Cross­ing your legs in Grey­stones

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS - Eoin Rob­son

Con­grat­u­la­tions on a fine mag­a­zine, and a good range of in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cles. I'd like to com­ment on Nor­man Kean's write-up for Grey­stones, County Wick­low (Jun 17).

I called in there last June on my cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of Ire­land and found a good ma­rina with a great wel­come. I agree with Nor­man that the shore­side fa­cil­i­ties are ex­cel­lent (af­ter a 10-minute walk into town), but must point out that in the ma­rina there are only three bath­rooms. Each con­tains a sink, shower and toi­let but there are no other fa­cil­i­ties at all. If you get stuck be­hind a even small crew out for show­ers, you could have a long wait for a ‘short call’! Guy Adams Nor­man Kean adds: I’m glad you liked Grey­stones. It’s a lovely place. Granted it has one or two more boxes to tick be­fore at­tain­ing five-gold-an­chor sta­tus, and what you see is what you get, but keep faith – it will im­prove, and quickly. Its op­er­a­tors have an ex­cel­lent track record.

Bear in mind that what they picked up was a failed dis­as­ter of a devel­op­ment project that had been con­ceived on the crest of the Celtic Tiger wave, and they have made it work. Cross your legs for a brief mo­ment, and keep think­ing of the invit­ing restau­rants and pubs within a 10-minute walk.

Ter­rence ‘Batchy’ Carr

The Univer­sity of Sta­vanger is re­search­ing Ter­rence H 'Batchy' Carr (1905-86), a past owner of the 60ft Colin Archer yacht Havfruen III (orig­i­nally and presently named Wyvern). She was built in Pors­grund, Nor­way in 1896 and is now owned by Sta­vanger Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Group Cap­tain Carr and his wife Anne (An­nette M. Jef­frey, Wood­bridge, Suf­folk) did 12 At­lantic cross­ings over 27 years and one cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion (1957-59). The Carrs ac­quired Havfruen III in 1947 and Carr was in­valided (in­juries un­known) from the RAF in 1949. Havfruen III was sold around 1974. The Carrs had one child, Paddy (1937-2015), who may have had off­spring.

Af­ter buy­ing a mo­tor­boat of around 45ft and re-nam­ing it Havfruen IV, the Carrs lived aboard, pos­si­bly in Fal­mouth Ma­rina, in the 1980s. Ter­rence Carr's mem­ber­ships in­cluded the Royal Cruis­ing Club (RCC), as did Paddy's, and honorary mem­ber­ship of the Ocean Cruis­ing Club (OCC). Their ad­dress on both RCC and OCC records was RAF Yacht Club, Ham­ble – pre­sum­ably un­til mov­ing to Fal­mouth.

The only writ­ings we have are from the RCC's Rov­ing Com­mis­sions 1955 and some notes by Anne Carr on the 195759 cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion. Anne men­tions that they car­ried out char­ters in the West Indies. We have found no films or doc­u­men­taries about them, de­spite be­ing told there were many.

We would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate any in­for­ma­tion about Havfruen III or the Carrs, es­pe­cially pre-1954 and af­ter the cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion, how they may have fi­nanced such voy­ag­ing, and any sto­ries about the Carrs, es­pe­cially from any­body who had met or knew them. Please e-mail me: eoin­rob­son@gmail.com

Wyvern was named Havfruen III dur­ing Ter­rence Carr's 27-year own­er­ship. The Univer­sity of Sta­vanger would like in­for­ma­tion about the fam­ily or the boat IN­SET: (L-R) Anne and Ter­rence Carr. The third man may be their son Paddy

Grey­stones may not be the fin­ished ar­ti­cle but it’s get­ting there – and quickly

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