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 Post subject: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 7:46 pm 
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Hi all,
My other love is sailing and being in Herts gives me lots of options. I can pop to the Essex coast, Grafham water or Rutland. I keep my boaty boat at Stewartby sailing lake near Bedford which is a nice sailing area and close to me plus it is big enough to get some rip roaring speed out of my rocket without an engine.

She is a Prindle 16 (our American friends will probably know this class) and she is a catamaran. She is as fast as a small speed boat even though she is 27 years old (I like the younger woman!!!)

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Everyone remarks on the colourful sail.

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It wasn't very windy on this outing.

I have been sailing since I was 9 yrs old. I am now nearly 40 and still cannot get enough of that speed without an engine type thing.
Sailing brought me into contact with youth groups and schools as I am a qualified dinghy instructor so I have been able to be part of a lot of young persons lives and know that some of them have gone on to great things in the sailing world.

My friends in St. Ives, Cornwall bought a little boat and asked me to teach them. One of them is now the 2009 Vago national champion. That makes it all worth while for me and one of the reasons to carry on.

Best wishes to all here.
Ollie

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:14 pm 
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:ar!

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 7:35 pm 
:ar! Swallows & Amasons :ar!

i sailed a bit but just a wayfarer 2man otter lazer and a topper i loved the topper it was sooooooo easy to handle


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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
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Great stuff Ollie - nearest i've been to sailing in lazing on a Lilo airbed in Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth.

Ahhh St Ives, just about my favourite place in this country

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:52 am 
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haven't sailed in years. used to play about in lazers.


nice to see some gay pride by the way (the sail :o )

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:20 am 
=)) =)) =)) :ar!


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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:00 pm 
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novocaine wrote:
nice to see some gay pride by the way (the sail :o )


Gay as in happy?
I am giving ferry rides at my clubs open day on Sunday and I know which boat the ladies will be queing up to have a ride on. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:16 pm 
hi ollie ware abouts in herts are u i live just off a10 puckerigde.nice cat


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Got into sailing about 3 years ago after 40 years as a sea fisherman. Now use the works sports clubs yacht out of Essex. (Najad 38 :mrgreen: )

Currently working towards my day skipper ticket and have been looking at buying a small 26ft Westerly Centaur as a starter boat.

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 Post subject: Re: Ollie goes sailing
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:01 pm 
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millie wrote:
hi ollie ware abouts in herts are u i live just off a10 puckerigde.nice cat


Thanks Millie,

Well well its a small world after all. I am in amongst the Mundens.

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