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I bought my first boat, a Mirror dinghy in 1983. Then, after a succession of keel boats, a Leisure 23 twenty two years ago. I have sailed my Leisure 23SL, “Sundance”, for the past fifteen years.
As Commodore, I will do my best for the Association and all the members.
John and I bought our first Leisure 23 in 1992. We had never sailed before but were lucky enough to meet up with LOA members on the East Coast who showed us how to sail our boat – although we are still learning! Due to the support we received from the Association when volunteers were needed for the East Coast Section in 1997, we offered our services and have been involved ever since.
As East Coast Organisers we arranged summer cruises, rallies, laying up and fitting out suppers, and made many good friends. So when we decided to buy a bigger boat it had to be a Leisure 29 – we were fortunate to find ‘Osprey of Exe’ in 1998. At this time I became Vice Commodore then Commodore 1999-2001, followed by a term as General Secretary 2008 – 2010. I look forward to meeting up with East Coast members again soon.
I’ve been crewing on other skipper’s boats for more years than I care to remember: the Scottish Islands, across to Ireland, France and Spain. Two years ago, with not the slightest intention of actually owning a boat, I – quite by accident – acquired part ownership in a Leisure 23. Maggie, my wife, mentioned to our son-in-law how much fun she’d had on a trip out with friends in, it should be said, perfect weather on Windermere. “Count me in,” I told her.
Unbeknownst, lines were being irretrievably cast off. With a deadline of 48 hours before bidding closed on Ebay we found ourselves canoeing out to take a look at a rather sad and lonely but delightful L23. The rest is history.
As all owners know, buying a boat is the easy bit and the crest of a very steep wave with only one way to go. However, the benefits have far outweighed the heartaches. A careless email or two later and you can also find yourself as an editor on a Committee. Take heed all you wayward sailors!
But do send in those stories and articles. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
My sailing started when I helped a colleague with a small group of high school students for a few days in wayfarers, pico lasers and toppers on the Norfolk Broads. I’d recommend anyone new to sailing to start with a small dinghy – You’ll get wet, but you’ll really learn a lot about the fundamentals, especially without the luxury of an engine!
I supposed I gained my love of sailing from my uncle who use to take us kids sailing and fishing in the crystal clear waters of Belize (British Honduras) where I was born.
I have had many hobbies in my lifetime, some of which, such as flying, gliding, hang gliding and para gliding I have had to give up. I now mainly do diving, sailing and kayaking.
I gained my dinghy “Day skipper” around 1994, but did not really start learning how to sail until I bought my first Leisure 22 in 2015. Later I bought a L27 which I renamed to “C’est la Vie”. It was a steep learning curve about how to renovate a boat and Sailing. I keep it at Erith Yacht Club on a swing mooring. Several members now come to me for advice on many boat related things. I often post boating things on Facebook, etc.
I have, since buying my first boat, got my CEVNI, Powerboat, Radio and ICC certificates.
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