Dolly’s Gentlemen Friends

Thomas White Ratsey Pictured aboard Dolly Varden circa 1930 Tom Ratsey purchased Dolly Varden in 1888 after having watched her race and win since 1872. He noticed that although Dolly was quick she was very slow to tack and on purchasing her undertook a drastic alteration to her bow. Her keel was also increased in … Read Article

About Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden was bult in 1872 and has had a long and distinguished racing career with an ever changing rig as she was used extensively for testing sails and rigging under the ownership of Tom Ratsey of Ratsey and Lapthorne sail makers who are still operating to this day. Dolly Varden certainly has plenty of … Read Article