Troy Sailing Boats

Posted on: May 21st, 2014 by juliamills

One of my recent commissions was for a house in Fowey currently undergoing extensive renovations.

Fowey is a picturesque town at the mouth of the River Fowey on the South coast of Cornwall. Life revolves around the river here – whether that means chasing up and down in sailing boats and gigs, or relaxing and enjoying some delicious seafood on a terrace overlooking the water.

Troy windowI was asked to design three windows for the house, the first of which depicts a Troy sailing boat. Troys are a type of day boat designed specifically for racing in Fowey Harbour. They were created by Archie Watty and named after Sir Arthur-Couch’s ‘Troy Town’ novels which were based in Fowey. First launched in 1929, a Troy is a 18 ft wooden day boat with tall rigs designed to catch the wind from the surrounding hills, and therefore particularly suited to the river at Fowey.

Troys are still being built in Fowey Harbour, and can regularly be seen racing there. This window celebrates that amazing sight, and captures the feel of the impressive and colourful boats moving at speed through the water, with the surrounding hills in the distance.

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