Phil Tinsley unearthed this fascinating little item….
Adrian Simpson spotted this on http://www.Scuttlebutteurope.com….
Painting Of Prince Philip Yacht Racing Surfaces After 60 Years
A previously unknown painting showing Prince Philip leading the fleet as he raced a yacht during Cowes Week has emerged after 60 years.
The oil painting was by Montague Dawson and is not formally listed in his body of work Photo: Christies/BNPS
The stunning work, that features the Royal Yacht Britannia in the background, is incredibly rare as it features the Duke of Edinburgh taking part in a sporting event.
It is believed to have been painted in the early 1950s when Prince Philip actively took part in sailing races at the prestigious event in the Solent.
The boat he is depicted on is the 20ft Flying Fifteen yacht called ‘Coweslip’ and Prince Philip and his crewmate – legendary sailor Uffa Fox – appear to be leading the fleet in the race.
The work was bought by a Canadian collector of maritime art from a London dealer in the 1960s.
It has been passed down his family and is now being sold for the first time at public auction at Christie’s in London.
In 1962 at Cowes, Coweslip nearly sank when she was hit by a gust of wind and capsized, throwing both Uffa and Philip into the water.
One boat that I’ve not seen since 1997 is FF 4 (supposedly the first to be built). Lathams at Poole (next door to Parkstone YC I think) did a big job on it in the early 90s (she was on the WEST stand at Southampton boat show). What I can’t remember is how much had been changed (either by them or earlier). She was for sale at one point, but I don’t know what became of her, perhaps our friends in Poole could help.
The other boat supposedly of that vintage is Coweslip. Although she is numbered 192, she ought to have a number in the 40s (the owner had a Dragon with the same number, hence the out of sequence number), next time you are in Cowes, have a look in the public library. I say supposedly.