TV: "Partridge"

Porquerolles 2012

Designer: J Beavor Webb
Gaff Cutter
Year Built: 1885
Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK
LOA 21.88m   /   71'7"
LOD 14.9m   /   49' 2"
LWL 12.7m   /   41' 7"
Beam 3.19m   /   10' 5"
Draft 2.58m   /   8' 5"
Sail Area: 250msq.
Displacement: 28 tons.

Alex Laird restored Partridge over a long period of 20 years on the Isle of Wight and she made her debut at the Mediterranean regatta circuit in 1999. In the same year Yachting World wrote an article on Partridge and described her as "one of the prettiest gaff-rigged cutters in existence" and "she's fast, very fast". In the following years she proved great on-the-water-competition for the Nicholson cutter, Avel, but eventually had to pull out of the extravagant regatta scene due to lack of funds. She went on to lie in La Ciotat, France where Alex Laird set up a restoration yard, 'Classic Works' and put Partridge up for sale.