This email arrived from the Granddaughter of the helmsman who sailed and raced Coral in the King’s cup in the early nineteen thirties.
“My grandfather served as the helmsman during the 30’s and sailed many places. We are following her story with great interest. She (Coral) was built in 1902 and her original owner was Dr. J. MacMahon of Cork, Ireland. He apparently named her Bamba III. Then, in 1923 she was purchased by a Sir Hugh Drummond, who I believe was the Chairman of the South Western Railway in England. He renamed her Coral. She was sold again (I don’t know when) to a Mr. Frank Chaplin.
My mother does have some interesting stories: she tells the one of Coral sailing into a harbour in Germany just prior to the start of World War II. Upon arriving in port, the captain was asked to remove the Union Jack. He refused to do so, so they raised the anchor and set off again to a friendlier port!”
She also sent us this lovely photo, of Coral the yawl, photographed by Beken at Cowes.