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“Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker.” ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

These were the smaller, sportier versions of the ‘British yacht’ (see No 6), though the most famous and prolific was the 25ft (7.6m) Scandinavian Folkboat of 1942 and its derivatives (Stella, Contessa 26 etc). Similar, but earlier and more robust was the Laurent Giles- designed Vertue (1936, also 25ft). It proved great at long-distance cruises and races, while the Folkboat was more at home as a day-racer, though it was Blondie Hasler’s junk-rigged Folkboat Jester that co-launched the OSTAR…

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