Racing Yacht Dolly Varden

About Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden launched 1872

Dolly Varden was bult in 1872 and has had a long and distinguished racing career with an ever changing rig as she was used extensively for testing sails and rigging under the ownership of Tom Ratsey of Ratsey and Lapthorne sail makers who are still operating to this day.

"PROBABLY THE FASTEST BOAT OF HER LENGTH IN THE WORLD IN SPITE OF HER 63 YEARS" – UFFA FOX, 1935

Follow the links in the menu at the top to learn more about Dolly Varden "Queen of the Solent". Find out how we discovered and rescued her after forty years in the wilderness and her journey through the restoration as we return her to her former glory once again to smoke the waters

  • RESCUE

    Save Dolly Varden from imminent destruction

  • Future Plan

    Figure out what exactly we want to do with her once fully restored

  • Restoration

    Restore Dolly Varden to her former glory

  • RESEARCH

    Piece together Dolly's unique history that has made her one of the most famous racing yachts of all time

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