- Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:38
There was a fire in the Medina Yard in Cowes on Monday 25th January and very sadly the Farr
Quarter Tonner Espada was lost.
Built in 1980 by Geoff Hunt for Michael Evers of West Mersea, she was one of 5 sisterships from
Bruce Farr, another one of them being Anchor Challenge. Mike sold her and she became Silent Movie
and lived down in the West Country before being bought by Terry Dinmore in Poole. Morty bought
her from Terry in 2005 and started a complete restoration. I found this article in the archives on
this website Cameraderie 2006 which shows the goodwill in the QT Class at that time (and still exists).
Morty was running out of time to complete her for the Quarter Ton Cup in 2006 and fellow competitors
Jim and George Webb, Tony Dodd and Spillers came over to Cowes to help out.
Morty successfully compaigned her for two years, winning the QTC in 2007 and lending her to
Jamie McWilliam for Cowes Week 2006. Morty then found Anchor Challenge and passed Espada onto
Louise in 2008 who campaigned her for 6 years. Espada won the QTC again in 2011 with Colette
Richmond and in 2013 with Louise. She was sold in February 2015 to Julian Metherall who immediately
prior to putting her away for winter storage had repainted the decks and smartened her up.
She will be sadly missed. An iconic Quarter Tonner, much loved by all.