Here's a shot of my first boat:
Well, I didn't own her, but she was the first boat that I raced. Sponge Kate was (may still be for all I know) a 12' Kittycat - designed by a Kiwi - Jim Young. Sail area 120' plus a nice shy kite. It looked set to dominate the trans-Tasman 12' Interdominion racing - so of course the slow-boat sailors had it banned. I've still got the plans for one.
Sponge Kate was owned by a local pastrycook - who found it a bit hard getting up in the early hours of the morning to work - and then going sailing, so he kindly allowed my brother and I to sail and maintain her - my introduction to varnishing.
This is a shot of her at the Australian titles on the Swan River in Perth around 1970. My brother on trapeze. I started sailing her not long after. A fabulous boat that we had no hesitation in taking offshore in conditions that probably wouldn't be allowed these days. I can remember being out there and not being able to see boats 50 metres away when the swells came through.
What was your first boat?