Jamie Clark has brought news of a modern 5.5 class of boat that look very much like the Darings. For interest, some news from the 5.5 Class Association.
Here is a tribute to the many sailors who put a lot of effort into having former racers rebuilt and brought back to the race track. Two have recently relaunched their beauties, giving them a platform to exhibit their work done:
5.5 ITA 59 “Arunga III”. This 1970’s multiple champion boat (former KA-31, Z-128) had been going through difficult times in recent years, until Riccardo engaged in getting the boat back to shape & shine, most of the work being excellently done by himself. She is now again ready to race and on offer.
Owner: Riccardo Garriboldi – http://5.5inventory.org/ITA/059
5.5 GER 74 “Traumfänger”. This sisterboat to the 1986 World Champion Warren Muir design “John B VII”, had been sailing in Norway (NOR 44) and then in The Netherlands, where already significant work had been done. After arrival in Germany Jochen Franzen encountered a problem zone in the hull, which needed considerable exchange of wood. Once in the mood, he added a new teak deck and varnishing of the hull as well as quite a bit of deck equipment. Finally he presented the boat during the German Open, not far away from the front ranks.
Owner: Hans-Joachim Franzen – www.5.5inventory.org/GER/074