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#1 2022-02-16 14:29:51

Joseph_Macgregor-Griffith
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Registered: 2022-02-15
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Victoria 16 - Bluebell

Hi,
I grew up sailing on my parents' Victoria 30 (Victoria Rose). I never knew that Victoria ever made a dinghy until a couple of years ago, when I was looking for a seaworthy cruising dinghy and saw a Victoria 16 advertised on apollo duck. With the family connection I simply had to buy her!

I've owned Bluebell for about 3 years now and she has proved to be an excellent boat. I keep Bluebell at Poole Yacht Club and have enjoyed exploring Poole Harbour and along the coast to Swanage & Christchurch. I love sailing with friends or with my 2 young children, but I often sail singlehanded. This year I hope to expand my cruising grounds and plan to join the South Coast rallies in the Solent.

From what I understand there were not many 16s built, I know of one in Chichester and one in Pembrokeshire. I believe they were moulded by Westerly, fitted out and marketed by Victoria.

Happy sailing
Jo
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#2 2022-02-20 12:55:50

Duncan_Hill
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From: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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Re: Victoria 16 - Bluebell

Interesting. Chuck has gone back (did he ever stop?) to designing and building smaller craft, so there's form! Welcome to the Association!


Blue Opal, Victoria 34

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#3 2022-02-22 14:10:18

Joseph_Macgregor-Griffith
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Registered: 2022-02-15
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Re: Victoria 16 - Bluebell

Thanks Duncan  smile
Chuck's little boats are beautiful. However, the Vic 16 was designed by David Thomas, who also deigned the Hunter Sonata, Impala, Sigma 33, etc.

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#4 2022-02-22 14:15:42

Joseph_Macgregor-Griffith
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Registered: 2022-02-15
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Re: Victoria 16 - Bluebell

Here's the original Yachts & Yachting magazine review

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