Blazing Star - spars delivered on time
Published: Monday, 28th June 2010
After the best part of 18 months in the making, the complete rig for the 60' John Alden yawl 'Blazing Star' was finished and shipped to Gweek Quay in Cornwall to be united with the beautifully restored yacht.
With the mainmast a little over 70' in lengths, the mizzen, sprit and booms were all collected by rigger Mel Sharp (A2 Rigging) where he will set about dressing the spars with new running and standing rigging before stepping early July.
Made for British Colombian Pine and fully varnished and fitted with new stainless fittings throughout, she will be based down in the west country and once again compete in the Classic Regattas. Built in America and launched in 1930, she was formally known as 'Chief Ivanhoe' but has been put back to her original name of 'Blazing Star'. One of 7 similar sister ships including S/Y 'Lucia' she managed in her youth to notch up a prestigious and well documented racing history, which I'm sure she will replicate.