The number 133 made me smile when I saw it because this is the number of Bret de Thiers Olympic Finn Class yacht 'FinnSarby' (Sarby being the surname of the Finn Class yacht designer Rickard Sarby). When I was sailing my P Class yacht 'Elusive' on the Christchurch estuary (South Island New Zealand ) I was always looking ahead to what I might sail when I got a bit older and Bret de Thier was someone that I wanted to emulate. He was an absolutely outstanding Finn sailor and New Zealand Finn Class Olympic yachting representative. I remember once cycling along the Christchurch Estuary causeway with my little camera furtively taking photos of Bret sailing his Finn. The Finn is a work of art, a beautiful yacht and Bret sailed it with great skill. We all have heroes and mentors when we are young and he was one of my heroes.
I never graduated to the Finn Class. The circumstances (money) of a high school student dictated an upgrade to the OK dinghy, which considering my weight was probably a better option.
The text reads: de Thier (133) getting in front at the start of one of the heats of the South Island championships at Timaru.
I remember Bret de Thiers Finn being painted a canary yellow with a beautiful varnished mahogany deck. Unlike the usual square sail window in the mainsail, Brets m'sail had a distinctive window not unlike what today you would think was a large trade mark Nike Tick.
Finns back in the 1970s were all wooden including beautifully varnished masts and booms. It would be great to see a classic all wooden Finn again - now there's a small boat restoration idea!!!