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Our boat names

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Published 09:48 on 21 Apr 2020

The names of our boats help give us a lot of the history of the project and all the groups and individuals who have supported us over the years, so we thought it would be nice to let people know some of this history. The names of the boats (past and present) are given below with a little background on how they were funded. Thanks to everyone who helped put this together and in particular, thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years ..... We hope to be using them again soon.

Boat name


Reason for name



Lady Jane


Sponsored by Colchester Forum.



Sponsored by Ipswich Rotary Clubs.

Simon Tozer


Named after one of the early Trustees of the Project. Simon was a founding trustee with Johnty Dickinson and Peter Hooper. The boat was launched by his widow, Elizabeth, who was an enthusiastic supporter. Sponsored by Simon Tozer Fund.



Donated by Clive Aldridge's regiment - Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Clive was an active member of our racing squad with his brother John.

Flossie V


Donated by Ian Hammond in memory of Ruth Hammond. Ruth was a sailor, with MS Ian an enthusiastic supporter and the Woolverstone Project administrator before Shelley as well as being a general helper. Ruth was extremely courageous and admitted to having flown a light aircraft without telling anyone she was registered blind.



Sponsored by Ipswich Lions. Named by Sam Honour who was an active member of our racing squad and a volunteer. His parents volunteered with us too. Sam left as a fully qualified keelboat instructor and with a degree from Essex University.

Nigel Olsen


Sponsored by Olsen Family/MS Society.

Golden Bottle


The Golden Bottle trust is the charitable trust run by Hoare's Bank.



Sponsored by Win & Harold. A decision was taken early on that all the 2.3s - and other boats - would be named after birds (preferably water birds). We were the first club in Europe to have these boats, and Chris Mitchell came over from Australia to help us learn about them (and to sell some more!).



Sponsored by Felixstowe Docks.



Sponsored by Ipswich Lions.







Ballard was named after one of our sailors, Mike Ballard, who joined us after Shelley Nott diverted his visit to Alton Water. Shelley was walking her dog during a Monday session when she met Mike and his wife on the footpath some distance away from our hut. She got into conversation with them and he told her how he used to enjoy sailing but couldn't do anything since his illness. She asked if he'd like to try some sailing with the Project. He didn't believe there was anything he could do, but he became a regular with his wife bringing him some distance to get onto the water.


2.3 Wide

Purchased from Waveney Sailability in 2014.


2.3 Wide

Purchased from Waveney Sailability in 2014.

Kip (Johnty Dickinson)


Named in memory of Johnty Dickinson one of the founders of the Project and for many years Commodore and, later, president of the RHYC.


No name currently

Lion Venture

Named in recognition of the historic link with the RHYC. Lion venture was named in January 2019 by Princess Anne during her visit to the RHYC as part of their 175th Anniversary celebrations.

Little Ship

Challenger Mk IIa

Funded by the Little Ship Club and Diana Campbell Fund. Little Ship was formally launched Spring 1994 by the Commodore of the LSC, Lord Belstead as Patron of the Project, and by Peter Hooper the first Chairman of the Project.

John Belstead was an active member of the Aldeburgh YC and raced in Dragons. He was Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk and (earlier) Minister of Education. A great contributor to WP.


Challenger Mk IIa


Challenger Mk IIa

Sponsored by Green Bottle/Tozer Funds.

Dickie's Dash


Sponsored by PowerGen. This boat was named after Johnty Dickinson's uncle, who led a well-known and fearsome action during WW1, called Dickie's Dash. This was a daylight trench raid known as 'Dickie's Dash', named after Captain Alan Dickinson MC, one of three brother who served with the Liverpool Scottish. The Dicky's Dash raid took place just south of Bois Grenier on the afternoon of 29th June 1917 along the line of the 'Old Bridoux Road' from a point in the British front line known as the Bridoux Salient. It met with determined resistance from the enemy and although successful in gaining a foothold in the German line, met with heavy casualties in the enemy trenches and on the return to the British frontline.


Drascombe Longboat

The first boat owned by the Project, kept at Woolverstone. Funded by Marina Developments Ltd. together with Sportsmatch.

Peter Hooper

Hawk 20

Named after one of the founding Trustees of the Project. Sponsored by Norwich & Peterborough B.S. Arrived in 1995 and financed by the National Lottery, she enabled the Project to offer many more sailors the opportunity to come sailing. In 2009/10 she was refitted with new sails, engine and standing rigging all donated by local companies and Rotary Clubs. Replaced by the Sonar in 2020 and sold to a family in Burnham on Crouch.

Last updated 09:49 on 21 April 2020

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