Sakura : Dried Out In Spain
Sakura was sailed to Spain, but in 2002 hauled out onto the hardstanding in Cadiz, due to major problems with her keel and garboards. Alas, there she sat for at least seven years, her wooden hull completely drying out. She was rescued and brought back to England on a low-loader by road by Ken McKelvie. Having tackled some major repairs, Ken realised he didn't have the funds to complete the project and so sold her, via eBay, to Andy Hurst. Andy also owns the Harrison Butler designed Cruinneag. Andy's since been working hard on both boats.
In the mid 1990s Sakura's owner tried to set up a charter business with her in the West Counry, running some good sized glossy adverts in Classic Boat.
Hillyard expert Doug Coulson recalls coming across Sakura in 1987, in Camaret, France (near Brest).
Sakura being advertised in The Hillyarder, 2009
Built : 1972 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 37' 10"
LWL : 32' 6"
Beam : 10' 3"
Draught : 4' 8"
Displacement : 13 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 357308
Sakura Custodians & Home Ports
Andy Hurst (2015-2016...) Maylandsea, Essex, England
Mr & Mrs Ken & Lynne McKelvie (?-2011-2015) Maylandsea, Essex, England
Paul Jenner (?-2009-?) Chipiona, Cadiz, Spain
AC Richardson (?-1973-1980-?) Falmouth, England
Page last updated : December 2016