Catch 22

The late John Allenby, an experienced offshore racing skipper, commissioned Catch 22 as a Solent inshore racer. Most racing yacht projects at the time were centred on the Ton Cup classes, but Allenby’s concept was a boat smaller than the Half Ton level which would be able to snap at their heels in a way that was conducive to corrected time success. With the Half Ton level set at 22ft IOR, the name of the boat was more to do with this notion than anything that came out of Heller’s famous book.

Catch 22 was built of cold-moulded wood by Farrow and Chambers in Grimsby, beautifully built at the time and holding up well some fifteen years later.