"Uomie", Arthur Robb, Class II, One Design Ocean Racer Lying Devon
Uomie took part in only two races in 1952, but from then on she became one of the most famous racing yachts of the 50ís. She was the first boat specifically designed to race through gales, as up until then racing yachts had hove to in gales. Selwyn had other ideas.
She loves strong winds
Several very successful seasons of racing followed when she won the Class 2 RORC Championship 3 years running, as well as class wins in the Sydney Hobart Race, the Bermuda Race and the Fastnet Race.
Uomie wins again in heavy weather
In 1957 Uomie was selected for the British Team in the first Admirals Cup Competition, which was won by the British Team! The Admiralís Cup was initially a race between a British Team and an American Team but later developed into the foremost International Yacht Race involving teams from every sailing nation.
Uomie wins Dartmouth Regatta
In the lead again!
I have sailed hundreds of boats from 150 square meters to Dragons and nothing comes close to Uomie for a small crew to get a fantastic sail in any conditions. We have cruised from Sweden to Spain and to Scotland mainly with just me and my wife.
I have never known anybody not to be astonished by her perfect balance. Steering is finger light and she tracks for ages without touching the helm. After practice she is controllable going astern (prop walk pushes her to stbd).
With a good breeze she sails at 6-7 knots; last year we did Dartmouth to Kinsale in 37 hours! She does 5 knots comfortably under power, using about 1/2 gallon per hour.
She is great for entertaining -the barbeque mounts on the pushpit - we have had some super parties on board.
Our kids, now 29 and 31, grew up with the boat and even played hide and seek! The quarter berths are ideal for kids, snug for adults but also make great sea berths. The main saloon berths with the mahogany lee boards in place are the best sea-going playpens in the world!