Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society

The Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society was set up to preserve the Three Brothers (National Historic Vessel No. 2463) and to promote the history, preservation and sailing of local cobles. The BSCPS is a registered Charity (Charity Number 1095946)

Our Cobles:-

The Three Brothers

Three Brothers is an historic 1912 sailing coble, built in Bridlington by Baker and Percy Siddall as a fishing vessel and for tourist trips. In 2013 it was totally restored by local boat builders, John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe and sails regularly in Bridlington Bay. It has been featured by Ade Edmondson in ‘Ade at Sea’ and Prince Charles visited the boat the same year.

Since the, Three Brothers has also appeared in a number of television programmes including BBC Countryfile, BBC Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and All Murray – The Vikings (Who do the Brits Win Every War) as well as in a promotional video for Hitachi Energy to demonstrate the power of wind in energy production.  The Coble is permanently moored and can be viewed in Bridlington Harbour.

The Gratitude

David Wharton, of Whitby, received grant aid from the English Tourist Board to build a brand new vessel.

The Gratitude (WY 97) was intended to be a floating museum. The Master Boatbuilder was Hector Handyside. This new boat was launched in 1976.

Mr. Alan Richmond of Scarborough later purchased The Gratitude and completely restored it and in 2012 The Gratitude was in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The BSCPS acquired the boat in February 2015 to be permanently moored in Bridlington Harbour next to the Three Brothers.

Gansey Lass

Gansey Lass, built at Bridlington Harbour 2014 by John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe assisted by Malcolm Smales and volunteers. Purchased by the BSCPS in 2017 with grant aid from Tesco’s Bags of help scheme.


All wooden boats need constant maintenance and repair and if you would be interested in assisting in this please contact

Membership of the Society

If you are interested in joining the Society please send your name, address, telephone number and email address together with a cheque for £20 for a Sailing Member or £5 Non Sailing Member (and any donation to help the Society) to:-

Harbour Office,
Gummers Wharf,
YO15 3AN

Membership entitles you to a welcome pack and by email notice of monthly meetings, agendas and minutes and a quarterly newsletter.

Sailing Our Cobles

All sailing society members are welcome to sail with us, space and conditions permitting.

If you want to go sailing for insurance purposes then you must join as a sailing member for insurance purposes but membership is only £20 a year

Sailing times for 2023 please meet at the Harbour’s blue hoist at least 15 minutes before the sailing time to gete crews on board and help get the cobles ready for sailing.

January  1st 10.30, 15th 09.00, 29th 09.00: February 5th 14.30, 19th 14.00 : March 5th 14.00, 19th 12.30 : April 2nd 13.30, 16th 12.30 30th 12 noon :  May 7th 16.30, 14th 11.00, 21st 16.30, 28th 09.30: June 4th 15.30, 11th 09.00, 18th 15.30, 25th 09.00:  July 2nd 14.30, 9th 09.00, 16th 15.00, 23rd 08.30,  Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July Sailing Coble Festival meet from 10.30 onwards : August 13th 14.00, 14th 17.00, 27th 12 noon : September 10th 13.00, 24th 10.30 : October 8th 11.00, 22nd 09.00 :November 5th 09.00, 12th 14.00, 26th 13.30 : December 10th 12.30

Additional sails are advertised on the Friends of the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society Facebook pages as they are usually arranged ‘last minute’ depending on weather, sea conditions and crew availability.

Bridlington Sailing Coble Festival 2023

the 2023 Bridlington /sailing Coble Festival wll take place over the weekend of 29th – 30th July.

The aim is to expand on the previous success of this now familiar maritime event with more shoreside activitiies for visitors.  Musical entertainment will be on the programme throughout the two days with local folk and sea songs performed, fiddle tunes with traditional shanties and clog dancing along with a variety of stalls set up in the Vessel Maintenance Facility at Clough Hole.

This year the Fesitival will be poudly supported by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Yorkshire Coast BID and the business community.  A number of traditional vessels from other parts of the country have been invited to attend.  Organisers are confident in making the event bigger and better than ever and promoting Bridlington once again as the ‘Sailing Coble Capital of Breat Britain’

Harbour Heritage Museum

Located on Bridlington harbour, the Harbour Heritage Museum is entirely staffed by volunteers and displays lots of nautical artefacts, historic photographs, harbour history models. a video presentation and a constantly changing display of Bridlington’s history including Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Gale, Queen Henrietta Maria and a souvenir shop.

School parties are very welcome with prior arrangement, please contact the Harbour Office on 01262 670148.

Entrance is FREE but donations are always very welcome.

Opening Times are:

Thursday to Sunday between 11.00 am and 14.00 pm from Easter until the end of October, depending on the availability of volunteers.

We are always looking for volunteers for 3 hourly sessions. Why not join us?  If you are interested in volunteering or for any other matter please contact the Society’s secretary at

Entrance is free and donations help to maintain the three cobles ‘Three Brothers’ Gansey Lass and ‘Gratitude’.

We hope to welcome you to our museum.