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Nimble by name, Nimble by nature - the Des Townson Classic 12

'Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Robert Brooke, of the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School, has completed building a replica of Nimble Q8, designed and sailed by Des Townson, and she was the leading points scorer in the New Zealand team that competed in the inaugural event held on Sydney Harbour in 1957.

Over the past week she has been on display at the 50th Anniversary Dinner for the 12ft class, and today was at Auckland Sailing Club.

We are pleased to present this gallery of images, both as a tribute to the beautiful Townson line and also in recognition of the outstanding skills, craftsmanship and perseverance of Robert Brooke who has built a beautiful yacht, accurate to the available gear and fittings of her time.

Nimble's wooden foils were built by Brian Peet, with a very clever kick up control on the rudder.

Spinnaker pole rest - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Spinnaker sheets on the beautiful decks of Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


The lovely lines of Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Venturi bailer - a Mander contribution - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Bow sprit, solid forestay and jib furler - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Rocker cleat - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Mast brace - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Centreplate and rudder and split spinnaker pole - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=65507   Click Here to view large photo


Nimble, 'Q8', showing her full sailplan and modest bowsprit (by modern standards). -  Townson Family   Click Here to view large photo


Nimble, showing her hallmark Townson lines -  Townson Family   Click Here to view large photo


Nimble, top NZ poinstscorer in the 1956 12ft skiff Interdominion being sailed by her designer and builder, Des Townson -  Townson Family   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

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