Sonda : The First Of The 8 Metre International Cruiser/Racers
Sonda was built in 1951 for Deacon Sir Alastair Spencer Templeton Young, the 2nd Baronet of Partick in the city of Glasgow. He was the great, great grandson of James Templeton who founded a chenille carpet manufacturing business in 1843. Sir Alastair ST Young became a director of the family firm, which by 1953 had supplied the carpets for three Royal Coronations.
Information is patchy but Sonda seems to have ended up in Bénodet, near Concarneau on the French Atlantic Coast, where she was rescued by her current owner Eric Leprince in 2003. Following a major restoration at Brittany's Stagnol Shipyard she was then transported by road to Marseille. She's since been shown off and raced at many of the French Riviera Regattas. Perhaps most notably, Sonda won Les Voiles du Vieux Port in Marseille in 2010, and Les Voiles De St Tropez in 2017.
Built : 1951 by McGruer & Co Ltd, in Clynder, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
LOA : 39' 5"
LWL : 27' 5"
Beam : 8' 7"
Draught : 6' 3"
Displacement : 10 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : 183541
Sail Number : 8CR K1
Signal Letters : MSDR
Sonda being build, 1951
Sonda Custodians & Home Ports
Eric Leprince (2003-2018...) Marseille, France
Douglas Young (?-2003) Bénodet, Brittany, France
AJ Furnival, C Woolfenden & CML Smith (1976-1980-?) Holyhead, Wales
J Colin SA Fleming (1965-1975) Greenock, Clyde, Scotland
Exors, the late Sir Alastair ST Young BT (1964) Greenock, Clyde, Scotland
Sir Alastair ST Young Bt (1951-1963) Greenock, Clyde, Scotland
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Page last updated : April 2018