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Derek Priestley

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  1. Hi Vinnie, Thats very good, but you only have 17 showing on NMYC and only 12 on the MYA site!! Who are all the extras?
  2. Great & detailed report!! Nice pics. I commend it to the MYA Racing officer, in lieu of my R. O.'s report so that I can now concentrate on preparations for the forthcoming IOM Nationals at Fleetwood at which I am again to be R.O. !
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    Hi Steve, If you can find a way, you will be most welcome at Fleetwood Derek Priestley President Fleetwood MYC.
  4. Hi Colin, "Mirage" were designed by Jeff Byerley a Kiwi, from AUS! We had several of them here in UK about 20 yrs ago. Hope this helps Derek
  5. Hi Gareth, Following on from all of your experiences, I believe that you have now completed phase 1 of the A class measurer's training course!! Just the draught, freeboard, QBL, sail area & formula (slide rule operation) reqd!! hope to see you at our "Bill the milk" trophy classic & Vintage Marblehead event in 3 weeks? Derek
  6. Well sailed everyone. Given the lack of wind & water, a good shakedown for Gosport!
  7. David Munro at Poole is probably your best chance.
  8. Since I can't go to the IOM ranking at CHF, I'll see you there!
  9. Could this boat have originated in Europe? We never had 1m long free sailing yachts in UK. We had 36" and Marblehead 50". I've been in the sport since 1960 but never heard of free sailing boats 1m long. Perhaps it was just a project some one built for fun. It looks very nicely built. Sorry I can't be more help. DerekP
  10. I have a Revenna which I will be racing at Fleetwood this weekend!!
  11. 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!!!
  12. 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!!!
  13. Nice one Jonny!! You'll be able to test them at the Nationals in August. Entries open Monday!!
  14. 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 & O being my wife & I's favourite cruise line David & I exchanged stories about their ships. I feel privileged to have known them both.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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 traditions & I finished 2nd to a man from Woodspring John ??? racing a white (Bob Underwood built) Highlander! But the point of this ramble is that in that race was Norman Hatfield with Serica! Best wishes Derek.
  18. Hi Gareth, Wow! 2" difference, that's some discrepancy> Maybe needs some very careful re measurement! Derek
  19. 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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