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I started sailing with a 24' marine ply/glass Vandestadt which I had for 9 years. This was an excellent low cost good seaboat but age caught up with the deck. I then had for several years a lovely old Len Randall designed 30' yacht built by Stephen Ward from huon pine, jarrah with a teak cockpit. However, the maintenance was continuous, it had broken ribs, (the result of some previous misguided modifications by a former owner) and it leaked constantly. I reluctantly sold it and replaced it with a 25' fibreglass tophat. A good sea boat and lower maintenance but not as racey or as fun to sail as the Randall. In 2015 I sold the tophat, joined South of Perth Yacht Club and purchased a 20ft RedWitch yacht which will be used for sailing on the river and short trips down to Freemantle, across to Rottnest and Garden Island.


Randall 30ft

Sister Sue and Chris on Whimsy

25 ft tophat

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Whimsy on the hard

Whimsy before purchase

Sailing off Sorrento

Whimsy on the hard
off Sorrento

Snitch in Pen SOPYC

Snitch on the river

Captain Babs on Snitch


My Bike

An old Dawes with Reynolds 531 tubing and a Brooks saddle given to me by my grandfather when I was 12 years old. Fully refurbished with Shimano gear. The bike is 60-70 years old.

Honda 750 cc Shadow with grand daughter on board.

Sports cars

In February 2017 I purchased an MG F. This mid-engined sports car is the last model produced by Rover before they went bankrupt and sold the manufacturing process to the Chinese. Its a great car to drive but has a tendency to overheat.

Nissan Skyline R33 GTST

I sold this car about ten years back. Turbo charged and a great drive. A bit too fast for casual driving if you wish to avoid speeding tickets. Great sports car.


When I get the opportunity I like to go walking, particularly on return visits to Europe. The English Lakes are a favourite haunt.