I only discovered your blog recently and then spent the best part of the Easter weekend evenings reading them backwards in date till I reached the very first one.
Although I live very far from the mainstream sailing activities which you write about, I do however have a few bits of random knowledge to share with you.
I made some cryptic notes as I read your blogs.
Moonchild. (Launched as Spindrift)
It was good to see you referring to Moonchild.
I knew Moonchild since birth.
I grew up in Port Elizabeth and started school in 1963. The build of Moonchild was started round the corner from our house the same year as I started school. 12 years later I matriculated and a few months after that Moonchild was launched in Port Elizabeth.
The boat is a Holman and Pye Rummer- Class yawl and she was built by the late Ray Langton. She was launched as "Spindrift" and the name change came after she was sold by Ray round-about 1980/1981.
My thanks to Frans for reading all of my blog and for filling in with so much detail on Moonchild (Spindrift) I first saw her in Hout Bay with a cruising family on board, they were from up the east coast, they did a lot of work on the boat including the spray dodger. They never got to cruise further as I think the parents split up.
This may be a real classic design but as the trip back from Rio prooved its a slow boat and really labour intensive, wet too I would think?
All pictures were taken by R McBride using a Canon FT film camera.