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Dreamt of sailing the world, on your own boat....yeh, me too.

I have the boat. A classic late 70's racing yacht, Police Car: Google - "RB Sailing Police Car" for photos and a blog detailing the boats history..

On offer is an opportunity to buy a share in the boat and join the project of cleaning and preparing the old girl before setting off to make that dream a reality.

So, if you've got a bit of time or money, an offer or an idea I'd love to hear it...
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I could have said, the boat is in Port Macquarie, 4 hours north of Sydney.
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I've raced on a number of IOR One-tonners like Police Car, and they were all very challenging to race with a full crew. Would I want to sail one of those "Broach Coaches" around the world short handed? No Thanks! You've got bigger balls than I!

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She will go most anywhere in anything...and still quickly too, but your right, it will be wet...as you know, such boats can be tough - it's 'real' sailing

Nah, seriously, your right of course. The racing is tough. She was always much better behaved on the return trips I did...adding some comfort below decks should make it easily bearable...

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Dreamt of sailing the world, on your own boat....yeh, me too.

I have the boat. A classic late 70's racing yacht, Police Car: Google - "RB Sailing Police Car" for photos and a blog detailing the boats history..

On offer is an opportunity to buy a share in the boat and join the project of cleaning and preparing the old girl before setting off to make that dream a reality.

So, if you've got a bit of time or money, an offer or an idea I'd love to hear it...
Was this the "Police Car" that was part of the Ozzie Admirals Cup team during the '79 Fastnet? If so, I seem to recall she was knocked down to 120 or better a quarter-dozen times or more during that race, No? Uncomfortable as hell at sea if I recall correctly, eh?

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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Thats the one. Finished 4th. I very much doubt comfort was foremost on anybody's mind during the 79' fastnet.

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Thats the one. Finished 4th. I very much doubt comfort was anybody's mind during the 79' fastnet.
No doubt, at least not after Bishop Rock. I was thinking of the ride from Portland Bill to the Bishop, however. N'any case, good luck!

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Dreamt of sailing the world, on your own boat....yeh, me too.

I have the boat. A classic late 70's racing yacht, Police Car: Google - "RB Sailing Police Car" for photos and a blog detailing the boats history..

On offer is an opportunity to buy a share in the boat and join the project of cleaning and preparing the old girl before setting off to make that dream a reality.

So, if you've got a bit of time or money, an offer or an idea I'd love to hear it...
You mean this one?

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Was this the "Police Car" that was part of the Ozzie Admirals Cup team during the '79 Fastnet? If so, I seem to recall she was knocked down to 120 or better a quarter-dozen times or more during that race, No? Uncomfortable as hell at sea if I recall correctly, eh?
If she was knocked down several times to 120 several and always come back that says well of the boat. On that race there were lots of boats that would not come back from a 110 knock down and would be rolled.

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That's the one I suggested googling about in the original post. I can't post links unfortunatly.

She is a tuff old bird, loves a blow. Shame to see her as she is, needing a mission!
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If she was knocked down several times to 120 several and always come back that says well of the boat. On that race there were lots of boats that would not come back from a 110 knock down and would be rolled.

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Paulo,

In addition to handsome, Police Car was an exceptionally fast yacht for her (IOR) Rating and was already around Fastnet and headed home with several of the much larger yachts (e.g.Tenacious) by the time the worst of the storm hit (estimated at Force 11-12 or better by many of the crews) though she sailed through the height of it. The yacht was exceptionally strong, and well handled in the event but (then) rather notably short on creature comforts. (FWIW, over 48% of the fleet reported knock downs to 90 or more and, if I recall, 38 or more were completely rolled, 20+ of which were subsequently abandoned--out of a total of 24 abandonment's--tho' all but one was later recovered. If you recall, 5 yachts were sunk).

N'any case, she'd no doubt be a fun yacht to sail.

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