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The Metre Yard - Carl Whitewood
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Nada, built by William Fife III in 1930, is without question one of the finest classic Fife sailing machines you can purchase. As quoted by Uffa Fox in 1932 “They will go to windward in heavy weather, for NADA in October 1932, left traders weatherbound in Dover and sailed the whole way to Newhaven to windward in 12 hours, passing three-masted schooners who were anchored under Dungeness, sheltering from the strong westerly wind”.
Nada has had an eclectic life, travelling the world and spending 20 years abandoned in the Antiguan sun, she was saved and comprehensively rebuilt by Woodstook Boatbuilding Co in 2003.
In her current ownership Nada has wanted for absolutely nothing, being constantly updated with a rudder and keel design by Ian Howlett, with more sails in her inventory than you would ever need!
Sat on her own lorry with Nada livery, with a full transport cover and two rigs, Nada is an incredible opportunity to own a beautiful William Fife 6 Metre.
Nada has had an eventful and well-travelled life, she was originally designed and built by William Fife III in 1930 and launched as Dana II for the Valdemear Graae family. She was subsequently sold to Miss E.L Lewis in Cowes and, at some time during this ownership, became Nada.
During this ownership, Miss Lewis had Uffa Fox redesign the rig and fit a modern mast with no top mast rigging and with halyards run inside the hollow mast. Impressed with her seaworthiness Fox writes of 6 metres; “They will go to windward in heavy weather, for NADA in October 1932, left traders weatherbound in Dover and sailed the whole way to Newhaven to windward in 12 hours, passing three-masted schooners who were anchored under Dungeness, sheltering from the strong westerly wind”. In 1932 helmed by F.G Mitchell she represented the British team in the British American Trophy at Cowes racing against the American team of Bob Kat II and Lucie.
The 6 Metre class collapsed in the Solent in 1934 and Nada moved to Burnham, only to be back in the Solent again in 1935 racing under the now owner, J. Wing. Taking part in Cowes Week and Solent racing until 1939.
1939 saw Nada enter the next and long stage of her life as a cruising 6 Metre. At some point in the 60’s she was located in Northern Ireland where, during a storm broke, free from her mooring and was driven ashore. Nada sustained modest hull damage and was sold as a going concern to Londoner S. Cash who transport Nada by lorry to a barn close to Gatwick airport. Friends came together to help repair the damage, installing a self-draining cockpit, some new frames and sheathing the hull with glass fibre.
Nada was in Gosport, Portsmouth in 1975 when Joe Loughborough saw her and fell in love. He begged and borrowed to purchase her, and then refit Nada. Joe raced Nada in the Solent and then cruised with her for 2 years. Between 1977 and 1984, Nada took a well deserved break in Joe’s back garden while he worked on large yachts. Joe’s then employer, John Trafford, asked Joe to have Nada shipped to Mustique, where he was setting up a play pen of expensive toys. Joe sold Nada to John and only 1 year later she was gifted back to Joe as a wedding gift from his boss.
Selling Nada in 1986 was one of Joe’s biggest regrets as he watched Nada be abounded in Antigua, uncovered and laying alongside a bar, at some point Nada had been blown over in a hurricane and was in really bad shape.
In the early 2000’s Andrew Robinson found Nada completely grown into a hedge and went about the incredible job of rescuing this beautiful classic 6 Metre. Andrew enrolled the help of Woodstock Boatbuilders Co in Antigua to take on the full rebuild of Nada in 2003. Woodstock spent the next 2 years rebuilding Nada back to her original design, cold-moulding veneer mahogany to her hull, giving her a new class approved rig and laminated sails.
In 2006 Nada found her next loving owner who, over the next 15 years, ensured Nada was consistently updated to race competitively in both International 6 Metre and Classic regattas around the world. She was fitted with a new rudder and underwater profile by Ian Howlett, up to date measurement certificate and a French Handicap measurement certificate, making her ready for any regatta. Her current owner has ensured a rigorous maintenance programme is in place for Nada. As a result, she is presented in brilliant racing trim.