started sailing Wayfarers at the age of eleven
and by his mid- teens started to race within
this class. He also worked at a local sailing
school to earn pocket money to spend on his boat
and was always out sailing on every day and
weekend when he was not studying.
this time, he has gone onto win numerous World
and National Sailing Championships in a large
variety of classes. These wins include the
principle trophies in the Wayfarer, Osprey and
Wanderer classes as well as countless Area
As a result of this success he has run training
camps through the
and overseas in places as varied as
At the same time he teamed up with his
brother to run Porter Brothers that started
building wooden Wayfarers as far back as the
early 1980’s . The success of this venture
eventually lead to Ian Proctor granting the
licence for Wayfarers and Ospreys. When Neville
Towler retired with Anglo Marine, Porter
Brothers were again awarded the Licences for the
Wanderer and the Gull from Ian Proctor Designs .
At the same time the company was involved in the
building of Albacores, Y.W Dayboats,
International 14’s, and a host of other classes.
The vast amount of experience in sailing,
teaching, racing, building and repairing boats
is available to all customers to aid the
enjoyment and use of their sailing dinghy
Ian Porter Sales Ltd
is one of the longest established and most respected dinghy and small
keelboat builders in the United kingdom. A recent re-organisation has
seen Ian Porter form a South Coast outlet for Hartley Laminates and
their range of dinghies. With the benefit of over 40 years involvement in
various class boats and numerous championship titles behind him,
customers can be sure that the reputation previously achieved will be
Mouldings are obtained from Derby and fitted out and completed to owners
specification. We are therefore able to offer:
Extensive range of models.
coast outlet for Wayfarers, Wanderers, Gulls, Osprey, Supernova,
Optimist and kestrel.
of a range of Rigid Inflatable Boats.
and refurbishment service.
service for existing owners of boats within the range.
exchange service for owners wishing to trade within the range.
to many major schools and institutions.
Dinghy of the Month
Wayfarer World sail number 10094
– “Fleeting Spirit”. Built in late
1999 by Porter Brothers with
a white hull and red
waterline and black cove
line. The deck is a two tone
white and grey panelled
the detailed specification