There were two versions, blue and red with a floral pattern and "Centennial Olympics Games" lettering. I don't recall if they also said "Savannah", but they certainly didn't say "Atlanta".
'Horizon' is right: it will be 115704, from 1982-ish. The plate will originally have had the '1' printed on, with the following 5 digits stamped into the plate. I think the orange ones might have been called Sunburst, and they had a striped sail to go with the hull - not inconspicuous. In 1983 your ex-District 9 secretary, Chuck Williamson, was Charles Williamson and still living in the UK. He was at the UK Nationals at Plymouth with one of these boats, and overnight someone nicked his entire rig from the boatpark. In those days spar breakage was routine, so it was standard practice to carry spare booms, top-sections and sails. I think he was reequipped from loaned kit in time for racing.My club has just been given this one, its 15704. Any one know what the version is called?
I think Chas's boat was a Mardi Gras. Saw it only briefly before the sail and rig were nicked!I remember the Liberty print boat. I must have seen it at the '88 UK nationals at Mounts Bay. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me then, so I never took a photo. I think I was talking to Richard Simmonds from PSE about it when somebody came up and asked if it was illegal because it made the hull stiffer....
Was this the orange sail you were thinking of - this one was called a Mardi Gras:
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I couldn't think of to much worse. Far to busy, not necessarily districting but definitely something might miss seeing something critical. I like my white boats with white decks.I like the idea of the Liberty print boat, it's a shame Laser don't regularly do interestingly coloured boats. I know Vela grey is best for OD racing but I also want it to look good when I take the cover off and it's nice to have people ask about your boat.
Here's what the OK dinghy class can do:
Oh my, the "stamp boat" is truly crazy... both in good and bad ways. Full points for creativity and execution, of course. I wouldn't mind the visual "busyness" either, but that deck will probably look nasty when damaged or even worn, and impossible to restore! I'd say it's the all-round practicality of a plain and pale surface that's driving the boat colour evolution more than the (perceived) ability to "hide" on a starting line. Even in traditionally "colourful" classes like the Lightning and 505, more and more new boats are all-white.