We are delighted to hear that A115 ‘Mara’ has been sold. Her new owner has moved her to the South Coast to complete her restoration.
This is great news. In 1975 Eric Stallard sailed A115, then called ‘Sabrina of Croyde’, across the Atlantic with a crew of two. They experienced and survived a hurricane between Bermuda and Norfolk, Virginia. The adventure was written up in the 1975-76 Annual Bulletin and you can read about it here.
This was one of the three documented Atlantic crossings.
- The first was in 1960 when Tony Peck sailed A113 ‘Aku’ across as part of a trip around the world which ended in the Galápagos Islands where the boat stayed for many years before being broken up.
- In 1975 Rod White bought the much-travelled A146 ‘Sherpa’, renaming her to ‘Bluff’ and taking part in the 1976 Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic race. A146 still survives in the US Virgin Isles, as ‘Le Bateau Ivre’ with the owners who cruised her extensively on the US eastern seaboard. They even had their honeymoon on her.
Good luck to A115’s new owner and we very much hope to see A115 sailing again in the future.