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Some people have been asking who I am - well it's me - Rick Ladds. I live near Salisbury and have owned Minim (WB7) since I bought her new in 1987 from Eric Berqvist at the Ferry Boatyard. I bought her after seeing a WB at the Southampton Boatshow as I had been looking for a estuary yacht that was GRP, gaff rigged, handled well, and could be rigged for easy single-handing.
Previously I had sailed since the early 1970s in dinghys, and in the late 70s on offshore yachts when I was in the RAF - in the 1980s I sailed in the RAF Racing Team mainly on Nicholson 55s (including a Fastnet) and also cruised widely. Whilst working in Norfolk in the early 80s I got involved with sailing old boats, particularly with the Norfolk Wherry Albion and would regularly skipper her with charter parties on board. I bought an old wooden 1920s gaffer and sailed that for a few years before I was posted to Northern Scotland.
On buying Minim (WB 7) when I was in Dorset in the late 80s I sailed her mainly in Poole Harbour and the surrounding area, but after a year for family reasons she only had rare launchings and has spent far too much time on her trailer. She is still on her trailer!
In 2014 Julian Swindell (the previous webperson who had started the site) was looking to hand it over, and as I was an experienced programmer/analyst - and no-one else came forward - so I took it on as my penance for not sailing!