Amokura

Amokura is a 50 foot (15.3m) classic yawl. She was built in 1939 for Major (later Sir Ernest) Harston, Aide-De-Camp to Lord Mountbatten. Fred Shepherd designed her and supervised the build, at AH Moody & Sons Ltd, at Swanwick in Hampshire.

She was later owned by the author George Millar, who wrote extensively about her in his book Oyster River, describing a summer spent cruising the Gulf of Morbihan in the early 1960s. Amokura was later sold to Richard Carr, of the Carr biscuit family, who re-rigged her with aluminium spars and a smaller rig, then sailed her extensively in the Mediterranean through most of the 1970s.

In the 1980s she sailed to the Caribbean, the US East Coast and the Mediterranean, and was based in the Mediterranean for the early 2000s. Since 2016 she has been based in Falmouth where she has undergone major refurbishment at Butler & Co.

Her 1970s shortened aluminium rig has been replaced with wooden spars and a sail plan design by the late Theo Rye in keeping with her original design. She has been strengthened internally with laminated hardwood floors and bronze diagonals to allow her to compete in offshore racing.

Owner Paul Moxon has completed two Fastnet races in Amokura. In 2021, Amokura raced two-handed and won the Iolaire Block trophy for the oldest boat to complete the course and in 2023 she raced again, this time with a crew of six.

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