I visited Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, for a few days to visit family and see MyState Financial Australian Wooden Boat Festival on the Hobart waterfront.
This small red sailed yacht named ‘Kelpie’ (no doubt after the water kelpie of Scots legend, see below) was just beautiful to watch. The seagull in the frame was a bonus!
Kelpie was designed by Bruce Kirby, who appears to be a well respected and well known sailboat designer – a little about him here:
A Canadian newspaperman and former editor of Yacht Racing (predecessor to Sailing World), Bruce Kirby is best known for designing the Laser. Kirby started as a reporter in Montreal before editing Yacht Racing and, in his spare time, taking up yacht design and drawing the Laser.
In 1970 Kirby became editor of Yacht Racing & Cruising (later Yacht Racing) where he stayed until 1975. Despite his duties with the magazine, Kirby was still designing boats which began with the International 14 class. Kirby designs won the world championships in 1958 and 1961. It was in 1969 that Kirby drew the Laser, one of the most successful sailboats ever. More than 200,000 have been built and it is currently an Olympic class.
Kirby represented Canada at the Olympics games in 1956, 1964, and 1968.
Among his other designs are two America’s Cup 12-Meters, Canada I and II, the Apollo, Sonar, Kirby 25, and 30, and Ideal 18 and San Juan 24. The latter with over a thousand built since its debut. Kirby also served as both designer and skipper on Runaway, Canada’s entry in the 1981 Admirals Cup.
Kelpie looks a to me to be a Kirby 30 type, see example here – http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id... and a full list of his designs here – http://sailboatdata.com/view_designer.asp?desig...
the Legend of the Kelpie
There are many legends associated with the Kelpie. Stories of children who are out playing near the water’s edge when a handsome horse suddenly appears. drawing them onto his back, and actually lengthening its body to accommodate as many as twenty kids, before taking them away. Others tell of a Kelpie shape-shifting into a handsome young man and having great success with the mortal maidens, who unfortunately end up as something for him to eat while underwater.
Another legend tells how the Laird of Morphie once captured a Kelpie using the bridle with the cross method. He made it work hard, dragging rocks and stone slabs for the building of his castle. On completion the released monster cursed the Laird never to enjoy the building, and the curse remained with the Grahams of Morphie ever since.