Folkboats at Yarmouth.
For over forty years folkboats have been a familiar sight in Yarmouth and at the RSYC. It is said that only a committee could have designed a camel, but there is always an exception to any rule and the Folkboat is a perfect example. The boat was the result of a competition held by the Scandinavian Yacht Racing Union in 1942 but no winner was declared. Instead a “committee” took the best features of the entries and Tord Sunden was commissioned to create a craft that met the goals of the design committee. The first boat was built in Sweden but by 2010 there were over 4000 registered throughout the world.
The original design – The Nordic Folkboat – was built of clinker construction in wood, generally oak frames and fir planking. The rig is a simple fractional sloop with minimal standing rigging, consisting of only two lower shrouds, two jumper shrouds, a headstay and a backstay. The mast is highly tunable enabling the Folkboat to sail well in light and heavy air well beyond one’s expectations. The design evolved in terms of construction until in 1975 Eric Andreason created Folkbad Centralen from Kerteminde in Denmark and using his own “Gold Cup” winning hull as a mould created the precise original Nordic Folkboat in GRP. There are now active fleets of this construction in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Finland, USA, Canada, Holland, Belgium and the UK.
Here in Yarmouth we have a growing fleet which has reached 11 boats in 2010, and we now have our own starts on Wednesdays and certain weekends. Lymington has a fleet of over 30 boats.
In 2010 the major event for the class for RSYC is Folkboat Week 16th-22nd August. This event started here in 1966 and has run every year since then, currently we anticipate over 30 competitors. It came about as a result of the Cowes Week organisers refusing a fleet entry due to lack of numbers. No such problems have ever occurred here and the week is famed for its racing and social events.
If you would like more information please contact an owner via the Club or our own Secretary , Teresa Fox who is also an owner, on - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary to the Nordic International Folkboat Association.
Aries- Chris Waddington
Bossa Nova – David and Teresa Fox
Cloud Cuckoo- Martin and Helen Le Gassicke and John Corke
Columbine- Adrian and Christine Hartley- Webster
Hannah- Tom Brown
Matilda II- Peter Welsh
Mimi- Chris and Alison Beane
Riot- Sue Burgin, Colin & Gill Smith and Julian Wood
Woodpecker II – Bernard Turner