Having sailed a keelboat for the last hundred or so years it's back to dinghies before I'm far too old....... So I've bought "Terabyte", anyone know her? having sailed Contenders and other assorted craft the Merlin was a natural - my dad sailed 728 "Spasmodic" with Bob Hoare.
PS - the whole thing is Nigel and Susie Brooke's (3748) fault...... and Mark and Lou Barwell.
The Terrabyte I know belonged to Shaun Frolich. It was a frp Canterbury Tales built by Jon Turner. A quick boat, it finished 5th in the 1992 Championships, sailed by Pete Impy and Julian Brady. sail number 3478
Thanks Chris - really looking forward to getting her going and meeting everyone at the Nats in Looe - we'll probably be the oldest CT there! She now has a hi-vis bright orange bottom which could be useful....
Many thanks Richard, great to have some history. Will have a look for the hull no. when I get her next week! Only seen the photos! Thoroughly looking forward to it all.
Race you at the nationals Andy. I'm 3477. Be good to get a bunch of 'more mature' merlins there.
Excellent. Maybe we could try and be immature......
As the Nationals Co-ordinator for 2014 it's great to hear that you will both be joining us for the Looe Nationals. I am sure you will be able to put many newer boats to shame - me included. Please encourage as many mature boats as you can, preferably with disgracefully immature owners, to come and play in 2014. The next magazine will have an article on feedback from Tenby and some introductory details for Looe. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to drop me an email.
......and its Louise Johnson not Barwell, Andy (don't get me further in the sh*t please)
Ooops sorry Ms Johnson.... maybe see you Sunday, it's going to be windy. I think N & S will be doing Looe as well. Colin Merret crewing me! Blimey combined age of about 190... Is there an old git/newcomer prize?
I remember it at Salcombe in 2011 with its new orange paint job (came 77th).
I think the bow drop and colour was done by Jamie Stewart at Synthesize Yachts.
Shaun Frohlick lent me this boat for the 1999 nationals at Weymouth. It was a lovely boat to sail. I next saw it at Salcombe a couple of years ago - the reason it came as low a 77th is that Mike and Claire had a bit of gear failure, I think lifting rudder problems.
Thanks all - so if I come 76th that's quite good....... Coincidentally Mike Partridge borrowed my keelboat to do Cowes Week in '08 and won, without me!!! His bro Jay is my right hand man in the keelboat, small world!
Hi Andy...another Contender sailor now in Merlins! I'll be in Lymington soon, it would be good to catch up (maybe with the Ferret). Speak soon, Dougal
Hi Dougall (Henshaw??)! Good to hear from you after all these years - so you will be sailing a Merlin out of Lymington? What have you got? Ferret will be doing some sailing with me (he lives in Lym) plus my latest (and last)wife who's dead keen to get out on Terabyte.
Less "generous" than he used to be - i've got him on a strict regime.... he's promised to get the 15 minutes down to 10, fast.....!
Ferret was voted Top crew a few years ago. I am sure he can get it down to five minutes
Andy.....will be at the Royal Lym YC on Saturday afternoon doing an interview with Alan Warren and Barry - if you're around later will catch you in the bar! (I'll need the bar by then!)
Have to work Saturday **!^$""+***!! )-:
Back to one of my original questions - Merlins with bows that have been dropped - was this carelessness?
Yes, mainly a fad
Dougall, will be in the club 1600ish
Gareth Griffiths Notting Hill Rigging Co
Looks like "Terabyte" and "The Dream Machine" will be sitting alongside each other through the winter in Lymington... Looking forward to having another Merlin sailor to bounce ideas off.