Nothing in the Cariad1896 Restoration Project would happen without Tim’s passion for large classic yachts and his on-going injection of the necessary money.
Currently there are 45 people involved in this project and jointly we take this opportunity to thank Tim for taking the leap of faith and trusting us.
We started with a shell and soon the project took on a life of its own.
CARIAD is a Welsh word meaning ‘beloved’. She was built in 1896 by Summers & Payne of Southampton, England for Lord Dunraven. CARIAD won the 1898 Lisbon to Bombay Vasco Da Gama Cup returning the trophy to the Royal Yacht Squadron! She is the largest and oldest Gaff Ketch in the world today. We would like to welcome you to the Cariad 1896 web site. Our goal is to pay tribute to the history of this great sailing vessel and to restore her to her original glory.
Projects are about PEOPLE. The Cariad Restoration Project is a look into a bygone era. A look at the work carried out by craftsmen 100 years ago. An opportunity to rebuild, duplicate, restore that craftsmanship from the last century. The restoring of a 100-year-old famous classic yacht is a 100 year journey in time. It is PEOPLE who will recreate the work of art that will again emerge as a thing of beauty and will fly before the wind.
But it is more than that. It is recreating one of the forerunners the original America’s Cup Yachts not from the last century but the century before.
Projects like this bring out the best in people because they are doing something exciting and worthwhile. It attracts enthusiasts but being an enthusiast and a skilled artisan is not enough. The person must be an artist as well. If the team en masse are not artists, the project will fail.
We knew in the beginning it was going to be very difficult to motivate people when all they saw was a rotten hulk and could not see the thing of beauty that would emerge later on. We did not want people who “just wanted to work”. We wanted people who wake up in the morning and run to work because they want to build a thing of beauty.