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    Posted: 19 Nov 13 at 8:38am
Of all those boats you have owned or sailed, which was your favorite? I know this might be like choosing a favorite child, but go on, pick one!

Mine is Saskia, Firefly 2324.

The strange thing is I only owned her for a couple of years in the early 90's. I then sold her when we worked abroad for a bit in '95, but a year later my wife started sailing her, and then bought her, so she came back to the fold! Kathryn has owned her now for 17 years or so.


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Firefly 2324, Lightning 130, Puffin 229, Leader, Topper 44496, yellow Minisail
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For dinghy racing it would be my Phantom. It is the first dinghy that I actually fitted in and could sail competitively across the wind range (ie light winds that predominate). I also love the feel of the helm and sail which give loads of feedback.

For racing in general it would have been my Hunter 707, when back in the day it had some great fleet racing with 50+ boats at every race and the fleet attitude was great.

For just having a laugh it would have been the Topper Spice which was fantastic when hanging off the back wire in 20 knots plus wind amongst large waves. Any other twin trapeze boat would have been a handful, but the Spice had a dirty great big rudder and could tolerate not being completely flat which was handy in waves.


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Tricky one Rupert, but I think it has to be my first Hornet riding the plank in a screaming three sail reach.

It was my first experience of going that fast and on the edge. Still brings a smile to my face


Second in line must be my childhood Mirror. My first boat and the result of lots of Christmas and birthday prezzies


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Halo, my last Cherub, rigged with her NZ Fyfe/C-Tech rig.



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It would have to be 505 7621 every time, although I do really enjoy helming the Phantom.
This view might be biased by the fact that I was younger when I sailed 505s and had some fantastic helms to sail with.
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Fireball K13655. Beautiful wooden boat by Bob Hoare which I fitted out completely.
 
Sailed it from '85 to 89 on the circuit against the pros and top amateurs, and that taught me everything I know about racing. Never reached 22 stone all up crew weight, yet could sail them in anything and on anything (and did).
Great boat to crew:-  fast, needed finess, low sheet loads, adjustabilty of a 505, yet could have tacking duels like a Lark.
 
Never sailed another boat which was so rewarding to crew.
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My old topper 34024, still in nearly as new condition! introduced me to sea sailing and proper national level racing, and i loved beating people in far newer, more expensive boats than mine :P Now sold to another junior who i hope will enjoy it just as much as me!
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Thats a tough question. Its either Graduate 2921 or 49er 055, both of which are the smoothest most rewarding boats I have ever sailed!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RichTea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 13 at 8:46pm
Laser 162786 (went to rutland) got me into this sport.

Most fun, the Feva, the three sail reach on the long distance race was amazing fun. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 13 at 8:49pm
I have owned five contenders, if you rolled them all into one boat that would be my favourite.  I really did love my last 470 - 703, it went to live in the Netherlands and I cried when I sold it.  But I just love the contender.  My latest, 2359 is currently at Chris Somner's for a refurb and repaint.  I just hope the matching knee refurb will alow me to keep sailing it.  
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