GAFF YAWL « SHEILA » by Albert Strange - 1905

Albert Strange (1855 to 1917) was one of the foremost designers of small cruising yachts. His craft, acknowledged to be of classic quality, were and still are sought after by small boat sailors and builders in many countries.

SHEILA was his first deep keel design commission, drawn for fellow artist Robert Groves who sailed her in the waters of the Scottish West Coast and the Hebrides in the early days of the century at a time when sailing such voyages in a small yacht was considered impossible.

This Albert Strange yawl is one of the more remarkable examples of the English yachting heritage and one of the finest small vintage yachts afloat. Over 100 years later she survives very much the same as when first built and sailing now exactly as she did for her first owner.

Built in 1905 by Robert Cain, boat builder in Port St Mary IoM her first home port was in Tarbert on Scotland's West Coast.

SHEILA is not used to deliver RYA practical courses such as Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper as the yacht is not suited for that purpose.

  • Year of construction : 1905
  • Length : 10,5 m
  • Beam : 2,3 m
  • Draft : 1,4 m
  • Displacement : 4 000 kg
  • Sail area : 55 m2
  • Engine : no engine !
  • Fresh Water : 60 l
  • Electronics : no electronics