THE HISTORY OF THE LOCH LONG

Loch Long History

The first five Loch Longs were presented to the world on George VI's Coronation Day, Wednesday May 12th 1937.

 

                                    

  

(above) The 'NEW' Clyde Coronation Class One Design at Colquhoun's at Dunoon.

 

They were built from oregon pine on elm timbers by Robert Colquhoun of Dunoon and proved to be a star attraction at the Cove and Kilcreggan regatta organised to honour the new king.   

At a cost of 66 pounds they were in the league of a sailor on the tightest of budgets, the same holds true today with rules that strictly limit expenditure and rigging variations, perhaps one, but certainly not the only reason that the Loch Long has thrived for so long and still competes in races on the Clyde and also at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The origins of the first design can be traced back to 1936, when the Loch Long Sailing Club looked for a one design to replace their fleet of handicap dinghies. A Mr Ian D. Campbell came back from Scandinavia with a likely candidate in mind, the Stjarnbat, designed by Janne Jacobsson sometime before the First World War.

                                 

                    (above) The Stjarnbat 1928 (the newrig) the Starboat. 

However, the craft wasn't deemed suitable until James Croll had worked on the plans and came up with the first design Loch Long. Colquhoun of Dunoon was commissioned to supply the first five boats with Croll providing all the finance.

                                         

    (above) The first Cap'n McMurtrie adopting his laid back approach to sailing... 

If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating vessel and it's history there are two books available:-

Loch Longs - The First 50 Years, not currently in print but available to look at in Cove Sailing Club and

Loch Longs - The Third Quarter Century 1987 - 2012 available to buy from either Cove or Aldeburgh Sailing Clubs.