Design number: 37 Year: 1983
Seren Wib was competitive for a number of years in the Irish Sea, with a first in class in the Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire race in 1984, second in the IOR division in Celtic Week 1986, and first in the IOR division in Abersoch Keelboat Week.
The MG RS34
About fifteen of these boats were built from the mould of Seren Wib, the most successful being Michael Peacock’s Juno which was campaigned with the sort of dedication more normally reserved for the grand prix arena. Then as now it is hard with a production boat to get on level terms with a grand prix one-off, but Mike Peacock certainly came close. In Cowes Week in 1984, for example, Juno returned two firsts, one second and one third.
Among other 34s to prosper were the Biggs family’s Checkmate, scoring second in Class 3 in the 1984 Round the Island Race, first in Celtic Week in 1985, first in class and second overall in the RORC Irish Sea Race in 1988, and in the same year first in Division A2 in the Irish Sea Offshore Association season’s points.
Then we have Chris Bonnar’s Bateleur, winner of the prestigious Tomatin Scottish Series in 1985, and Peter Cyriax’s Smokey Bear, winner of Class 2 in the 1984 Round the Island Race, with another MG34, Aladdin Sane, second in Class 2. Further west, Yellow Bird III won the 1986 Plymouth Offshore championships.