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Firebug News March 2017  

BUGNEWS 40 - March 2017
Format: PDF - Size: 521KB
Twenty Years of FireBug building and sailing celebrated with a summary of the highlights over the years: Best Groups, Schools, Individual efforts, Oldest, Bravest, Funniest, Silliest, Best Family Photo etc.. It’s a good read!
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Firebug News October 2016  

BUGNEWS 39 – October 2016
Format: PDF - Size: 1MB
The FireBug – What it’s all about.. Sweet lines of the FireBug – why it sails so quick. Damian – My Dream plan is to learn yacht building so I can build a cruiser and escape the Victorian winters. Suzanne – Mum building for the kids..
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Firebug News March 2016  

BUGNEWS 38 – March 2016
Format: PDF - Size: 0.99MB
Camp and Sail Weekend on Lake Brunner amongst NZs best scenery. Marina and Andrea excited in Puerto Rico. Geovanni in Italy re-paints for the next generation. Levanthan’s XXXX beer christening at Lake Wivenhoe in Brisbane..
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Firebug News February 2015  

BUGNEWS 37 - Aug 2015
Format: PDF - Size: 545KB
'Bug fleets getting bigger at clubs. Adults racing as well as kids. World age record broken. 'Bugbuilding happening all over and handy gadgets from Dugald, John and Des.
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Firebug News February 2015  

BUGNEWS 36 - Feb 2015
Format: PDF - Size: 545KB
Boys build ‘Bugs and love going to school for a change.. Christchurch rebuilds after the quakes.. One armed builder calls in to meet Pete. Ivan Manu builds two more superb ‘Bugs for Waiheke Island.
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Firebug News May 2014  

BUGNEWS 35 - May 2014
Format: PDF - Size: 545KB
Portugal - the building with the Gypsies is going well.. Eight Footer Regatta in Sydney to find the best eight foot club racer.. FireBug in fabo Shark Bay.. Lovely graphics job - we launched at Lake Eppalock near Bendigo.
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Firebug News November 2013  

BUGNEWS 34 - Nov 2013
Format: PDF - Size: 1.1MB
FireBug Triple Charity in Lisbon and Pete makes a visit there..  Carnarvon Yacht Club FireBug Regatta spoilt by bad weather!  Large capacity ‘Bug takes two or even three sailors at a time. Double launching with Chocolate Milk!
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Firebug News March 2012  

BUGNEWS 33 - May 2013
Format: PDF - Size: 977KB
Lindisfarne Sailing Club at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. Champion ‘BugBuilders in Lisbon, Portugal include cerebal palsy sufferers. New Zealand South Island FireBug Champs, new boat launchings, several new boats and Pete gets mis-captioned!
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Firebug News March 2012   BUGNEWS 32 - October 2012
Format: PDF - Size: 977KB
Carnarvon Yacht Club fleet in WA attracting interest.  Mike Harrison launches in Johannesburg. Allan made the boat and the beer! NZ Unitec Boatbuilding School builds more ‘Bugs. Ivan launches with English WaterCraft writer present…
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Firebug News March 2012   BUGNEWS 31 - March 2012
Format: PDF - Size: 977KB
Big club launch day at Lindisfarne Sailing Club in Hobart. Santa by sea. New style offshore racers feature ‘Bug – style buoyancy forward! Irakli writes his story for Australian Amateur Boat Builder Magazine. Sailing tuition with a busted leg…
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Firebug News October 2011   BUGNEWS 30 - September 2011
Format: PDF - Size: 868KB
Launching more boats at Carnarvon Yacht Club in WA. Irakli’s sailing career takes off! ‘Pick meee!’ - all the kids want first sail in Abu Dhabi. Near-perfection-build in Russell BoI. PPYC clubrooms beaten up - demolition sad sight!
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Firebug News May 2010   BUGNEWS 29 - February 2011
Format: PDF - Size: 897KB
Double Charity building FireBugs in Portugal. Mordialloc SC in Melbourne launch 7 ‘Bugs after club build. Great ‘Bug front cover pic on the AABB. The Derwent fleet takes shape in Hobart and Alison’s got the ‘Bug! It’s hard to capsize and if she does - no bailing!
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Firebug News February 2011   BUGNEWS 28 - May 2010
Format: PDF - Size: 1.3MB
’Bug Sailing with Moko the dolphin. FireBug Sailing School in the Republic of Georgia. ‘Captn Cook we have a FireBug on the port quarter!’ 2010 South Island Champs, photos and results. Earthquake and floods at PPYC! New boat launchings…
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Firebug News September 2009   BUGNEWS 27 - September 2009
Format: PDF - Size: 897KB
Over 500 wooden boats, 6 square riggers, a 'BugBuild and great fun at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Tom's 'Bug with a kite up, picnic lunch for 'Bug sailors in Christchurch, mulinational build in Mornington and a nice sailing pic on the Estuary…
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Firebug News March 2009   BUGNEWS 26 - March 2009
Format: PDF - Size: 1.27MB
'The 'BugBuild at the Sydney Boat Show blocked the aisles. Students with a Community Support Group (Forster Neighbourhood Centre) rose to the occasion and did the building. Also: South Island champs, Concord Ryde, new launchings and Tippy the stowaway…
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Firebug News July 2008   BUGNEWS 25 - August 2008
Format: PDF - Size: 744KB
'BugBuild at the Auckland Boat Show with International Paints and the Sydney Boat Show next. Community projects doing well in Aust and NZ, see new Community Groups Page. Building in the Lau Islands. Concord Ryde Sailig Club etc…
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Firebug News February 2008   BUGNEWS 24 - February 2008
Format: PDF - Size: 1MB
Irakli launches in the Republic of Georgia. Michael's cute crew. FireBug build on the Yachting NZ stand at the Careers Expo. Several new boat pics... Turtle Chaser 'Bug gets new home. Tuning tips and more...
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Firebug News July 2007   BUGNEWS 23 - July 2007
Format: PDF - Size: 656KB
Good building progress in the Republic of Georgia - Pete from FBHQ live on the ABC nationwide - Can now pay by PayPal - New 'Bugs in France and England, Hallet Cove, Tannum Sands and San Francisco too - FREE sail - Ray's trolley - BugBits Sails...
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Firebug News December 2006   BUGNEWS 22 - December 2006
Format: PDF - Size: 241KB
Yachting NZ offers support to FBHQ - help with schools and at clubs'. Dampier Camp School in WA launches first 5 boats. 'AliBug' launched - whatever next? New Bug fleets at Sydney, Auckland and Titahi Bay in Wellington. Puzzle over mystery email.. Old sea dog almost afloat in christchurch...
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Firebug News June 2006   NEWSLETTER June 2006
Format: PDF - Size: 331KB
Shona Kelly and the girls launch ‘Moonbeam’ at the PPYC.
Big ‘Bug fleet underway in WA.  At last an Auckland sailing club with some enterprise! Taikata Sailing Club at Te Atatu. More Tips from Ross Venner...
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Cant Champs   NEWSLETTER December 2005
Format: PDF - Size: 622KB
New racing venue. Ross's Spanish Windlass. Dog rounds up boat! Hong Kong launching...
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Gisborne Intermediates   NEWSLETTER June 2005
Format: PDF - Size: 281KB
8 boat Gisborne Intermediates' success story. New 'Bug at Alpurrurulam.. Total Kiwi immersion course for Farmer Dan. Chainsaw boat launched. The Queen Charlotte Yacht Club hosts the 2005 SI FireBug Champs...
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Dec 2004 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER December 2004
Format: PDF - Size: 257KB
Koos on the canals. 'Bug building to the movies. 20 schools with 'Bugs...
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May 2004 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER May 2004
Format: PDF - Size: 283KB
Building in schools, Racing news, Support from AABB Mag, Duck Flat Wooden Boats kitsets, Lawn sailing and more...
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October 2003 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER October 2003
Format: PDF - Size: 277KB
Building in the living room! Spot the sailor dog, Boys living aboard, Keep epoxy in the fridge & more...
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March 2003 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER March 2003
Format: PDF - Size: 198 KB
OYC South Island Champs, Giovanni visits from Italy, Race results, Mall displays, Opa's Bug launched & more...
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July 2002 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER July 2002
Format: PDF - Size: 158KB
'Mum's Bug' launched, Sailing on hot water, OYC Commodore visits, FireBug in the Maritime Museum, Lake Mahinapua regatta & more...
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January 2002 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER Jan 2002
Filesize: 180 KB
Large fleet at PPYC, Totara school, Bug's at Malta on the Med, www.firebug.co.nz wins award, USAF building 'Bugs & more...
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June 2001 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER June 2001
Format: PDF - Size: 885 KB
New FireBug website big success, Pete gets a model, Definitely not the Pope, Lake Tarawera kids & more...
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December 2000 Newsletter   NEWSLETTER December 2000
Format: PDF - Size: 885 KB
Building 4 at Cathedral College, Fast sailing at Pt Chevalier, 'Bug with outboard, Scale models, On the AABB front cover and more...
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