20TH April 2011


The Jumbos return to St.Ives harbour


Pupils of St.Ives School starting their Summer Term will have the chance to escape the classroom in order to scrutinise a replica of a Victorian fishing lugger designed in St.Ives in the mid 1880's.

Fresh from her winter refit in Devon, Celeste - the first of the St.Ives Jumbo replicas, is taking a detour on her trip back to the harbour to spend much of Wednesday 27th April on the school playing field.

Weather-permitting, members of the St.Ives Jumbo Association, some themselves ex-pupils of the school, including Jonny Nance who built Celeste, will be demonstrating how to rig the boat, 'dip the lug' and how to tie some useful knots.

This collaboration of St.Ives School and the Association is a bid to encourage greater involvement in community activities among the pupils and, in particular, to encourage the formation of a junior sailing team.


At 2.30pm Celeste will continue her way down to the Old Slipway to be off-loaded at her moorings at low water.

On Monday 2nd May she will be joined by William Paynter which will be on display on the Slipway throughout the morning as part of the Association's May Day stand.


In addition to regular sail-training, the Association will be developing the racing this season which will make an exciting spectacle for residents and tourists alike.


This year the Association is operating a internet-texting service to ensure they get the maximum use from their jumbos. Sailing is open to all members - regardless of previous experience. Membership (due this month) is only 20 pa (50 for immediate families). Readers are encouraged to join up as soon as possible to get best value.  Please contact Jill Block 01736 793657.




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