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    Posted: 19 Dec 16 at 6:33pm
Got this Solo down the lake, signed by a Frank lookslike Mountifield, my recollection of Mountifield was Mike, so is this an Offspring and is he a Solo sailmaker and why would the sail be signed by him or is he a measurer,, just wondering, it was a bit of a puzzle.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GarethT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Dec 16 at 6:37pm
Isn't that a Batt sail?

As an aside, did you know Dick Batt's brother is Mike Batt, the Wombles man?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Dec 16 at 6:53pm
Er no, I really don't know anything about Solo's other than they harbour spiders and rot away in corners of boat parks, some that must have been quite nice in an antique furniture sort of way.

I knew Mountifield sails, used to sail for them for a bit back in the day, but never heard of a Frank, the assembled Solo -ists assumed that was a Mountifield sail logo and tbh it was that long ago I'd forgotten anyway, it took me a while to remember Mikes name, he became quite (in)famous for his race officering and his team which included Freddie Gale, a real character.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Dec 16 at 7:10pm
Ha! Yes I remember Freddy Gale back in the early 70s at HISC Contender events. A great character.

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Conventionally that would be a measurer's signature.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Dec 16 at 8:20pm
There is a Frank Mountifield associated with our sailing club (Island Barn Reservoir) as one of our trophies is named after him (I think he might have been a commodore as well). Unfortunately before my time, but maybe JimC might know.

Edit: Just saw that Jim posted before me, so maybe Jim doesn't know.


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I did wonder if that might be the case.. a measurers signature for some event or other in 1992 so quite young in Solo years, only in its twenties, so the $64,000.00 question is Frank related to Mike, or no?
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Its a Batt sail and has nothing to do with Mountfield sails ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil_1193 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Dec 16 at 6:47am
I would suggest that signature isnt Mountfield.

Too many dots over what appears to be 'i's and no ld, just ends in an L
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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Dec 16 at 7:31am
Originally posted by rich96

Its a Batt sail and has nothing to do with Mountfield sails ?


+1 Batt
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