Jeremy Rogers

The OCC Award of Merit - 2010

Jeremy set up in business in 1961, and within ten years had one of the most successful boat manufacturing companies in Britain.

By the late 70s and early 80s Jeremy Rogers' company included five purpose-built factories in central Lymington and a workforce of nearly 200 employees.

Production included Contessas ranging in size from the 26 to the Doug Peterson designed grand prix 35s, 39s and 43s, many of which were exported to a worldwide market eager for his innovative and beautifully finished yachts.

However by far the most popular of all was the Contessa 32. After a break in production there was an opportunity in 1995 to purchase back the moulds. So a limited number of these much-loved classics are now being built again at the yard, adding to the 650 or so already sailing all over the world. This year sees the 40th Anniversary of this iconic sailing yacht.