Triola was originally registered in Cowes on the 17th of November 1972 to John Francais Leefer Ludgate, a Sales Manager from Hampshire, only the 50th Albin Ballad to be built of the eventual 1,500 to be produced. Probably due to Mr Ludgate setting up a new business, less than a year later, on October the forth, she changed hands to a Trevor Freeman of Herts, an Architect.
During Mr Freemans ownership of Triola, she was featured on the front cover of Yachts and Yachting (I am still hunting for a copy).
He owned the boat right the way through to the 13th of May 1987, where David Meaning purchased her ’till 1991, where Peter Mumford (of Beken of Cowes no less) purchased her to sail with his family.
After Peters family grew up and moved on, Peter had less time to get out sailing on the water as he was too busy photographing others at Beken. When I found her, Triola had been standing for some years unused in a lay up yard a little way up the Medina on the Isle of Wight. It was clear when she had been in use she had been a much loved and well maintained boat, however the years had taken their toll and she needed to be bought back up to spec.
I purchased Triola in 2008 after seeing her in the window of a yacht brokers on that years Round the Island Race in all the atmosphere and buzz of Cowes. I was there crewing on my fathers Harley Mead 35 ft Gaff Cutter Wanda, and after an exhausting and gruelling race (we were short-handed and with just the two of us to sail Wanda it was quite an ask!), and being shown around her by the broker, I immediately fell in love with her classic sweeping and purposeful lines, as well as her generous living space below. Strictly speaking, I knew I could not afford her, so made a silly offer, which to my shock, excitement (and alarm) was accepted.
After buying her Cowes in 2009, we did some rudimentary work to update her with a Yeoman Compact plotter, an entry level Garmin GPS and an all important new Jabsco heads and then sailed her back to the Medway in cruise of some 36 hours.
Ever since, we have cruised the East Coast, raced a little and prepared to go on adventures further afield.
More recently, we took our son away on Triola when he was a mere four months old and then wrote about our adventures in Yachting Monthly.