On the 8th February 2019 Dominic Dobson brings A90 all the way from Ilkley Moor to North Dorset and a bag full of ‘The Patience of a Saint’ !
Arriving after dark and no lighting in the barn, where Jenaka III was to rest for the next two years …. and counting … and COVID, we left her in the farmyard to come back next day.
Of course Dominic also brought, in the guise of A90, huge experience he gained from his extensive restoration of A90.
I knew A90 was the best example on sale at the time and had no doubt about her provenance of care.
The main bait of going for an Atalanta came about when I sailed into St Peter Port and came across A138 ‘Sweet Sue’ , and lo and behold there was the owner on board. But he was boarding his dinghy and pulling hard towards the opposite quay to gain his car.
As is often the case, I was in the wrong place. Hurrying through the holiday makers, I raced around the harbour to gain a valuable insite about owning an Atalanta from Ryan Morley.
Back ‘home’ in Portland Harbour and on to winter storage at Clark’s yard and there stored forward of me was another Atalanta, this time A168 ‘Hullabaloo’.
Was Neptune talking to me ?
Next step was to have a guided tour around an Atalanta by an owner.
First contact made with some organisation or other calling themselves AOA !
Bless em, they came up with Richard and Carol Hall who lived not far from me near Bridport.
Being excellent hosts my wife and I were treated to a detailed exposition of A184 ‘Aquilo II’. Followed by tea and cake.
So that settled it. Off for a stay at beautiful Harrogate and an excursion to Ilkley to meet Dominic Dobson and a look at A90.