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From Dutch QT Class Facebook, February 2018: "Built
in 1976, this Jeremy Rogers designed Contessa 25 was always a fast boat and
not so ‘wee’ in her former glory days. Ian’s son Angus did
his first West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) with his father in 1973 and continued
to compete for many years. Angus raced 'Popcorn' keenly from 1982 competing
at WHYW and the Scottish Series, as well as other regattas, until 1985 and
winning many major trophies on the west coast. Then he married, family came
along and 'Popcorn' went quiet. Angus says 'Popcorn' had been a ‘garden
ornament’ with ferns growing out of the hatch for the last quarter century.
It was when he was routinely bailing her out he realised major restoration
work was required. He gave the task to Peter Watt of Boat Solutions who undertook
the work in one of the indoor units at Creran Marine. Although the hull was
sound the balsa core sandwich and internal bulkheads had to be replaced. This
extended too much of the woodwork and GRP. It was a complete overhaul said
Peter who re-wired, re-rigged and stepped a new mast on the boat. It was a
sentimental moment for all the Fyfes when 'Popcorn' took to the water once
again and sailed to Glencoe Boat Club. Ian Fyfe Snr (92) celebrated the moment,
stepping aboard her once again and was delighted to read the old news clippings
of her former racing success in the clubhouse. As a fitting return to the
racing scene 'Popcorn' won her first race back at the club."
in Lochaber yacht club in Scotland
From Facebook 2021 "Honey’s first owner was Ian Clark and it raced against our Contessa 25 "Popcorn" at Lochaber yacht club in Scotland, was amazing to have two such rare boats in the same yacht club back in 76 !"
Popcorn, GBR 6362
2012 West Highland Yachting Week: ?e/??
2017 Tobermory to Oban passage race
on the final day of 2017 West Highland Yachting Week: ?e/??
Pictures from Dutch QT Class Facebook,
2018 From Ian
Fyfe and Bubblegum document, "Year
of construction 1979 - Sail number GBR-6362 This Contessa has always remained
in the possession of the Fyfe family and has sailed and won many competitions
in Scotland. In particular in the period 1982 to 1985, with son Angus at the
helm. Angus got married and “Popcorn” was parked on a trailer
in the yard. Around the year 2000 when Angus was digging out “Popcorn”
again he realized that the ship deserved to be restored. He commissioned Peter
Watt's company Boat Solutions to do this. The hull turned out to be in good
condition, but the balsa sandwich, all the woodwork and of course the entire
electrical installation, the mast and the rigging had to be replaced. It was
a sentimental moment when she was re-launched in the presence of Iain Fyfe
Sr. The first club race of the Glencoe Boat Club was immediately won. Since
2012, Angus and his family have been participating in West Highland Yachting
Week again. A remarkable return after 26 years on dry land."