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F27

Details

Name
Ismene

Usage
Cruising & Racing

Location
Not Known

Builder
Fairey Marine

Build date
March 1947

Condition
Not Known

Hull Number

Deck Colour
When built Alloy Mark I

Hull Colour
When built Alloy Mark I

More Information

F27 Ismene is notable as double Olympic Gold Medalist Rodney Pattisson claimed his first major sailing victory in 1960 sailing for Pangbourne Nautical College at the Public Schools Championships hosted by Itchenor SC, See F2630, a feat he repeated in 1961.

Ismene is mentioned in Pattisson’s cracking and pungent autobiography “Superdocious”, published September 2019. He reports that after his “apprenticeship” in Cadets, he purchased this Firefly from Bradfield College for £25, still fitted with the original alloy decks and buoyancy tanks.

Pattisson upgraded Ismene to Mk2 layout with a kit from Fairey Marine and noted that the transom supplied in the kit had a different profile to the original. He retained the original fearing that changing it would change the shape of the hull and affect the acknowledged performance of the boat.

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Caption: c1960: Rodney Pattisson sailing his Firefly class dinghy ISMENE, No 27 during a race off Swanage. Rodney won the Public Schools Firefly championships in 1960 and 1961 (c) PPL Media Ltd.

Extra Details

Additional Build Notes

Current Owner
Present owner not known

Known Owners
YRA initially measurement - 6 March
Hull weight - 166lb
Hull number - 44

1st owner - Oxford University, purchased with F28/F32.
Originally named "Flying Fox"

Undated - Bradfield College

c1960 - Rodney Pattisson, NFA Life Member,
Royal Naval Sailing Assn and Parkstone YC

In Rodney Pattisson's autobiography, published September 2019, he reports that after his "apprenticeship" in Cadets, he purchased this Firefly from Bradfield College for £25, still fitted with the original alloy decks


c1980 - S Taylor, Wells, Somerset

History
NFA10/2019

Notable race results:

1960 - Public Schools Championships, Itchenor SC, Rodney Pattisson representing Pangbourne Nautical College, winning prize - F2630

1961 - Public Schools Championships, Itchenor SC, Rodney Pattisson representing Pangbourne Nautical College, winning prize - F2753

1964 Weymouth - Sir Ralph Gore Trophy, c140 entries, Rodney and John Pattisson, 2nd place, Royal Naval Sailing Assn and Parkstone YC

1965 Herne Bay - 138 entries - Points Race, Rodney and John Pattisson, 1st place, Royal Naval Sailing Assn and Parkstone YC

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