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The Bermudan Yawl built in 1963 to a design by James McGruer



Coigach : A Familiar Sight On The Clyde
When the Sandeman Yacht Brokerage had Coigach on their recently they included an informative history of the boat; “In 1961 Frank and Libby Robertson went sailing with current owner David Denholm's parents on Hirta, [the 52ft Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter built in 1911 and owned between 1958 and 1982 by Adam Berguis and John Denholm] to see if sailing would be the game for the family. As a result of this Coigach was ordered. She was launched in 1963 in the same week as Innismara, and while being built was probably watched by a young lad called Jeremy MacLehose. (Coigach's dinghy was given to Frank Robertson as a present by his work colleagues and did not form a part of the overall purchase, but is still held by the Robertson family.) When opportunity provided, Coigach was used increasingly by the Dunlop family until she was sold to Craig Downie. While in use by the Dunlop family they needed an extra set of hands to help with sailing, and the same Jeremy MacLehose was the lucky young man. In 1997, Craig Downie found the effort of maintaining Coigach a bit much and sold to David Denholm and Jeremy MacLehose. Sadly Jeremy never actually sailed on her under his ownership, as he died suddenly in early 1998. David Denholm took over the complete ownership and with the exception of 2001 when his daughter was born has sailed her every year”.
David Denholm is a well known figure of Scottish boating on the Clyde, helping organise major events. Coigach has often been used as the committe boat ensuring racing rules are upheld.

Coigach Statistics
Built : 1963 by McGruer & Co Ltd, in Clynder, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
LOA : 43' 3"
LWL : 30' 6"
Beam : 11' 6"
Draught : 6' 7"
Displacement : 17 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 304155
Sail : N° 129C
Signal Letters : MEGV9
MMSI : 232004007

Coigach Custodians & Home Ports 
David Denholm (1998-2016-?) Glasgow, Scotland
David Denholm & Jeremy MacLehose (1997-1998) Glasgow, Scotland
Craig Dowie (?-1997) Glasgow, Scotland
W Frank Robertson & GT Dunlop (1970-1980-?) Glasgow, Scotland
W Frank Robertson (1963-1969) Glasgow, Scotland

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Page last updated : July 2018


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