Bloodhound (yacht)

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Bloodhound
Career (United Kingdom)
Owner: Ike Bell (1936–1939)
Hans Hamilton and Patrick Egan (1939–1947)
Miles Wyatt (1947–1962)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (1962–1969)
Robert Cook (1969–2003)
Tony and Cindy McGrail (2003–2010)
Royal Yacht Britannia Trust (since 2010)
Builder: Camper and Nicholsons
Yard number: 438
Laid down: 1936
Launched: 1936
General characteristics
Class & type: Ocean racing yacht (12-metre class)
Tons burthen: 34 tons
Length: 19.2 m (63 ft)
Sail plan: Bermudan yawl[1]

Bloodhound is a 19.2-metre (63 ft) ocean racing yacht. She was designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by Camper and Nicholsons in 1936. From 1962 to 1969 she was owned by the British Royal Family and in January 2010 she was purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust.

Royal ownership[edit]

In 1962 Bloodhound was purchased for the Royal Family at the request of Prince Philip. In February she was sailed from Plymouth to Gosport to be refitted by Camper and Nicholsons and the work was finished by June. Prince Philip sailed Bloodhound with Uffa Fox at Cowes Week in August of that year.[1]

During Royal ownership Bloodhound would accompany The Royal Yacht Britannia in the Western Isles when the Royal Family had their one true family holiday every year. She had a permanent crew of three and one Skipper was a descendent of Sir Francis Drake. It was during these times that the young Royals learned to sail on Bloodhound. When not in Royal use, Bloodhound and her crew were made available to yacht clubs across the country, used to teach thousands of young people how to sail.

In 1969 Bloodhound was sold and not replaced by the Royal Family. Bloodhound then effectively retired from racing. Over time she gradually fell into considerable disrepair and very nearly became beyond salvage. However in 2003 she was purchased by Tony McGrail, a yacht surveyor and classic yacht restorer. Over the next 3½ years she underwent a major internal and external refit to bring her back to her original pristine condition.

In January 2010 Bloodhound was purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and is now berthed alongside The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith where she can be viewed from the pontoon.

During July and August, the fully restored, 63 foot Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound is available from Oban Marina for private day sailing around Scotland's West Coast for up to eight guests.


Racing accomplishments[edit]

Racing accomplishments[2]
Year Event Place
1936 Channel Race 1st
1936 Morgan Cup 1st
1937 Fastnet Race 3rd overall
1939 Benodet Race 2nd
1939 Channel Race 1st
1939 Fastnet Race 1st
1946 London Yacht Club Regatta (at Cowes Week) 1st
1946 Royal Yacht Squadron Race (at Cowes Week) 1st
1947 Fastnet Race 2nd
1947 Southsea to Brixton Race 1st
1948 Morgan Cup 2nd
1948 Round the Island Race 1st
1948 Royal Yacht Squadron Race (at Cowes Week) 2nd
1949 Fastnet Race 1st
1949 Morgan Cup 1st (handicapped to 2nd)
1949 North Sea Race 1st
1949 Portsmouth to Poole Race 1st
1951 Channel Race 1st
1951 Fastnet Race 2nd
1951 Harwich to Hook Race 1st
1951 North Sea Race 1st
1951 Round the Island Race 3rd
1951 St Malo to Dinard Race 1st
1952 Bermuda Race 2nd overall
1953 Cowes to Dinard Race 1st
1953 Fastnet Race 1st (handicapped to 12th)
1957 Fastnet Race 5th overall
1958 Channel Race 1st
1959 Lyme Bay Race 1st
1965 Lyme Bay Race 1st

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnstone-Bryden, Richard (2003). The Royal Yacht Britannia: The Official History. London: Conway Maritime Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-85177-937-9. 
  2. ^ "Royal Yacht Bloodhound – History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 

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