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by davidh
Tue May 01, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Calling Firefly Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 8146

Re: Calling Firefly Experts

Pat, The story of the Firefly at the 1948 Games is a real tale of deals done behind the bike sheds and then some almost laughable muddling through. I did all this in 2008 for the 60th Anniversary (which the Firefly Class celebrated in style down at Torquay). It was quite a complex picture in the end...
by davidh
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: Oops!
Replies: 3
Views: 4955

Re: Oops!

Is that what they call "putting your foot in it?"

hoho

D
by davidh
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Atlanta Vario
Replies: 25
Views: 19309

Re: Atlanta Vario

Rippler...........

I have found a superb picture of Fairey Tales - it's a real cracker - that I'll be putting on the FB page on Friday (the famous Fab Friday foto).

ANY old 505 pics in your dads box would be great......

Cheers

Dougal
by davidh
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Atlanta Vario
Replies: 25
Views: 19309

Re: Atlanta Vario

Rippler- shortly after the 'famous' picture was taken they wiped out - have a poor quality version of the 'what happened next'! According to the details that I hold, Fairey's didn't come on board straight away with tooling for the 5o5. One of the issues was that A N Other Solent based designer, well...
by davidh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Atlanta Vario
Replies: 25
Views: 19309

Re: Atlanta Vario

Laser Tourist - here in my archive I have some of Alan C's early records. Soon, I'll be putting up (on the Fbook page) details of when the 505 first came and sailed in a regatta - at Meulan. I'm supposed to be attending a meeting there later in the year - you do ever escape the warmth and sun of the...
by davidh
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Atlanta Vario
Replies: 25
Views: 19309

Re: Atlanta Vario

I've now got details of the owners of all the early boats (this came as a 'gift' almost whilst following the story of how the bat migrated out to the US).

Much as I hate to disappoint you Laser Tourist, your version of events doesn't always tally with the written records.

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by davidh
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Atlanta Vario
Replies: 25
Views: 19309

Re: Atlanta Vario

Rippler. Brilliant! You might be interested in the Facebook page that I'm running alongside the project to write the 505 Book (dead easy - look for '505book'). That was 15 - k16 was Ralph Wadhams famous YandY - back in the days before sponsorship, it was amazing that the then owner of Yachts and Yac...
by davidh
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Social Events
Topic: Dinghy show again
Replies: 14
Views: 28895

Re: Dinghy show again

Not sure who else will be there - I know Michael is on the IC stand, I'm around both days, Rupert will be I'm sure! Then, if it isn't too cold for them, we my get a hatch of Moths.........Any other takers?

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by davidh
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?
Replies: 21
Views: 18468

Re: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?

Hi Rupert, Thinking back, one of your boats might have been at the Nationals last year. If so, then they (hopefully) had a blast. We set them good courses and true start lines then let them get on with it - the racing was close and competitive (close enough for me to read the riot act to a few) yet ...
by davidh
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?
Replies: 21
Views: 18468

Re: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?

Rupert, Last summer I was RO for thee Miracle Nationals and having spent a week (they still do a week long event) watching them, that conviction that this is a great little boat was more than re-inforced! Very similar in many ways to the Mirror, just that bit bigger and a tad quicker. I'd happily re...
by davidh
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?
Replies: 21
Views: 18468

Re: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?

HI Rupert, It's all in that one phrase, "Even when released by the Mirror Group in favour of the Miracle,". MGN had been made aware that the Mirror 14 was far, far more than a grown up Mirror - which was what they wanted in the first place. The Miracle was pure Jack Jolt - a pragmatic solution to a ...
by davidh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Ian Proctor Spectrum?
Replies: 8
Views: 5228

Re: Ian Proctor Spectrum?

Robert, I'm hopeful that Bosham will be getting a Spectrum along to the Gala event in June and can get some pictures then - but I want this for the dinghy show! I've not come up with anything yet and have trawled all my usual sources and then some others as well - those pics that exist are very poor...
by davidh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Ian Proctor Spectrum?
Replies: 8
Views: 5228

Re: Ian Proctor Spectrum?

Pierre - Hope you are still on here!

Do you have access to any pictures of the Spectrum that used to sail at WWSC? If not, do you have contact details for the guy (your sailing sec?) who used to sail it - most people have a pictures somewhere of their boat.

Cheers

Dougal
by davidh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?
Replies: 21
Views: 18468

Re: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?

And on further reflection....... The demise of the M14/Marauder is yet another case of the dreaded 'curse of the Pocket Rocket'! It has long been one of my more cherished hopes that we could organize an event and get a m14, Pegasus, Jacksnipe, Typhoon, Lazy E, Zenith even - all together so that I co...
by davidh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?
Replies: 21
Views: 18468

Re: What was wrong with the Mirror 14 / Marauder?

Matt, an interesting perspective that the boat didn't do well - they sold upwards of 700 boats and were - in their time, a buoyant and exciting boat with the backing of a strong class. I guess the bigger question then becomes "ok - so why aren't we still racing them now" and that is a very different...