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  1. I have a Revenna which I will be racing at Fleetwood this weekend!!
  2. Coming up straight after next lockdown release step, Classic &Vintage Vane M's at Fleetwood. Racing Vane Marbleheads from the 1930's through to the 1980's. NOR will be published shortly by Peter Whiteside. Usually a great, relaxed, weekend with dinner at the North Euston Hotel on the Sat evening. Being Vane (free) sailing, helpers are always needed and sometimes we have spare boats. Come & join us and relive some of the history of our sport! Pics below from 2019 event. Call me for more info 07770 641125 Derek P.
  3. Back in around 1997 I would have won the 10r Nationals at the Round pond as I was the top 10r. Unfortunately I was beaten by a couple of Marbleheads!!!
  4. In 60 years of racing, club, open, National & World Championships, vane & radio, all classes, I've never had a boat lost or damaged. no doubt I will now I've said that!!!
  5. Nice one Jonny!! You'll be able to test them at the Nationals in August. Entries open Monday!!
  6. So sorry and sad to hear of the passing of 2 of the Eastern District's gentleman sailors, Nicky Enion and David Perkins. I was fortunate to be able to welcome both of them to Fleetwood for National Championships. Nicky came for the 2017 Marblehead & 10r championship weekend and during the racing his phone fell out of his pocket into the lake. quick as a flash, Walshy ran to the clubhouse came back with a net, fished out the phone which still worked!! David came to the 2018 IOM Nationals and I learnt from him that he was a retired P&O cruise ship Captain. P &
  7. Hi Wayne, It's ABSOLOUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! that's what it is!! After that I can't help. My suggestion would be Vic Bellerson of Bourneville where they sailed them most & Vic goes back almost as far as I do!! Full marks to whoever owned & kept it in such original condition. What a find. Good luck with it. Best wishes Derek
  8. Hi Graham, Tony Able "Scimmitar" with some of the stern chopped off would be my guess. There were several of them around in the 1980's when that number would be current. A chap called Geoff (Jeff) Hoer at Woodspring had one & raced it very successfully. Hope this helps. Best wishes Derek.
  9. Hi Gareth, Very interesting read. I joined the Radio A fleet in 1979 and raced in the RA Nationals at Basildon (later Chelmsford) RYC . The boat I used was Kami Sama which had been owned & built by Dennis Lippet, and went through various hands and ended up at Fleetwood & placed 2nd in our one & only World A class Championship in 1975 raced by Alec Lamb of Fleetwood. Mike Harris won the event. In 1979 I was loaned the boat to use in the RA Nationals and off I went to Basildon with Kami Sama & my new wife Maureen (Auntie Maureen) . Kami Sama kept up to her tr
  10. Hi Gareth, Wow! 2" difference, that's some discrepancy> Maybe needs some very careful re measurement! Derek
  11. You, and Damian have worked hard on this project and deserve success. Best of luck when you eventually get to the start line!!! From all at Fleetwood.
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    How will she be when she sails for the "pole" ??
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