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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 120º or better a quarter-dozen times or more during that race, No? Uncomfortable as hell at sea if I recall correctly, eh?
 

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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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If she was knocked down several times to 120º 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 110º knock down and would be rolled.

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Paulo
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 90º 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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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!

Good luck!
Actually, many of the IOR era boats make pretty good fast cruisers and particularly the "two ton" boats. For example, take a look at the Serendipity 43, Wings. Similarly, our own boat, a First 42, was also originally designed as a fast (IOR) Racer/Cruiser. She is very fast, even with just my wife and I managing her; and, she is a very comfortable cruiser as well.

With a little work, Police Car might serve quite "admirably" as a fast cruiser.
 
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