Acorn to Arabella update: NOT Sailing after 3 yrs of BIG Wooden Sailboat Project

Stephen Denette and Alix Kreder are building a 38-foot Atkins ketch sailboat named Arabella by cutting down trees in Stephen’s backyard. After three years, the boat is still in the shed. The Acorn to Arabella creators quit their jobs to work on the boat frame full-time in frigid rural western Massachusetts. Neither of them know how to sail, but they will surely sail around the world once they finish the boat in 2-10 years. At least, that is what they say. Linus Wilson argues that this is a really slow way to go sailing.

There are pictures of Abhilash Tomy’s wooden boat built in India before it was lost in the 2018 GGR race.

Screenshot from

“2018 Golden Globe Race. Start of construction of Commander Abhilash Tomy’s Indian yacht – a replica of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s winning Erick designed 32ft SUHAILI, 50 years before The Golden Globe Race starts from Les Sables d’Olonne”

Abhilash Tomy/PPL/GGR

Non-copyrighted photos taken by PPL/GGR by

Christophe Favreau

Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC

Gregor McGuckin

Barry Pickthall

Tim Bishop

Indian Navy


Additional photos from the Australian Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

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