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Bright ' Un

Vessel Number: HV000323
Date: 1923
Vessel Dimensions: 7.62 m x 6.4 m (25 ft x 21 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
BRIGHT'UN is one of the 21 Foot Restricted Class yachts which was a significant Australian racing class from the 1920s through to the mid 1950s. It was built in 1923 for the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) in Melbourne, Victoria. It has a different hull shape from many of the class and is better suited to open water racing.
DescriptionBRIGHT'UN was built as the prize in a fundraising raffle for the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. There is no record of the builder or the designer. Major Campbell, who is recorded in the club's history as the owner in 1924, is understood to have been the winner of the raffle. Club records also note BRIGHT'UN was sold to James Linacre in 1925 and sailed by him in the 1925/26 season. The Linacre family has been prominent sailors in Victoria over a number of generations. Alex Macintyre, another important figure in the 21 Foot Restricted Class, is recorded as having sailed BRIGHT'UN. He later represented Victoria in the Forster Cup.

BRIGHT'UN's carvel planked hull has a steep bow and narrow stern in contrast to the lower overhanging bows and wider sterns seen on many other 21s. These differences gave BRIGHT'UN better performance in open water with bigger waves. It is thought the design may have been deliberate to suit conditions experienced on Port Phillip in RBYC races.

Much of BRIGHT'UN's long history is not well documented. In 2009 it was in Goolwa South Australia as part of the large fleet of original and new 21's sailing there. Like much of the Goolwa fleet it now carries a modern Bermudian rig, and a cuddy cabin has been fitted. At some point the hull was splined and sheathed in fibreglass, a modification made to many of the other 21s still sailing.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:batten seam
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:pivoting centreboardswing board
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:2-stroke2 cycle
Motor propulsion:outboard
Rig type:gunter
Sail cloth:composite
Spar material:aluminium
Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: R21

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