Blue Jackaroo is one of the better know Atalantas, being the boat pictured in the AOA’s Sinclair Trophy, which is awarded each year to the person who in the Committee’s opinion has contributed most to the Association in the foregoing year.
Andy sold Blue J in 2008 to an unknown owner who kept her as a floating weekend cottage in Ramsgate Marina. After three years of steady deterioration, she was bought by Andy’s brother Terry, and after an adventurous voyage to Canvey Island, brought home to Terry and Lisa’s home near Grays on the Thames, and lovingly restored back to her former condition (see videos on the Videos page).
Sadly, Terry and Lisa have found the “up and down bits” of sea sailing more than they bargained for. Now Andy has taken possession of Blue J again, and she’s moored at Oare Creek near Faversham.
Photo: oare_creek. A71 Blue Jackaroo is back with her former owner, Andy Greatrix. Seen here at Oare Creek near Faversham, Kent.
Photo: A71 main cabin. A71 Looking aft through past chart table
Photo: A71 Main cabin. Comfort zone
Photo: A71 Chart table. Note chart of Thames estuary
Photo: Heading back across the estuary.
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Interesting to see the “Seahopper” fitting so snugly on the aft deck – the perfect Atalanta tender! Acquired a 1970s version of these versatile (sailing/rowing and folding) little craft as a tender for KP (A169) – only the refit and launch of KP required to complete the ensemble!