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Max Holgate
1 Posts
9th September 2021 - 3:59 pm

Hello to all members.

At the end of May, I became the proud owner of a Tyler Twister 28 (Hull no 7628855) - she was named "Corwyns" under her one previous owner, now re-registered as "Valkyrie".  We're moored on the River Tamar at Saltash, on the "proper" side of the river (ie, Cornwall).

Having sold my Fisher 37 (and languishing boatless for almost three years), which served as home for six years, I was looking for something in the 8-9 metre range, which would still enable me to do the standard trips along the Cornwall and Devon coasts, as well as nipping across to the Channel Islands or Roscoff.  Having done the trip up from the Med across Biscay, I am determined to head back down in a Southerly direction, so the water and air is becoming warmer on a daily basis, not the other way around!

The choice really came down to Vancouvers or Twisters, and having looked far and wide, I was tipped the wink about Valkyrie in the yard at my old sailing club.  Love at first (and second) sight, plus the thumbs up from my better half - no hesitation.  The surveyor's wife told me it was one of the most enjoyable reports she'd typed for ages!

The previous owner (a time served toolmaker) had completed the build in 1986, and passed over every invoice and bill from initial purchase of the hull, through completion and maintenance ever since.

Downsizing by ten feet and ten tonnes has been interesting; with the Fisher, I would start to consider a first reef at about twenty knots(ish), and if the rain persisted, I'd just turn the wipers on. However, it's not only the Twister's reputation that gives me confidence in her sea keeping and passage making abilities, it's the adventures of another TCA member, Charlotte Wilkinson, owner of Pouncer, who I met on a pontoon in Portosin in 2007.

Charlotte is not only a personal inspiration to me (and everyone else who knows her) and someone I hold up as an example of what courage and determination is all about.  She and Pouncer have completed the Atlantic circuit, been across the Baltic, up into Russia as far as St Petersburg, back out via the Gotte Canal, through Denmark and across the North Sea.  In an even smaller classic, she went into the Arctic Ocean and summitted Jan Mayen in a blizzard!

I went out and joined Charlotte and  Pouncer in Aarlborg. We navigated our way through the Lijnfjord as far as Thyboren, then out into the North Sea, planned next stop, Harwich. The weather gods instead chose to change their minds about light winds and instead threw a major storm at us. We spent some 40 hours hove-to, and ended up down by the Dutch coast.  Another storm plus a leaking stern seal saw us alongside in Den Helder in the early hours and horizontal stair rods.  Not once during that trip, did I doubt Charlotte and Pouncer's ability to bring us safely through (although Charlotte may have occasionally doubted mine, as I was recovering from a nasty viral infection and was distinctly below par).

With that behind me, how could I not take on Valkyrie with complete confidence?  Bit of modernisation to do this winter, but my wife and I are looking forward to putting our personal touches and plenty of sea miles on her.

Stephen Moorey
260 Posts
9th September 2021 - 9:55 pm

Hi Max,

Welcome to the Twister Association.  Valkyrie sounds very interesting with such good records. look forward to some pics of her.


Best Wishes.



David Hopkins
149 Posts
10th September 2021 - 12:45 am

Welcome to the Twister family. 

I took Draig y mor down to the Med 3 years ago. She handled the trip a lot better than me. You've made a great choice. 



Philip Collcutt
42 Posts
21st September 2021 - 2:53 pm

Welcome Max,

What a lovely post.  Charlotte is remarkable.  Pouncer was very active in Twister circles in the 1990s under Rodney Evans’ ownership.  He was a RORC member and believed in very slack rig tensions. The Twister Class Association had a good rally programme in the Solent at that time organised by John and Ann, who have also voyaged notably in Crionna, with informal racing followed by dinner at one of the clubs.  

I have sailed from Aalborg to Thyboron helping to deliver a new Halberg Rassy from the yard to Southampton via Ramsgate in March one year. We had ice floes in the Lymfjord and a gale  in the North Sea. A memorable trip.

We hope you enjoy Valkyrie as much as we have enjoyed Sea Miste for twenty eight years.

If you get down to Mylor Yacht Harbour next year do look us up aboard on D36. 

Cathie and Philip

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