Spring Fling!

Following the success of last year’s event, Philip and Tessie Waring have organised another early season get together at the Lightship on Saturday 4th May. Watch this space for more detail as I get it. A great way to kick off the 60th Anniversary Season and once again, a big thank-you to Philip and Tessie for organising it.

See you there!


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations!

Plans are taking shape for a  Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Burnham-on-Crouch, the birthplace of the Stella, over the weekend of 20th & 21st July!

Philip Waring has been working hard with others on this and the good will and co-operation he has encountered prove, once again, just how highly regarded our class is! Plans are still in discussion but, suffice it to say, are shaping up well. The tides are good and a very warm welcome is assured. Put the dates in your diary now – this is definitely not one to be missed!

Watch the website for more detail as plans get firmed up.

See you there…


2019 Race Dates!!

2019 Stella Worlds

  • Race 1 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 2 – SYH Classic Regatta Saturday 22nd June
  • Race 3 – SYH Classic Regatta Sunday 23rd June
  • Race 4 – Mersea Week Sunday 11th August
  • Race 5 – Mersea Week Monday 12th August
  • Race 6 – Mersea Week Tuesday 13th August
  • Race 7 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Saturday 7th September*
  • Race 8 – SYH/HPYC Autumn Classic Regatta Sunday 8th September*

*Date to be confirmed.

8 races, 7 to count – 1 discard.

Trans-Atlantic Thread…

Just before Christmas I had a delightful exchange of emails with a Long Island based visitor to our website. The thread follows and it’s really encouraging that Ally’s son, Adam has developed an interest in boats of his own volition and at a young age. Good luck to him! Take a look at the link he’s included – it’ll remind you of some knots you’ve forgotten and probably introduce you to some new ones!



Good Afternoon Mr. King,

My name is Ally Fuller, I just wanted to give some feedback and let you know my son Adam enjoyed the Sailing and nautical info on your page, http://stellasail.org.uk/links.php . He recently did a project about the British navy, and the age of discovery, and learned quite a bit about sea-faring and ship building. It really got him hooked on sailing! He’s been doing quite a bit of research during his computer free time- he had mentioned your page a few times, and I thought you’d be glad to hear!

Adam has struggled to find hobbies and subjects that interest him lately, so I was thrilled when he expressed an interest in Sailing and boating!

We are going to get him some sailing lessons in the spring hopefully, but he wanted to send you a note and suggest an article to share on your page about various knots that are helpful for any sailor to know, https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots , which he really enjoyed. I thought it was a really neat article, and was hoping you might be able to include it on your page? I would love to show him he could contribute another cool nautical article!

Thanks again for encouraging Adam’s interest in the high seas! Hope you enjoy the article, and if you end up being able to include it, please let me know! Have a wonderful holiday season and hope to speak again soon.

Alexandra Fuller



Hi Alexandra, 

Many thanks for your kind email. It’s wonderful to hear that Adam has developed a love of boats and the sea!

 He has actually gone on to our old website which will be closing fairly soon. Our current, up to date site is stellaclass.org which I’m confident he will enjoy even more (I hope so…).

 I’d be happy to publish the article he has forwarded; maybe your email in full including the link as this would give context. What do you think? I’d also like to know where you’re based and how old Adam is.

 I look forward to hearing from you and to getting Adam’s thoughts on the “new” website. I’ll wait to hear back from you before I post anything. 

 Best regards,

Peter Dyson 

General Secretary, Stella Class Association



Good Morning Mr. Dyson!

Thanks so much for getting back to us, and thanks for pointing us towards your new site – it looks great – I am not sure how he found the old web site, but he wanted to let you know he thought the new one looks awesome and has a lot of really cool sailing resources! Adam really likes checking out old sailboats that have been restored and learning about their history.

That would be awesome if you wanted to include my email along with the article/link- maybe just remove our last name for privacy sake? Other than that, I would be so excited to show him, when you’ve had a chance to do so!!

Adam is 13 years old, and we live in Syosset, Long Island – so there is plenty of sailing around us, just not so much this time of year! I hope to get Adam lessons in the spring!

Thanks so much for getting back to us, and for encouraging his interest in sailing! I hope he wants to take lessons in the spring, I think he’d really love it!

Hope to speak again soon, and thanks again so much for taking the time to reply and encourage Adam’s interest in sailing!

Best Wishes,
Alexandra F



Hi Alexandra,

I will aim to get something posted on the website over the Christmas break and let you know. Oh, and it’s Peter by the way – we’re a friendly bunch!

Have a lovely Christmas!



Midlands Based Restoration Project – Offers?

The following extract from a recently received email explains Justisla’s current predicament…

Dear Sirs,
Regretfully I am no longer able to store my 1965 Tucker Brown Stella ‘JUSTISLA’ Sail No. 103.
I have had her in storage for well over 10 years with the hopes of one day renovating her back to Sail (or Sale!) – worthy condition but I have not been able to find the time to do the necessary work. I now need to sell her urgently as the space is required for other work. She has been listed on the Stella class site for some time with no interest. I recently advertised her on Facebook and have had several enquiries, but they are mainly wanting the road trailer which she is resting on. These buyers have offered to ‘take her off my hands’; but I am reluctant to relegate her to the scrap heap.
Condition wise, the hull is sound, having been coated with many coats of copper bot by the previous owner. The main work required is sanding and painting of the coach roof, varnishing or replacing the wooden mast (which has a slight bend) and cleaning and painting the interior.
Any advice or assistance which you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards,

A very doable restoration project of a late example of the class and ready to tow away if you purchase the road trailer! Contact secretary@stellaclass.org and I will put you in touch with the owner. Take a look at her in the boats for sale section.


Stardust Regains Buxey Trophy!

Despite having to overcome considerable adversity,  Philip and Tessie Waring have regained their grip on the Buxey Trophy after another triumphant season.

General Secretary, Peter Dyson, presents Philip with the trophy at the recent AGM.

Scottish Restoration Project

Free to a good Highland home!

Stella number 85 “Vanella” is available at no cost to anyone who would like to take on an achievable restoration project. She was built in 1964 by Tucker Brown of Burnham-on-Crouch and is, I understand, in reasonable condition. She is currently residing on the Isle of Lewis.

Don’t hang about too long though or she could fall prey to the chainsaw… A very doable restoration project. Contact secretary@stellaclass.org and I will put you in touch with the owner.