HUFF OF ARKLOW was one of the first masthead rig sloop, and the first ocean going yacht design to plane. Designed by Uffa Fox, mentor of sailing to the Royal Family for the RAF pilot Mr Douglas Heard, she was based upon the highly successful Flying Fifteen dinghy and is believed to be the only Flying 30 left. She is still today a very distinctive sight, but back in 1951, on her construction, she was so sensational to leave most observers speechless. She was built by Jack Tyrell & Sons of Arklow on two moulded skins of mahogany with the outer skin running fore and aft, whilst the inner skin runs diagonally. She was also noted for her speed. On her trip to Iceland in 1960, she recorded a speed of 23 knots and for that voyage, was awarded the Faulkner Cup, which she won again in 1962 for her trip to the Azores.
She changed ownership a few times and in the early 1980s, was nearly lost by arson. Re-built, she came into the ownership of EISCA which sailed her as a sail training vessel until 2009 when it was clear that a thorough restoration was necessary in order to bring the vessel back to her former strength to enable the charity to keep on running her as a sail training vessel. EISCA holds a unique film of her orginal build in Arklow in 1951 made by the owner itself and transposed on DVD.
In 2017, EISCA folded and HUFF OF ARKLOW was up for sale, near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. In January 2020 it was reported that the vessel is presently being recomissioned at Mark Rolt's yard in Bristol.
Faulkners Cup winner
Faulkners Cup winner
Purchased by EISCA
Awarded National Historic Ships' Regiona Flagship Winner.
Vessel up for sale
HUFF OF ARKLOW is due to float again at Mashfords Boatyard, Cremyll, on 7 September, following an extensive restoration project which has been supported with a grant of £40,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Source: Cremyll Keelbo
A Project grant of £250 for being one of our Regional Flagship Winner 2015 was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ship Uk
A sustainabilty grant of £1000 for new sails was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
Eyemouth ISCA has received an award by the Heritage Lottery of £40,000 which will help the charity to complete the restoration project. Source: EISCA, September 2012
A Sustainability Grant of £1300 for remedial was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK. Source: National Historic Ships UK
Awarded a grant of £2,000 from The Transport Trust. Source: EISCA, January 2012
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