Rita's Page


Sail Number 18
Hull colour. Electric Blue with gold topstrake.
Topsail. Horizontal stripes of white,blue and yellow.
Contact. John Peters. Tel.07779459513 E.mail peters_j3@sky.com


'Rita' is the original Heard 28,the first GRP hull made by Terry and Martin Heard actually for themselves as a Oyster Dredging boat in1972. Based on a wooden boat they built for a customer which was was called 'St. Meloris' (St. Mylor). And fully fitted out with a cabin and raised coachroof. Now believed to be in the Carribean. The hull was so sucessful that Terry and Martin then made the original 28ft. mould to the same lines.
The first hull out was then named 'Meloris' which then oyster dredged for several years before been bought by John Watkins (Watty) and renamed after his mum, 'Rita'. Watty raced her for several years with great sucess, until she was bought by Paul Pullen at Mylor Chandlery who gave her a complete overhaul and became one of the competitive racing boats.
Around 2005 she was sold to David Noakes of Falmouth who renamed her 'Moonlight'. She then raced for a few years until David started working overseas at which time she lay forlorn under the trees near Islington Wharf.
Spotted by Watty, he wanted to see her sailing again, so along with John Peters they bought the boat in 2010. The boat's name reverted back to 'Rita'. New mast and bowsprit from Nobles, and gradual replacement of the original sails by Penrose Sailmakers. 'Rita' came back on the racing circuit, with John P. at the helm in the spring of 2010.


Yo ho ho, the wind blows free
Oh for the life on the rolling sea

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