F-82A Launched in Western Australia
Harry Speight has now launched his F-82A which he had been building for many years in Western Australia. Harry writes:
I’m pleased to announce that the maiden voyage of F-82A, Sirocco, happened yesterday at Rockingham, WA. Had a couple of experienced crew, including Neil (F-25A owner/racer since 2001), and all went well. Everything worked, with no unexpected surprises. Did a three hour tour around Mangles bay, and Neil recons we maybe hit 10 knots at one stage (in 10 kt true).
I’ve attached a couple of pics of her on the hardstand just before the launch, but no launch photos unfortunately. We were all a bit busy launching off a beach ramp and unfolding into a 10 kt onshore breeze (I’ll try to pick a better day next time).
However, managed to get a few pictures of Sirroco on her 2nd sail. Weather better this time, although we did have a bit of excitement in rain-shower-driven squalls. Mangles bay is relatively sheltered, so our soaking was only from rain, despite hitting 11 knots close reaching into +15 kt gusts.
So, after a mammoth 13 year build, I guess it’s time to go sailing.