Owner Maurice Colclough was a famous rugby player in the late 70s and early 80s. He partnered the England Captain, Bill Beaumont, on the pitch and helped his country win their first Grand Slam for years in 1980 (a great achievement even today).
Maurice contracted a brain tumour and as his health failed he was anxious to initiate a God-given vision. He wanted to share his story with as many people as would listen, starting a Christian ministry using the boat in Wales near where he lived. Think of the impact that his story could make on the world of unbelieving, beer-drinking rugby players!
The yacht was brought from South Africa but became entrenched for some time in Morocco. With considerable difficulty she was extracted from Agadir and following an eventful trip arrived in Wales.
During his final days Maurice, with his wife Annie, sought an organisation to manage the boat and help establish a ministry that would continue beyond his days. They needed help to carry out a major refit, modifications and upgrading to bring the boat up to recognised standards. Four Sisters was being run by Ocean Youth Trust Ireland who operate in the Irish Sea including Wales. After some years she was then sold to a private owner. Maurice died on January 27, 2006 and his obituary was published in The Times.
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