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Table of details and specifications of GBR-017
  Designer Arthur C. Robb (GBR)
  Builders Burnes Shipyard, Bosham (GBR)
  Material Mahogany, carvel planked
  1st certificate issued 1955
  Original boat name Vision
  Original country GBR
  Original sail number 017
  Current location Riantec, Bretagne (FRA)


Two sail numbers for one boat - 22.03.2016 by Gurvan Jaouen
When she joined the french fleet, she was first numbered F14. She has been moved to F17 around 1962, for an unknown reason so far. Perhaps for a better matching with her original sail number K17?
5.5 K-17 > 5.5 I-20 > F-17 - history revealed - 07.12.2010 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Charles Perry reports: "...Father sold her to Dr Beppe Croce in Italy in about 1957 or 58. Dr Croce was President of the IYRU...Beppe Croce did re-name "Vision" "Manuela IV"..."

In the "Aisher questionnaire" from the early 60's, 5.5 F-17 appears quoted as being "ex Manuela"
Data transfer for 5.5 ITA 20 - being confirmed an alias - 07.12.2010 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
5.5 ITA 020: Original or alias? - 30.04.2008 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Given the matching data on ITA 20 and GBR 17, we might have another original/alias case. Assumption: GBR 17 might have been bought by an Italian, after her silver metal in Melbourne, to become ITA 20. Anyone having historic info on both sailnumbers, please place a note here.

Nota Bene about ownership - 26.04.2008 by Site Administrator
Ownership as mentionned here on the right is the status on 1st Oct. 2004 following the Italian register (source Alberto Dollinar 28.09.07).
Please feel free to add your own knowledges about original and previous owner's sequence.
Thanks in advance.
On the other side of the Channel - 24.05.2008 by Gurvan Jaouen
Vision, later becoming Virago, arrived in France in January 1964 and has been sailing in Brittany since that time.
The builder - 17.04.2008 by Matti Muoniovaara
The builder was Burne's Shipyard in Bosham, Sussex, England.
Let's copy it... - 16.04.2008 by Gurvan Jaouen
Arthur Robb based the design of the Daring on this successful 5.5 metre "Vision", silver medal winner at the 1956 Olympics. The first Daring was launched in 1960 and one year later a total of 11 boats were racing in the Solent.
The local popularity of the class has grown steadily and there are now more than 30 boats, racing mainly in Cowes.
Sailing quietly in Brittany... - 16.04.2008 by Gurvan Jaouen
She is sailing in South Brittany, in the area of Lorient, apparently since the end of the 70's.
In a bad condition 3 years ago, she now has a new deck, new hull colour and is sailing again, sometimes in company of Korrigan.
Her name is now Virago... since the 70's...

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Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of GBR-017
Sail# Boat name Owner name
GBR-017 "Vision" Robert Stanley Gr. Perry (1955-?)  
ITA-020 "Manuela IV" Dr. Beppe Croce (1957-?)  
FRA-014 "Vision" not disclosed (1958-1962)  
FRA-017 "Vision" Charles Pillorget (?-?)  
FRA-017 "Vision" M. Hérisson (?-?)  
FRA-017 "Virago" Georges Canevet (?-1984)  
FRA-017 "Virago" Jacques Naveos (1984-?)  

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