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Sailing Swallow on a Sunday

Our final photos from last weekend’s Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show show Swallow being sailed by a number if visitors in perfect conditions on Sunday 7th June., courtesy of Trust President Peter Willis. Play the slideshow below.

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A mini-expedition along the Thames

One way to travel to last weekend’s Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show was to embark upon a mini-expedition along the Thames, although it was possibly more “Wind in the Willows” than “River Amazon”. See for yourself in our slideshow below.

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Nancy Blackett was the favourite yacht of author Arthur Ransome, CBE, and the inspiration for "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea", part of his "Swallows and Amazons" series, and probably his best sailing novel. Nancy, lightly disguised as the Goblin, plays a starring role as the boat at the centre of the book.

Nancy Blackett 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.

Please 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.