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Can anyone remember Anya’s father racing?

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Oscar Rodriguez and Dennis Taylor racing the catamaran Marlboro in Bournemouth – 1988
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Anya’s father, Dennis Taylor, had a very successful career racing in offshore racing.

His highlights included winning the 1987 UIM 3D world championship with Oscar Rodriguez racing the catamaran Marlboro in Catalonia, Italy and taking the 6 Litre World title in 1988.

Some of our readers answered our headline, Can anyone remember Anya’s father racing? South Africa’s Grant Harrison told us:

I remember Dennis Taylor well as I met him in 1988 in Bournemouth when we came over from South Africa to race in the Class 3D worlds.

He was the Argentinian UIM representative, we had a great dice with him until they flipped the boat.

Italy’s Massimo Lippi said:

Dennis was a gentleman and fast pilot, we had a great battle in the class 3 world championship in 1988 and 1989.

The last time we met was in Mar del Plata for the Class 2 and 6 litres world championship in 1992.

A great man!

(L-R): Ralph Ineson, Dennis Taylor, Anya Taylor Joy, Kate Dickie, and Jennifer Taylor attend “The Witch” premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance)
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