After 6 years of ownership by Rebecca Irwin and Steve Thompson we say goodbye to “Espresso” S947. She has been a great boat and been frequently raced in club, interclub and S80 One Design races as well as a regular at Festival of Sails.

Her new home will be at Blairgowrie where she will be regularly raced by Garrath James her new owner.

However, this does not mean that we are done with the wonderful S80 One Design fleet. We are now the proud owners of S80 “Double Shot”, S571 aptly named by Rebecca following in the theme of caffeine, our second boat together and giving it our best shot.

“Double Shot” was previously known as “Flying Circus” and was most recently berthed at Sandringham. Prior to that she was in Geelong and before that at Hobson’s bay.

So why the change? Well, “Double Shot” is 100kg lighter, has a mast that is 8 years old (Espresso’s was original 1983) has a better sail wardrobe and hard antifoul. She also has a primitive chart plotter and a newer outboard motor.

So we look forward to testing her out once lockdown rules are eased.

Of course I have now realised that I have made a huge error in this new purchase; I will no longer have the excuse that my poor helming performance is a result of a heavy boat!