- Sunday, 03 April 2016 14:24
The Quarter Ton Class has lost another of it's staunch followers.
Like so many of the World's great designers, Ed cut his teeth on Quarter Tonners and
despite what many say, Borcelino Trois was not Ed's first boat. It was indeed a QT that
was built in Jersey by Chris and Paul Ellis and originally named Montana Red Dog. For obvious reasons after some negotiation with the Owners, Ed managed to get the Ellis boys to drop the 'Dog' so it was simply Montana Red. He hated it when Morty kept referring to his first design and refused to drop the Dog.
Quarter Ton revival founder Morty had a very long friendship with Ed going back to the days when
Ed was working for Alan Buchanan Naval Architects in Jersey whilst doing this NA degree at
Southampton. They sailed together on a She 31 "She-Ho" and did the 1973 Fastnet Race
together on George Skelley's 'Oberon'. George later commissioned Borcelino Trois which was
launched in 1976 (the day Southampton won the FA Cup) and Morty and Ed sailed on her together.
Ed then designed a Quarter Tonner Quickflash for Morty which later became the Starflash production boat such as Flashheart, Jackflash and Supernova.
A one off Quarter Tonner that Ed designed was Enigma which Morty found in Plymouth after the revival and phoned up Ed and said 'I have just bought you a Quarter Tonner to do the Quarter Ton Cup in 2006.' Beautifully restored by Anthony Haines, Ed won the QT Cup with Andy Beadsworth, Neil Mackley, Ski and Michael Benakis from Ed's office. Enigma was sold to Robbie Stewart and was raced for several years before being sold back to Ireland where she was built. She now lives in Dun Laoghaire and is raced out of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.
That year, Ed was the guest speaker at the Quarter Ton Dinner.
He will be sadly missed.