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F503 (1948 Olympic Firefly)




Not Known

Fairey Marine

Build date
June 1948

Not Known

Hull Number

Deck Colour
Varnish Mark I

Hull Colour
Varnish Mark I

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Extra Details

Additional Build Notes

Current Owner
Jono Pank

Known Owners
YRA measured 30 June at Fairey Marine, Hamble, workshops
Hull weight - 168 lb
(Class minimum at time - 160 lb)
Constructed on Mould 2
Hull number 504

See "History" section below for Olympic Games results

RYA and NFA ownership records incomplete

1954 / 1959 - Brigadier Ropes, Blakeney SC

Dates uncertain - Mrs E Ropes, Blakeney SC
1965 - RYA records note this ownership

2004 - acquired by David Chisholm (see F888) and Jono Pank (see F1954) from a garage sale in North Norfolk, following a family death; reported to David that the Firefly had been in the present ownership since the 1970's, sailed at Brancaster Staithe and Blakeney, laid up in the 1980's and not touched since

March 2005 - hull exhibited at RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on NFA stand

August 2022 - refitted with period Ratsey & Lapthorn cotton sails, spars, equipment and rigging, exhibited on static display at the Uffa Fox 50 regatta Cowes. Organised by Alastair Vines, see F3040. See NFA Facebook pages

NFA update 08/2022

1948 Olympic Games
Helm -
(Sir) Arthur Macdonald (1903 - 1996)
(Chairman National 12 Owner's Association, Ranelegh SC and RAF Sailing Assn)
UK entry
9th overall
Scoreline: 10th, 4th, 18th, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and RTD
Final score: 3456 points
21 entrants

Residing Club


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