Red carpet restoration
After a hard life as a Joint Services training vessel, Contessa 32 Bugler of Hornet cruised and raced the Solent on running repairs until a major restoration. Mike Taylor reports
A 40-year-old Contessa 32, a former Joint Services vessel, is revived
During World War II HMS Hornet was a busy coastal forces station in Portsmouth and home to a bustling fleet of angry motor torpedo boats (MTBs). Today the name Hornet lives on in the form of a sleek, rich red Contessa 32, Bugler of Hornet that was commissioned and extremely well used by the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre in Gosport, before being sold to a local sailing family and handed down through the generations.