There have been several new boats sailing in Millbrook recently: Barry Winter launched his Wizard and very good it looked too (shame about the fenders though). John and Sigi Melling are off sailing their modified foam sandwich Scylla, launched after 18 months concentrated work. They made most of the interior in grp using melamine faced chipboard moulds. The result, a stiff lightweight structure and very little finishing.
Peter Williams from Malta wrote: "Strider no 89 has been launched, I was extremely happy on the big day. I sailed in a F4-5 and she really travelled and was handling just like the Quattro, although the advantage was that I had all my family on board and there was no messing with trapeze wires etc."
Pete Benjamin wrote "You can also add a Sagitta trip from S Africa across the Atlantic to the Carribbean, through the Panama Canal across the Pacific to New Zealand" Greg West, S African Sagitta owner wrote: " I just want to tell you what a fine little boat she is. I sail on the SE coast and conditions are pretty rugged. She has handled the bad stuff extremely well".
Garett and Tonnae Hennigan, Vancouver, British Columbia "Our Gypsy 28 cat "Light Wave" has been in the water 3 months and we are really enjoying it. Our sails are used ones (ran out of money) and so are not full size (about 50 square feet short on each one) or full battened in the main. We figure we have 1 reef in all the time! At 20 knots of wind we are doing 8 to 10 knots. We were in 25 to 30 knots with 6 foot swells and were surfing between 10 and 15. Quite something! Thanks again for all your help. You truly did design one fantastic boat."
For the second time a Banshee won the multihull class in the gruelling 1999 2500 mile 2-Handed Azores and Back Race. (Lilian and I had won in 1987). Backlash, sailed by Tony Purser and Pip Patterson did very well to finish in a total time of just over 17 days. Tony is getting a lot of experience in offshore racing as he also finished the 1997 Fastnet race, the first catamaran ever to compete in this famous ocean race and finished 3rd in the 1998 Round Britain race (also with Pip as crew).
Also in a Banshee Dennis and Heather Williams have cruised from Alderney in the Channel Islands to the Caribbean via N Spain, Porto Santo, Las Palmas and Barbados before leaving the boat in Trinidad to return to work before carrying on cruising.