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The history of "Flair"

Flair IV is the latest in the Flair dynasty of cruising/racing yachts owned by Master Mariner Jim Macgregor.

Always based at Poole Yacht Club, the Flair name was established in 1985 with the original Flair, a Contessa 27 (latterly MG27). Two years later Flair II, an MG335, arrived to became the longest servant of the Macgregor team. Flair III arrived in 1998 and began a relationship with Elan yachts.

An Elan 333 that was to carry the Macgregor clan and the race team to many good times, Flair III continues to give excellent cruising and racing performance for other members of the family, yacht club and charter clients as "Panache"

Flair IV, the latest member of the family continues the relationship with Elan. A 40' cruiser/racer from the pen of Rob Humphreys, this stylish, Slovenian built, medium displacement yacht fulfilled all the criteria required of a new entrant into the Flair household being a comfortable yacht with potential race winning performance. Indeed to keep up with its forebears, who number 9 class wins in the Round The Island Race, Warsash Spring Series class and overall victories and a great many club race wins, Flair IV would have to perform And perform she has! With many of the regular crew from previous Flair campaigns and often including chartered guests the race history of Flair IV already makes for impressive reading including race wins in the prestigious Tyco Healthcare Hamble Winter Series 2002, a class win and 5th overall of 1700 boats in the Round the Island Race and race wins already in the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series 2003.

As well as performing on the race course for the owner Flair IV has been a charterers and sponsors dream. With great results in industry events such as the IT Regatta and the Little Britain Challenge Cup Flair IV provides a great opportunity for business to promote teamwork both with staff and clients.

Available through Spinnaker Yachts either alone, with a matched Elan 40 or serving as a mother ship to any number of Elan 333.s for a mini-regatta, Flair IV offers a great platform for corporate entertainment. Indeed one of our event charterers, Kier, was so impressed with the performance of the boat at the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2002 that it has become a sponsor of the boat for the Hamble Winter Series and Warsash Spring Series.

Flair IV has also become a valuable tool in the search for charitable funding for research into the care, treatment and cure of Meningitis. A chartered crew and a number of the regular team will be undertaking the Rolex Fastnet Race 2003 and the RORC qualification races with the goal of not only winning our class but also valuable funds for Meningitis Research Fund. Should you wish to follow our progress or find out how you could be involved through sponsorship or a donation please contact us through Jim at Spinnaker Yachts or check the News section of this site.