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    Posted: 31 Mar 16 at 4:17pm
So a zombie is something returned from the dead.

Which naturally defines any number of dinghy classes that should have been buried long ago, but like frankenstein have been revived, in the cottage Industry that sprang up in the recession of commercial banditry, trading on a dated PY and or providing a commercial market for pro riders and sail makers, which is fair enough, just a pity they are not able to ply their trade on new builds/designs.

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GP14
Miracle
Merlin
Osprey
Phantom
Solo
Streaker

That's just one not so magnifcent seven group foisted on folk for want of something better.

There must be more, or do you think different?
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quit your bitching and come and join us.... 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 16 at 5:41pm
I wasn't aware that any of them had ever died?

That's just one not so magnifcent seven group foisted on folk for want of something better.

I know you really can't get your head round this, but some people really like sailing those boats, and think, with considerable justification, that the fact that are still around after a long and healthy life reflects their significant merit as boats to sail.

There are certainly boats on the market today that look interesting, and under different circumstances I might well consider seriously. However, for me the racing is far more important that what I sail and if I can sail a good boat in a fleet that gives me good racing and a good social group I'd far rather do that than sail a newer more perfect boat in a handicap fleet on my own - and spend my life as some seem to do complaining about the handicap system. Why bother?
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I have 4 Zombie boats.
Minisail "Sprint"
Enterprise.
Aquabat (accepted by Minisail class association).
And possibly your worst nightmare, "Tinker Traveller".
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with the possible exception  of the GP14, I'd have any of those, if they fitted my requirements. In fact I do own one of those and another that graham would no doubt, consider of the same ilk (Scorpion)

For the most part these classes have good turnouts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 16 at 7:35pm
No, funnily enough I don't consider the Scorpion in that grouping, not at all, it must be the familiarity of it at Hythe which used to be Scorpion central and it's a shame there aint any left racing although one of our members still travels to their opens.

Now the Fireball on the other hand....

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How can the Merlin Rocket have "returned from the dead" when it has been constantly evolving and moving forward for 70 years? The boats now bear little resemblance to those from the past and certainly haven't "returned" to what they were.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 16 at 10:08pm
4320, in grf's strange world, only the Enterprise could be a zombie boat of those you list. None of the others have been brought back to life in an updated form by a builder intent, in grf's mind, to cash in on the 3 years it takes for a yardstick to catch up with changes made to a boat. His mind is a small, bitter place to be, so best to visit as little as possible.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 16 at 10:19pm
Zombie boats are the undead trying to lure the unaware back to hades to sail the river styx in grf's strange world.
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http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/188621/GP14-World-Championship-in-Barbados-day-3

Looks like the zombie boats are having a ball in Barbados
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