Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

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Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by davidh » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:22 pm

Poor old Netley - I was worried that it was in danger of 'going to the dogs' when a few weeks ago I ended up helping a friend bring his latest boat down to the club! The boat was a Devoti Finn... very nice I suppose if you like that sort of thing!

BUT NOW - quelle horreur as they say in these parts (normally prefixed by the word Me*de!) - we now have a 2nd Finn in the dinghy park and this time it is a classic - and one with a few tales to tell... it is Elvstoms own boat - his 'trainer' - a grp white thing!

But the story gets worser still - in last weeks light airs race, the Finn won on Handicap in only it's second outing.

Banditry and an ice breaker all in one - a versatile dinghy to be sure!!

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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by SoggyBadger » Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:26 pm

I'd love to have a go in a Finn one day. Perhaps that boat still possesses some of the magic breathed on it by the great man? If you want real banditry how about an old git who hadn't sailed for 20+ years buying an old Heron for a few hundred quit, knocking up some sails in his lounge and going out and winning the first race he'd entered for two decades :oops:
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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by jpa_wfsc » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:26 pm

I keep breaking mine. Kicking Strap 'stop' on the mast pulled its rivet today. So I thought I would clean the boat instead....

Anyone know the internal structure of a '72 Taylor GRP double-bottomed finn? During the winter (I found out today) some mice nested in there, and now their nesting debris has blocked off some internal drains... I need to know where to prod and poke.

Gah! I nearly went sailing today.....

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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by roger » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:46 am

With two on your door step there isabsolutely no excuse now David.
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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by Garry R » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:42 am

It is obviously a race between the zebra mussel, the killer shrimp and the Finn for world domination. I wonder if a good dose of disinfectant would get rid of the problem.

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Post by LarFinn » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:33 am

...they aren't just great boats, they attract great sponsors. At this weekends Finn Inlands at Roadford, Brookesy got a local pasty company to provide on the water snacks for all the competitors. (and very nice they were too)

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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by Nigel » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:55 am

Is that allowed?

I would have thought WADA would have regarded pasties as the equivalent of anabolic steriods for Finn sailors :P

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Re: Help! Classic Finns now at Netley!

Post by Brookesy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:56 am

We were aware of the invasion of Netley with real boats, first FD's and now Finns, you will be converted eventually David.
As for steroids, no need just more pie's, who better but a pie maker to provide support for the Recent Finn Inlands and although the event was held in Devon it was yet another 'invasion' with real pasties from 'Proper Cornish' the pie of choice to the fat boys...
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