My father was one of the founders of the Merlin rocket club with Jack Holt at Ranelagh in Putney. I believe my father bought one of your broad MRs in the 60's I think it was an Ada class?
I have the Merlin Rocket Owners Association year books containing a list of boats with the names of their registered owners and sailing clubs for 1951 and from 1962 onwards.
I think the design must be an Adur
Former Whitstable Pro
There were some Adur boats built under sail no 1000 . One I know of was I think 988 which was a beautiful boat that looked much wider than it was . It was sailed at Lancing in the early 60's .
My fathers name was Blakemore, Kenneth
The Adur design boats with numbers before 1000 were:
Quote from Jim Park in the Merlin book about wide boats:
Son of Blakemore, Kenneth
We did own Show Girl # 674 and it was stored in the back racks of Ranelagh Sailing Club in Putney for years. Who owns it now or is it still in the club? My Dad bequeathed it to me but I had already moved to the U.S. and I heard there was a bill for years of storage? I never went back to claim it and I don't know if he sold it or disposed of it in my absence. How much is it worth on the market now? She was a fast boat especially with the spinnaker up. Nothing could catch us in the sea with that broad beam. She was a hellova boat. If anyone has seen 674 please have them contact me as I am the rightful owner of not just 674 but the unpaid dues to Ranelagh which I apologize for. My Dad dumped my mother and I on my 16th birthday at the time when I had just become the first junior member at Ranelagh. The rest is history. KB died in his late 80's, his 2nd wife had passed away some years before and he lived alone in north London. I gather the social worked came to the door and he opened it and dropped dead on the spot. His ashes were cast into the Thames in front of Ranelagh. If any of his buddies are still alive this is the way he went. I remember he went from Merlin Rockets to Solos later in his life,
Nick Price (214)
Not still at Ranelagh and was gone before my time. I will ask John Stokes if he remembers it and post here. Unpaid dues eh? Let me get my calculator. No record of your father on my database.
Something can't be right I think. If the boat was numbered under 1000 it can't have been 7' 2 wide. If Expectant was the first design over 6' in 1966 and Watnot at 6'6" in 1968 with the 7'2" rule introduced in 1969. These would be boats with numbers over 2000.
Nick Price (214)
Spoke to John Stokes at the weekend who remembered your father well. He thought the boat was Saraband 679 and shows builder VIC which I can't find in the book. John borrowed the boat from your father once to sail on the sea but said it was not much use on the river.
According to the 1962 Year Book (the earliest I have after 679 was built)'Saraband' is an Ian Proctor designed Mk V1 built by Chippendales and OB and was at that time owned by P C Brewer at Minima YC.