We preserve the Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome, and celebrate Arthur Ransome's East Coast stories.

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Exploring ‘Secret Water’: On Foot to ‘Witch’s Quay’

Last weekend Nancy Blackett and crew embarked on an expedition to ‘Secret Water’ to coincide with the Old Gaffers Association’s Swallows and Amazons Weekend in the Walton Backwaters. Following an initial leg down the Orwell to Shotley Marina on Friday, Saturday morning saw a lengthy sail against the wind to Titchmarsh Marina near Walton-on-the-Naze, where […]

Winning the Nancy Blackett Trophy at a Swallows and Amazons Weekend in ‘Secret Water’

Last weekend the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club hosted the Old Gaffers Association’s Swallows and Amazons weekend in the Walton Backwaters – Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’, writes Matt Plummer. It was the association’s nineteenth consecutive visit and twenty-four boats signed on for the main race on Saturday, which involved circumnavigating both Horsey Island and Honeypot Island. The […]

More from Sophie Neville about filming Coot Club and The Big Six on the Norfolk Broads

Sophie Neville. President of the Arthur Ransome Society, was invited to talk about making the BBC TV classic serial ‘Coot Club’ and ‘The Big Six’ at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club to help celebrate their 80th Anniversary over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, and continues her account below… Titmouse, the 1930’s dinghy owned by Hunter’s Yard, […]

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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 passes Pin Mill, June 2017.
Photo: Bill Wallace-King.

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