Over 30 years designing & building boats

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48  designs

86+  boats on the planet + numerous dinghies

26  repeat owners

16  different countries, race, regatta & championship wins

20  custom new builds in house

19  other boatyards have built Corby designs

  5   'Yacht Of The Year' Awards

  3  designs in the Royal Thames YC model room (by invitation)

  1  design included in Yachting World's '50 Yachts that changed the way we sail'

           copy also in Nautic magazine  (no 32)

CV

2011-2020:  Vast number of refit projects including non-Corby designs.   Cowes Week Black Group overall win three times, plus RTYC 'Yacht of the Year' twice, and overall winner of RYS Bicenterary Regatta.

2010    Rockall & Roxy 1st and 2nd Overall in class in Commodores Cup.

           Launched MiRC App for iPhone and iPod touch.  Since developed into race finishing iPad app with RORC.

2009    Possibly best ever year of results.

2008 - 2010  Major refurbishments to older Corby designs: Gloves Off, Cracklin’ Rosie, Independent Bear, Rosie/Rockall.

2008    Quokka:  overall class winner in Commodores Cup and top boat in top team.   Turkish production started.

Inaugural Corby Cup to celebrate 20 years in business.       

2007    Retro style Catherine launched.   Full Metal Jacket & new Flirt built in NZ and Oz respectively.

2006    Blondie 3 (Impetuous & Aurora) mixed wood and carbon fibre to great effect.  Awesome Commodores Cup and results ever since.   Prototype 24ft powerboat also built, famous for garden chair seating.

2005    Polish production range started, 29, 33 & 26.   29 Yes! won every race in Cowes Week and Black Group Overall.

2002    Corby Yachts built their largest yacht to date,  the original Flirt 50ft.   Now in Australia and called Vamp. Recent Hobart class win

2001    John refitted and raced the 12 Meter Crusader in 8 regattas including the America’s Cup Jubilee

2000    Barlo Plastics (now Hummingbird) and Gloves Off won just about every major regatta in the UK & Ireland.    Production 25 started.

1998    3 Corby designs widened to counteract massive rating increases by RORC.  (All are now thin again)

            Cracklin’ Rosie won Ford Cork Week overall, and a car.        Launch of Zzap youth skiff dinghy.

1997   Independent Bear won so much with ease that the RORC Rating Office rewrote CHS.

1996   Mustang Sally won ‘windy tuesday’ in Cowes Week by 15 minutes, (Silk nosedive day)  as well as the lightest day, and Class 2 overall for the week.

1995    Mustang Sally: total change in design direction.   33 firsts from 53 starts in first season.     First appearance of Corby Transom.     Several more commissions followed including Cracklin’ Rosie.

1994    Frenzy built in Dublin and first ever Irish Corby.  Since then over 45 Irishmen have bought Corbys.

1993    Converting Machine (now Njos) considered too radical with its bulb keel, non-overlap jibs, asymmetric spinnakers on retractable sprit, sweptback spreaders and no running backstays.

1992 - 93   Corby Yachts built 3 custom yachts over the winter in what is now Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre.

1992   Joyride:  35ft, plywood, 1500kg.   Regularly 20 knots +.   Cowes Week radio RIB couldn’t keep up.

1988   Chance meeting in Pier View pub in Cowes led to commission for design & build of 27ft light displacement CHS yacht, so set up own business.   2 boats built from same hull mould, one now in France other in Dubai.

1986 - 88   Taught myself CAD and got a job with an established design office.

1976 - 86  Sailing prior to designing:  Transatlantic; Fastnets; Bermuda Race; Swan Weeks; Onion Patch; IOR Half; Three Quarter and Two ton Level Rating;  IOR Maxi; RORC offshore; AC trials; JOG; Solent Points; Cowes Weeks; Etchell; Dragon; Daring; J24s; Flying Fifteens; Tornado; Int 14; Contenders; 470; Laser; Lark; Firefly; Illusion.

Corby regattas

Corby transom

I'm John Corby and have been designing and building boats since the 1980s.

Racing yachts were the core business for many years, but then refit & refurbishment took over.  Recently I've been doing lots of sailboat consultancy and powerboat design.  Look out for some really cool stuff appearing over the next few months including my own electric launch.

A long time ago I was a Royal Marines Officer, I have two grown up children, Sophie & Seb, and my Dad invented the electric trouser press.

Link to lecture at Royal Irish Yacht Club June 2020

Corby goodies coming soon

  30 years  

Corby team

DESIGN  -  BUILD  -  REFURBISH          88/89 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO317AW