Norman Jenkins. Janus 22 "Two Fishes". "I should apologise for leaving you without news or pictures of our two epic crossings to Holland in "Two Fishes" our Janus, which is proving a really good boat. We have now logged hundreds of miles including a crossing to Vlissingen straight across the North sea last year, and the same landfall this year, via Ramsgate, Dunkirk, Ostende and Breskens..."
John Humphries Canada. Builder/Owner of a Meander "Dreamtime". "I had a visit the other day from Ian Slow, of Hornby Island BC, up the islands from here, he has completed and is sailing his "Merlin". Also saw him last May sailing at the BC. Multihulls meet . There’s a fun race on the Sunday and I believe he left everyone behind! He also tells me there is a Strider in Vancouver, and a "Banshee" in Seattle. So maybe I’ll track them up one of these days. I still keep in touch with Ray and Geraldine Gunnell in W Australia. They are progressing okay with building a Meander."
Bob Cole from St Augustine Florida sails a Strider. "We just returned from our most successful (fun) trip so far. Paul 12, Phil, 8, and I spent 3 weeks sailing down to Marathon in the Florida Keys 500 water miles from here. Then Peggy drove down and we rented a house for a week which had a place to tie up the boat, good fishing for Paul and Phil, kitchen, bathroom, refrigerator, air conditioning, etc! After our time there Peggy and Phil drove home and Paul and I had a nice sail home Our ‘‘Strider’’ is doing great. It is a very low maintenance, practical boat for us. Paul and Phil are very interested in fishing. Paul says they caught 60 fish of 15 different species on the trip."
Dennis Lapham Zimbabwe is another builder/owner of a Strider. "It was incredible to get rain in May for our annual regatta on Lake Kariba. First time in memory, but the good wind accompanying it made up a little for the discomfort, as not many were expecting wet weather for 2 days! We had 41 racing/cruising boats for the week and with 6 Striders we were the largest class. Hope there will be 10 at least next year. Guy Redmile and I had a ding dong race, as forecast, and I won!"
Norman Tudball. Birkenhead. Builder/Owner Mira "Keine Marjie". "Enclosed a photo of the launch of our Mira on the 11th August. There have been a lot of compliments on the design and amount of space, and she floats level above the waterline. It was a great feeling when the boat actually floated after all the years spent on the building of her. I’ve got a 9.9 hp Yamaha and she handles really well."
Geoff Halsall. New Zealand. Flica "Teela". "We have been very pleased with our Flica (built in the UK at Millbrook) and the fact that we are still living aboard after nearly 6 years and have sailed half way round the world is proof of a well designed yacht."
Bill Parker. Wales. Builder/Owner Mira. "Given that I am probably more ponderous than some and untrained in woodworking, I will not be disappointed if I take 3 years to complete the project of building my ‘‘Mira’’. Working singlehanded I have not experienced any real difficulty, but I do appreciate being able to chat over any doubts with you and thank you for this valuable service. Should you have anyone who wants to chat about building a ‘‘Woods Catamaran’’, I am quite happy for you to give them my telephone number. My comments will be favourable. I am enjoying the building and the anticipation of sailing and must be careful that I don’t become a perpetual builder!"
Peter and Marisa Williams from Malta sail a Quattro 16. A report from the Malta Times. "Malta School Open Dinghy Regatta". Having a class of their own was a first this year for the cats. Peter and Marisa Williams have raced Joe and Denise Farrugia for some time in their Quattro 16’s but this year a few Hobie 16’s have emerged, enough to make up a combined cat class. The Quattro’s are a little faster than the Hobies with a PY of 83 to the Hobies of 85 but close enough to promise good racing in the future. Results.. Catamarans. 1. Peter and Marisa Williams (Quattro 16). 2. Joe and Denise Farrugia (Quattro 16). 3. Mario Valentino and David Gales (Hobie 16).
We get regular letters from Jurgen and Ines who are sailing round the world on their deep V ply Mira "Timana". They left Germany in 1992 and visited the East Coast of the USA and the Caribbean before sailing through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. "We are sailing again! Day sailing along the east coast of Australia is very good fun. Plenty of good anchorages and always S.E.trade winds (downwind). All the nice islands along the way do slow us down a bit. Our visas are running out in Australia so we may go to Bali for the surfing season. At the moment we do enjoy the sailing life so much that we will take it very easy on our way west." Latest news is that they are now in Thailand.
UK Racing Roundup. The UK multihull association (MOCRA) organise many races each year. In 1996 the Banshee Hasty Lady, sailed by the Walkers and Lillywhites won the RORC offshore multihull division. The Round the Island Race (1200+ entries) was also a success for Woods Designs, Hasty Lady beating all the French designs, and 24 Carat (a 12 year old Strider) beating the first Melges 24 (a much hyped Sports Boat) by over an hour on elapsed time.