In 1983 Colin Brookes purchased the International
6 metre Class sloop 'Saxon'. She had been converted some
years back into a family cruising boat with not only a cut down
Bermudan cruising rig, but a large cabin-top, pushpit, pullpit,
stanchions and an engine fitted.
The vessel was originally designed and built
by Morgan Giles in 1930, and launched as 'Asti V', in
Bilbao, Spain. She had been kept in the Maldon area since being
smuggled out during the Spanish revolution on the deck of a cargo
vessel in 1936.
Her name was changed back to the original 'Asti
V' and a completely new gaff rig designed by Colin Brookes.
From here on, all work was taken over by Peter
Brookes who immediately set about the task of ripping off the
old cabin top and removing all the added unoriginal items from
her. The intention being to get her back sailing again in a safe
condition as soon as possible. The deck and cabin-top were drastically
altered, the hull made good with minimal restoration, and a new
In 1985 Peter re-launched 'Asti V' as
an International 6 metre class sloop and continued to maintain
and race her with great success until 1990.
1990 saw the start of a major restoration project
on 'Asti V' by Peter and it was during this periodthat
she was sold on to a new owner who continued to finance the project.
On completion and re-launch she proved to still be an extremely
fast and competitive boat amongst her bermudan counterparts,
and probably one of the fastest gaffers afloat.
Peter also carried out restorations in varying
degrees on two other
International 6 metre Class vessels 'Piccolo'
For stories and pictures
of the three 'Sixes' click on the blue names below
V' (Morgan Giles 1930)
(William Fife 1932)
'Nancy' (Olin Stephens 1932)