Nimble by name, Nimble by nature - the Des Townson Classic 12

Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Robert Brooke, of the Auckland Traditional Boatbuilding School, has completed building a replica of Nimble Q8, designed and sailed by Des Townson, and she was the leading points scorer in the New Zealand team that competed in the inaugural event held on Sydney Harbour in 1957.

Over the past week she has been on display at the 50th Anniversary Dinner for the 12ft class, and today was at Auckland Sailing Club.

We are pleased to present this gallery of images, both as a tribute to the beautiful Townson line and also in recognition of the outstanding skills, craftsmanship and perseverance of Robert Brooke who has built a beautiful yacht, accurate to the available gear and fittings of her time.

Nimble's wooden foils were built by Brian Peet, with a very clever kick up control on the rudder.

Spinnaker pole rest - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Spinnaker sheets on the beautiful decks of Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Venturi bailer - a Mander contribution - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Bow sprit, solid forestay and jib furler - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Rocker cleat - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Mast brace - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Centreplate and rudder and split spinnaker pole - Nimble, designed by Des Townson, built by Robert Brooke

Nimble, "Q8", showing her full sailplan and modest bowsprit (by modern standards).
Townson Family

Nimble, showing her hallmark Townson lines
Townson Family

Nimble, top NZ poinstscorer in the 1956 12ft skiff Interdominion being sailed by her designer and builder, Des Townson
Townson Family