Golden Vanity

Golden Vanity is a traditional classic wooden gaff cutter and Mumble Bee class Brixham Sailing Trawler. She is a ‘fishing smack’ – although she was built, in 1908, as a yacht for the renowned marine artist Arthur Briscoe, who regularly sailed on board with his close friends and spy novelist Erskine Childers, who wrote “Riddle of the Sands”.

An army captain, Peter Crowther, entered her in the 1972 edition of the OSTAR race. Exactly 89 tacks, five reefs, 71 sail changes, and two blown-out sails later, Golden Vanity arrived in Newport to take last place with a time of 88 days – the slowest crossing in the history of the race – a record unbroken to this day.

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