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Title: N3551 Over The Rainbow
Post by: National 12 Webmaster on February 18, 2020, 12:09:06 PM
Over The Rainbow.  Design: Dead Cat Bounce modified, designed by: Jo Richards in 2008.
From four plank construction lines drafted by Keith Callaghan 2015.
Title: Re: N3551 Over The Rainbow
Post by: 3513SL on April 05, 2021, 08:12:31 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51097672505_ac649f370a_h.jpg)


Built during 2019 by Simon Hipkin Boats, N3551 was just about ready when I collected her from Simon's workshop in January 2020. Simon and I spent a day 'finalising' N3551, but it was clear that the build quality and attention to detail was incredible. The full story behind why we decided to buy new is in the 2020 Newsletter.


First launched at RHYC in February 2020 at the Mid-Winter Champs, we sailed straight into the first race and held good speed. N3551 was a delight to sail. Coming from a Feeling Foolish, we had a lot to learn still, with a custom internal layout and the T-Foil rudder. Aside from the odd adjustment here and there, we seemed to sail N3551 quicker each time we went out which is encouraging.


After a shortened season in 2020, N3551 went back to Simon's workshop in early 2021 to have the graphics applied and they really are the 'finishing touch'. Much like with our Feeling Foolish, the plan is to club race at RHYC whilst attending N12 Open Meetings, Norfolk Week, Burton Week etc.