Some race history

Research is ongoing here but as far as we can tell Dolly raced for over 60 years at least both inshore and offshore with a reputation for going well in heavy conditions.

Portsmouth Evening News – Wednesday 19 May 1937
Dolly Varden’s original racing pennant

Dolly Varden’s original racing pennant is framed and on display in the Cowes museum. We have in mind someone that can reproduce this although they don’t know they are going to do it yet!

Smoking through Cowes with the Ramsgate Cup aboard

Winning the cup yet again, year unknown.

“Peter Pan of sailing craft”

We love this extract from “Famous yachts”

One of dozens of mentions we are finding in the newspaper archives

One of dozens of mentions we are finding in the newspaper archives, we will eventually compile a full list of her racing successes.

There wasn’t much to touch Dolly Varden if conditions were right.

There wasn’t much to touch Dolly Varden if conditions were right.

Another easy win

Her winning ways caught the attention of Thomas Ratsey and he could see where improvement would make her faster still, he eventually purchased Dolly in 1888.