Chippendale Centenary: Calling all boats built by Jack Chippendale

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Photograph: Andrew Wolstenholme

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale, Fareham Sailing & Motor Boat Club is hosting a one day, three race handicap event and celebration on Saturday 11th May 2024, to honour Jack’s life and work.

Renowned for building the finest racing dinghies, Jack and his company Chippendale Boats in Fareham were at the forefront of wooden boatbuilding in the 1950s and 1960s, building National 12s, Merlin Rockets, Cadets, Flying 15s, Fireballs and Folkboats, all to meticulously high standards. Later, Jack established Chippendale Craft in Norfolk, making stitch-and-tape boat kits and running short boatbuilding courses. 

Passionate about training, Jack was instrumental in setting up the Wooden Boatbuilders’ Trade Association and developing the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis. In 2010, he was appointed MBE for his services to boatbuilding.

Photograph by Kathy Mansfield: Jack Chippendale (left) with his great friend and fellow wooden boatbuilder John Kerr 

The centenary event is open to all Chippendale built boats and is free to enter, including evening entertainment at the club and a chance to meet some of the people who built the dinghies at the Chippendale Boats Fareham yard. 

For more details including entry forms and notice of race, head to the Fareham Sailing and Motor Boat Club website: