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    “Duet” has everything, 108 years old, designed by Linton Hope, who included her in his edition of Dixon Kemp, and owned since 1931 by the Courtauld family, who are a sort of walking definition of “socially responsible old money”. She was bought by the Polar explorer Augustine Courtauld, and passed on to his son the Reverend Christopher Courtauld, who founded the Ocean Youth Club with her.

    She is now with the Cirdan Trust doing the same thing, still owned by the Courtauld family.

    Whatever she wants, she gets. She does the Fastnet Race, cruises round Britain and every winter she gets the best of professional care at Foxes.

    The best bit - she has her very own Trust Fund. She really does. She is probably the only “classic yacht” with no worries for her future.

    https://www.classicboat.co.uk/articl...round-britain/
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    AWESOME! May she go another ​108 years!

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    thanks andrew
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    That’s a fine read. Thanks.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Excellent

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    Thanks for the link.
    But strange mistake from ClassicBoat.
    She's a yawl.
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    wow!!!
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    Tales are told of August Courtauld’s election to the Royal Yacht Squadron. He came ashore from Duet wearing a blue blazer and white trousers, wore the RYS badge on a beret instead of a yachting cap, and invited his children into the Castie. None the less he remained a member and in due course changed the rules so that children were permitted...
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    Very nice,I remember reading that, I see they say 2012/13.
    But yes.. she ain't no ketch.

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    Peter Willis is an old friend. Since he has spent his career as an editor I must pull his leg when I next see him over some sloppy sub editing, there. Not a mistake that Peter himself would ever make!

    I think the late Winkie Nixon’s comment is the best - the boat that, in a very quiet way, has done the most for sailing in Britain.
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    With all the "one percenters" vacuuming up the middle class people's "wealth," there ought to be a lot more of this! It's a lot easier to stomach the rich when they do something worthwhile with their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Cleek View Post
    With all the "one percenters" vacuuming up the middle class people's "wealth," there ought to be a lot more of this! It's a lot easier to stomach the rich when they do something worthwhile with their money.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtaulds

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Courtauld_family

    I’m in the course of arranging for my 16 year old son to spend a week aboard “Duet” as part of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold level. Rather charmingly, the cost is 480 unless the applicant is in financial hardship, in which case “arrangements” in the form of grants are made, quietly, but the 480 isn’t the actual cost. Everyone gets a non means tested subsidy of 215, in return for which they are expected to write a letter of thanks, but they do have the option of not taking the subsidy and paying full whack. I find this quite delightful!

    To my further amusement, my own “ex”, the gaff cutter “Mirelle”, has a sort of link to “Duet” beyond them both being East Coast boats built of teak; Mirelle’s first owner, EP Allen, had a family business making ladies stockings, Aristoc Ltd, which merged into Courtauld’s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristoc

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    What a beauty. I spent an afternoon on Cooya, another L. Hope design, a few years ago when she was in the Chesapeake. Wonderful boat.

    Ben

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