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Sharman Gowing
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1st May 2023 - 1:11 pm
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Hello everyone,

I joined the Twister Association last February at the time I was Twisterless but looking !

Now I'm the proud owner of Sea Urchin of London. She is still in Cowes IOW awaiting road transport down to my home town of Falmouth. She will be out on the hard for approx 1 year for remedial work, then I hope to start sailing next season May/June.

The Twister Association has been a great help to me and I have spent many hours searching for differnt topics.

Regards to you all,

Sharman

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David Hopkins
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1st May 2023 - 6:18 pm
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Congratulations and welcome. 
she looked pretty good in the pictures. I’m sure you’ve got a cracker. 
Dave

Draig y mor

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Nick West
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1st May 2023 - 6:18 pm
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Congratulations sharman what a lovely boat.    Where abouts in Falmouth are you going keep her out interest 

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James Sandells
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2nd May 2023 - 10:50 am
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Well done I am not an owner yet but I did look at the images of sea urchin , I am surprised judging from the images that she needs any work but anyway I think I will be on the hunt ..still trying to decide though between a wooden or composite… as an owner of two wooden boats already a third terrifies me but we shall see .

happy sailing ..

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Sharman Gowing
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3rd May 2023 - 6:11 pm
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Thank you all for your warm wellcome.

When Sea Urchin of London arrives she will be kept on the hard at Premier Marina, Falmouth for 2-3 months.

She has through hulls which need attention/replacement, she needs re-rigging also she has a black mast which needs attention as does the goose neck and I'm not in love with a black mast or a black carbon fibre down wind pole on a Twister. Her diesel and water tanks will also be investigated ++

In June-July she will go over to Falmouth Boat Construction (FBC) her rudder needs to be removed and all checked including the pintals an gudgeons.

I want to go through her with a fine tooth comb. I have a very long list. The varnish will of course need attention.

My husband Cliff (who now wants to take a break from sailing) and I did most of our long distant sailing in a Tayana 37 the immense amount of teak on a Tayana kept me very busy especially in the tropics varnished every 6 months.

We have a saying "you sail from one beautiful anchorage to another and work on your boat" which is what we did.

James -

Wood, composit/wood or all GRP, I always said I'd like a classic when I retired from long distance sailing. The composite/wooden Twister like Sea Urchin is a happy compromise. I'm in my senior years and though I'm fit I would not have the knowledge and energy to work with all an wood boat. Good Luck !!!

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Nick West
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3rd May 2023 - 7:17 pm
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It sounds as though she's going to be even more magnificent than ever........If when time comes and you still want to get rid of the downwind carbon pole please let me know as I'd be very interested...   If ok I'll try and pop in when down Falmouth as I'd like to take look at your boat as sounds fantastic.   All the best with the transfer down 

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Allan Beswick
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6th May 2023 - 8:43 pm
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Ah Sea Urchin, she was seriously raced and I never got close when we raced at the Cowes Classic. Must have been that carbon pole you mentioned 

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Vincent Fenner
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31st August 2023 - 10:45 pm
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And hello from us.

I am fortunate to be the latest custodian of Forerunner. After an interesting delivery from Hamble via Portland, (beating out through Hurst in a F6 gusting 7 proving her credentials), she now is on her new mooring in Falmouth. 

I hope that Sea Urchins restoration is going well. I will be hauling out at Gweek this autumn for a few additions and some TLC. The previous owner, Matt Small has done some wonderful work on her, so I just need to finish off a few bits and pieces. I absolutely love the boat, should have bought one years ago!

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Sharman Gowing
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2nd September 2023 - 5:24 pm
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Hi Vincent,

Another Twister in Falmouth !

All is well with Sea Urchin my first job was checking out her water tanks, delighted to find it was SS and it was fairly clean next replaced all hoses and pumps, all went well. The Blakes through hulls and toilet were next followed by the removal of teak battens in forward cabin to be varnished and the list goes on.

Have serviced the 1gm but when I get to FBC I want to lift the old dear out so I can clean/paint and upgrade some hoses and clean the diesel tank. Cliff has also suggested some lighting.

She will be in good company FBC has a further 2 twisters in residence !

Good luck with your haulout in Gweek I have heard good things about the yard......

Sharman

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John MacMullen and Ann Musgrave
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3rd September 2023 - 5:07 pm
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Vincent Fenner said
And hello from us.

I am fortunate to be the latest custodian of Forerunner. After an interesting delivery from Hamble via Portland, (beating out through Hurst in a F6 gusting 7 proving her credentials), she now is on her new mooring in Falmouth. 

I hope that Sea Urchins restoration is going well. I will be hauling out at Gweek this autumn for a few additions and some TLC. The previous owner, Matt Small has done some wonderful work on her, so I just need to finish off a few bits and pieces. I absolutely love the boat, should have bought one years ago!

  

Congratulations and Welcome Aboard Vincent,

You have captured a good one there! I don't know if you ever saw it but there's a brilliant write up on Forerunner in Yachting Monthly, April 2005, when she took part in the 'Classic Cruiser' that they organised. If you'd like a copy I can copy it and send to you.

Happy Sailing

John

Crionna

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Vincent Fenner
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13th September 2023 - 5:57 pm
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Hi John

Thank you for your welcome. A copy of the 2005 magazine came with the boat, part of what I believe is referred to as her 'provenance'! 

Best wishes

Vincent

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Stewart Henderson
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26th March 2024 - 8:04 pm
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And another Hello.

I've just acquired Festival, currently on the hard at Dell Quay, Chichester where she has been for a couple of years. Starting the work on her now - not a huge amount to do thankfully as the previous owners kept her in great shape - but the shopping list is already growing!

Plan is to get her back in the water on springs at the end of April and move her to her new home at the Royal Southampton YC on the Beaulieu. 

As a family, we were liveaboards in sunnier climes for a number for years but returned to the UK to let the kids go to senior school. Now at an age to move from dinghy to bigger boat, the aspiration is to use her to get them trained up.

Looking forward to exploring the S coast and cross channel ports. 

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John MacMullen and Ann Musgrave
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28th March 2024 - 10:27 am
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'Welcome Aboard' Stewart and Family,

We're sure that you'll have a great summer, and beyond, with Festival. Keep a sharp lookout for other Twisters, they're a welcoming bunch!

John and Ann

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