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Pre war sailings of Carrina

A quote from the daughter of the second owner, Mr. H.F. Blackborow (10/08/1895 ā€“ 24/09/1966):

For the moment, as H.F. Blackborow’s only surviving daughter – living in Italy – whoĀ  as a little girl spent two entire summers (I think) on Carrina, I can say that my father did not race with Carrina. He almost always took the helm, but we did have a small professional crew. I can maybe fill out some information about the years between 1934Ā  and the outbreak of war. I know my parents sailed in the Channel andĀ  the Baltic and were in Kiel harbour not long before the start ofĀ  world war II. I think they also sailed as far as Casablanca and theĀ  Canaries. After the war, when Carrina came out of hiding, we sailedĀ  in the Channel from Poole in Dorset and did a lot of mackerelĀ  fishing. During a gale-force onshore wind, while we were in PortlandĀ  harbour, her anchors dragged and we were almost dashed against someĀ  enormous cement constructions built in the middle of the harbourĀ  during the war for defence purposes. The naval launch that put out toĀ  help us damaged the launch and the side of the boat. As a result weĀ  were guests of the navy for several days while they put her right andĀ  spent time on board submarines, cruisers and mine sweepers!

Elizabeth Blackborow