The trials certainly proved K7 runs well and indeed at a speed faster than the 100mph it was intended to be run at on Coniston.
Where that ever came from I have no idea. Certainly we never mentioned a specific speed, it may have been the press.
As for a proving trial on Loch Fad. At very best it can be described as partial. Deploy two safety boats over a mile course along with their rescue divers, firefighters and crew. Have them get into position after sweeping the course, scattering ducks or fishermen or both. Then they have to send back the wind data so we know we're in limits. Once that is done, Shoreside can tell Control that we're good to run and it falls between Control, the start boat and the pilot to execute a clean start and release.
Now add another four miles to that. It's not four times the work and coordination, it's twenty times. We came away from Loch Fad knowing how to launch and recover and operate over very short distances. To operate on Coniston is a whole new ball game so to imagining that Fad was any sort of a realistic trial is frankly naive.
And I'll also wager that the LDNPA and whoever else won't be able to get their act together to organise and promote an event at Coniston for 2019 and nor will terms be agreed for display, maintenance, conservation and further running by then either. With the full and dedicated support of the Isle of Bute and the MST, seven months was a push but we squeaked it. They have about ten months.
And I trust that the Hamster / Elvington thing wasn't a deliberate swipe at our Malcolm as that would be seriously below the belt.
I'm only a plumber from Cannock...
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