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Table of details and specifications of GBR-001
  Designer Charles E. Nicholson (GBR)
  Builders C. E. Nicholson, Camper & Nicholsons Ltd. (GBR)
  Material Mahogany, carvel planked
  1st certificate issued 1949
  Original boat name The Deb
  Original country GBR
  Original sail number 001
  Current location Boat lost, Isle of Bute, Scotland (GBR)


5.5 K-1 "The Deb" - finally we know, where she went... - 23.12.2009 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
David Elliot, from the British National Yachting Archive, has been doing in depth Web & Club research, on the first 5.5 ever built, 5.5 K-1 "The Deb". To be seen as an early Christmas present, here is his todays' report:

Following up on the clue given with the 1976 photograph, I have tried to track down anyone who knew the person mentioned. I failed to make any progress with the local sailing clubs, so tried other community centres and obtained an introduction from the local library to a Mr Robin Taylor, son of a local boatbuilder, who gave me the following information:

‘The Deb’ was bought by Alex Duncan who found it lying in a bad way in a mud berth at Penarth, North Wales – he thought it had been advertised somewhere. Alex and Robin Taylor towed it (with difficulty) behind a Volvo 244 to Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, where it was restored, painted dark green and sailed for 2-3 seasons and was chartered out occasionally. In an easterly gale in c. 1978 it broke from its moorings and was washed up on the beach and totally destroyed.
So, a real shame it has been lost, but at least we now know its fate.

David Elliott, Project Co-ordinator
British National Yachting Archive
5.5 K-1 "The Deb" - C&N #762 - 16.08.2009 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
"The Deb" was built by Camper & Nicholsons with yard number 762, in 1949
The Deb - 16.08.2009 by
Hi Kaspar
I was born in 1957 and lived in Holywell which is a hamlet half way between East and West Coker in Somerset UK, I went to school in Yeovil
When I was young we were members of Castle Cove Sailing Club ,Weymouth
We moved up to London when I was 11yo about 1968 and it was about this time that my father sailed The Deb from Weymouth to her new home / owners at The Isle of White.
My older brother Mike remembers John Mead as the man who sold The Deb to my father, Fredrick Leon Briscoe
I can remember dad repainting her at a yard in Weymouth befor racing at Castle Cove

Paddy Briscoe
5.5 K-1 "The Deb" - in the 60's - 21.01.2009 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Val Provoost remembers sailing aboard The DEB(Note posted with the Intl. 5.5m website in May 2002)
"In the early sixties she was owned by the Solent School of Yachting operating out of the Hamble River. I next saw her at Castle Cove Sailing Club at Weymouth, both locations in England. Late sixties/early seventies we had three 5.5s sailing at the club, K1 The Deb. K18 Medina and K32 Bjarne which was one of the most beautiful boats I have ever seen. Bjarne was sold, Medina was wrecked and sold to Belsize boatyard but was restorable and I think The Deb went home to the Dorset farm where her owner lived for a refit. For all I know she is still there as I never heard any more of her so I may contact the magazine Classic Boat and see if we can trace her." Val Provoost
Message received from Paddy Briscoe 01.11.07 - 13.02.2008 by Site Administrator
How do I contribute ...
About 1965 my father brought an old 5.5 that was in a bit of a state.
He did a beaut job of restoring it.
She was called ''The Deb" and had the sail number K1
She was built by Camper&Nicholson.
We understood that there was a prototype build first but never raced.
We used to race in Weymouth Harbor (UK) out of a club called Castle Cove Sailing Club
I think she was sold in about 1968 to someone on the Isle of White.
Beaken of Cowes have a couple of pics of her
I wonder if any one knows what became of her...?

Paddy Briscoe

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The Deb

Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of GBR-001
Sail# Boat name Owner name
GBR-001 "The Deb" C.E. Nicholson (1949-?)  
GBR-001 "The Deb" Solent School of Yachting (?-?)  
GBR-001 "The Deb" John S. Mead (1962-1965)  
GBR-001 "The Deb" Fredrick Leon Briscoe (1965-1968)  
GBR-001 "The Deb" Alex Duncan (1975-1978)  

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