The Atalanta has always been considered to be a seaworthy vessel. Few trailable 26 footers can claim this distinction.
It is a special feature of these boats.
Many of the early AOA Bulletins mention offshore passages in strong winds, some using the storm jib and trysail which Fairey provided as optional extras.
Notable exploits include:
- A148 “Sherpa” competed in the 1974 Round Britain Race.
- A146 “Bluff” competed in the 1976 OSTAR.
In both cases the courses were completed, despite gear failures, and the boats didn’t come in last!
- In 1975 A115 “Sabrina of Croyde” crossed the Atlantic, cruising from Appledore via the Azores to Bermuda, before meeting hurricane Blanche en route. “Sabrina of Croyde” eventually reached North Carolina safely.
So the seaworthiness claims are not just imagination. They are real.
How does this affect modern owners
You and I might not want to cross the Atlantic in a 26 foot long sailing boat. However you can be sure that a well maintained Atalanta is capable of safe offshore passages.
Finally to demonstrate that this is not just historical. I completed a passage from Milford Haven, direct to the Scillies (about 110 miles) in 24 hours in June 2016. To begin with Force 6 Northerly, dying away to force 3 by the time we arrived.