Appledore sunset.' High and Dry'
An open edition giclee print. 21.5 x 14.5 inches approximately.
These are my boats resting on the sand at Instow. After a days sailing on the river Torridge 'Number 10' has been brought back to her moorings as the tide ebbs and the sun sets behind the village of Appledore.
Number 10 is the last remaining one of the eighteen Taw Torridge One Designs built in the late twenties and thirties to race on these waters. Long ago her class was replaced by faster, lighter dinghies and catamarans with fluorescent spinnakers and immersion suited crews. She however has an elegance and beauty of a different age with varnished spars and brass fittings, wooden blocks and running backstays.
My family and I have spent many a happy summer’s day tacking up to Bideford or running across the estuary with billowing sails to Crow Point to picnic among the dunes.
My son and daughter learnt to row on the dinghy as I am sure many generations of children have before them. She was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is a sturdy, stable little boat designed to be dragged up and down the shingles at Clovelly.