Well Ian I to would like to read your book for I was present when you picked up your boat KZ1 on the shores of Botany Bay in Sydney. I even got a shot of it, It makes a great picture.
I was also present when EC12 plug was imported into Australia from Chuck or Buddy Black's Treasure Tooling moulds.
As far as the IEC1M hull that was sent out to Australia , it was passed on to NZ but till now (05) it has not been returned. Never -th- less as I said to Rick recently, when he was travelling, that is water under the bridge for in Australia we have retained all our pre 1984 boats.
We are trying at this stage to revitalise the EC12 class in Australia. There are about 167 boats registed today and there is a Championship taking place in NSW (Sydney) on the 12th & 13th March 05 And A National Championship in Brisbane, Queensland in 5th & 6th November 05. For our first Nats since our haydays . When we ran the EC12s Worlds in 1987 . I might add there were no Americans present. English, New Zealanders and Aussies competed.
For further info , I suggest trying www.radiosailing.org.au
(look under EC12 class page) Frank Linney is doing the honours for New Zealand this time in coming and we are all looking forward to him racing.