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038 Cereste

CeresteCereste was built in 1938 by Sussex Yacht Works at Shoreham, and originally believed to be Melody, to a Robert Clark design based along the lines of his innovative Mystery design. Research shows that several other Robert Clark designs were in build at Sussex Yacht Works at the same time, and that the then Yard Manager was Austin Farrer, who had trained with Robert Clark at his design office in London.

Constructed of mahogany topsides and pitch pine below the water line on steamed oak frames and oak centre line structure, Cereste has had a chequered history. She spent several years in the Mediterranean where her structure deteriorated significantly, although some running repairs were carried out to keep her in commission, before returning to the UK in the late 80’s. Some further attempts were made at restoration but when we found her lying in Nayland, South Wales in 1998 she was in a very sorry state. A three year restoration process was undertaken and her inaugural passage, following this major refit, was a passage from the East Coast to the Solent to witness the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee celebrations.

CeresteAlthough, ravaged by time, much of the original structure and joinery was salvageable and thus she remains very much as original. The extensive refit presented the opportunity to improve and upgrade some features of the design which included a new teak deck, cockpit and coach roof and the installation of wheel steering. The original rig design was mast head cutter, although Robert Clark drew an alternative three quarter rig but the then more fashionable mast head option prevailed. Cereste is now re-rigged with the three quarter rig design which has greatly improved her performance and made her highly competitive under IRC and handicap racing.

 

 

Yacht Description

Owner:

Jonathan & Scilla Dyke

Designer:

Robert Clark

Class:

Limited Design 10 Tonner

Year Designed:

1934

Year Built:

1938

Builder:

Sussex Yacht Works Shoreham



LOA:

12.08 m

40 ft

LOD:

12.08 m

40 ft

Beam:

8.66 m

8.6 ft

Draft:

1.75 m

5.9 ft

LWL:

8.66 m

28.8 ft

LOD/LWL Ratio:

1.4

Displacement:

7.138 tonnes

Thames Measurement:

10 tons

Hull Material:

Wood

Hull Construction:

Carvel

Hull Frames:

Steamed

Rudder:

Keel Hung

Sail Material:

Woven Dacron

Deck & Superstructure:

Laid Timber

Superstructure Profile:

Coach Roof

Interior:

Fully fitter out

Steering:

Wheel

Transom:

Aft Sloop

Rig:

Fractional Sloop

Engine Make:

Yanmar

Engine HP:

30

Engine Mounted:

Under Campanion Way

Propeller:

Fixed

Propeller Blades:

2

Mast Material:

Spruce

Mast Configuration:

1 spreaders

Keel Configuration:

Long

Keel Material:

Lead