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This brings back memories. My wife and I were assistant Leaders of the Barge Sailing Club while Roy Trenchard was Leader, and then Leaders ourselves for a while after he had to step down due to his studies at Bishop Otter College. Sally and I have fond memories of the Members we knew – Peter Lanham, Heather Amos, Geof Strickland, Polly, Alan West, Chris Jones and his brother with their Cherub, Carol from Chidham, and lots of others. And of the Management Cttee – Ted Amos, dear Miss Desirée Edwards-Rees [who in the early days when boats were in short supply, used to loan the Club members her own Bosham Scow] and Derwent Reed.
We certainly have a large number of photos of those early days of the Barge Sailing Club – when there was ONLY the barge, and we were still fitting it out supplying the labour while the WSCC Youth service supplied the materials, – before there was even a shoreside workshop, or an “official” Bosun.
And of the Club’s dinghies – AFAICR, we had a vintage 14ft ex-POW Cup dinghy, two Fairey Albacores – Giralda & Sirdar, a GP14, a Bosham Scow, an early Moth [all either bought at local boat-auctions or gifted to us, and needing to be fitted out] , – and Martin Beale used to loan Club Members his 18ft National Gust, and even his Finn, occasionally. The safety Boat was a bare ship’s pulling boat, fitted with a Johnson outboard, and a Vortex pump, and usually run in turns by crews of 3 Club members. Club Members built themselves at least 3 Fireballs in the workshop, and raced them with great enthusiasm locally. East Head was a favourite club-cruise picnic spot during school holidays -and the one local regatta we tried to attend every season was at Menghem Rythe.
When Sally and I had to leave the area to return to Jersey, we really missed the Barge Sailing Club, and all our friends. Our oldest son, Marcus – who was a baby back then, and something of a Club mascot – is now only a few years short of 50, and deeply involved with the RAFSC, having first worked his way up to a competitive level as a canoeist and member of the Advanced Sea Kayak Club. Now he has his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, and is deeply involved in RAF cruiser racing.. Anyone who remembers us, we’d be pleased to hear from you.
Thanks for your comment, Julian. We’d love to see some of those photos! Is there any chance you could scan them in and send them to us via email, we could even feature some on the website.
Well, back in those days I was using Agfa Colour Slide film, – so – yes, when we’ve gotten over our recent house move and I can dig out those old boxes of slides, I’ll see what I can do to convert them to pictures which can be scanned-in, and you can willingly have them for the Barge Sailing Club Archives.
It’s funny how the wheel of Fortune turns. My younger brother – who used to guset with us occasionally at the Barge on weekends, has moved back into Sussex, and has joined the Bosdham sailing Club, where he keeps his 14ft Kittiwake. And our older son marcus – who was something of a club mascot as a tiny toddler – and since Polly and HEATHER AND CAROL AND THE OTHER GIRLS USED TO BABYSIT HIM REGULARLY WHEN SALLY AND i WERE OUT ON THE WATER TEACHING OTHER cLUB MEMBERS ABOUT DINGHY SAILING, USUALLY IN THE 2 ALBACORES, – i SUPPOSE MARCUS COULD BE THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE OLD BARGE CREW. WELL, HE’S GOT HIS CATAMARAN ROUND AT RAFSC THORNEY ISLAND, SO HE MIGHT FEEL INCLINED TO DROP-IN SOMEDAY – THOUGH WHAT HE REMEMBERS ABOUT HIS TIME AT THE BARGE AS A TODDLER I COULDN’T SAY. I’LL HAVE TO ASK HIM. IT WOULD BE A KINDNESS IF YOU COULD DROP ME AN E-MAIL TO LET US KNOW HOW MANY OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS HAVE STAYED IN-TOUCH. SALLY AND I REMEMBER MOST OF THEM VERY FONDLY – ALAN WEST, GEOFF STRICKLAND, PETER LANHAM, THE JONES BROTHERS, HEATHER AMOS, POLLY WILSON, CAROL, AND THE REST.
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