Designed by Ian Howlett and finished by the Elephant Boatyard, Blade (then painted light green) was built in 1986 for Larry Marks. She was Kirlo’s principal competitor in the 1987 British Championships and finished 7th in the Europeans at Falmouth in 1988. She was then sold to Ahlstrom in Sweden and numbered S127. In 2005 Blade finished 22nd at Sandhamn in the World Cup, subsequently being bought back to England by Avia Willment, who renamed her Blade Runner and re-numbered her GBR 111. During the 2014 World Championships she was chartered by Rainer Muller from Canada who raced under sail number CAN111.

Information kindly supplied by Fiona Brown/Tim Street.

Boat NamesOriginal name: BladeOther names: Blade Runner (name changed in 2005)Last name recorded: Blade
Build Year1987
Build CountryUK
Sail NumbersFirst number recorded: K87Other numbers: S127SWE127GBR111Last number reported: CAN111
DesignersIan Howlett
BuildersSmith, T