With a lovely black asphalt surface and a general tidying up all round (a big thanks to UHT by the way for waiving the £2,000 fee for the work) we are all set for a great season.
The tone for 2019 was set by The Commodore at the Annual Party at the Ceilidh Place, alas, for some who enjoy the craic, the last time (for a while at least) it may be held there (suggestions please).
However it was a splendid affair, attended by over 40, enlivened as always by Paul's peerless Powerpoint, and the first occasion in which our new Leader The Donald Buchanan (of that ilk), had a chance to address his flock/fleet/bevy/murmuration, or whatever you might call the LBSC assembled in all its finery. Under his enlightened command we have seen a general smartening up of the club and surrounds. With work on the Wee Pier complete, we can look forward to resuming normal activities.
Those who know him, would agree that he is a man of many parts (and hats): yachtsman; wine buff; gardener to name but three and here's four more.
|"Now where was I?"|
|"Ah yes, parking..."|
|"I am talking to you, Adrian. Yes you..."|
|"And now let us end with a prayer. May our asphalt never buckle, and members remember to KEEP THEIR DINGHIES FACING THE SEA. Amen"|
And this year the prestigious Campbell's Cup was won, deservedly, by Alastair "the Reverend" Macdonald in a flawless display of spinnaker work around the back of Isle Martin in his new yacht.
|Alastair receives his award from Sandra Campbell.|
|Dave and Fiona: a Flying Fifteen partnership that should be hard to beat.|
|"It was a dark and stormy night when myself, Robin and shipmate ventured out..."|
So far so interesting, but there's more. Not only did the yacht have a state of the art steam engine, which was featured in a French engineering journal, but went on to play a role in the Dardanelles expedition, the attempt by British and French fleets to force a passage through the straits and attack Turkey from behind, the brainchild of Winston Churchill.
By now named Poupee, owned by a Miss Teresa Scarfoglio, Naples, she was requisitioned by the French as a mine sweeper, under the command of Capitaine de frégate Pierre De Courtois, Commandant de la flottille des dragueurs aux Dardanelles.
So there you are: a yacht owned by the man who provoked the Napier Report by evicting tenants off his Leckmelm estate, and which played its part in a famous naval debacle, was once skippered by the grand father of one of our most cherished members who will, I am certain, fill in any missing details, if you care to ask, some of which might even be true...