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  • home built Flica 37

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran

"Instead of the Ferry" by Richard Woods (aged 8) from Poole AB Newsletter December 1962

"On the last day of our holidays in the Isle of Wight my father and I sailed across from East Cowes to Southampton docks in Poole AB no 50. When we started we had the wind on the beam and the tide under us, once we got out of the shelter of the trees it began to get rougher and even rougher... We did not speak a word until we got past Calshot light vessel which marks the mouth of Southampton Water. Then we went on and on until we got to the seaward side of Hythe pier.

We turned in here because we saw some boats there, we thought there would be a place to eat our lunch although the time was nearly four o'clock although we had started out at half past twelve... When we got in we found that it was Hythe Sailing Club. The people there very kindly said we could have our lunch there. While we were eating our lunch we had a good look round. After a time a sailing canoe came in and we had a good look at that too... Some people said they wished they had a camera.

Soon after that I wished I had my camera because as soon as the canoe went out it capsized. I wish I had that capsize with the capsize of the Duke of Edinburgh I had taken the day before. As we had some time to spare we sailed up to Eling to almost the bridge, it was about five hundred yards away from us when we turned back. as the tide was running out fast we turned round and went to the boat slipway to land.

Then we unrigged and ate our tea and then waited for the car to come to put the boat on the roof. Thus we ended our adventurous voyage, Mummy was so surprised to see us at the pier, because she had expected to go down to Netley to fetch us."

You can see more on the AB HERE, and on my Biography page. I was National Champion in 1968