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A89 coming home
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We are off to Switerland on 28 July 2013 to pick up A89 and 40 years of extras from Bernard Upton and bring her home. She should be in East Anglia by 2 August 2013.As we are busy this year and she…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fairey Mary Jul 14, 2013.


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Propellor sizes

I took A89 Colchide out of the water for winter a few days ago, accompanied by East Coast Rep- Nick Phillips and Martin Bennett. They were surprised how small A89's prop is. Martin actually called it an "egg whisk". It will only propel A89 at about 3.5 kts.

It seems it was bought by Uncle Bernard in…


Posted on December 4, 2015 at 7:20 — 2 Comments

Sail sizes

Hello fellow members,

After 2 seasons sailing A89 COLCHIDE back in the UK, it is obvious that she is over-canvassed for UK conditions. Uncle Bernard specified and fitted an oversize genoa, as he was sailing in 3-7 knots on Lake Geneva every day.

A89's current sails measure as follows:


Area: 15.4 m2

Luff: 26'0'' (7920mm)

Leach: 28'0'' (8560 mm)

Foot: 11'6'' (3500 mm)…


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At 21:59 on May 21, 2012, colin twyford said…

How is Bernard, please give him my best wishes.  Is A89 over here yet?



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