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Sail Numbers 3 weeks 3 days ago #11094

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Hello, I'm looking for information regarding ALB's with sail numbers beween 1700 and 1900 in the UK, particularly 1769 that used to belong to the RAF back in the 70's at Thorney Islan. Any info gladly received.
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Sail Numbers 3 weeks 2 days ago #11095

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Hello Alun
Most if not all Albacore hulls around the time you're interested in were Fairey built hulls. Towards the end of the Fairey era (which this is) Many of the hulls were being "finished" by others - some privateers and some professionals.
1769 specifically was an all Fairey boat (which I suppose you might expect with one going to the RAF) and was first registered in May 1966. The record show it with a name of "Flipper" but this is not necessarily it's starting name!

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...Oh and of course raced in the 1971 Nationals at Arun by one Alun Honey

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Thanks Norman, yes that much I knew, I was really trying to find out where the boat ended up after the RAF left Thorney. And ah yes, the Nationals in Arun with my sailing buddy from Singapore Derek Jackman crewing,, 22nd out of 100 starters , not bad for a couple of beer drinking guys out for a good couple of days
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I no longer qualify as an Albacore owner/sailor since I'm now in single handers (based in NW Devon), but having been in the fleet for so many years I do tend to keep an eye on things.

I'm afraid I don't have anything on the boat later than 1974, so can't help. I gather that the RAF left Thorney Island in March 1976.

Maybe someone else has seen the boat since then?

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