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Table of details and specifications of BAH-014
  Designer Iain Murray (AUS)
  Builders Andrew Hudson, Hudson Boat Building, Sydney (AUS)
  Material Glass fiber and polyester
  1st certificate issued 1990-12-22
  Original boat name John B VIII
  Original country BAH
  Original sail number 014
  Current location Montreux/Clarens, Lake of Geneva (SUI)


BAH-014 - 18.10.2017 by marchand alain
New owner from more than ten years (tbc soon) is Mr Peter Taylor how I sailed with. Boat name: Ballerina. Location: Montreux/Clarens SUI
Sail innovation - aboard former 5.5 BAH 14 - 13.07.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
In a construction class discussions about new types of sails are an ongoing factor. While Gennakers or Square-top Mains might be talk of town, here comes a real constructive innovation, so far unheard of: Laurent de Kalbermatten, who in 1985 invented the first gliding choote, has been at the head of this new sail, together with professional sailor Edouard Kessi. The resulting easy-to-use wing-sail, comprises a telescopic mast and two air-pressure units, pumping up the sail. And - it works! More details in the enclosed link.
Information kindly provided by Carsten Kemmling, of nautical magazine SEGELREPORTER.
Double personality or double life ? - 14.09.2011 by Site Administrator
NED-015 and -017 where modified in 1990 (following Robert Smolders' source, but following Kaspar Stubenrauch' ones, it would more realistically 1992-1993 ???).
The decks, mast and keels where send to Franklin Eldrige in UK, somewhere around Manchester..
The two original hulls (from Iain Murray & Hudson, AUS.) have been sold to Peter Taylor in Zürich (SUI). Peter transformed them by himself to a new boat using one of the two hulls and fitted her with a cabin, a carbon fiber aerorig (Peter was working at Sauber Formula 1 Team in Hinwil near Zürich), plus during winter 2003-2004 a deeper keel with bulb draft extended to 1.80 m (see pictures attached).
The keel of the picture is not the original one, neither the latest, may be from Josi Steinmayer ?
Anyway, this is obviously no more an official 5.5 within the rating rules. So she will not have a dedicated number in this database. She's sailing in Switzerland with the name "Ballerina" and the sail number "GBR X1" (source: ranking of the Bol d'Or 2006 where Peter finished at the 168th place after more than 26 hours of race... (
During that time, NED 15 and 17 received a new designed hull (by Ian Howlett, we guess ?), wider in the back and a new bulbkeel for NED-017.
The old deck was used.
Long rudder placed
NED-017 had a new, stiffer mast !
NED-015 kept same mast.
With new sails and well handeled they can be fast starting at Bfrt 3 - 4 and up! Then the formula starts to work. A great stable ship with Bfrt 6. Moreover under spinaker.
Sources compiled from: Robert Smolders (14.09.2011), Frits Kruijt (15.09.2011), Peter Taylor (19.09.2011) and Kaspar Stubenrauch (20.06.2011).
Three sisterships in the Netherlands - 29.06.2008 by Site Administrator
NED-011 "Woelgeest", NED-015 "Mis stress" and NED-017 "Leeloo"
Source : notes received from Frits Kruyt, Nov.2007.
First notes and elements (to be refined...) - 07.02.2008 by Sebastien Schmidt
This boat is one of the six (?) sister-ships built in a row in Australia off the same mould, I guess between about 1991 to 1992 (?) : AUS-052 "Arunga X" to Franck Tolhurst, AUS-054 "Sic Em Rex" to Colin Ryan, BAH-014 "John B VIII" to Robert Symonette, FIN-037 "Carmen" to Vladimir Marschan, GBR-038 "Salamander IV" to Jonathan Janson and GER-024 "Lovana II" to Hans-Juergen Queisser.
I remember Colin Ryan presenting the project in 1991 at Le Crouesty (FRA) european's. None of the boats were present there yet, but at the worlds 1992 in Nassau, Bahamas, all were participating except FIN-037 "Carmen".
In August 1992, we have been consulted to analyse the design and to propose eventual rooms for performances improvement. Pointed-out troubles were essentially located in the bulbed keel - too much pitching and lower aspect ratio of the fin - and in the excess of flare (very wide beam at deck) which induced shorter and deformed waterlines at heel. Sorry Iain, Bobby asked us to provide a frank and free eye, and this was only our opinion at this time. Other ones to be expressed ?

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former 5.5 BAH 14 - with a unique inflatable sail

Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of BAH-014
Sail# Boat name Owner name
BAH-014 "John B VIII" Robert Hallam "Bobby" Symonette (1991-?)  

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