Expanding the Glebe Point Nutshell fleet

From left, Bill England and Art Gilbert work on a Nutshell.

The Northern Neck Nutshell Racing Association is working hard to grow the fleet—literally. Racers Bill England and Art Gilbert are now building two of the 9’6” sailing prams in England’s shop in Burgess.

“It’s a ‘Field of Dreams’ sort of thing,” said Gilbert. “If we build it, they will come. By May, we expect to see these boats on the starting line.”

To compete in the regattas, folks have to have a boat. Over the years, the number of boats available has declined as people have moved away or a neglected boat has surrendered to the elements. But enthusiasm for sailing and racing the classic wooden dinghies is up, and so is interest in safe…

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