The Unique Corby Spirit of Tradition, SPIRIT OF JOYRIDE
May 25th, 2023
A very special yacht that is certainly unique and guaranteed to make heads turn. She has quite a history and a story to tell… Meet Corby Spirit of Tradition, SPIRIT OF JOYRIDE!
Not the run of the mill classic yacht, she was originally a cold moulded plywood and stringer sports boat weighing 1500kg in total. The idea from John Corby and a friend was to utilise the rig from an Ultra 30. She was designed and built in Cowes in 1991. JOYRIDE was born.
Over the last 30 years she has spent time in Scotland and the East Coast and did well on the race course. She then fell into the hands of her current owner who has given her a new lease of life.
Her transformation (or glow up as the youth of today would call it) began with a 2 year (1400 hour) rebuild, refit and reconfiguration into a spirit of tradition classic yacht.
She now has all the hallmarks of a modern racer, but on closer inspection these attributes were seen many years ago. Take for example the bulb keel – first seen in 1881 and actually granted a patent in 1885. Bowsprits have graced many ships since before the Matthew set sail in a Western direction and twin rudders were first used in anger to win the Seawanhaka Cup in 1903 for the Canadian team.
She looks magnificent with her sleek Edwardian coach roof, curved clipper bow and diagonally grained varnished transom she is a piece of history reborn and an example of a long-gone era. She therefore has all the hallmarks for an entry into the Spirit of tradition events which run all over the world.
She has not yet been used in anger, and so benefits from an unused Lombardini engine, fresh paint and varnish on the lovely coachhouse, new tillers and rudder bearings and a whole lot more. Essentially a new yacht and currently stored under cover ready for a new owner to really enjoy her and watch heads turn as you sail on by.