For Sale: 25ft Christina – Contango A

The 25ft Christina “CONTANGO A”

In 1961 the first Cowes Torquay Powerboat race featured 4 boats from the Bruce Campbell yard at Hamble they were Thunderbolt no 3 the eventual winner, Christina no 6, Campbell’s own boat Coralie no 4 and Contango A no 5 driven by P.Raymond.

Contango A - 1961

Contango A – 1961

Of those four boats, 2 are missing Coralie and Christina, which was last heard of on the east coast.
Thunderbolt is now fully restored and now Contango A is up for sale.

75% RESTORED she is now looking for a new owner who can complete her revival.

She is a Mark V hull which was redesigned for Campbell by Ray Hunt. The cold moulded hull was built by Walter Lawrence Ltd using the same techniques as they used for the Mosquito fighter plane bodies and finished in Campbell’s yard on the Hamble.

Carrying race no 5 she was originally powered by 2 Palmer engines totalling 270hp then in 1963 with race no 29 was converted to stern drive using the then new and successful Volvo Penta engines totalling 170 hp.

Although she was not as successful as her sister hulls she is still never the less a very important part of the history of this race being one of the very few boats still surviving that raced in 1961.

Current photographs will be supplied soon

Works carried out are as follows:

  • Hull stripped and rotten wood replaced where necessary.
  • Top half of transom replaced.
  • New cabin sides and top.
  • New cockpit coamings.
  • New capping rails etc in mahogany (varnished but not fitted).
  • Hull professionally repainted in original black enamel finish.
  • All upholstery re-upholstered in red with white piping.


  • Twin Volvo AQ145a 4 cylinder petrol engines with 280 legs.
  • Long range fuel tanks.
  • Separate heads compartment.
  • Anchor and chain.
  • Fenders.
  • Mooring lines.
  • Compass and sounder.
  • Full spray hood and cockpit cover.
  • Four wheel road trailer.

I have not worked on her for four years, and she has been stored under cover (barn) during this time. However the hull was painted two years ago. The engines were turned over last year. The outdrive legs are removed. A new mahogany deck/cover strip for the top of the transom has been made and shaped to fit. She currently looks rather sad, and I will endeavour to smarten her up before any one comes to view. Windows have been stripped ready for re-build. I have the period navigation lights, and also a new set of original engine controls. She also has her original “Blue Book”.

Initial enquiries should be sent to: Richard Rance at

Price will be circa £18,000 or sensible offers

Contango A - 1961... notice RAFYC pennant...

Contango A – 1961… notice RAFYC pennant…

Condolences to the Twiss family

Our condolences to the Twiss family and the Fairey Family.

It seems this year is proving devastating for the world of power boating personalities as yet another history maker in more ways than one has departed.

The legendary test pilot, Fairey Marine doyen and early pioneering powerboat racer
extraordinaire Peter Twiss died on Sunday.

It seems fitting that the Classic Rally was made up of so many beautiful Fairey boats
over a weekend when they were to lose one of their guiding lights.

Our condolences to the Twiss family and the Fairey Family.

Mike James

To read more, click here:

Peter Twiss as a young man in Pilot uniform Peter Twiss
Peter Twiss - Jet test pilot
Peter Twiss - Jet test pilot
Peter Twiss - Such a legacy can never be forgotten