Marabu's Navy days

The first Tall Ships Race

Marabu was the first Naval entry into the Tall Ships Race to Lisbon in 1956. Skippered by Lieutenant Geoffrey Wardle, the crew took part in the festivities in Dartmouth before setting off from Torbay. After being becalmed off Ushant the breeze picked up and the race became exciting and competitive. Marabu finished fourth in class on corrected time in the smaller ships class, just beaten over the line to third place by French yacht, Sereine. On the return to Dartmouth Marabu got through the great Channel gale of 1956 fairly unscathed – although the Moyana, which had triumphantly won the Race was lost in the gale off the Lizard, fortunately without loss of life.

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Marabu in Tall Ships Race to Lisbon, 1956

Marabu in the 1956 Tall Ships' Race

Marabu's STA Race History 1956 to 1975