After decades of sailing and observing the sea, Hemy spent his spent some of his later years painting his sons racing small yachts in Cornwall. While aboard his floating studio in Falmouth Harbour, the barge Vandermeer, Hemy one day described ‘...a yacht making for me with three of my sons on board. They had been to a village nearby for a regatta and had been out eight hours. They hailed me and came alongside, made fast and boarded me. They were wet through as it had been blowing hard. They were shivering with cold, tired and exhausted. I soon had them in dry clothing and gave them some hot soup. ‘Well’, I said, ‘you are a lot of young fools’. ‘Oh, but it has been such fun, we enjoyed ourselves’. To which I replied, ‘Youth!’ But what it is to be young. Some days later I got them to go out, again and again, whilst I made studies of the sea. Of these studies there were three chief ones. I had the boat hauled up into my garden and painted the boat and figures from nature’. This watercolour is probably one of the three studies Hemy mentions.