In September '07, for the first time in 100 years, a 'jumbo' was launched in St.Ives harbour.....
....It concluded the first stage of our project which aims to regenerate the harbour by establishing a racing class of replica 19th century fishing luggers.
On Sat 12th June 2010 a second jumbo was launched in St.Ives harbour to join her sister 'Celeste'. She was named 'William Paynter' as a tribute to the renowned boatbuilder who designed these jumbos back in the 1880's. So racing has become a reality!
Click on this link for some BBC footage of 2 jumbos sailing:
The vast majority of our funds has been raised through the support of individuals llike yourself. However, we proudly acknowledge the support of the following:
We invite you, your friends and colleagues who care for the future of the harbour to support this dynamic initiative by joining us and contributing towards the cost of building a new St.Ives Punt as a tender to the Jumbos.
You'll be in good company! PETE GOSS, MBE has recently thrown his weight behind our cause. He says:
"What an inspirational project! I'm delighted to have signed up as a 'shareholder' in support. It's modest aims belie numerous beneficial side-effects for the community. I have no doubt that in years to come the Jumbo will have iconic significance for St.Ives and will be a great source of satisfaction to all those involved."
Pete Goss (right) with 'Celeste' and her builder Jonny Nance at the Newlyn Fish Festival. (photo Pete Goss)
NEW! 2 years after Jonny Nance put out a press release promoting 'Fishing under sail' the idea is catching on...!
Readers of Classic Boat have nominated our humble craft - almost unknown before we came along - 24th out of the top 50 classic boats. So there you are. It's official - she's a classic! William Paynter (her 19th cent. designer) would be chuffed!