Seafly 502 – Marxist

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My name is Mike Bell and I’ve just bought Seafly 502 which was based in the Cromarty Firth. I live in Chester and intend to cruise her in Anglesey and on the English Lakes. I originally decided on a Seafly after reading the article in the Dinghy Cruising Association bulletin a while ago. It’s taken me this long to find a nice one. We shall be sailing in the Menai Straits. We launch at Port Dinorwic and usually camp at Abermenai Point. Or sail round to Red Wharf bay. The boat had no obvious name when we bought her. We’ve called her Marxist, after all she is very red!
Mike Bell, March 2014

From the previous owner:

I have just passed 60 and its the law you have to buy another boat on your birthday….I competitively race a Phantom and an RS400. I’ve now got Seafly 502 which I plan to sort with a new set of “Macs” and tour the north of Scotland regatta circuit which I presently do in the Phantom. Why a Seafly? I started to race in the late fifties and early sixties at Starcross and knew Stan Herbert and his wife Dorothy very well. My father had C34 and I will send photos later. I sometimes used to crew for David Reader (mentioned elsewhere) in C14. My parents will hopefully send me their memories which I will pass on with a list of Seaflies and their helms that used to race alongside them. Seaflies are still competitive and I hope to prove it over the next few years.

Excuse the puns but she will be called “Tingle” as this is a boat building term for a patch in a boat… which is me!!

Steve Patch, May 2011

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