39ft Hill­yard 9 Ton

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

Trim­ley Maid, a wooden Hill­yard 9 Ton, won the 2017 prize for most beau­ti­ful yacht.

‘I’ve owned Trim­ley Maid for 10 years,’ ex­plains Grant Jamieson-hesk. ‘I’ve done the ARC on a friend’s yacht but wanted to take my own boat across and ex­plore the Caribbean. Know­ing the boat so well gives me con­fi­dence in her.’

Grant’s el­e­gant dou­ble-ended yacht is a de­sign from an­other era, where wind­ward per­for­mance was less of a pri­or­ity. Her con­ser­va­tive sail plan and cut­ter rig are well suited to short­handed down­wind sail­ing. Af­fixed to the stern is a self-steer­ing sys­tem by Hy­drovane which ap­pears, if any­thing, ov­erengi­neered.

‘It’s a bril­liant setup that works well in any­thing other than very light winds, but we also have an elec­tronic au­topi­lot, so per­haps we’re a lit­tle bit more high-tech than we first ap­pear. Power con­sump­tion is an is­sue and that’s where the vane comes into its own.’

One of the small­est yachts in the fleet, Grant plans to do a cir­cuit of the Caribbean be­fore head­ing back to Europe later in the year.

Trim­ley Maid stands out in an al­most en­tirely GRP ARC fleet

Grant Jamieson-hesk (right) and crew

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