In April 2010, one of the dinghies used in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons was sold at auction. A group of dedicated fans had worked hard in the preceding month to raise awareness and their numbers grew to 83, each one donating to the appeal.
Having secured this unique vintage boat, we now wish to maintain her so that Ransome fans from around the UK can sail in her, experiencing sailing "just like in the books". This is no museum exhibit! The first sailing event was in April 2011, and many more are planned. There was a tour of the country in 2011, visiting 10 counties and getting over 300 people afloat. Then in 2012 we kept Swallow in her spiritual home, the Lake District, and every weekend saw crews take to the water. 2013 saw another visit to South Coast venues and the Thames.
If you would like to become a part of this project, and have a chance to sail in the Swallow, please get in touch with Magnus Smith at email@example.com and discuss where you'd like to get afloat. We welcome everyone; young or old, even if you can't sail. During 2014 Swallow will be based on the water's edge in the Lake District so no towbars are needed. Give us a call!
We are still looking for donations to the project in order to pay for re-varnishing, so please consider if you are able to help financially or by donating your time. Our thanks go out to everyone who has donated already.
During 2010 Swallow was repaired and revarnished by Patterson Boatworks in the Lake District to make her seaworthy again. Varnish was donated by International Paints. We are very grateful to both firms for supporting our project!
The winning auction bid would not have been possible had the Nancy Blackett Trust not handled the financial side of the appeal, and made it simple for us to get a 28% boost from 'Gift Aid'. Our deepest thanks to them for stepping in to help. They worked hard to assist our group.
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