Winkle Brig

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Ver 5.1

Use of the Site

The information contained in this website is provided by the owners of the boats or by access to published information (the Owners) in good faith for general information purposes only. Neither the Owners nor the administrators of this website (the Administrators) accept any liability for omissions, errors or mistakes that occur in publication or are provided by external sources or in external websites which have links from this website. External links are provided for your convenience to provide further information and do not signify any endorsement of the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).

The views expressed on the website will not necessarily coincide with those of the Administrators or the Owners, however they will be included (subject to the considerations below) in the interests of free speech.

All items submitted for publication will be subject to moderation by the Administrators. They cannot guarantee a turnaround time for approval of content but will make every effort to either publish the submitted articles (with or without editing) or refer back to the contributor as soon as reasonably possible after submission.

The Administrators will consider anonymous items only where the author has supplied their full name and contact details to them.

The Administrators will not accept for publication:

Inappropriate information; or

Anything political, libellous, defamatory, pornographic, racist, sexist, abusive, harassing or threatening, or generally offensive or illegal; or

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The opinion of the Administrators is final.

The Administrators will regularly remove content that is no longer timely or relevant from the site.


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They must obtain data from individuals fairly and lawfully and be open and honest about why it is required

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Data must not be transferred outside the EEC (the UK after Brexit) unless the country can provide adequate security for it.

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The Administrator

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!