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    Fazisi Front Page

    You're mixing up boats and races and all kinds of things. Rothmans the Rob Humphreys designed maxi was never a ketch and finished 4th in the '89-90 Whitbread under Lawrie Smith, the race that Steinlager 11 won. Lawrie then took Fortuna Extra Lights from the '89-90 race, converted it into a ketch with the most sail area in all the fleet and entered the '93-94 Whitbread, also as Fortuna. The mizzen mast fell down shortly after the start in the first decent puff of wind, followed later the same day by the main mast. Lawrie Smith jumped onto Intrum Justitia, the Whitbread 60, at the start of Leg 2 after skipper Roger Nilson was injured, and set a new 24 hour distance record. He sailed the remainder of the race as skipper of Intrum.
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    Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Sure looks like she could do with a bit more mast.....
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    Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Rampant ii was built in South Africa in '79, sailed in Cape to Uruguay race in '82 and '85 as well as a couple of Sydney Hobarts and the '86 Transpac. Owned by Alan Tucker, who was a very good Flying Dutchman and Finn sailor who, although he emigrated to Aus in the early '80's, continued to be involved in South African Finn sailing until very recently. The boat was designed by Angelo Lavranos, 70' long. Angelo did have a tendency to under-rig boats. I've no idea what happened to her after '86, though.
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    Swede 55

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    Swede 55

    Yep, that's the one. She still has Woods Hole as her port of registry. Raced against Spilhaus last weekend at our Spring Regatta in False Bay. Pics by Trevor Wilkins:
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    Swede 55

    "Skye" USA 12 is now also based in Cape Town, along with "Spilhaus 111".
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    Plane Missing It's looking more and more like part of MH370 - the part number observed corresponds to the B777 maintenance manual.
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    never fuckin' mind

    Ying tong yiddle i po.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    All yours for 400,000 pounds according to Berthon. Here you go: http://www.berthon.c...07&currency=GBP According to them it puts the I in immaculate.... also the U in underachiever. Reckon they'd take offers? "With all the inventory needed to collect trophies all over the globe." The current owner has spent loads of $$ after CD, but not many new sails? Also appears to show a new keel installed 500mm forward from the previous position. I thought after CD ditched John Corby, Greg Elliot was commissioned to design a new keel and moved the position approx 500mm aft. What is going on here?, the current owner might have gone back to John Corby to put the keel back to it's original design position? On a positive note the previous owner (CD) did not have any known delamination problems. At the right price this boat is still a great boat even if there have been a few problems under the Windex! The boat can be had for a song, Irvine Laidlaw spent plenty on her, but has a Ker 46 arriving shortly.
  10. Thanks for the last picture from CT

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    IRISH LOVE STORY An elderly man lay dying in his bed. While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite scones wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs. With labored breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there, spread out upon the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite scones. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of love from his devoted Irish wife of sixty years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in rumpled posture. His aged and withered hand trembled towards a scone at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a wooden spoon.... "F**k off" she said, "they're for the funeral."
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    Swede 55

    As promised, some pics of "Spilhaus", the Cape Town Swede 55... All pictures by Trevor Wilkins.
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    Swede 55

    Enclosed a foto of „Spilhaus III“ (not spillhouse) ex „Counterpoint“ near Capetown. „Lets see to get the main one more row down...“ This one being Whitbread watch leader and round the world veteran Ted „Padda“ Kuttels („Atlantic Privateer“) second Swede 55, replacing his red hulled „Sweedy“ (boat no. one, which was lost previously in Mauritus). Zeb, in the interest of accuracy, Teddy Kuttel is the owner of "Spilhaus" in Cape Town. He is the brother of Peter "Padda" Kuttel, best known in sailing circles as the owner of "Xargo111" (Swan 65) in the 1981 Whitbread and "Atlantic Privateer" in the 1985 Whitbread. As stated "Spilhaus" is Teddy's second Swede 55, the first, with a red hull was wrecked and sunk on one of the islands north of Mauritius prior to the 1989 Mauritius to Durban race. Teddy has done many many thousands of miles with his beloved "Spilhaus" and continues to sail her actively today. I think I might have a couple of pics of her from last year. I'll post them if I can find them.
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    Couple Cruise for 1000 Days

    Huh? Think you might have your hemispheres confused, mate. BWR boats have just transited the Canary Islands. Spendid weather in Cape Town today. Real Time Weather (Translation: blowing dogs off chains & pissing with rain)
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    Couple Cruise for 1000 Days

    Er.. no - that's Cape Town. Ascension doesn't have a harbour, or much of anything apart from a whacking great runway capable of landing the biggest military aircraft & a tracking station.