Lulworth Racing Britannia and Westward off Cowes
|Title||Lulworth Racing Britannia and Westward off Cowes|
|Paper Size (W x H)||34 x 24 ins|
The yacht to leeward is Lulworth, a cutter with one mast, which was built in 1920 for R. H. Lee by Messrs White Bros in Southampton and launched with the name Terpsichore. She was designed to race with the “Big Class” but unfortunately she was not successful in her first few seasons and was sold by Lee to Herbert Weld Blundell of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Weld changed her name to Lulworth and later sold her to Sir Mortimer Singer, of Singer Sewing Machines fame. Steven Dews shows her here in the 1925 racing season, when she was beginning to shine.
The yacht trailing is the 323-ton Westward, a schooner with two masts, which was built by Nat Herreshoff on Rhode Island in 1910 for Alexander Cochran. She was initially commanded by one of the most famous racing skippers of all time, Captain Charlie Barr.
Britannia was launched in 1893 for The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and she is Steven Dews’s all-time favourite yacht. From every angle her lines are perfect, making her a joy to paint. Her black hull made her instantly recognisable, even from a distance, and the colour of her hull contrasted beautifully with her cream cotton sails.
Lulworth raced in the 1925 season against the rest of the 'Big Class', including Britannia and Westward, under a much more even handicap than in previous years. This resulted in Lulworth having a very successful racing season: out of 37 starts she gained 8 firsts, 11 seconds and 8 third places, beating Shamrock, White Heather, Westward and Britannia with the highest overall points that year.
Lulworth has now been beautifully restored and a replica of Westward has been recreated as Eleonora, and both these yachts have raced each other recently, usually in Mediterranean regattas. A replica of Britannia is believed to be rigged in the UK after recently being built in Russia, and there is, therefore, every likelihood that these magnificent yachts will race one another in the near future. This will possibly recreate a very similar scene to that depicted in this painting and as our wonderful artist, Steven Dews, says “Life imitating art?”
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