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Getting ready for Nancy Blackett’s relaunch

Robertson’s Boatyard was a hive of activity last Saturday (14th March) ahead of Nancy Blackett’s fitting-out party next Saturday, 21st March. The antifouling team, comprising Ian McGlynn, Neil Brooks, Elizabeth Moad and new member Steve Jarvis, also found time to polish her topsides. Meanwhile in the shed, repairs to the mast have been completed, and […]


Swallows and Amazons on the Big Screen!

The Nancy Blackett Trust will present a special 40th anniversary charity screening of the classic “Swallows and Amazons” film in April, with a special on-stage appearance by Sophie Neville (who plays ‘Titty’ in the film), and who will also be signing copies of her book “The Making of Swallows & Amazons”. Also on show will […]

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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.