Camper & Nicholsons' Yacht Brokers Training Raft -
with Michael Payne and Alex Lees Buckley (back row) together with
carpenters Adrian and Alan.
Do you have any pics of the 2nd Raftrace ?
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much detail as possible so we can publish here.
Safety Boat crew look back on "SWAGMAN" as she starts
Does you remember what year the 2nd
Race was ?
As the first race is now almost certainly established as
1981, we thought that the 2nd race could have been in 1983. Charlie Binyon
now clarifies: "It was 1985, when I had
just taken my first Captain position on "Caramba". John White, from
whom I took over, had gone onto "Swagman", hence our joint entry. We
built our boat from lengths of wood bent around three formers and
covered it with a canvas tarpaulin which we painted with antifouling
to make it waterproof. Great design, but we had not done any stability
calculations, so it tried to lay on it's side when we first launched
it. Once it had crew in it, it was even worse. I don't think we did
very well that year!" -
Thanks Charlie, and glad to have you on-board the 2012 Organising
Committee Member Helen Bilton (the attractive
one of the Bar Organiser Team) agrees, and comments: "Ist
prize was at Harry's Bar, 2nd prize was at Le Rouf, and the 3rd prize
was at the Bar du Port." Thanks Helen - we didn't think you were
old enough to remember !