1906 Salcombe Yawl 'FOAM'
Stunning prototype Salcombe Yawl; recently restored and painted; sails unused; ready to rig and go; room for the whole family
Foam was apparently built in 1906 by the Dornom Brothers for Andrew McIlwraith, the donor of Cliff House to the Salcombe Yacht Club and town. Press reports from 1910 and 1911 list Foam and McIlwraith winning the class for boats not exceeding 20 foot for both years.
There is another pre-War record of Foam in the 20 foot waterline class in the 1925 Regatta, sailed by I Jennings who is believed to have been McIlwraith’s son-in law.
Sail numbers were allocated to the Yawls in 1926 and Foam was given Y1. Foam is said to be one of the first, if not the very first Salcombe Yawl. She was re-rigged in the 1930’s as an A-class and went on to win frequently before it got banned for being too fast!.
Foam was restored by David Carter in 1999 and rigged back to a gaff rigged yawl. The last owner had the boat maintained by Banger Boats in Salcombe and the vendor acquired it through them. He believes that previous owner had the boat well looked after but never really used it and thinks the sails are all new and un-used but he himself has never had them up.
The boat was repainted and varnished before taking position undercover with him, coming with a simple trailer and a boat cover as well as the sails and rigging.
He got very excited when he saw it simply because it is such a lovely thing. There is something about a Salcombe Yawl and the thought of owning the first one really caught his attention. Sadly though, with three small children and a non-sailing wife, Foam really needs to be out on the water being used properly.
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