All the sailing people who have seen her are delighted with Illusion. Rodney Pattisson, who has won two Olympic sailing gold medals and a silver for Britain: "I loved it." Michel Maeder, main-sheet hand on the last French America's Cup challenger: "It's beautiful." Clive Johnson, who runs a Cowes ship chandlery: "Something completely different." As they speak they grin in wonderment and pleasure.
The only less-than-enthusiastic comment heard came from Graham's girl friend, who dislikes sailing in any form. "I think it's lovely," she says loyally. "Just don't ask me to sail in her."
Illusion is a contradiction, small but stately, dignified but sporty, a big boat that's only 12 feet long. She might, just might, be a breakthrough. If so, an addition to nautical terminology will be required to describe her accurately. Single-headed sailing, perhaps.