Sailing Dinghy “Sciurus”

...a 14 foot Lugsail Dinghy designed & built in 1987 by Richard Pierce and sailed here by the Pierce Family at the 2008 Toberonochy Boat Muster, Luing, Scotland after 'official' sailing was abandoned... the breeze was gusting 30kts according to Commander of the Fleet Brice Avery. The sail is reefed from 120sqft to 80.... Inspired by Arthur Ransome's books and sketches, Richard built many similar dinghies realizing that for everyone that wanted to race a National 12 or Merlin Rocket dinghy, there was probably a family who wanted to sail together in a more simply equipped boat, possibly taking the picnic and camping gear along too. (Richard also built and raced several 12s and Merlins). Sciurus (a Common, or Red Squirrel in Latin) was so named as her home for many years was in Rusland, just a few hundred yards from Arthur Ransom's grave. In the 1980's the red squirrel was becoming a rare sight in the Lake District, rather like Lugsailed wooden dinghies! Sciurus is well travelled... She has sailed the 70 miles overnight from Craobh Haven to Fort William to the start of the Great Glen Raid (which took another week to reach Fort Rose, another 120 miles). She travelled to Southern Sweden for the Blekinge Raid atop a VW Transporter van! She regularly appears at traditional/wooden boat gatherings, and always performs well among significantly larger boats. On the strength of this little film clip (thanks to John Widdaker!) Richard is confident to offer the design to other builders, along with his 18'6 design 'Scarlet' and 12'6 'Beachnut', both of which have proved themselves over the years. Recent projects include modern adaptations of Albert Strange's Yawl Cherub 2 and The Mackinaw Boat Heritage 23 +44 (0) 1852 314 119 (Scotland UK) rfhpierce@aol.com 001 646 522 3038 (NY USA)