Cornish Shrimpers

Class Captain: Jonathan Davies (07801287502) jonddavies@gmail.com

The Cornish Shrimper 19, (and more recently its slightly larger equivalent the 21) is one of the most well-proven sailing cruisers with almost 1400 built since 1980 and production still continuing. Its success can be attributed to a very competent, yet reassuring sailing performance, good accommodation for its size, sturdy construction and over all, - versatility. With its lifting keel and purpose-built trailer, the ability to be towed behind a large estate car enables the exploration of far-flung cruising grounds. Its attractive lines have also played a part in its enduring popularity. This is a cruiser that has the added bonus that it can be taken home for storage and maintenance at the end of the season, and cheaply launched and recovered from a slipway. The boats are available with an outboard or powered by a 9hp Yanmar diesel inboard. Maintenance costs are relatively low. Prices start from about £7000 for an older outboard boat but they are always in demand and hold their value well.

19 Poole Shrimpers, including 7 PYC boats sail around one of the biggest passenger ships in the world
19 Poole Shrimpers, including 7 PYC boats sail around one of the biggest passenger ships in the world

Shrimper sailors are fortunate to have a very active and enthusiastic owners’ association which has a comprehensive website with advice and technical support about all aspects of Shrimper ownership. The SOA also organises an annual ‘International Shrimpers’ Week’. These well organised rallies give the opportunity to trail and cruise in company with dozens of other similar boats and enjoy relaxed sailing led by local experts. Recent destinations have included the Fal Estuary, The River Clyde and Rothesay, Milford Haven, St Malo, Plymouth, Northern Ireland, the Dutch Canals and, now postponed until 2021, the East Coast. Many PYC Shrimper owners are regulars at these events.

Newly Launched from the PYC slipway
Newly Launched from the PYC slipway

With its shallow draft and lifting keel the Shrimper is ideal for sailing in the shallow waters of Poole Harbour. They are very manoeuvrable in restricted channels, can happily sail in 3ft of water using the lifting keel as a mechanical depth sounder and can be run onto a beach for a picnic. It is no surprise therefore that locally the Shrimper is very popular with over 100 in this area. Poole also has an active branch of the Shrimper owners’ Association which organises a comprehensive sailing programme with an organised event most weeks. Typical sails are trips to Studland, Swanage and Wareham together with raft-ups for picnics in quiet bays and the very popular round the island pursuits when as many as 20 boats take part. See the attached 2020 programme.

A rare opportunity to sail behind Round Island (with keels half raised!)
A rare opportunity to sail behind Round Island (with keels half raised!)

At PYC we are a recent but growing class with 15 Shrimper 19s and 3 Shrimper 21s. For many owners the emphasis is on local cruising, and our members enjoy boating together as well as solo sailing. Those who enjoy racing now have their own PYC start (see under ‘racing’). Shrimpers also often appear in the PYC Wednesday cruises and many PYC boats regularly turn out to participate in the Local SOA sailing events (see the photos and list at the end). A feature of Shrimper ownership is the easy-going camaraderie of a less competitive sailing atmosphere, and here at PYC we share that. If two Shrimper owners meet in the bar a friendly discussion will surely follow! All PYC Shrimper owners are given a list of the contact details of other owners in the club. We are fortunate that here we have some of the most experienced Shrimper sailors in the country, and we can always call upon a wealth of Shrimper knowledge. If you have any questions either technical, sailing or trailing you are certain to find someone at PYC who can supply the necessary information!

Poole Shrimpers’ round the islands pursuit last year
Poole Shrimpers’ round the islands pursuit last year

The PYC Shrimper group also prides itself on our willingness to help each other. Especially, if you are nervous about self-launching or recovery, (which can be done quite easily at the PYC slipway with a Shrimper), there is certain to be a fellow Shrimper owner willing to help. Help and advice with repairs and maintenance is also always at hand.

Packed up and off to explore somewhere new
Packed up and off to explore somewhere new

Thinking of getting a Shrimper? Want a sail in one? Someone here at PYC is sure to be able to help.

You are very welcome to give me a call. Jon Davies 01202 672566 jonddavies@gmail.com

PYC based ‘Merriwinds’ a long way from home in the South of France for a holiday
PYC based ‘Merriwinds’ a long way from home in the South of France for a holiday

Follow this link to the Shrimper Owners’ Association with is wealth of information, advice and technical articles about all aspects of Shrimper sailing and trailing. Here you will find advice about the different types of Shrimper available and there is a section detailing second-hand boats for sale

Follow this link to the Cornish Crabbers’ website which gives full technical details of the various guises that Shrimpers come in.

The Poole section of the SOA, led by PYC member Cathy Neyland, has prepared a very full programme of events for 2020. Although much of this year’s content will not now be able to take place, the calendar gives an indication of the breadth of local Shrimper sailing opportunities that are available. There is no entry fee or subscription, if you own a Shrimper you are very welcome!

PYC member Karen Macey in a photo chosen for the cover of the SOA magazine
PYC member Karen Macey in a photo chosen for the cover of the SOA magazine
 PYC member and SOA chairman Trevor Heritage runs back to the haven after a Shrimper picnic off Brownsea
PYC member and SOA chairman Trevor Heritage runs back to the haven after a Shrimper picnic off Brownsea
PYC member and Shrimper owner David Lack (sailing his Atlantide)
escorts a group of Shrimpers to the Solent
PYC member and Shrimper owner David Lack (sailing his Atlantide) escorts a group of Shrimpers to the Solent
Heading towards the 'Aurora'  and the 'Queen Victoria' on a perfect July afternoon
Heading towards the 'Aurora' and the 'Queen Victoria' on a perfect July afternoon

Cornish Shrimpers Events Programme

Full of optimism that next season will be an improvement on 2020, The Poole section of the SOA, led by PYC member Cathy Neyland, has prepared a very full programme of events for 2021. the calendar gives an indication of the breadth of local Shrimper sailing opportunities that are available. There is no entry fee or subscription, if you own a Shrimper you are very welcome

Afternoon shakedown sail to Studland

Saturday 24th April

1st Figure of 8 round the Islands (+ lunch location decided on day).

Thursday 29th April

Shipstal Point – Anchor dinghy ashore, walk to Arne and lunch.

Thursday 13th May

Wareham River- lunch moor - Quay, buoy, Redclyffe SC, Priory Hotel.

Tuesday 18th May

Mini Solent Cruise

19th – 24th May

1st Chapman’s Pool (Start 10.30hrs Bell Buoy)

Saturday 5th June

LW Portsmouth 14.07 Neaps - Slack St Albans 13.50

International Shrimper Week, East Coast

11th June to 22nd June

2nd Chapmans Pool (Start 10.30hrs Bell Buoy)

Monday 5th July

LW Portsmouth 14.15 Neaps - Slack St Albans 14.00

Studland (Evening BBQ on beach, overnight at anchor)

Sun 11th & Mon 12th July

Studland – anchor for lunch.

Tuesday 20th July

2nd Figure of 8 round the Islands (+ lunch location decided on day)

Sunday 25th July

Brownsea Island - Time Trial (Probably 2hr -2hr 30mins)

Tuesday 3rd August

Corfe River – anchor Round Island with Dinghy or paddle Board.

Wednesday 11th August

Swanage – anchor for lunch

Wednesday 18th August

3rd Figure of 8 round the islands (+ lunch and guided walk on Brownsea).

Tuesday 24th August

September Corfe River – anchor Round Island with dinghy or paddle Board.

Thursday 9th September

(Only if cancelled on Wednesday 11th August.)

4th Figure of 8 round the islands (+ lunch location decided on day)

Thursday 23rd September

Peveril Ledge Chase

Saturday 2nd October

Shrimper Laying-up Lunch at RMYC

Saturday 6th November

Racing

PYC Shrimper Programme

Tuesday Evening 3 Series (each with 8 races).
Early Summer 30th March – 18th May
Mid-Summer 25th May – 13th July
Late Summer 20th July – 7th September

Contact Karen Macey for further details: karenrmacey@yahoo.co.uk

Cornish Shrimper Race Results