Originally Posted by PeterM
Love these stories ...am sure it wouldn't be possible now with H&S and risk assesment being what it is...
Love the Flatacraft Merlin...Want one !
(been offline over weekend)
there would be no chance we ran the event without any real backup I was competing but was supposed to be organising start finish times and doing a sweep of the course
the circuit race and start finish race was yards off Helensburgh pier which was full of spectators and the timings had to be between ferry landings
the First turn was a lateral bouy Cairn Dhu which in the melee to get round Andy Foster in his osprey hit and did severe damage. next year his new rib was called No Cairn Dhu
The Merlin did a fantastic race but I think Juilian had broken ribs and internal injuries after 800miles the last run from croabh to rhu 120kn round Mull of Kintyre proving very rough