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Romantic gesture at the Contessa 26 National Championships

by Paul Wells 13 Sep 2015 10:55 BST 29-31 July 2016
A romantic gesture at the Contessa 26 National Championships © Paul Wells

Romantic gesture at the National Championships

The CO 26 is one of those classes that just goes on and on, and one boat Curvaceous has been in the same family since new. The current family member to own the boat Deborah Bell got a shock when she hauled up the new mainsail bought for her by her boyfriend Mark Arnold as a birthday present!

The answer was YES!

The Contessa 26 class celebrates it's 50th Birthday in 2016 and the couple are planning to take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations detailed below.

Contessa 26 50th Anniversary Meet

Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the building of the first Contessa 26 and we are planning to mark this event with a rally to be based at Lymington over the weekend Friday 29 July – Sunday 31 July 2016.

We are hoping to achieve a record attendance for the event of 50 boats. The outline programme is as follows:

Friday 29 July – Assemble at Dan Bran Pontoon Lymington; moorings have been booked for Friday and Saturday nights and the Association will stand the cost for those members of the Association attending. There will be a barbecue that evening at the Mayflower which is conveniently located adjacent to the Royal Lymington.

Saturday 30 July – A gentle cruise to Newtown Creek or Bucklers Hard is planned starting at around 11.00. That evening there will be a dinner at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Sunday 31 July – A "round the buoys race" will be organised with a leisurely start at 11.00, after the race the fleet will assemble in Yarmouth and a pub lunch will be organised at the King's Head.

Each member of the Association attending will also receive, as part of the package, a commemorative plaque and a house flag.

Class Association members without their yachts are most welcome and every effort will be made to find space on members yachts attending the rally so they can participate fully in the various events!

Previous owners of Contessa 26s who may now have a different yacht are also most welcome.

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