Lorema & I

Lorema is my 1947 Swedish Folkboat.

I bought her in 2012, promptly snapped the mast due to several acres of rot, and spent the next year rebuiding her in Gweek, on the river Helford in Cornwall.

Since then, Lorema and I have been cruising here and there, getting lost and becalmed, anchoring wherever is unsuitable, picking up dodgy hitch-hikers, and generally having a blast.

Lorema is very basic – she has no engine, no GPS, no water tanks or gas bottles or heads (bathroom!). Instead, she is equipped with a skulling oar (that used to be a dinghy-mast), a plastic sextant, lots of boxes of wine, a wood-burning stove, and the all-important bucket! She also carries quite a nice steel-string guitar, an old French racing bicycle, a good set of woodworking tools, and a solar panel for powering the soundsystem.

In 2015 I sailed Lorema singlehanded across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, which I write about in my blog, and in these articles;Yachting World Magazine; Across the Atlantic in a Folkboat , Classic Boat Magazine; Folkboat to Antigua: restore, sail, race and win

In Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2015 Lorema won her class, and various other awards for being so small and silly.


She has also cruised in Morocco, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Cape Verde, and of course the UK. She now lies at a friend’s boatyard in the River Fal, while I am working abroad to fund the next project.