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General National 12 chat / Re: This is probably a bad idea....
« on: April 20, 2020, 09:46:54 PM »
Sorry, haven't checked in for a while, for various reasons,  CV19 lockdown being one. Since posting, I've been suffering with a bad back which an MRI scan reveals to be caused by a buggered lumbar spine,  so now waiting for a hospital referral to see what can be done to sort it out, so I guess I should also put my aspirations in this direction on ice for now. (Plus I have an unsailed Beneteau 21.7 sitting on a pontoon that I can't get anywhere near until lockdown ends). However, once I get over these little issues, I will definitely follow up these suggestions. Many thanks.

General National 12 chat / This is probably a bad idea....
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:16:13 PM »
Back in my teenage years, I owned one of the early Starfishes (Starminx,  2018). I haven't sailed a 12 in 50 years, and doing so now would probably be a very bad idea (too old, creaky and fat). However, my trainspotterish fascination with 12s, and old clinker 12s, never seems to have gone away. There have been a couple of Starfishes up for sale recently and I dithered about whether  to buy one (mainly with a view to preserving a historical boat and maybe occasionally sailing it when conditions weren't too challenging) and eventually let my better judgment win. But the hankering is still there.... if anybody hears of one in reasonable nick, I'd like to hear about it. No promises, I might still be sensible....

John Brooke (also 1466, Proctor VI, and crewed Gipsy one Burton week in the 60s)

Boats / Re: N1883 Bluebird
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:56:34 PM »
I *think* Bluebird was owned  by Jack Tully of Trent SC at Farndon and sailed by his daughter Jackie, who sadly died of  a brain haemorrhage at a very young age.

Boats / Re: N1066 Just William
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:02:01 PM »
Is this the photo you were referring to?

Boats / Re: N2176 Wyche Rabbit
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:07:04 AM »
Originally owned by Roger Richards at Trent S C. He, and Wyche Rabbit, have the distinction of baptising me with my first capsize, at the age of 12, in the Trent by Staythorpe Power Station. As far as ai recall, it wasn't even the warm bit of the Trent where the cooling water was discharged.

Boats / Re: N1466 Fred N Sign
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:27:50 AM »
Reposting the picture as it seemed to have disappeared in a server move....

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