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Robert Clark, Classic Long Keel Cutter, Right Royal

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Right Royal 
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Right Royal was built in 1951 by Thornycrofts for the Royal Engineer's yacht club. After a successful racing career under the RORC rules, she was sold in 1964 to her second owner, who kept her in Plymouth and cruised with her to France, Spain and Ireland. 

   Aries disconnected! Steering herself in the Tasman sea

Right Royal is an excellent cruising yacht. She is almost perfectly balanced, so well that it takes some time to get used to the lack of weather helm. It is never necessary to fight the helm, she can be steered comfortably to windward for hours with one finger. It's a delight! From a close reach to well off the breeze, except running square, she can be made to steer herself with little trouble, even without the Aries gear.

She is a dry and comfortable boat at sea. Her deep draught and keel that is long by today's standards make her very weatherly when it matters: in stinking conditions. She can beat her way out of anything, and will actually make ground to windward when hove-to under staysail and reefed main, all the while sitting in the water like a painted duck on a pub signboard. At the same time, she is no fat cruising bucket, and outsails most cruising boats of similar size, in spite of the wetted surface and the 3-bladed propeller.

    Right Royal Featured in Yachting World Annual 1951

The cutter rig is a great advantage for short-handed cruising. Tacking is easier, and it saves a lot of sail changes in varying winds. Her layout both above and below decks has proved to be very practical. 

Other major advantages include the comfortable cockpit, the ability to keep watch from inside the doghouse, and the ability to put the dinghy overboard in seconds to run an anchor out when needed.

We bought her in 1979. After an extensive refit, 1979 - 1980, we sailed to Brittany, then cruised up the Irish Sea, through the Hebrides, to Lerwick (Shetland), then to Bergen in Norway, then around the Norwegian coast to Oslo, then down the Kattegat to Sweden and Denmark, then by way of the Kiel Canal to the North Sea, and so back to Plymouth.

Grenadines 1983

The following year took her down the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal, then by way of Gibraltar and the south coast of Spain to the Balearic Is, to Corsica, thence to Fiumicino and down the Italian coast to the toe of Italy, and so to Corfu. 

Robert Clark, Classic Long Keel Cutter, Right Royal, for sale

Grenadines 1983

In 1982 she cruised the Greek Isles to the Turkish coast, before heading back to Gibraltar, then to the Canaries, and across the Atlantic to the West Indies, Venezuela, and Panama. After passing through the Canal she sailed to Las Perlas, to the Galapagos (in the El Nino year of 1983) then to the Marquises, French Polynesia, Fiji, Tonga, New Caledonia, and to Australia. 

Sidney Harbour ~ 1988

We lived on board and worked in Sydney for ten years, until, in 1993, when, after another very extensive refit, she sailed to Tasmania and back to Sydney, before setting out for New Zealand, New Caledonia, then to Gladstone in Queensland, and up the Queensland coast to Cape York, across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Arnhem land and to Darwin. 

     Thailand 1994

    Indian Ocean

From there she sailed to Bali, to Singapore, the straits of Malacca, to Thailand, and thence by way of the Andaman Is to Cochin in India. From Cochin she sailed to Al Mukalla and Aden in Yemen then through the Red Sea, to Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. After the Canal she called at Cyprus and Antalya before completing her circumnavigation in Marmaris.

Turkey 1982

 (From Turkey to Turkey in 13 years is hardly a record, but the aim was to see as much as possible.)

From Marmaris she sailed by way of Crete, Sicily and Sardinia to Sete, in France, where she wintered. In 1996 she cruised to Brittany, calling at as many ports as possible in Spain and Portugal. In 1997 she sailed to Plymouth and to the south coast of Ireland, but the proposed cruise up the west coast and to the Hebrides had to be abandoned.

In 1998 she sailed to Amsterdam, then by the Kiel canal to Kalmar, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Helsinki, Tallin and Haapsalu in Estonia, Lubeck, Hambourg, and back to Brittany, where she is currently moored.

Robert Clark, Classic Long Keel Cutter, Right Royal, for sale

 Brittany ~2002

To me she is always the prettiest boat in the bay - no matter where - and that has given me a vast amount of pleasure.

I have owned Right Royal for thirty years, and can honestly say I have not seen a boat that I would prefer for the sort of sailing that I have done. I am selling her because we can no longer go cruising for health reasons, and Right Royal is far too good a boat to leave to rot on a mooring.

To do before long distance cruising:

It would be good to replace some standing rigging. Galvanised is perfectly satisfactory: some of it has lasted thirty years.

A spinnaker, and perhaps a VERY LIGHT ghoster genoa would be nice. A genoa of normal weight would be a waste of money, and a nuisance to stow. 

    Sept 2009


[ Right Royal ] Sails and Deck Gear ] Cockpit ] Dog House ] Layout ] Saloon ] Galley ] Forecabin ] Heads ] Engine ] Specifications ] Refits ] [ Comments ]
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