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Bits-n-Pieces on August 24, 2009

great shot, and VERY cool number!

Nick Weall on August 24, 2009

Well they are well heeled here, the red boat seems to be pointing higher to wind than the green boat ~ another lovely shot of these great boats with great light too. Ciao nick

Guia Arquitectura on August 24, 2009

Nice shot and rithm.

David Brown Photogra… on August 28, 2009

THIS is interesting William What is this bunch of old gaffers called, any idea? St Mawes looks lovely sheltered waters, wish I was there (and my Fireball, of course).

I imagine those are topsails but I hope you'll correct me if I'm wrong. Never seen the likes, the only gaffer I had was a Mirror which barely counts.

Great picture.....

William Stephens on August 30, 2009

Hi Bits-n-Pieces, I was trying to get 26,000,000 but missed - so I guess that this number is a good palindromic consolation prize!



William Stephens on August 30, 2009

Nick and Jethro. These were racing in a good breeze - the red one is pointing higher because it is about to broach and the helm can't keep on the right course (though of course he might say diffferently)!

Great Fireball sailing round here Jethro, I had one for a while but she wasn't marine play and disintergrated! I got more for the trailer than the boat... I still have an aluminium fireball boom if you'd like it. We had Mirror with sail number 3700 built in 1962? Nowthat I'm an old man I sail a Dart 18, nice and stable (thinks, must post impressive shot of me flying a hull. If you want to stay in St Mawes then check the Our Cottage website for the best possible place to stay!

Anyway, thanks for the visit

As ever,


Nick Weall on August 30, 2009

There is a good fleet of Dart 18 sailing at Stokes Bay Club that I was a windsurfing member of many years ago William ~ I like your explanation above and admire your photo number too ~ it would make a good sail number :)) ~ Ciao nick

David Brown Photogra… on September 12, 2009

Thanks for your reply William - I had Mirror sail number 37814 which broke our heart to sell when we moved to the USA. Then the Fireball and then a Tanzer - an old mans boat which I sold on the grounds that I consider myself still to young!

Hang in there and warmest regards from the South.

Sue Allen on September 13, 2009

OH excellent -- all silver and slapping waves and spray. Full of action and all sorts of sounds radiating from this shot!

Best wishes Sue

brian gillman on August 23, 2012

Superlative! Y*.

Best wishes, Brian.

William Stephens on August 27, 2012

These guys weren't going to give an inch in the race, however strong the wind got! Thanks for the Y* Brian! Cheers, WIlliam

Mike Penny on June 1, 2013

Nice pic.. We holiday over the other side in the Helford. http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/2292857.jpg Beautiful sailing area. I own Mirror no. 364, but I now sail a Drascombe Dabber. http://www.panoramio.com/photoexplorer#user=71830&withphotoid=91174183&order=datedesc

William Stephens on June 2, 2013

You are right Mike, it's wonderful part of the world. Mirror 364 - now that is impressive, we had Mirror 3700 for many years - here being launched with me proudly holding her bow. I went the opposite direction from Drascombes and sailed a Dart 18 for many years. Cheers, William

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  • Uploaded on August 23, 2009
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    by William Stephens
    • Taken on 2009/08/01 13:39:08
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/2000)
    • Focal Length: 500.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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