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First Meeting of MOD 70

Looks slow compared to AC45 action?

Rambler 100 Capzised off Fastnet Rock

Glad all are well, Lucky pants on I think is the only thing you could say here apart from well done to the Irish RNLI for such a good job.

Farr 40 (Under the knife from down under)

Video Credit: Pete and the refit team.

Following what could only be described as a small very small inperfection on the Hull following light use over the years in local regattas, (it said in the Brokerage sales report) Like any old ageing Super Model of a certain age “Thunder Bird” needed to have the treatment. Botox, Surgery and Steriods. Now as you can see from the video, she has a new lovely pert / hard bottom again and has been stiffened up like a 18 year old, a new splash of make up (Paint Job) Taller rig and deeper keel should help her to pull again like any good 40’s something should. (someone’s going to get HUMPED)

Well done Team Thunderbird


JACKAROO 2011 Scottish Series

All images taken by Marc Turner of PFM Pictures www.pfmpictures.co.uk

TEAM JACKAROO  2011 Scottish Series Winners

The Jackaroo crew,Hamish Mackay, Peter Cameron, George Purves, Billy Russell Jr, Jon Fitzgerald and Roddy Anderson, all along with owner  Jim Dick.

For the grown up story follow this link


The Turner Prize (Scottish Series)

Photo Credit : Marc Turner http://www.pfmpictures.co.uk/

Some great sorry stunning photo’s from Marc Turner at the above link from Scottish Series. Who’s going to win the TURNER PRIZE this year?

Day 3 Tarbert Fair Weekend & Scottish Series


Photo Credit Marc Turner http://www.pfmpictures.co.uk/

To many compeitors Scottish Series has been the best in  memory. The new format of One Race a day and off to the pub for Magor other sporting events is proving very popular indeed and not only for the pub owners.

Sundays race was sailed in the very strongest of very windy very challenging type of conditions with the lulls down to 34kts and the gusts up at 44 kts. It was as you might think a big boys days out by all accounts. Continue reading

Blow Me! Day 2 Scottish Series

Photo Credit by Marc Turner of PFM Pictures http://www.pfmpictures.co.uk

Day 2 Scottish Series will go down as a very busy day in the pubs. With only one race managing to be sailed, the boats were back and tied up for lunch.
In IRC 1 (formaly known as IRC 2) it was again the big hitters Antix with one bullet followed by Tokoloshe in second and Playing Footsie in third place closely followed by what would have been a first in Class 2 Zephyr. The overall results for this class just show the top class one boats in 1,2,3 positions followed by the  boats from what was Class 2.
So that class One make your own mind up there.

IRC3 As said in day 1’s report anything might happen in this class to upset a string of bullets and some would say that was just what happened. The top spot went to the Grand Gru 2 team who in horrendous conditions pulled off a fantastic result. The team spokesman said it was all in the planning and have been out working up the team over the winter and feel that they have worked out who drinks what now, and are going for it big time. That sort of commitment you just don’t see any more. A source close to Jamie and it might actually have been him that said “Having now been forced to sail in a competitive class and not prepared to listen to D Ralston wittering on, were reallly looking forward to the BIG Sunday Race” Salamander xx were reported to have a massive broach and some on lookers thought that their facial expressions told a story of not actually knowing what to do as it may have been their  first mistake in many years. Although the boat was under the water onlookers were glad to see that Mr Corson did not actually get his feet wet…..Followed by Bengal Magic and Sloop John T.

Class IRC4 Another first for team Jackaroo J97 avaliable from Big Peter at Key Yachting, contact detail from The Marine Blast Marine Industry Directory apparently. No you have to say that Jackaroo did sail a faultless race in thier own conditions, it may have been windy but not for these boys. Where you have a team where everyone has BIG infront of their name off the water except WII Roddy that is (but I think that’s for other reasons) you have to expect them to go everywhere better do you? It was only gear failure that could stop these boys. Two tooth paste companies are trying to sign them up such was the smiles after the first race when the first bullet was shot. Followed by Mr Ross McDonald in Equinox aptly named for the series. In third place was Wildebeast 2 a little projection with lots of living space, sea view and close by amenities, rarely on the market. They had a great race and finished third with some time to spare. It’s amazing how some people will always look like an estate agent where ever they are, commented someone from a faster boat. All to play for in this class yet, well second and third places anyway.

Day ONE in the big Brother house (Scottish Series) during our extended winter.

Having been obviously been left off the media list by mistake  for the fifth year in a row, am having to go by what actually happens this week. Day one was a mixed bag, was my first observation judging by the way some were dressed, and when the other bag arrives I’m sure they will look a lot better and matching. Anyway 88 boats managed to the starting line for the start of what looks on paper to be a walk over for the big bendy bus with big winds forecast for the weekend or that’s what you would think! IRC one, sorry IRC 2 with some IRC 1 boats (4) added.  Anyway  most of the Ego’s have landed now and are getting down to the business of winning.  Although it’s early days and Class 1 (Formally known as Class 2) there were some good  average showings of what might be this weekend. Continue reading

What did u do that for?

Alinghi spashed right into someones EGO today, now thats what I call good spectator sport…………..Get it fixed and hit him back..

Drum Snared on Rocks in Oban (Call Arnold)

photo Credit Trawler Jean Francis

The well loved Maxi Yacht owned by Car Salesman Arnold Clark Ran Aground in Oban. I think everyone that has seen her sailing up and down the Clyde over the years will feel only sadness for this lovely old Maxi. On lookers watching the developments could not agree who to call. The AA or Direct Line, so just Called Arnold.

I’m sure that this big bus will get going once again, as she has been through a lot worse than this. All the best of luck in your efforts.

“It’s just a ding” and any of your body shops will have you back on the road in hours. FREE PHONE………… ARNOLD CLARK.

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