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

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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.

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