old Gaffers festival on the Isle of Wight. Lyra is an Ashley Butler design and built gaff cutter and carrying a full suit of Ratsey sails.

Frustratingly whilst the weather was near perfect the lack of wind meant that against a strong ebb tide only one light-weight flyer managed to cross the start line. The rest of the fleet were forced to anchor or drift. That said it was a pleasure for Steve to work with the crew hoisting the topsail which normally remains stowed on deck and suggest ways of setting the boat up for racing. Steve has taken away Lyras jib for some small repair work to the stitching and is looking forward to designing and building a light weight reacher.

Ratsey & Lapthorn are sailmakers based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. We specialise in racing sails, cruising sails and classic sails. Combining the latest sail making technology with hundreds of years of experience established within the loft, no boat is too big or too small.