“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Building 3 At A Time

by Richard Crockett

In the shared “old keelboat pics” recently, mention was made of a vessel named ‘Agbwe’, and the fact that three identical vessels were built alongside each other in Johannesburg.

Today I can share that brief story, plus ‘Agbwe’s’ first cruise up the East coast of South Africa, stopping in Lourenco Marques ultimately heading for Madagascar.

The three boats were, in 1966, the brainchild of three engineers, John Lomas, Robin Wardrop and one who chose to remain anonymous, who wanted fast cruisers which could possibly take them around the world. They ended up building identical 46-footers designed by Alan Buchanan.


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