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1981 January "Yachtman RSA",


by Richard Crockett
When archiving old magazines it’s always fascinating to be reminded as to what was happening “back in the day”!
Who would have guessed that 40 years ago Angelo Lavranos designed two almost identical IOR two-tonner sisterships – Dieter Mielke’s ‘Nutcracker’ in aluminium and Neil Bailey’s ‘Sensation’ in a cold-moulded construction.
Both were campaigned hard and were generally on the podium when raced.
Sadly ‘Sensation” was wrecked when she ran aground off the KZN Wild Coast during the 1984 Vasco da Gama Race – so her life was a short one.
Dieter Mielke still owns and sails ‘Nutcracker’ today, being a regular competitor in the RCYC Senior’s Race.

Details about the 2 Two Tonners:

Nutcracker, SA 700
à jour au: 2016
1980 Plan Lavranos, built in aluminium


1980 Owner, Dieter Mielke

From Internet 2021

2010 23 September, seen on Royal Cape Yacht Club Ratings, Dieter Mielke, Club rating: 1.080

2016 September, seen on RSA Boat Ratings, Dieter Mielke

Sensation, SA 660
à jour au: 1984
1980 Plan Lavranos, built in cold moulded timber


1980 Owner, Niels Baileys

BMW Sensation, SA 660
Cape to Uruguay race: ?e/48
Picture from Facebook 2022

Comment from Facebook 2022 "A classic IOR 2-Tonner: BMW Sensation designed by Angelo Lavranos at the start of the Cape to Uruguay race. A lovely yacht upwind; but downwind under kite in a squall, the entire crew would need to be behind the helm to avoid nosediving. And then there was the diabolical blooper.."

Sensation, SA 660

From Internet 2021

"Were campaigned hard and were generally on the podium when raced"

1984 Vasco da Gama Race: DNF
From Internet 2021 "A sorry sight is Sensation after running aground during the massive 1984 Vasco da Gama Race storm."