First Class 8 regatta results.14th October 2016
More fantastic results from the Manx Youth Sailing Squad.31st December 2016
Thanks to the many who helped extract the Yellow Peril today. It all went well thanks to Michael Wilson and his RIB trailer – a big improvement on using the club RIB trailers, which are patently not equal to the task. Look forward to rolling it upright again in six months or so. Incidentally, 2017 is the half-centenary of the club’s ownership of the Peril, so a party may be in order with perhaps say a yellow theme? It cost £160 secondhand in 1967 and has been shipwrecked three times and broken its back twice since – tough old beast – and there’s not much PJ can’t fix with grp. The hull is a Cheverton Viking – an earlier version of the Cheverton Champ. The moulds for these boats were bought by Mc Gruer’s on the Clyde when Cheverton went to the wall. The Viking mould was destroyed, no longer fit for use and I suppose the design is not really all that desirable these days except, it’s exactly what the club needs in a small committee boat. When we went to collect the boat from Derbyhaven, it had a rubbish old 2-stroke Johnson, which died at the back of Langness. At the time the boat had two pairs of sweeps and you’ve never seen rowing like it in the very roly-poly craft. Anyway, I have a mental picture of Norman Quillin in his lifeboat sea boots and jumper, approaching the motor with a claw hammer raised in a threatening manner – it started right away and kept going after that. It’s blue grey under all that paint. My brother Bo and I first yellowed it in the early 1970s – the paint is now a quarter-inch thick in some places!