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Xantho582 says:

Hi all,

Having dipped in and out of this site (mainly to look at all the great photos!) for what seems like ages, finally thought I would register and say hello.
Have just obtained ownership of "Xantho" a triple keel model, sail number 582. Have moved her from Wrabness in Essex, to a hard standing area in Herefordshire where i live. Being a COMPLETE newbie to sailing, thought I would do my day skipper theory and practical before launching her early next year. Cardiff bay likely to be the final destination.
Anyway, enough for now, more achilles photos to look at!

Cheers

Tony
6:44AM, 21 October 2010 PDT (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

Welcome,,
106 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Hi Tony
Welcome to the group.
Post some photos of Xantho and send Norman her details for the achillesyachts.co.uk site.
Paul
106 months ago (permalink)

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jendave1 says:

Tony
Neither Jenny nor myself had been in a sailboat until May this year. We went out with a friend on his boat a couple of times and enjoyed it, he told us there was an A24 for sail and we bought it!
The first couple of times out were 'exciting', especially when I tried single handed; I was only out an hour or 2 and must have sweated gallons!
Despite all the reading, when you're actually there on your own boat for the first time everything happens at once and the theory goes out of the window. However you pretty soon pick things up and learn how to go in the direction you want , turn & stop etc.
We've managed a good number of trips this year, round Arran & the Kyles of Bute; we even made it across the North channel to Ballycastle which involved going round the Mull of Kintyre and dicing with strong tidal streams. We're proud of our achievements!
I'm sure you'll have a great time, sounds like you're doing it properly with a course and everything. Nothing beats the feeling of freedom (and responsibility) of being the master of your own boat, and the A24 is seaworthy and forgiving.
106 months ago (permalink)

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Skykomish E29 says:

Hi Tony, as you may have noticed there are a lot of owners in your area so you should have no trouble with first hand help and advice, and i am sure some instruction with the achilles
106 months ago (permalink)

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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Welcome Tony, I was passed your details by Paul, the previous owner of Xantho. I'm sure you will get all the help you need either from the site or by meeting up with other ownersm, who are generally very willing to help. Unless you object I will update the sail numbers page at the next releaase with your deatails.
Good sailing.
106 months ago (permalink)

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blueachilles says:

Hi Tony,

Although Blue is based in Cornwall, I live in Cheltenham, so am one of the folk Malcolm refers to. Very happy to meet up to talk boats, and perhaps have a look over Xantho while you have her at home.

I'll send you contact details by flickrmail.

Rod
106 months ago (permalink)

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Xantho582 says:

Thanks all for the warm welcome.
Norman, thats no problem. If you need any more info give me a shout.
Rod, received your message thanks. Will no doubt be pestering you closer to launch time next spring.
I think Paul the previous owner had a few pics of Xantho on here, but I will stick a couple up in a minute. Will also take some before and after photos of the cabin interior when I start work on it (planning a small overhaul!)

Tony
106 months ago (permalink)

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Amrum 9171Y says:

Welcome, Tony! I look forward to seeing you in Cardiff, and if you want to come over to Thornbury some time for a chat/sail, let me know.
Rob
106 months ago (permalink)

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Super Snoopy 050 says:

Tony, a belated welcome from South Wales. You mention that you intend sailing out of Cardiff Bay - have you ever considered Newport as a base? At NUSC we have two A24's and two A9M. Membership of the club is open to bilge or triple keelers and it would be quite a lot closer (and cheaper) than any of the Cardiff clubs or marinas. Less chance of osmosis too! Check us out on www.nusc.co.uk .

Alan
106 months ago (permalink)

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G4NLA1 says:

Hi Tony,

Welcome. I have only owned Little Plum since April this year, and have had a GREAT time. The Bristol Channel is pretty awesome, but with plenty of advise and planning a great place to sail. The group has been ever so helpful to me.

Take Rob ( Snifter ) up on his offer, he is a great instructor !!

Hope we meet up sometime. I enjoy my sails to Cardiff ...

Regards

Gee
106 months ago (permalink)

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