R.I.P. Laurie Davidson

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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.  

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One tonner Blue Max two that I owned for many years. Thank you MR Davidson for some of the best sailing of my life. You knew how to draw boats that were both fast and beautiful.

RIP.

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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. 

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We had a great red and white IMS design, about 42 feet, here in Hawaii, arrived '92-ish.

Originally it was "Power Play" and then later "Outlaw", and then sold back to down under.
 

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We had a great red and white IMS design, about 42 feet, here in Hawaii, arrived '92-ish.

Originally it was "Power Play" and then later "Outlaw", and then sold back to down under.

I raced on Power Play when it was new. pretty boat (and great owner, Pete Richards out of HYC), and fast upwind, but couldn't seem to find a way to get it unstuck off the wind.
 

Great Red Shark

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Yep, that's the one - I wonder what happened to her.

I was crew on the competition, but knew Pete from the clubs and he invited me to sail with them one day - a very early shake-down sail, actually - and it was blowing like heck.

I step aboard and quickly noticed the dinghy-swivels on the cabin top for the vang tails. "Those look kinda light..."
"Shut up, kid." from some hot-shot crew ( okay, fine whatever )

OF COURSE in the day's proceedings we had a gnarly gybe or two and then found the short, stamped 'arms' on BOTH of them had totally collapsed like accordions and been rendered useless.
 

sledracr

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I step aboard and quickly noticed

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...
 




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