A bit late to the party but here are a few shots of one of my favourite designs of his, because i used to sail on it, the one where we are going upwind was in weather doctor who liked best, we were beating a Cookson 50 at that time and nearly beat them over the line but murdered them on handicap the other are just to show how good she looked.
One of Laurie's best out racing today in shiny paint and new sails. Violetta started life as Pendragon whose wins in the 3/4 Ton and 1 Ton worlds are noted above. He's lucky to have owners who keep his boats sailing. Back in the day I had the pleasure of racing with John and Suzie MacLaurin aboard Laurie's 30' Stardancer and the 44 foot Pendragon. Laurie Davidson was a very good designer and a great guy. He generously supplied drawings of his 70 footer Cassiopeia a few years ago when we were asked to help with some changes and repairs so we knew how it was built. Laurie was a class act who is missed.
I learned, on that boat, that I'm red-green colorblind.
How? I'd been doing bow for a million years and every boat I knew of had the same setup.... red for port-spin, blue for centerline, green for stbd-spin. No problem.
So on a Friday night race early in the program, I was asked to work bow, and... couldn't tell the halyards apart. I'm "told" they were light-green, orange and yellow, some sort of tropical-island variant of the usual Samson colors, but I couldn't tell the difference for the life of me. They all looked sorta the same shade of yellow-ish gray.
Also learned, that evening, that grabbing the wrong halyard and trying to hoist a fractional headsail on a masthead spin halyard doesn't go so well...