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White Cloud - a 1912 Teignmouth Yawl

White Cloud, Teignmouth Yawl

Les aboard White Cloud at Bradwell Marina on the River Blackwater in Essex, later to become her 'home port'

Anchored off the Buxey Sands, Essex.

This has nothing to do with Barbara's site, merely a way of getting my White Cloud information accessible on the web - however, you're very welcome to have a look at her stunning work by clicking on the headings to the left.

White Cloud is a 25' gaff rigged yawl originally built in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1912 and was bought, in rather a sorry state, by me, Les Weeks, in 2007 as a restoration project for my pending (2010) retirement from 40 years of teaching teaching Craft, Design & Technology.

Before actually retiring, I took advantage of my school workshops, and the space that they offered, to undertake some of the larger, off boat, tasks. Between 2007 and 2013 I worked up to three days a week to restore the boat at Downs Road Boatyard in Maldon, Essex.

Sadly, with our emigration to Western Australia, White Cloud had to be sold and she now has a wonderful new custodian to take her on the next part of her long voyage.

To view a list of owners please click here
To view the Boat and restoration history click here
To view the 'Restoration Story' - A roughly chronological record of the 2007-2013 restoration in pictures click here

The November/December 2016 issue of Classic Sailor Magazine included a four page article, written by me, about the restoration of White Cloud. To view a scan of the article please click here.

Clicking on any of the above will open a PDF in a new tab.


Every classic boat deserves a wooden tender. To see how the 'Humblebee' pram dinghy Cirrus was built, please click here.

You can view a simplified pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation with no commentary but with many more, mostly, self-explanatory pictures by clicking here.

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Contact Les - click here
White Cloud, Teignmouth Yawl
White Cloud, a Teignmouth Yawl, built by Gann & Palmer in 1912 on the lines of a Falmouth Quay Punt.

July 2015
(photos John Rogers)

May 2016
(Photos Sue & Peter Woods)