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Nancy Blackett: Signals from the Solent

Skipper Rod Webb reports that Nancy Blackett and her crew enjoyed a glorious sail yesterday, out past Hurst Castle and the Needles, round the Shingles Bank and back through the North Channel to Lymington. They saw the tall ship Tenacious and generously treated to an enjoyable supper by Sophie Neville, who today joined them for […]

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Nancy Blackett: finally in Lymington

Skipper Rod Webb reported a good sail earlier today (Wednesday). The relative shelter of Port Hamble and Southampton Water gave way to a blustery F5 out in the Solent – raising enough of a chop against the tide to slow Nancy Blackett and her crew down. They put into Newtown River for lunch just as […]

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Nancy Blackett: retreat to Hamble

John Smith reports that this morning was very bleak out on the Solent, but wind had initially dropped off so Nancy Blackett and crew ventured out, hoping for Lymington, but conditions were too nasty, so they set off for the Hamble instead. Having made Port Hamble, she is drying out after a very wet crossing. […]

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You can visit and sail the Nancy Blackett, once owned by "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome and the star of his novel "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea", the seventh book of his "Swallows and Amazons" series, and probably his best sailing novel.

Nancy Blackett, lightly disguised in the book as the Goblin, was named after the "Amazon" pirate girl character who featured in "Swallows and Amazons".

Nancy Blackett was Arthur Ransome's favourite yacht and is now owned by the Nancy Blackett Trust, preserving her as a living part of the Arthur Ransome heritage. Each year many Ransome fans enjoy the experience of sailing her, and many more visit her at maritime events.

Explore our website to find out more about Nancy Blackett’s history, how you can sail her, how you can help support her, and the mission and work of the Nancy Blackett Trust.

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Nancy Blackett at Woolverstone, May 2009.
Credit: I. Jacobson.