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  1. 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 &
  2. Whoever is considering the purchase of "Sonamara" should be aware how lucky they will be! She was the last A class boat built by renowned and many times gold medal winning designer & builder Bill Sykes of Bourneville. Bill's vane A class designs won many A class Nationals in the 80's 90's & 00's and he built designed & built "Sonemara" for Peter Maskell (5 times Vane A class National Champion). The craftsmanship is beautiful. Congratulations to whoever is the lucky new owner.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Hi Gareth, Wow! 2" difference, that's some discrepancy> Maybe needs some very careful re measurement! Derek
  7. 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" ??
  9. Accidents happen & most vane sailors accept this with good grace & there are always lots of people happy to help repair. I'm sure that we'd all be happy to see a few vintage boats racing in the centenary A week (2023) and I for one wouldn't mind if the forward most part of the hull was not "elastomeric"!! Good luck with your build & hope we'll see you at classic & vintage Marbleheads next year. Derek
  10. Hi Thierry, Glad to be of help. You'd be most welcome at Fleetwood any time but if you want to race in Vane A Week you need not travel so far, as due to its cancellation this year, A week is at Gosport in 2021. Best wishes with your boat Derek. p.s. how about some pics?
  11. Hi Thierry, No it's just a wire fork which is pressed into the tube with the velcro at right angles so that the wire is across pushing against the mast, & the velcro goes up & down and sticks to the strip of velcro which is attached to the mast. It looks quite primitive but it is used by about 60% of the Vane A fleet here!! D
  12. Hi Thierry. The spinnaker pole or Boom as we call it will be the same length as the J measurement on the boat. If the boat has deck manrk then measure between the mid mast mark to the mid mark at the front of the jib . The velcro is stuck vertically to the mast just above the gooseneck for about 2 " ( 40mm) The oposite type of velcro is fitted to the end of the boom between a wire fork so that as the boom is pushed to the mast it sticke. Voila!! Good luck Derek
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