Sunday, 15 July 2012

Marionette - Two Ton IOR Yacht - 1982 Cowes



Marionette Two Ton IOR Yacht pictured here in 1982 at Cowes Marina. In the Backgroud you can see the hover craft hangers with the Union Jack Flag on them. Do you know who design this yacht and what design she is ?????
Where is this yacht now ?
Is she still racing ?

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  1. From the book "the Admiral's Cup" by Bob Fisher: "Chris Dunning's Marionette, a 44 footer, is the result of the combined talents of Dubois and Humphreys. She did not qualify for the British team in 1985 and was chartered by Singapore"

    Singapore came ind on a 6th place at the Adm Cup 1985 with the yachts highland Fling, Pocket Battleship and Mrionette.

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  2. This can't be MARIONETTE IX (Admirals Cupper 1985 for Singapore). It is probably MARIONETTE VII lost in FasnetRace 1979 or MARIONETTE VIII.

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    1. As my old man was onboard the boat for the '79 I'm pretty sure he'd of mentioned the boat being lost!

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  3. I think this is the Holland 46 Marionette VII which was built for the 1979 Admirals Cup but failed to make the British team, I think she later represented Britain at the Southern Cross where she did well. She was later sold and became Moonchaser.

    The 1982 date is a bit odd as this should make it her successor however the photos I've seen suggest it was the 79 boat that had the 'M' on the side as part of the white flash.

    The next Marionette was the Doug Peterson 44 for 1981 built by Jeremy Rogers in Lymington which missed out on a team place for that years Admirals Cup, this was then followed by the Dubois/Humphreys boat for 1985, again missing out on a team place & chartered by Singapore before being sold & renamed Commanche Raider.

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    1. This was indeed Marionette vii, built 1979. Shelost a crewmember who was swept out of his harnessin the 79 Fastnet and was escorted to safety by the Baltimore Lifeboat.

      The Moonchaser syndicate chartered her and in late 1982 bought her optimising her for the 1983 AC trials. Mostly helmed by Andy Cassels from Ratsey and Lapthorn Sails who were trying to break into the Mylar market just pre-kevlar. She had a couple of offshore successes and won the Town Cup at Burnham in 1984 helmed by Crawford Mckewon with Tubby Lee calling shots and Rubber Ball on bow. She was famous for Chariots of Fire played on the deck speakers while a crewman in oversize clowns shoes slow motion ran on the grinder, the pigs head incident at Cowes during the 1983 AC trials and for custard pieing Brian Saffery-Cooper the 1983 AC captain in the same year.

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  4. The hull shape has been used for the sucessfull Nautor Swan 441

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  5. Just a footnote to say I had the honour of working for chris dunning between 1987 and 1989 looking after the lightwave 395 incarnation of marionette. He was a true inspiration and one of the bravest and calmest men I have ever met. Anything I have achieved in my life since I generally put down to the trust he put in me as a teenager.

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  6. It's true this ship was previously owned by a UK syndicate,
    later it was bought and brought to the netherlands.
    Now it's partly restored, and in yellow and black colors,
    privatly owned and in the harbour of Den Helder.

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