Length: 5.48m (18ft)
Width: 1.75m (5ft 9ins)
Country: United Kingdom
Keel Type:
Rig Type:
Gunter sloop (with jib)
Trapeze: none
Sail Area: sq. m
Spinnaker Type:
Symmetric spinnaker
Spinnaker Area:
0 sq.m
Design Year:
Boats Built:
No handicap data found

18ft lead keel boat designed in 1928 and taken up by Fowey Yacht Club. Originally gunter rigged, most have now adopted a tall bermuda rig.

The boats are made of sawn timber, measure 18ft long (22ft including bowsprit) and have a lead keel weighing 1500lbs. Class rules require traditional wooden varnished spars and that the boats be built by a local boat builder and kept within a 10 mile distance of the River Fowey.

Total sail area inc spinnaker 27.6sq m

From Wooden Boat Builder

The first Troy was built as a one off by local Fowey boatbuilder Archie Watty. Racing in Fowey at the time consisted of a mixed fleet of various handicapped dinghies and Sir charles Hanson, from Fowey Hall, wanted a boat for his daughter to race competitively.  Archie designed and started building an 18’ boat, with a lead keel, in the winter of 1928. During construction, the local bank ,manager, Mr Strong called in, and was so impressed with Archie Watty’s design that he immediately ordered one for himself. Both of these boats were on the water for the 1929 sailing season, and although sailing in the handicap fleet, performed very well. So well infact, that four other competitors from the dinghy fleet ordered new boats to the same design for the next year.

The start of the 1930 season saw six identical boats on the water , and a meeting was held to discuss the formation of a class. Sir Arthur Quiller couch was Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club at the time, and had written novels based on Fowey, renamed Troy town, and he was approached for permission to use the name Troy for the new Class of yacht. He agreed, and so the Troy Owners Class Association was formed.


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