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Nov 18, 2005, 06:58 AM
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My new Fairwind 900 [Focal Point #45]

My new Fairwind 900 [Focal Point #45] it’s almost finished.
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Nov 18, 2005, 07:30 AM
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That's a nice looking boat. It'll probably go better with sails
The trouble with internet is that we can't all get together for a regatta.

Maybe we can. You're about 50 km south of Lisboa. It would make a nice spring trip if I can get an invite and sardinas would be good washed down with muscadel ....
I've added your web page to my favourites just in case
Last edited by martin richards; Nov 18, 2005 at 08:24 AM.
Nov 18, 2005, 11:41 AM
Boaters are nice people.
That's a very smart looking boat!

Complements on the paintwork.

The Fairwind has a very quick hulldesign, but the Kyosho designers have managed to mess that up with the addition of the bullky keel, which is: a) too shallow, making the Fairwind a typical lightweatherboat and: b) too thick,which causes it to be substantually slower than a Saphir.

A couple of guys in the Netherlands have recognized this and are currently updating a Fairwind with a "Saphir race set" consisting of the keel and rudder of the Saphir.

Check out this link:

Not for the young or the fainthearted!

Regards, Jan.
Nov 19, 2005, 04:49 PM
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Very nice racy coulor scheme

Martin, you are a connoisseur ! Here goes a link to a detailed list of some precious fluids that we produce "over here" (the portuguese word for muscadel is moscatel ) :

Cheers, Joćo
Last edited by joao; Nov 19, 2005 at 04:54 PM.
Nov 19, 2005, 05:22 PM
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That should provide even greater stimulus. I hear you also do a fine assortment of cod dishes. I might just come for the food and wine and leave the boats for another time.
Nov 19, 2005, 07:02 PM
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I just love the sawing of the keel...... But the results are so much better!!! I've been known for sawing off undesireable elements from expensive items. Nice project.
Nov 21, 2005, 04:27 AM
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Great Boat, Excellent paintjob!

I hear these are very nice boats.

Enjoy her, happy sailing


Nov 26, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Hi all,
Here's some pics from my Fairwind [Focal Point #45] maiden voyage.

Best regards,
Nov 26, 2005, 05:48 PM
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Nice photos', Paulo. It makes all the effort wothwhile
Nov 28, 2005, 07:22 AM
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Focal Point #45 maiden voyage.

Nov 28, 2005, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for the video, Paulo. Is there a competition planned between your friends in Setebul and Joao's in Coimbra?
Btw the Portuguese scale sailing boats on your website look good too.
Nov 29, 2005, 06:04 AM
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Focal Point #45 got rid of a collision.

Last edited by Focal Point; Nov 29, 2005 at 06:10 AM.
Dec 02, 2005, 09:02 AM
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Paulo, congratulations again on the Fairwind and the website. I“m looking forward to a visit as soon as I have "cleared the tower" (in rocket terminology) from the current work peak.

Martin, we haven“t nothing yet defined but I would be really pleased if you came along as well from Spain with or without the Saphir.

Returning to the F3G class (gastr..... ) I can confirm that we have a thing with Codfish as the following link explains:

A great choice for a stay in Portugal:

The Sagres pousada seems to have great slopes around for RC soaring. Got to check that out next year.

Regards, Joćo
Dec 02, 2005, 12:12 PM
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Joao and Martin, this is what you can espect from us, here in Setubal.

Lot's of fun, down here.
Dec 02, 2005, 03:53 PM
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It definately looks like a trip south is on the cards for the new year. Might be a little dryer and warmer than here in the north of the peninsular.

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