Sailing yachts

Yachting World Diamond Class

(REF: 18873)


  • Designer: Holt, Jack
  • Builder: Bristol Aircraft Plastics
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 30'2"
  • Beam: 6'11"
  • Draft: 4'4"
  • Tonnage: 1528kg

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Yachting World Diamond Class

Yachting World Diamond, designed by Jack Holt and built by Bristol Aircraft Plastics in 1960.

She was sail No.7 and was the first example of the class built in GRP, a very new and exciting material at the time.  Her name, Bristol 1, is a direct result of her heritage.

The current owner bought her as an abandoned wreck in 2013 and had her professionally rebuilt to a very high standard.  The hull was stripped back, re-sheathed in epoxy glass cloth and finished in Awlgrip gloss.  The keel was removed and replaced with new bolts, the bulkheads and sole boards right through were replaced along with the varnished teak details on deck.  The rig was replaced ne to the original design using a Z-Spars alloy mast and new sails from Doyle.

Bristol 1 is now sitting on a custom made SBS road trailer and is ready to be taken on and used immediately.

The owners have raced successfully in various events, be it classic or modern yacht regattas with some success.  She can be a very fast boat and if desired can give her crew some exhilarating sailing.  She has been raced under IRC and had a valid certificate for the 2018 season.

A very unusual boat that could be raced successfully in many different events giving her next owners a wide variety of competition and areas to choose from.  At 1.5 tonnes she has the ability to be towed behind a normal vehicle making her a very versatile and cost effective boat to run.


Length on Deck                 30’2″

Length Overall                  30’2″

Length Waterline            24’4″

Beam                                    6’11”

Draft                                      4’4″

Weight                                 1528kg




Hull built from GRP, heavily laid up as was common in the early days of using this material.  Hull treated with a GelPlane and re-sheathed professionally in 2013, finished in AwlGrip gloss.

Double chine hull profile.

Fin keel of 500kg with lead bulb on the bottom.  Stainless steel keel bolts new in 2014.

Epoxy sheathed plywood decks with varnished teak toe rails.

Varnished teak hand rails.  Bronze cleats and fairleads.

New marine plywood bulkheads in 2014.

Large cockpit with varnished teak coamings.  Painted marine plywood sole boards with varnished slatted teak thwarts.  Close cell foam buoyancy under the sole.

Tiller steering with a blade rudder




Fractional bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast with alloy boom.

Spars by Z-Spars new in 2013.  Rigged with lighting and aerial cables but not currently used.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2014, to internal stainless steel chain plates.

Split standing adjustable backstay.

Under deck Bartels roller furling system on the jib

Mainsheet rigged to a track across the middle of the cockpit.

All running rigging led to the cockpit for ease of use.

Mast rigged for 2 trapeze’s each side, supplied with harnesses.

All sails less than 5 years old, fully battened mainsail, jib, genoa and spinnaker.  Second older jib.

Pair of bottom action Anderson sheet winches.




Outboard motor fits on a stainless steel bracket starboard side by the cockpit.  Suitable for getting in and out of harbour.




SBS custom made road trailer

TackTick Micro compass mast mounted

Bulkhead steering compass by the helm

Hand held VHF bracket

5kg Stock anchor

5m of 6mm chain + length of 12mm polyprop warp

Fully battened Mainsail by Doyle sails, 154sqft

Jib by Dart Sails, 68sqft

Spinnaker by Doyle Sails

Genoa by Doyle Sails, 159sqft

Olderjib by Dart Sails, 68sqft

Cockpit cover

2 x trapeze harnesses with trapeze wires and fittings

2 x Manual bilge pumps

Fenders and warps






These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.



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