Minisail Register

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Sail No. Construction Year Type Hull Colour Deck Colour Owner Club/Location Picture Comments
4 Sprite 1963 Sprite 1 Red Varnish Previously; John Llewellyn, sold 2000

 

John Llewellyn built the first kit built Minisail in 1963. He went on to win the national Championship in 1967. He sold “Dumbo” in about 2000. Its whereabouts now is unknown
7 Wood John

 

See Slideshow here…
10 Wood Wood Monaco Red Varnish Aviateam, Paul Fully restored 2019
23 Wood Wood Sprite I Red Varnish Pedro Critovao Portugal

 

Undergoing restoration
245 Monaco II White Light Blue Peter Matthews
248 Wood Wood Sprite I Varnish Varnish Roger Llewellyn Leeds

 

Undergoing restoration. l also have sail No 228?
308 Paul Rogers Sandwell Valley SC Seen at National Championships at Bowmoor in 2018
587 Seen on old advertising poster; “They laughed when I took my Minisail down to the water… but when she started to plane”.

Appeared to have a sliding seat

681 GRP Monaco II White Light Blue Pieter Williamson New York, US Seen on MS Assoc website dated 04/09/2015
721 GRP Monaco? Light Blue John Porter US
806 Wood Sprite II White Varnish Seen at National Championships at Whitefriars
1001 GRP Monaco Used in one of the early MS adverts with 3 people on it
1042 GRP Monaco 1? White Light Blue Sold for £65 on PicClick by “toadandweezel” in Barnstaple
1152 Homemade Minisprint White Varnish Tom Moore? Seen at National Championships at Whitefriars in 2014
1223 White Varnish Visible racing in the 1967 National Championships
1279 GRP Monaco White Light Blue Miles nr. Bury St Edmunds For sale by Miles on MS Assoc website 6/20
1307 GRP Monaco Dark Blue On sale on Wightbay
1333 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
1797 GRP Monaco White Light blue Tom Christensen Sweden Got boat in 2014
1872 GRP Monaco White Light blue For sale on Shortypen.com in May 2016
1919 GRP 1967 Monaco White Light blue David Binks Olney, Bucks Quote from David; In storage since 1978 so in very good condition. However bottom of must hole collapsed, thought to be result of corroded mild steel mast support plate. Hence hull cut up 25.11.2019
1978 GRP 1968 Monaco White Turquoise Robert Anstey Frensham Pond SC, near Farnham Quote from Rob; The boat is almost one owner. My father bought it from Richmond Marine when I was a lad (I remember going to fetch it vividly !), so I learnt to sail in it as did my nephews. It was then “lent” it to the Sea Cadets for about 20 years, from where I retrieved it four years ago. It is sitting waiting for some minor TLC and a new sail before it goes sailing again (it still has the original sail, believe it or not). My intention is to be able to rig as original but also to have something that works rather better, so interested in the Morgan sails option.
2016 GRP 197? Monaco II White Light Blue Jose Albaladejo Sanchez Cartagena

Spain

28/06/2020;

Bought in Alicante (Spain) in summer 2019 and restored. Previous owner had bought her on the second hand market. Hull and sail number were unknown, Number 2106 was chosen after asking MS Assoc. She is currently sailed in Mar Menor, a coastal lagoon located in south-east of Spain.

2039 Mentioned in MS Assoc website
2287 Wood Light blue Varnish On Minisail Association Gallery
2727 White Light blue Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
2756 GRP Monaco II White Yellow Steve Whitby

 

On Minisail Association Gallery
2864 Monaco II White Yellow Matthew Greer Virginia, US
2913 Monaco II Peter Robert Williams
3035 GRP Monaco White Orange/Yellow Mike Walker I bought the boat from Poppleton near York during 1974 when I was living in Runcorn. I occasionally sailed it on Sunday morning from the public jetty at Winsford Flash, and also with the Scouts at Tatton Park.  In a fit of enthusiasm I entered the 1975 National Championship at Gurnard Sailing Club, just to the west of Cowes. The competition was held in conjunction with Cowes dinghy week and Minisails were only one class of many in the overall regatta.

The Nationals were the first time I had sailed MinSpy on the sea and was astonished when East Lepe buoy, looking like the standard upturned dustbin I was familiar with on inland waters, turned out to be around 20 feet high with a strong tide running past it. Winds were light each morning and Minisail races were postponed to the afternoon with the rest of the fleets. On one occasion almost every boat was rafted up at the downwind mark. I hit the buoy and reasoned that it was a more serious offence than hitting many other boats in the circumstances, and managed to extract myself and sail away. I carried out a penalty turn and think I came something like 10th in that race out of around 30 boats in the Minisail fleet. On one other occasion, lagging behind almost everyone a large cruiser motored across my bow and stopped. I was not best pleased and cursed and swore at him. The skipper took out a camera and photographed me before motoring away to leave me to my lonely course back home. The name on the back of the cruiser was Beken! I had been photographed by perhaps the best sailing photographer in the UK and probably wasn’t smiling! I obtained a proof copy of the photo but couldn’t afford the final copies at that time.  I came an overall 21st in those championships which I felt was creditable as I didn’t normal race my boat.

I was involved in Scouting and set up Sea Scouts in my local village. The Minisail was a valued member of the fleet and was sailed regularly at Budworth Sailing Club in Cheshire, and on Coniston and  Windermere during camps. The boat was left with the Scout Group when I gave up in 1992 due to a different job which required more travelling, and may still be in use. I’ll try to establish whether the Scouts still have the boat and let you know.I had a great deal of fun with MinSpy and thoroughly enjoyed owning her.

3061 Tom (Brendan) Moore Quote from Tom; cracks round cockpit floor edges, Hatch on rear deck to allow rudder plate repair, likewise on rear foredeck to allow cracking on cockpit foredeck angle repair.( Free to good home with small cost for sail, spars, rudder and  daggerboard-needsads elsewhere ). badged ” Richmond Marine 48 the Grove Twickenham” I believe
3089 GRP Monaco II White Blue Previously; Chris Goldhawk, sold 1981

 

Quote from Chris; I sailed her in the late 70’s when I was a teenager and remember doing the nationals in Brighton in 1979 and Plymouth in 1980 (I was 16 at the time) plus opens at Hoo Ness and Eastbourne (my first time on the sea). I sailed at Keynes Park SC in the Cotswolds at the time with Barry Rawlins, who I think won the Nationals a bit earlier. He had an orange boat with aluminium framed wings and tramps and was untouchable. Later I sailed at Chew Valley SC
3126 GRP MOnaco II White Red Andy Campbell Seen on MS Assoc website 03/10/2018
3131 GRP Monaco II White Yellow Sailed in National Championship in 2018
3146 Monaco Yellow Tom (Brendan) Moore Quote from Tom; Immaculate yellow Monaco, good original colour
3221 1969 MiniSprint Mk1?

 

1969. It was at that year’s Boat Show model costing £95 at the time.
3364 Maybe wood? ? ? White ? Seen in a photo of Wolverhampton Himleyhall Sailing Club
3432 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
3446 Wood 1971? Wood Sprite II Red Varnish Rupert Whelan Whitefriars SC

 

Having owned a Minisprint in my youth, & a GRP Minisail around the turn of the century (the recent one), in 2010 (I think) I saw an ad on Boats & Outboards for a wooden one at a bargain price*. So off to Maidenhead I went, & there she was, a work of art, stored in a garage roof for 20 years. Once home, I gave her a quick sand back and a coat of paint and a lick of varnish and bunged her on the water. Then took her off again and put duct tape over the bailer…Sometime around then I held a naming contest, the winning name being Minim. Perfect.

A quick sail showed that the original Richmond Marine sail was useless, and the bendy boom, well, bendy. A call to R&J saw a nice red stripy sail ordered. Luckily, also in the garage roof had been an old Solo mast, which I had offered to take away. A plastic rowlock and a hacksaw soon turned it into a Minisail boom instead. The boom, ugly as sin, is still going today.

Next up, the cvrda event at my home club Whitefriars. Thanks to the internet age and David Argle’s excellent Minisail page – a lone voice in the Minisail wilderness, 6 boats took to the water that weekend, and the class was reborn.

Over the next few yrs, Minim turned red, more sails were bought, forging a class relationship with Morgan Sails, more events were sailed & a good time had.

However, with more and more time being spent at weekends instructing and coaching, I found myself sailing the boat less and less, so when an interested buyer came along, I sold her.

But 18 months later, chatting to the new owner, he mentioned he was going to sell, so I bought her back. I still don’t have much time to sail her, but she has made it out for the odd Minisail/CVRDA event, and even won the coveted Whitefriars Boxing Day bottle!

Currently she has come full circle and is tucked into the roof of my garage. I’m hoping 2020 will bring more sailing.

*The £100 I paid for her has now turned into 3 new sails, a poly cotton cover (from Sail Register – good value) tons of paint and varnish, a complete new fit out and years of boat park fees. Ah, well, such is classic boat sailing.

3427 GRP Minisprint? White Yellow David Frieswick Massachusetts, USA David bought a trailer and the Minisail came with it! May reconstruct it so he can sail it
4093 GRP Monaco II White Light Blue Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975                    Bought for £77 on Ebay by “Applejack” in Nov 2004
4147 Monaco II White Light Blue Lawrence Dooley’s (4590) neighbour See MS 4590
4220 GRP Minisprint II White Blue Steve Whitby

 

On Minisail Association Gallery
4223 Wood Wood Sprite II Red Varnish Roger Llewellyn Otley SC

 

I think the sail number should be earlier than it is
4230 GRP Minisprint II Grey White Robert Baker Sandwell Valley SC

 

From Rob: “Sprint mk2 number 10016, this was boat number 16 in the breakaway sprint class, they started from 10000 I have the battened sail, which I have re-numbered 4230 for my Sprint mk2, not sure where the 10016 hull is.
I believe Steve Whitby’s Sprint mk2 4220 is the sister boat to mine 4230,
they were bought by same family, They were both courtesy of Paul Rogers
(needs confirming), it appears that Richmond marine were jumping numbers by
10.”
4590 GRP Monaco II White Orange Lawrence Dooley Ruislip Sailing Club 10/07/2020;

Bought from new in 1971/2 from Richmond Marine.

Competed in the National Championships in Louth in 197? but and came 2nd in the junior championships in 1972.

Spent holidays sailing Minisails with his neighbour (on 4147) on Lake Annecy in France, Loch Goil in Scotland and Titisee in Germany.

Currently doing some restorations during lockdown hoping to sail for the first time in 20 years

4601 Monaco White Yellow Stuart Blakemore Bartley SC, nr Birmingham

 

Bought from a friend  of his in 2017 who had kept it in the garage for 30 years, so very good condition, and much admired whenever he uses it
4857 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5028 GRP 1971 Was Orange Stuart Blakemore

 

Technically he has only got the sails, spar and foils and he had to cut up the hull a few years ago; the mast had ground through the base of the well – he may pick up another hull at some point
5048 Frans Stoop? Seen at National Championships at Bowmoor in 2018
5117 GRP Monaco White Blue Southampton On sale on Gumtree Sept 2019 for £175
5395 GRP White Yellow David Cooper? On sale on FB site in Eastbourne 02/03
5423 GRP Meson? White Yellow Seen at National Championships at Whitefriars in 2014
5655 GRP White Yellow Old image on dinghydatabase.co.uk
5445 GRP Monaco II White Orange For sale on Ebay Nov 2019 for £60
5521 GRP Monaco II White Cream/Yellow Bruce Johnston Dundee 13/08/2020 Bruce was kindly giving this MS free to a good home on the MS Assoc. website. Sadly his Uncle has passed away leaving the MS in his garden
5524

 

Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5542 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5585 GRP Minisprint II White Yellow Trevor Stubbins Minisail Assoc website 13/06/2020
5621 Photo at Minisail National Champs 2013
5671 GRP Monaco II White Light blue

 

On sale at Waveney Sailing Club 02/07/2018
5675 Monaco II Stephen Lucas Ipswich 26/01/2020 For sale
5678 GRP Monaco II White Cream Richard Dray Mentioned on FB 17/07/2019
5708 GRP White Orange Mentioned in cvrda.org
5776 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5769 GRP Monaco II White Yellow Rich Talisker Cumbria Destroyed in storm Desmond
5789 GRP White Yellow Willy Van Looveren
5835 GRP Meson? Blue On Minisail Minisprint images
5840 GRP White Yellow Seen at Nat Champs in 2014
5848 Tom Moore Calshot Castle Seen at National Champioships at Bowmoor in 2018
5849 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5869

 

Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5883 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
5904 Minisprint II White Seen on an old “can you handle a sliding seat” advert
5969 GRP Minisprint II Cream Green Steven Price Selsey Bill
6006 Composite 1980 MS Mk2 Hull, one-off deck layout Cream Varnish Carl Buck Tom Moore bought the hull for home completion with no hull number, but reckoned that it should be over 6000, I chose 6006! Sail number in the photo is wrong – 5092 is an old Laser of mine – this is the Radial sail, going well in a good breeze! Re-decked in 2019. Now with new owner Carl Buck sailing at GYGSC.
6008 GRP Meson White Aquamarine On MInisail Minisprint images
6060

 

Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
6061 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
6117 GRP Minisprint II White Orange/Yellow Pamela Jeffrey Fife, Scotland
6290 GRP Minisprint II White Skyblue Trevor Stubbins Minisail Assoc website 13/06/2020
6328 Minisprint II White Sky blue Tony Hale Salcombe Estuary 23/5/2020; recently purchased – needs a new tiller and a good clean up!
6786 Wood? Sprite II White Varnish On Minisail Association Gallery
6849 Seen at National Championships at Gurnard Sailing Club in 1975
6874 GRP Minisprint II White Light blue David Argyle? On Minisail Association Gallery
6905 GRP Monaco II Orange Tim Chick Stewartby Sailing Club, Bedford On sale on ebay in Spain July 2019, then bought by Tim Chick
7000 White Blue Sailed at National Championship in 2018
7072 Monaco White Orange

 

For sale in Dublin 2015 for £175

For sale in Dublin 2016 for £349

8105 GRP White Yellow Seen on “Yachting and Boating World Forum dated 04/09/2012
9000 Wood 2012 Sprite I Varnish Varnish Ronny de Gruyter

 

New build – see Ronny’s blog here.