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25/10/2019 start time revision

Please note change of start time for last Candlelight race.

Please note change of start time for last Candlelight race 25/10/2019 from 17:00 to 16:30 due to concerns over the amount of daylight. New start time is now shown in V3 of racing program available on racing docs page.

Sid Dollery’s avatar 15-Oct-2019 By Sid Dollery in Sailing & racing

Victory Class prize giving


John Perry   “Yacht, boat and launch builder; hollow spar, oar, scull and block maker; ecclesiastical joiner and pattern maker”

It is with great sadness that I have to pass on the news that local boatbuilder John Perry passed away at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, on Sunday 29thSeptember. He was 83.

Many of the Victory Class will know John as the builder of four Victory Class dayboats in the 1980s that not only were immaculate examples of the art of boatbuilding, but also helped drive a resurgence in the class at the time. The first of those, Z69 Zinnia, built for Jeremy Lear and launched in 1983, is a multiple Cowes Week winning boat, and Z70 Unity, Z71 Christina and Z72 Zingara also remain active boats in the class. John went on to maintain many Victorys for Class boat owners over the years.

Those in Old Portsmouth will also remember John as a well known and much liked local, always found in his trademark white overalls and with one of a succession of black Labradors alongside. John and his dog added to the character of the area on their trips around the Camber and along Feltham Row outside their French Street workshop, where John was often found chatting alongside the railings and inspecting the boats in the Camber.

A master of his craft, John spent his life in Portsmouth, starting his 6 year apprenticeship with boatbuilder Harry Feltham in Bath Square in January 1951 at the age of 15. John was well known and highly respected for the sheer quality of the boats he produced, especially amongst the Portsmouth and Solent sailing communities. He made his name building Folkboats and small yachts, initially in Cosham on Ports Creek, before building Victorys in the 1980s. John also built the XOD ‘Judy’, X191, in 1991.

From the building of one of those Victorys for the Spraggs family came the idea and a commission to build a replica of the 18thcentury naval gig that had carried Captain Arthur Phillip ashore at Sydney Cove in 1788, the start of the colonisation and founding of modern Australia. Presented by the City of Portsmouth to the City of Sydney as part of the Australian Bicentennial celebrations in 1988, the gig took centre stage in some of the events, and is now on display in the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. John also had to play his part in the presentation, and met the Duke of Edinburgh, having swapped his white overalls for a blazer purchased especially for the occasion, with typical attention to quality, from naval outfitters Gieves & Hawkes.

John did things his way, never compromising on quality for the sake of schedule, a frustration for some of his customers until they received the finished result. It says much for John that many of those customers became friends and many have supported him in recent years.

John is now reunited with his last dog Sam, hopefully in a place where plane blades are always sharp, wood is knot free, and boat owners always recognise the wisdom of Boat Builders.

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon’s avatar 02-Oct-2019 By Geoff Dixon in Sailing & racing

Race Report from Thursday 5th September

The last Thursday race of the season!!!!!

After the unfortunate accident between a large red fishing boat and Rosina, our trusty committee vessel was out of action. Stretch (from Z57) was thankfully able to bring his RIB over. Wiith lots of gaffer tape to form flagstaffs our committee boat was ready and subsequently anchored off Vail Williams with an orange laid mark as the pin end of the line.

Crewed by Ben (mini Stretch) and Martin (also Z57 crew).

Five Victorys took to the water to soak up some of the end of the summer sunshine (Z77, Z76, Z74, Z71 and Z54). An optimistic course was set

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The start was at 1835 with a strong tide pushed us away from the line and 10-8kts which was slowly dying. The whole race was a game of snake and ladders with lots of wind shifts (up to 50 degrees!) but Z74 led with everyone else fighting for second place.

Two laps were completed but the race was shortened on the next upwind at KB.

The positions were-


Congrats to Z74 on winning the last Thursday race !

Thank you to Stretch, Martin and Ben for your dynamic OOD duties.

The next race is tomorrow for the Poona followed by the last race on a Tuesday, the 10th September, start time is 1815.

See you on the water!


Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 06-Sep-2019 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing

Victory Class social events Cowes Week 2019

​Don’t miss out on some fantastic events!

Gareth Penn’s avatar 07-Jun-2018 By Gareth Penn in Sailing & racing


​​Z79 offers aunique opportunity to enter the exciting world of Victory sailing with a brand new GRP boat fully fitted out for racing, including a full set of sails.

Provisionally called Zing – because of her lively performance in winning her test race – Z79 was recently built by David Heritage in Cowes.

Zing was commissioned by the Victory Class to ensure that a top class, racing-ready new Victory would be available to potential new owners wanting to get on the water without delay.

Zing was fully fitted out for racing by David Heritage and tuned and set up by Shaun Hopkins. She is fully compliant with the European Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). She has been tried and tested in the Victory Class course in one race, which she won decisively. Since then, Zing has been laid up and is being maintained to its build standard and is ready to sail immediately.

There are only two photos of Z79 in existence, both of which are shown here, however she is built to identical standards as Z78 which is also pictured here and is available to view and test sail.

Price £28,000

Viewing by appointment. Ring Hugh

Pringle on 07973 176501 or email