Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hey Adrian,

Here’s some great shots of us in the 2009 Fremantle harbour race. 30 yachts by invitation only, short tight windward / leeward course 20kts of breeze with yachts going every which way, all in a corridor 400m wide full of ships, power boats & other yachts! Most full on race we’ve ever done! Great viewing from along the docks!! We were the smallest, slowest yacht, starting near the front. It’s a handicap race, with the maxis starting last to mow us all down. In it’s 30 year history, I believe we were only the 2nd UFO to be invited to compete.

I don’t think there is anything like it anywhere else in the world – A major yacht race in a confined space with spectators lining every vantage point.

Bryan Thurstan

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

UFO 34 List

Dear everyone,
Here's a list of all the UFO 34s that I know of and some that are conjectural. There is more information and links to owner's email at : http://www.ufonews.inglenook-winster.co.uk/UFO34_list.htm
Please add a comment to this post if you want to add anything or make corrections.
I would also like to record sail numbers and MMSI numbers if possible.

I moderate all comments before they appear on the blog. If you include your email address I will not publish it here, but will add it as a link to your boat's name on UFO List, with your permission.


Boat's name Owner or contact Port of registry, notes etc.

Spider AUS2470 ?
Knight Templar ?
Branwen of Allaw ?
Minstrel ?

Not Negotiable John Rayner Kingston, Tasmania (Most southerly based UFO?) Album entry
Midnight Blue Brett Ralph Adelaide, South Australia. Album entry
Wanea Rick Edmonds Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (For sale 2007)
Scimitar Perth, Australia
Carillion Rod O'Brien Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.
Amon Re Nick Murcutt Balmain Sailing Club. NSW
Close Encounters Damien Killalea Hobart, Tasmania
Rumbalara Roger Murphy and Janine Martin Church Point Pittwater Sydney
Endurance Gary Prestedge Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadran
Shooting Star Paul Mooloolaba
Reflections Perth, Western Australia
Olfrygt(RF184) Bryan Thurstan Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Western Australia

Take Five Tom Moerman Nieuwpoort/Belgium (FOR SALE Oct 2005)
Dr NO(formerly Panigal) Erik Kiekens Brugge, Belgium

Pico Ernest Pittet Geneva, Switzerland

Minstrell ll J Elliott Guernsey

Black Arrow James Themistocleous Cyprus (2005)

Nangijala Mads Møller Hundested, Denmark

Ellu de Mer Vincente Pieras Mallorca

Sandettie 2 Willem de Mik Port St Louis du Rhone, Marseilles (For Sale) Nov.05)

Euphemistic Lorcan and Anne Dunne Kenmare Bay, South West Ireland.
UFO lll Maurice Keating Howth, Ireland
Uforia Fiona & Angus Bourke 2001, Islandeady

Onirya Jean-Francois de Robillard Grand Baie, Mauritius

Facinator Chris Curran Portaferry Sailing Club, Strangford Lough
Cuan Venturer Brian O'Neill BallyHenry Yacht Club
Sundowner Strangford Lough Yacht Club

Titan Two Paul Beens Netherlands (For sale 2007)
Meander Tisirikidis Den Helder (Album entry)
Tai-pan H2544 Bjorn Stoel Hasselt
Euphoria Jon Richters Kats / Colijnsplaat
Si-Sawat Jaap Beens Lelystad-Haven, Netherlands (For Sale 2007)
Balrog S H Diphoorn NL
Anda Luc Bool Hellevoetsluis, Zeeland
Diamond NED249 Leonard van Capel Strijensas,Nederland
Lolo Paul Geurts & Lisette Bakker Muiderzand, Netherlands. (Formerly Hakuna Mutata)
Ufox Jan van Schilfgaarden NL
Thema (Formerly Rose) Matty van der Linde Urk, Netherlands.

Jackpot (K4226) Filipe Assunção and Julio Nobrega Funchal, Madeira (FOR SALE 2009)
Quasar of Arun Antonio Sousa Lisboa, Portugal

CULEBRA III (formerly Medium and Gemini) Hubert Terentiew Gdansk, Poland

Renegade of Wyre (GBR4142) Renegade Syndicate Ipswich. Cruising areas: British Isles and Northern Europe.
Mahuri Jim Millar Coleraine
Brandy Bottle K4121 Derek Smith South West
Mickeys Magic Humphries
Foo Fighter Tim Barr-Smith & Eric Zon formerly Celebration. Rye (2008)
UFO2 (GBR4005) Brian Rainey Brighton
Meo John MacNamara Port Swansea, South Wales
Westerner Mark Diffey To be based in the Solent (November 2004)
Foxclouds Brown Family Plymouth
Elidir Holyhead
Freeway Malcolm Wildman River Exe, Devon (Formerly Into the Sun) UFO News comment May 05 and June 08.
Heatwave Falmouth
Sun Runner
Hard Seed Mark Andrews & Jonathan Hague Chatham, Kent, England
Hula Hoop Fleetwood
Bellerephon Seen Hartlepool May 2007
Myfoe Richard Brakewell Lancaster
Fancy Free Paul Elvin Portsmouth
Odessa David Curry Registered in Rochester and kept at Shotley, Suffolk
Flying Saucer Andrew & Ros Hogbin Formerly Foreign Exchange. Now based at Portsmouth UK
Shumba David Redwood Cornwall
Achray Lee and Kyle Richmond Hartlepool
Euphrosyne of Torquay 5418Y Tony and Jan Coles Plymouth Yacht Haven
Hydrovane Don Miller and Jim Currie West Coast of Scotland. (FOR SALE 2006)
Eupho Roy Sampson Solent, UK
Kerry Maid Phil Hamerton and Alison Rennie Troon, Scotland
Kon-Tiki Ray Jackson Douglas River, Preston

Flying Cloud Paul Barnes Long Beach, California, USA

Monday, November 09, 2009

Spot of bother for Dr No

Dear friends,
Please note that the December issue of Practical Boat Owner includes a story about my accident (boat Dr No) on the river Deben earlier this year.

good wind to all
Dr No

Thursday, November 05, 2009

News from Northern Ireland

Hello Adrian & Friends,
I came across your website just after buying 'Cuan Venturer' (ex. 'True Venturer') two and a half years ago and have been meaning to contact you. I'm only getting round to it now!
To update your records we have 3 UFO 34's in Strangford Lough (N.I.).
'Cuan Venturer', a '77 Landamores, 'Facinator' owned by Chris Curran of Portaferry Sailing Club, a home fitted UFO, and 'Sundowner' from Strangford Lough Yacht Club, (will forward you the owner's name when I can find it out).
I've attached a few photos of 'Venturer' sailing.
Regards for now,
Brian (O'Neill).