Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The new website is now online - please be patient until all the content is uploaded, it won't be long!   
To read Huff' s apprentices comments switch over to the section 
"young people learning on Huff".

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


11th September - Royal Western Yacht Club

J Class 1930s film
19:00 supper
20:00 film

Location: RWYC, Queen Anne's Battery PL4 0TW T.01752 660077

14th 15th 16th September - Royal William Yard

View the elegant 22 square metres classic keelboats

Location: Stonehouse PL1 3RP T.01752 659252

1st - 31st October - Royal Western Yacht Club

Exhibition - Huff of Arklow & the development of Yacht Design
Location: RWYC, Queen Anne's Battery PL4 0TW T.01752 660077

November - date tbc - Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club
Presentation about the Huff of Arklow Restoration Project

Location: Marine Drive, Torpoint PL11 2EH 

T.01752 812508

1st December

Open Day - Mashfords Boatyard
2 hours guided tour - by appointment only please contact the office

Location: Mashfords Boatyard  Cremyll  Torpoint PL10 1HY
T.01752 869000

For all enquirires please contact: Barbara Bridgman 
t  01752 869000 
e-mail office@eyemouth-isca.org

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

 Mt.Edgcumbe, Saturday 4th August

The Huff of Arklow Restoration Project - Eyemouth ISCA historical craft collection.

Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association (EISCA) is the recipient of a grant of £40,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today.   The award will go towards  the restoration of the famous ocean racer “Huff of Arklow” the historic sailing yacht based at Mashfords boatyard in Cremyll, on the Rame Peninsula.

Led by volunteers from the local community, such as the social enterprise Maker Junction and the Plymouth&Caradon Council, the project will focus on the original restoration of this unique Uffa Fox design, the last remaining Flying 30’ .  The yacht was built in 1951 and was at the forefront of yacht design at that time, being one of the first sailing vessels to be able to plane (lift up out of the water). The vessel now requires conservation works to ensure her structural strength is not lost.

Cremyll Keelboats, a trading name of EISCA, will run the project from their base at Mashfords boatyard. The project will include a technical learning curve for two young EISCA apprentices in boatbuilding under the professional support of the Falmouth Marine School. EISCA is an educational charity dedicated to the preservation of historic craft which shaped the relationship between the man and the sea. EISCA’s aim is to make its wide collection available to the public. Through this project the public will gain direct access to a unique sailing yacht at every stage of the restoration process from the land-based renovation work to the practical use of the boat during sail training voyages.

The project will give the local community on the Rame Peninsula and beyond the opportunity to learn about the development of yacht design in Great Britain during the 20th century and in particular about the career of Uffa Fox and his experimental designs. Public open days will be held during the course of the restoration, as well as exhibitions and a lecture.  In addition a website will be created to illustrate the vessel and the work of Uffa Fox. The first exhibition, starting on Saturday 4th August in the English Gardens at Mt.Edgcumbe, will take place every Thursday to Sundays from 10am to 4pm until 2nd September.

EISCA project managers Dominic and Barbara Bridgman commented on the good news: “We are thrilled that the “Huff of Arklow” project has been recognised for this grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. With HLF’s support we feel confident that a great number of people will be able to enjoy Huff’s unique features.”
Commenting on the grant award, Richard Bellamy, HLF’s acting Head of South West, said: “The sea and sailing have an important place in the heritage of the South West, and so we were delighted to be able to support this exciting project, which will ensure that a unique vessel is restored to seaworthy condition and that the work of its pioneering designer can be understood and valued by a wider audience “

Name of grantee organisation: Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.6 billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Barbara Bridgman, manager at EISCA t/a Cremyll Keelboats 

Friday, 18 May 2012

Keep History Afloat April 30th - May 11th

Cremyll, 17th May 2012

In April 2012 I was offered the chance to gain the experience to go and visit and work at the Pioneer boatyard in Essex. Iwasn't sure what I was going to experience, but thought that any chance to see how boats are built in other boatyards would help further my career.

On the 30th April I travelled up to Colchester where I was warmly greeted and taken to a wonderful accommodation in the picturese of St.Osyth. Here I was informed on what was planned for the rest of week.

The following day I got to experience pioneer boatyard where I was shown around and told of what I was going to work on for the week. I had the pleasure on working on the gig boats which was really fun and good experience for me as I was seeing how cold moulded boats are built from scratch. This was all new to me as I am used to maintaining boats than build from new. In the afternoon we had the pleasure of rowing a gig that there apprentices had all ready built.Apart from having great fun and the weather it made me realise how much happiness and joy people are getting from sailing on boats I had repaired.

The rest of the week I continue to learn different aspect of work on the gigs from gluing gunnels and runners on to laminating new strips to moulding into shape. While doing any of these jobs everyone was kind and helpful and always passing on any knowledge they knew for me to take home with me.

The weekend we had to ourself but still they made sure we were ok and wasn't bored and had nothing to do.

On the second week we got to experience different things away from the working side. The first of the things was to go and survey boat wrecks. Here  we got to see the original pioneer keel and it makes you realise that taking old parts of classic boats and restoring them to there original selfs not just gives the people that built them satisfaction  but everyone in my eyes thats a bigger and better achievement than any new build. The other chance I got to take was to sail on the Pioneer for two days/one night. This was excellent fun, with weather being good and wind being fine, we got to experience what a fine vessel pioneer is and what a good job they did on building her. Sailing ment a lot to me as I good to see why you repair things and see what parts of boat do why in motion.

If I was to sum my experience to anyone who had the chance to do something like this, I owuld say take it with arms wide open. The amount of knowledge and experience I got in those two weeks will be there for a lifetime and if I get the chance to experience to do another one I would.

Andrew Robertson
Andrew steering Pioneer
I would like to thank you for giving me the optioning, to come and see the facilities and to give me an insight in a new working environment ,also the optinity to work in a different boat yard and to see the different methods. I furletie enjoyed working in the work shops and seeing different methods that people have developed in boat building. I had the opportunity to try different jobs, which I haven't tried before i.e. steaming planks, cutting and fitting risers,lamenting . I also had the chance to sail pioneer which I feruley the enjoyed, it gave me the chance to leant terms of the boats and see how the boats run day to day, I feel any young person who wants to take boat building up as a career would dfently benefit from traveling to different yards and having the chance to learn different techniques and methods in the boat building indurtiey.Its real helped me and its something that I would happily do a again.

Kind regards
Liam Ellis

Pioneer - Trainees experiencing the North Sea 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Update on the project

Young people learning on Huff and the Heritage Lottery
EISCA is an educational charity therefore it has tied in the restoration project to an NVQ2 apprenticeship in boat building. Two deserving young men have passed a lengthy selection in order to achieve this placement based at Mashfords Boatyard, Cremyll, where Huff lays. The Falmouth Marine School provides the technical side of the course through its capable assessors whilst the practical side will focus on the restoration of the Huff. Prior to tackling the project, the two apprentices will follow a learning curve in basic boatbuilding whilst working on other vessels part of the EISCA collection.
An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is under process for a small grant scheme called “Your Heritage”. The project is in great need for funds in order to cover the materials, professional services and equipment necessary for the successful completion of the restoration. Part of this application is dedicated to teach the public  about Huff, Uffa Fox and  their relevance within British maritime history. The project has not yet started due to the timings needed to process the application.
Participation of the public to the project
Part of the participation aspect of the project will involve an exhibition entitled “Huff of Arklow, Uffa Fox and the development of yacht design”. Th exhibition will take place this summer for six weeks in the splendid surroundings of the Mt.Edgecumber country park. The Plymouth&Caradon council have kindly donated the historical outbuilding within the English Gardens for the exhibition which will feature:
·         a photographic timeline of Huff of Arklow, from stills of the original film of her build in 1951 which shows the advanced  techniques used  at the time and up to the present days.
·         The audio record of the original logs winners of the Faulkner Cup twice, in 1960 and 1962, kindly donated by the Irish Cruising Club.
·         A fully scaled model of the original Huff of Arklow beautifully crafted by model maker J.Jefford,MBE and kindly donated to EISCA for the exhibition.
·         A lovingly restored International 14’ dinghy designed and built by Uffa Fox and part of the EISCA collection which will sit in the central part of the gardens.
·         A photographic presentation kindly donated by Rosemary Joy of the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes.
·         An audio record of the article written by the late Uffa’s nephew Murray Dixon and kindly donated by his widow, Jeannette. This is an account of the drive down to Plymouth with Uffa for the Prince of Wales Cup regatta in 1929, when Prince Philip was due to arrive at the same time.
On the second week of September the exhibition will take place of honour at the newly refurbished historical site of the Royal William Yard in Stonehouse. The exhibition will be part of the cultural activities within the Marine City Festival organised by the Plymouth council.
Next step for the trainees
Whilst the heritage lottery application is under process, the two apprentices are working and learning on other vessels part of the EISCA collection. This includes the famous 22 square metre Vigilant, designed and built by Uffa Fox in 1930. The two trainees have carried out a caring work on this traditional vessel and reproduced detailed features to match a historical boat of this type. Further to this stage, the apprentices will travel to Harker’s Boatyard in Essex, in order to take part to the National Historic Ships UK project called “Keep History Afloat”:a detailed programme devised by National Historic Ships UK in co-operation  with Harker’s Yard and the Waterways Trust.  The two Huff’s trainees will be exposed to a different training establishment greatly focused on learning the methodology applied to the preservation of historical vessels. This is a unique opportunity for the two young men to open their minds to a new vision which will shape their future careers and their overall way of looking at our maritime heritage.
On their return the two trainees will receive practical sail training lessons from EISCA staff on the charity’s sailing boats they worke don this spring which are part of Cremyll Keelboats, a branch of EISCA. This will follow up from their placement in Essex where they would have sailed the traditional Schillinger “Pioneer” restored in 2000 and a great example of preservation of a historic vessel. EISCA hope to be able to start the Huff of Arklow restoration project at the end on July and to complete it by March 2014.
For more information please contact the charity at office@eisca.org.uk  

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Work Experience Period prior to the start of the Apprenticeship

Andrew and Liam are now in the 4th week of their work experience period. They are learning about Health&Safety in the work enviroment and the use of various manual tools.
Of course, they also take part to the action ....

Liam fendering the 22 s m Patriot during the launch  

Andrew's comments as per his apprentice diary:

"Spiling (transferring a curve line to a straight piece of wood)

"Made a bevel"

"Made a template"

"Correct process on how to rivet

  • drilling
  • punching
  • hammering
  • dollying
  • riveting and roving"

"We made 2 pieces of English oak both sides except the two end faces and clamped it to the template blocks of wood."

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dear Huff supporters,

Happy New Year! 2012 will see the re-making of Huff. I am glad to report the imminent start of our two young men on the Huff of Arklow restoration. Remember this is an NVQ level 2 boatbuilding apprenticeship therefore there is a lot to learn along the way. Andrew and Liam will start next Monday 23rd January on a work experience basis for the first 12 weeks. After that the NVQL2 will start. They will be reporting their learning experience on this blog every Friday afternoon so that you can follow their progress and write your comments.

Let's wish them both a good start!