S&S Association Racing Secretary
At the Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam 2014 it was decided to establish this new secretary role in the Association.
Derek has been racing all his life and has a wealth of knowledge and experience we all can benefit from. We all welcome Derek in his new role and wish him all the best.
Want to know more? Read Derek’s story below.
I have been racing since the mid seventy’s, I started sailing in the early sixty’s in Chichester harbour cruising with my parents and dinghy sailing. I started yacht racing in the mid seventy’s on a half tonner based in Burnham on Crouch, then moved onto a onto a one tonner called Trophy, we used to race her offshore around the Thames estuary, often at night, in those days GPS. had not been invented and Decca was illegal, so we raced using proper navigation with a navigator at a chart table!, sailing in 40knts at night with 3ft (if we were lucky) of water under the keel was mad. We won the Harwich/Oostende race in Trophy, we then took her from Ostend to Cowes for the 1979 Cowes week, we had a successful Cowes and started the 1979 Fastnet race, in which we were not at all successful. At that time I also bought a half share in a new Mini tonner, which I kept in Burnham, in spite of living on the Hamble. We raced her in Burnham for a couple of seasons then bought her to the south coast where we raced her for several years.
I then went into radio controlled yacht racing while the kids were young, but I have kept up the model racing and still race models. When the kids got older I bought a Lill Scampi, a Peter Norlin ¼ tonner from the early seventies called Olivia Anne VI, built by IW Varvet, we started out using her as a cruising boat when I bought her, but as the boys got older we made some changes, new rig, remove the keel faired in the bottom, faired in the keel, refitted the keel, removed the engine, removed the skeg, made a new balanced rudder and fitted it further aft. We then went out and won several winter series, spring series, warsash and other Hamble river club events over the following 5 or so years.
During this I was also running the kids around to open meetings etc in their 29er. I then bought a cruising boat, an Elizabethan 29 which we made some more mods on, only this time for cruising, at the same time I was racing on a ¼ tonner called Purple Haze on which we won the 2005 ¼ ton cup, round the island gold bowl (I was not aboard for the gold bowl, my youngest son was!) which is for the top IRC boat in the race.
We then decided it was time to have our own boat so we went to France and found a ¼ tonner in La Trinite and bought it, we had it delivered back to the UK and set about updating her. The mast was replaced and moved aft, all the deck gear removed and the hull and deck faired in, we turned her upside down to do the bottom, we re-
While this was going on I wound up with a She Delta (Shelagh), which meant I got knobbled by David Olley to join the S&S association (a good thing!). We raced Menace in the 2014 ¼ ton cup this year which is the 10th anniversary of the revival, we average an entry of 30 boats each year which is around 150 crew racing each year, they had a bottle of Rum for each crew that had done all 10 of the events, there were only 3 of us, two from Menace me and Tim, I should have mentioned my friend Tim, we met in Chichester as kids, started racing on the east coast, bought the Mini tonner (the first Menace) between us, raced on Purple Haze (he was on for the gold bowl win) went to France and bought the current Menace between us and my youngest Son James, we have sailed together all of our lives, oh we also married sisters so now we are brother in laws. Shelagh is coming ashore in January, Tim and I still have a couple of trips in her yet! I have plans to replace the rudder, lose the skeg and fit the new rudder further aft (sorry Olin !) get an IRC certificate on her so Tim and I can go racing next year, watch this space.