New Rocketeer - Old Rocket! (782)
Hello, have recently bought MR no 782, sailed her a few times, and she seems to be a very nice little boat indeed. Believe she is a Proctor Mk VI, so about 1957/58. Wondered if anyone had any news on her, what she was called originally? Also looking to add a spinnaker - will be bag launched, wondered if there was any advice for that too?
In the (hopefully temporary) absence of Tony Lane the yearbook shows her as built 1957 by Chippendale and called Hutch Ado. She is listed as a Proctor VI. I am sure Tony has earlier yearbooks with early owners.
The 1968 year book shows her name as 'Thermopylae' and her owner as J Hughes, 3 Orchard Close, Horndean, Hants and Portchester S.C. She is a Proctor Mk 6. The hull was built by Chippendale. She may have been finished by the first owner but the 1968 yb is the only one that indicates that fact.
'Thermopylae', what a marvellous name. And she's coming home, will take her over to Portchester just to see where she used to sail. How would I go about re-registering? Frankly 'Hutch Ado' is a bit of a rubbish name, and I think Thermopylae is more fitting for a boat of her age and lines.
Welcome to the class Joe
hi joe, have an old spinnaker and pole off 1039 5ft if its any good to you, sorry not much else as most of it is still on the M42.(no it was'nt in an accident, it just fell apart!!!
That would be brilliant, if you could send me an email on [email protected] then we can sort out price/collection etc. Thanks once more,
Just to get in before the other pedants- Thermopylae a very appropriate name, the clipper that beat the Cutty Sark in the great Tea Race as well as the battle the Spartans lost against the Persians.
"Tell them of us, and say obedient to their wishes here we lie".
Yes but not in F5/F6. Capsized my MkIX as soon as spinny was launched last Saturday. But who cares; the sea was warm and on the following reach she emptied in no time. Beware large spinnakers on narrow boats.
It's supposed to be bad luck to change a boat's name so it must be really good luck to change it back to the original name! Thermopylae sounds good and stately for an old boat.
Actually Pat, changing the name of a boat is meant to change its luck. It is bad luck for a boat to have no name. So, a good change could help.
A change is as good as a rest, some say.
Gosh I didn't know that it was unlucky for a boat not to have a name but always thought it unlucky to change a name. We have the Mirror we took to Salcombe with no name. Better ask the children what they want to call it. As far as I know it's never had a name and it's quite old. Any suggestions?
Clint? (The man with no name.)
"A l'eau. C'est l'heure" is a name that has amused me. For a Mirror "Who's the fairest" "On reflection" "Smoke and" "Full length"
Well sailed this p.m. Joe. Definitely go for Thermopylae, you added to my education by explaining which classic battle was which. Glad you enjoyed our occasional scooping up of Langstone Harbour - I am still trying to convince the crew that wider boats need to be sailed flat! Fortunately we never completely lost it. Enjoy the spare spinnaker.
Thanks to all for the posts, seems to be a great bunch of people that own Rockets, will do my best to continue that! Hope to see you all at an open when I've got her sailing just right. And with a name like Thermopylae a fancy dress theme will be easy!
I think you'll find that the new Measurement Certificate from the RYA is free if you're a RYA Personal Member. It's worth joining for lots of other benefits as well, to say nothing of the fact that it's the sport's national governing body.
If you are a member, it costs £15 rather than £20