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International RuleFirst Rule Others
Current Statussailing
DesignerAlfred Mylne & Co.
BuilderPhilip Walwyn
Length Overall18.40 m.
Waterline12.00 m.
Beam3.45 m.
Original OwnerPhilip Walwyn
Original NameKATE
Original HomeportSt. Kitts, West Indies
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International First Rule. Kate is a replica of Javotte, the I.R first version 12 Metre designed by Alfred Mylne in 1909. She is the only existing replica of a 12 Metre and the first 12 Metre built since 1987. Although, respecting the original designs, she has been personally built in St. Kitts by her owner adopting modern criteria and technology. The hull is in wood, epoxy, bronze fastened throughout and glass sheathed. Planking is 35 mm Oregon pine with a 2 mm veneer of Okoum at the interior; frames and the centerline structure are laminated mahogany; deck beams are laminated Oregon pine and the deck is a double layer of plywood with a laid deck of Oregon pine. The spars are in Sitka spruce. She has been launched in December 2006.

She has been built by Philip Walwyn, a British born citizen, but leaving in the Carribean island of St Kitts where he ran the family sugar plantation, a working farm and, later, the Rawlins Plantation hotel.  An excellent sailor and boat builder, he did not built only KATE, but also catamarans and a couple of 6m IR.Of the Six Metre Class, he was British and European Champion in 1987. 

In 2012, her rig has been altered to yawl.

For sale at $500.000 (2011).

Early in 2015 Philip Walwyn set out from Nova Scotia to sail Kate singlehanded to Falmouth, England via the Azores. He was on the final leg from the Azores to England, but on August 3 Kate was discovered off the Cornish coast with its sails up and no one on board.

Scuttlebutt records: “On his crossing from Nova Scotia to the Azores he encountered two storms and had been beset with problems of the self-steering gear. When Philip was about 600 miles southwest of Falmouth, he said he had totally lost the self-steering gear, but was in good spirits steering by hand and making good progress.

On August 1 at 0700 GMT, Philip was at 84.4N 13.15W which gave him about another 330 miles to go. Having battled headwinds over the last two days he was now on a good course with favorable winds.”

The last message got was with Philip within 30 miles of landfall.

The Coast Guard found Kate un-manned and after a huge sea search for Philip ensued, he was found in the sea between the Lizard and Coverack and was airlifted to hospital in very serious condition. Tragically, he passed away.”

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