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    Default Dinghy racing in 1955

    Stumbled upon this today. I love this film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhUGsDxSR2U

    Hope you enjoy it.

    Mike
    "near it, a small whale-boat, painted red and blue, the delight of the king's old age."

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    Wonderful.

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    British Pathe has a lot of nice old movies.

    Very nice looking boats, people dressed well back then too.
    Steve

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    All National 12's. Intended to be able to be built by amateurs as a development class. And how they have developed.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    I have fond memories of racing a Firefly in the late fifties.
    Last edited by JimConlin; 10-09-2017 at 04:11 PM.

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    Ditto, while at the LSE, on the Welsh Harp in North London. I was jealous of the National 14 footers then, and still am. Another development class.

    Tony.

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    Default Re: Dinghy racing in 1955

    I posted this clip from 1955 before but I'll post it again:




    I have both a 1962 Firefly and a 1946 International Fourteen. The Firefly's 90 sq ft rig drops straight into the Fourteen (125 sq ft) . You don't even need to adjust the shrouds. You can also swap the rudder (but not the tiller!) Patching the Firefly is dead easy, but Heaven knows how one would go about repairing the Fourteen.
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