Maybird ( ex- Maya ) was designed by Fred Shepherd for Lt Col W C W Hawkes DSO, Indian Army (Ret), and built by Jack Tyrrell at Arklow, Co. Wicklow in 1937. Maybird’s various roles have included being a gentleman’s auxiliary yacht, an ocean passage maker and a Greenpeace coastal support vessel – Maybird’s story is truly compelling.
Maybird slipped her lines at Lymington in April 1972 bound for New Zealand. The picture above was taken on passage whilst in the Caribbean by Sandy Mill with David Armstrong helming. A video of their passage is included in the Voyages and Gallery sections. She was returned to the Solent in 2007 and has since undergone an extensive restoration over the last two years. A video of the restoration in included in the Restoration and Gallery sections
We relaunched her in December 2009 and she has sailed over 5000 miles during 2010 and 2011. Maybird won the Iolaire Block awarded by the Royal Ocean Racing Club for the oldest yacht to successfully complete the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race.
adventures in 2013
Maybird has been wintering in Crosshaven again following her successful circumnavigation of Ireland in 2012. In May 2013 she will embark on a voyage which will take in Ireland’s east coast, the west of Scotland, Rathlin Island and the along Ireland’s north, west and south west coasts arriving back in Crosshaven during September 2013.
Details will be posted on the site shortly.