Pure Magic: Salcombe 1987
You are welcome to use my "wallpaper" picture from 2006 which perhaps shows that the old and the new aren't all that different.
Straw Poll? I want mine for Xams but will happily wait until the Boat Show!
Dougal - I was in one of the workshops at Hamble Point recently when I was working on the newly acquired Terabyte and was shown two identical classic Merlins that had just had total professional restorations. I think they are mk 9s or similar and looked incredible. They're destined to be mounted in cradles on the deck of a very large classic motor yacht and craned in when the guests want go and have some jolly fun!!!! How awfully nice...... Anyway i'll see if it would be OK for you to come and have look and take some photos if you want to. Just let me know.
Does anyone out there have a magazine or report covering Salcombe 1987 - this was won by Chris Powell. If so, could you scan it form me please and I'll give you my email address.
Richard. Fantastic! Some of the pictures from the first book will also appear in the second, but if I can 'do better' then this is the opportunity to do so. So far I have only had one refusal of help, all other enquiries about pictures - and, it has to be said, assistance, have had great responses. The latest 'news' is that there are now publishers keen to proceed, but the overall plan of the book is causing some concerns. Large landscape format adds to the production time, as does embedded colour pictures AND then full page line drawings. The end result is that far from handing the book over late summer - as in 'post nationals' - I'm going to be pushing my luck if I delay until after Salcombe.
Andy....have been documenting their progress as Jim W worked to make them the best restorations ever completed - they are simply 'beyond description'! Have them photographed and filed away..... FYI, one is a W&C XII, the other is a IXb. But I agree, stunning boats! But thanks for the heads up anyway! PS... you were going to hunt out the picture of your father sailing.....
Good morning Dougal
Hi Richard (Battey). Despite the efforts of the wonderful, newly privatised Royal Mail to deliver your package to some other Isle of Wight, it has finally reached here - covered in a scrawled note apologising for the incorrect delivery! I'm less than pleased as this is the second lot of material for the book that as gone astray like this. That said, the important thing now is that I've got then discs and they are superb. What I will probably do is pull out a number of shots that I want to use (one of 'Gangsta' leaps up off the screen for starters....) and then we can start getting the okay to use it!