beat on the brat

An historic 106-year-old British-built yacht has been ‘rediscovered’ in South Africa, prompting a unique community boatbuilding project, the South African Boatbuilding Export Council reports in its latest newsletter.

The Camper & Nicholsons 38 Yawl, built in Portsmouth in 1913 and dubbed ’The Brat of Dunkirk’, is believed to have taken part in the famous evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War. She relocated to South Africa in 1968 but subsequently fell into disrepair, only to be discovered earlier this year in Port Elizabeth by Cape Town sailing enthusiast and businessman Warren Fraser, owner of local rigging specialists Associated Rigging. Read on, thanks to IBI.