Solent Seagull

 
Length: 5.48m (18ft)
Width: 1.82m (6ft)
Weight:
Country: UK
Rig Type:
Bermuda Sloop Fractional (with jib)
Crew:
Trapeze: none
Sail Area: sq. m
Spinnaker Type:
No spinnaker
Spinnaker Area:
0 sq.m
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Class Association website:
Not known

Charles Nicholson designed a 16ft Lee-on-the-Solent One Design; 12 were built and raced until 1930.

In 1934 the first of the Lee-on-the-Solent Seagull Classes appeared. These were 15 feet long, reverse clinker, three quarter decked boats with a 5ft 6inch beam. Racing was very active until 1937 when a force 10 storm destroyed all the boats. Not willing to give in readily to the weather, 20 Mk2 Seagulls were built and ready for the start of the 1938 season.

During the war about half the fleet was damaged by stray bombs so only 10 Seagulls remained in 1946. Charles Nicholson redesigned the Seagull to be 18ft long with a 6ft beam. 20 of these were built and some remain today. Construction is an unusual reverse clinker with canvas covered plywood decks.