Jolyon, TW54 Jolybods
Bought new at the Boat Show by my father Bill Pope in 1962, our “gunter rigged sloop” Jolybods is a longstanding member of the family, 56 years old this year. Originally bought as a family boat to take away on summer holidays, the Tideway has been sailed over the years in Cornwall, Kent, the Solent, Scotland, Ireland and Brittany.
In 2014 I decided to take her to Stephen Beresford at Goodwood Boat Co. in Cockermouth for a restoration, which involved some new timbers and centreboard casing, when completed it was like taking delivery of a new boat all over again. Since then she has enjoyed a new lease of life and much TLC.
Rejoining the TOA has made a huge difference to our sailing activities. There is a world of difference between towing the boat down to the Solent for a half day’s sail and taking part in a TOA long weekend meeting. Without the TOA there is no way we would have travelled miles to sail in such faraway places. I would urge anyone with a Tideway to join the TOA and attend at least one TOA meeting a year, you get so much more enjoyment out of your boat at one of these gatherings, in addition to the camaraderie of other members at the meeting. Camping isn’t obligatory.
Since 2014 we have sailed on the River Blackwater, Ullswater, Windermere, Plymouth Sound, Barton Broad, River Waveney, Chichester harbour, River Deben, the Medway at TOA meetings and in Poole Harbour and at Calshot on the Solent by ourselves. The boat has been over to County Cork in Ireland for three 2 week holidays, maintaining the original reason for her purchase.
The Tideway is a great little boat, so different from modern designs. Jolybods has never capsized in 56 years of use; I really feel that she is almost incapable of doing so. She still has the original spoon shaped rudder which exhibits plenty of weather helm when the boat is heeled. As the heel increases, the rudder loses its grip on the water and the boat spins up into wind, which I guess was part of the original design.