Bloodhound moored at Dolphin Marina, Poole in 2009.
|Builder:||Camper and Nicholsons|
|Class and type:||Ocean racing yacht|
|Tons burthen:||34 tons|
|Length:||19.2 m (63 ft)|
|Sail plan:||Bermudan yawl|
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.
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.
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 2002 she was bought by Richard Carr before being purchased by Tony McGrail, a yacht surveyor and classic yacht restorer, in 2003. Over the next 3½ years she underwent a major internal and external refit to bring her back to her original pristine condition.
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.
|1937||Fastnet Race||3rd overall|
|1946||London Yacht Club Regatta (at Cowes Week)||1st|
|1946||Royal Yacht Squadron Race (at Cowes Week)||1st|
|1947||Southsea to Brixton Race||1st|
|1948||Round the Island Race||1st|
|1948||Royal Yacht Squadron Race (at Cowes Week)||2nd|
|1949||Morgan Cup||1st (handicapped to 2nd)|
|1949||North Sea Race||1st|
|1949||Portsmouth to Poole Race||1st|
|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|
|1959||Lyme Bay Race||1st|
|1965||Lyme Bay Race||1st|
- Johnstone-Bryden, Richard (2003). The Royal Yacht Britannia: The Official History. London: Conway Maritime Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-85177-937-9.
- "Royal Yacht Bloodhound – History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 18 August 2010.