A while back I posted a photo of me sailing at Belmont, well I just got some more photos from Dad. This is me on Toledo again, the sabot in the background was the first boat for Silver Olympic medalist, Andrew Landenberger, “Little Ripper”, which, apparently is now he has re-purchased and it is under his cutting table in his home loft. I think at this point the boat had already been sold and was being sailed by Aaron Hancock, the 1995 Moth Junior world champion, at sunshine.
Speaking of sabots, here is me skippering in my first boat, Skye Bird with Martin Wells crewing, the boat was made by dad using a club mould, so essentially we had a true one design sabot fleet with all the hulls, masts, booms and sails being identical.
The first regatta I sailed in was at the VJ nationals in Teralba on the lake in 1987 as crew for my brother Andrew. Check out the complete lack of vang tension in those days …
That same lifejacket was being used some 9 years later at the moth worlds at Sunshine. Another fashion must have were the home made bright orange dacron, padded hiking shorts. The big expense for this regatta was the new carbon mast and one design sail. The all carbon wreckair hire in the background ended up at St. George sailing club as well sailed by Grant Weymouth.