Hardly a sail, but a little run out this week took us to Gloucester Docks. There, to my delight was the Thames Sailing Barge 'Gladys' of Harwich, a long way from her home waters. She looked as if she is coming towards the end of a period of restoration/refit, painting in progress, new running rigging and a scaffold tower around the mizzen presumably aiding the installation of radar.
The other vessel depicted is the 12metre class yacht 'Sceptre'. She was built as the UK challenger for the America's Cup of 1958. This was the first challenge after WW2 and in those days there was no involvement of other countries and series of racing, it was just the straight forward challenge. Need I say,the UK challenge was unsuccessful, but at least it started the whole thing off again. She looked a bit neglected, but I would have thought it wouldn't take long to bring her back to pristine condition. She's a big old boat and it would cost a lot of money.
A pleasant trip for the near completed campervan. Still some communications equipment to be installed and cosmetic work to the outside.