Built as a gaff yawl for Dr J MacMahon of Cork, Ireland, she was first named ‘Bamba III’. In 1923 she was purchased by Sir Hugh Drummond, who, we think, was the Chairman of the South Western Railway in England. He renamed her ‘Coral’ and she went on to win the King’s Cup in 1926 and 1928 (shown in the old photo of her above) and skippered by the Great Grandfather of a fellow by the name of David Edwards. David lives in Southampton and has quite a large collection of memorabilia. In 1932 Coral came 3rd in the Queen’s Cup, and 1st in 1935(photo).
“…..my understanding is that the winning owner was a chap called Frank Chaplin rather than Drummond. His skipper was my G Grandfather Bertram Edwards….” David Edwards
Rebuilt in Cape Town in 2005. Underwent a refit in Grenada which was completed early 2012. It is the first time she has been back in the Northern Hemisphere since the 1930’s. She attended Antigua Classics in 2012, Round the Island Race(Cowes) in 2012.
Barcelona Regatta – 2013
Palma regatta – 2013
Mahon Classics – 2013
Available for charter: www.coralofcowes.com
|Type of Boat:||2 Masted Gaff Schooner|
|Rig:||2 Masted Schooner|
|Built By:||White Brothers, Southampton|
|LOA m / ft:||/ 98'|
|LOD m / ft:||24.4m / 80'|
|LWL m / ft:||19.5m / 64'|
|Beam m / ft:||4.6m / 15'|
|Draft m / ft:||3m / 10'|
|Construction:||Hardwood planks on oak and iroko frames|