Sunstone : The Most Famous Wooden Cruising Yacht
Sunstone has been the Ocean crossing home of Tom and Vicky Jackson for the last thirty-seven years during which time they have become known as one of the great “Cruising Couples”. They bought the boat in 1981 and renamed her Sunstone. Initially their interest was in racing and they enjoyed considerable success winning, for example, The Classic Channel Race overall in 1985, and her class in the Fastnet race the same year. In 1997 they retired from their jobs in education and the focus fell on full time cruising, first across the Atlantic, then the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. In 2003 it was back across the Pacific to cruise the west coast of the USA and Canada, including Alaska, then 2004 took them down south to Mexico, Galapagos and Cape Horn. Via the Falklands they headed to Cape Town and on to New Zealand, arriving back there in 2007. A circuit of to Pacific was the focus in 2010 and 2011. Tom and Vicky have been editors of The Royal Cruising Club's Roving Commissions, and contributed to many RCC Pilotage Foundation publications.
Tom and Vicky Jackson aboard Sunstone
Sunstone was originally called Deb and Solly Parker became well known for involving her in the Irish Sea Offshore Race Association (ISORA) events of the early 1970s. This involvement with the ISORA continued when DWT Hague became owner in 1974, changing the boat's name from Deb to Dai Mouse III in 1975. He made Holyhead her home port.
Built : 1965 by McGruer & Co Ltd in Clynder, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
LOA : 39' 9"
LWL : 28' 9"
Beam :+ 11' 4"
Draught : 7' 0"
Displacement : 16 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 305783
Sail : N° K2183 (old), GBR 2183
Sunstone Custodians & Home Ports
Tom & Vicky Jackson (1981-2018...) Nelson, New Zealand
DWT Hague (1974-1981) Holyhead, Wales
Solly L Parker (1970-1973) Bridlington, Yorkshire, England
Eric Barker (?-1966-1969) Bridlington, Yorkshire, England
Page last updated : April 2018