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Classic Yachts Get New Life in France

14th September 2009
Classic Yachts Get New Life in France

Dun Laoghaire Sailor Chris Craig says his Villefranche Classic Sailing is an organisation dedicated to promoting Classic Sailing in one of the World's most idyllic locations. The website reveals that it was America's Cup winner Dennis Conner's idea to put an Irish syndicate together to purchase the classic yacht Cotton Blossom IV, now Halloween. The site also tells the story of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club 24-footer.

The website says: "What he (Dennis Conner) used to say watching Halloween in action is un-repeatable but let’s just say he found her an exciting yacht. The Villefranche Syndicate purchased Halloween and sailed on her for the 2007 season before she went North to the 2008 William Fyfe historic Regatta in Scotland. It was wonderful to see a beautiful lady return to her birthplace after 80 years in perfect condition. Unsurprisingly, she, like some of the owners, needed her make-up fixed up and is now ready again for a full 2009 season in the Med"

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