During my rather too short summer holiday whilst in West Mersea I spotted this fine Cheoy Lee built Vertue called Mea. Andrew, the friendly driver of the club launch, also pointed to another Vertue moored a few cables away but I can’t recall the name. Mea was built in 1959 of teak on ipol frames with a lead keel. In 1966 she was fitted with a Volvo MD1 diesel engine. I wonder if it is still chugging away! The boom is described as short, presumably because she has no bumkin. The Cheoy Lee Vertues do seem to last a long time, I expect this one will easily see out 100 years.
30th August 2021
I met a lovely French chap called Pierre Andre Auzias in Tobermory and had a chat with him. He was sailing on a French flagged yacht called Aztec Lady registered in Granville. It transpires that he restored the Vertue Mea in Denmark – hence his interest in Sumara. Looks like he made a great job of it! If you are wondering who Pierre is, just ask anyone on the West Coast of Greenland!
13th January 2022
The owner of Mea is hoping to compete in the Round Britain and Ireland Race 2022. This is a pretty ambitious race to enter in a small yacht and should make for exciting stuff on his excellent blog. There is a link to the blog in the “Links” section of this website.