Upton’s sailing legacy is remembered

Unveiling of the Crossbow yacht plaque at the White Horse pub in Upton. Left to right, David High wh

Unveiling of the Crossbow yacht plaque at the White Horse pub in Upton. Left to right, David High who worked on the boat, Annie Whelpton who is wife of the late Tim Whelpton who was a crew member, Sir Timothy Colman who was the helmsman and Paul Reynolds who worked on the boat. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Dozens showed up for unveiling of a plaque commemorating a village illustrious sailing history.

A new hoarding was unveiled in Upton, near Acle, to mark the world speed sailing record in 1972. The world record holder was the yacht Crossbow, setting the first record of 26 knots.

The boat was partly built in the village's small boat yard, and owner Tim Whelpton was a member of the crew and used his boatyard as a building spot.

It is not just one world speed sailing record that an Upton built yacht holds, the Crossbow's successor, Crossbow II was also constructed in the village.

The teams of the two yachts were headed and funded by Sir Timothy Colman.


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88-year-old Sir Timothy unveiled the plaque at a special celebration at the White Horse pub.

The sign will be a permanent display of the Crossbow story and its connections with the Broads village of Upton.

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