I used to take the hydrofoil from Southampton to Cowes IOW in the 70’s. They were big and heavy. This is a mosquito by comparison.
This is in response to those who asked:”Who are you?” It is a least a dimension.Boats have always been a part of my life. Naturally interwoven with the story of Newport.
I sailed four admiral’s cups, which in those days included the channel race and the fastnet race. Those memories remain some if the highlights of my sailing.
Surprise 80th Birthday Party for the Jardine twins in Lymington
Stuart & Ado Jardine at their surprise 80th Birthday Party
Lymington sailing twins Stuart and Ado Jardine received a shock when they stepped ashore after Wednesday afternoon XOD racing in Lymington this week when they found a surprise 80th birthday party had been organised for them at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
The legendary pair, who have both sailed at Olympic level with Ado winning bronze in the Mexico 1968 games, are still winning races as they enter their ninth decade.
Fellow sailors presented the pair each with a bucket and line to use as a sea-anchor to slow them down! Two huge cakes were then cut and served to all and the twins thanked everyone for organising the party which genuinely came as a complete surprise to the pair.
In the last 15 years, Stuart and Ado have increasingly focussed on repaying what they see as their debt to the sport and to the Club, be it as Race Officers, week in week out for our Monday night dinghy racing series, running Open events, organising and captaining Club team entries for team and other racing events, and organising an array of children’s sailing events, whether in Optimists, Lymington River Scows or model yachts. They know what it takes to make the best sailors and don’t flinch from encouraging their charges.
Having now sailed at Lymington for nearing 70 years, Ado said the both plan to continue “As long as they’re still in one piece”. One XOD sailor said, “When Stuart is not at the front of the XOD fleet, Ado is.”
Chris Neve, RLymYC Rear Commodore Sailing said, “The Royal Lymington Yacht Club is honoured to have the Jardine brothers as Members. Both Stuart and Ado have been at the top of this wonderful sport for 60 years through their illustrious Olympic and international racing careers. They are both also still giving so much to the Club day in and day out, whether it be the XOD Class, the juniors or in fact any Member who asks for help in improving his or her sailing. We are very grateful to Stuart and Ado for all that they do for us and also to Mary-Ann and Wendy, who have helped them every inch of the way. Long may they continue to be an inspiration to us all!”
|Royal Yacht Squadron leads the armada against windfarm plan|
Britain’s most prestigious sailing club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, is orchestrating a campaign against the largest wind farm ever planned in the world, off the south coast of England. It fears the Navitus Bay wind farm could impact on the main sailing route from the Isle of Wight to the south west, including the Fastnet Race, which starts in Cowes and finishes in Plymouth.
The development comprises 200 turbines, each the height of a skyscraper and spread over an area the size of Glasgow. The planned wind farm, which is three to four times bigger than any previously built, is expected to earn its Dutch owners Eneco more than a quarter of a billion pounds a year in subsidies alone.
The scheme has already attracted widespread criticism with opponents claiming it will ruin coastal views for generations to come. Eneco has submitted notice of its plans – in a 173-page report – to a special Government body set up to deal with ‘national significant’ infrastructure projects. A full planning application for the wind farm is expected next year with the decision process taking a further 18 months.
Eneco’s preplanning report suggests each turbine could be as high as 670 feet – taller than the Gherkin skyscraper in London – and as close as eight miles to the coast. Eneco claims it will provide power for anywhere between 500,000 and 800,000 homes.
The campaign against the Navitus Bay wind farm is being spearheaded by the Royal Yacht Squadron, which is based in Cowes.
It has written to 200 sailing clubs on the Isle of Wight and along the south coast calling for concerted action against the development, which will occupy 76 square miles of the English Channel between the Isle of Wight and the Dorset coast.
Chris Mason, the Royal Yacht Squadron’s yachting secretary, said: ‘We understand renewable energy is important but it is very difficult to see why it has to be built this close to the land.
‘This is prime sailing territory. This is definitely a hazard and definitely a problem for sailors.’ Mr Mason said he had no idea if Prince Philip, who is the squadron’s admiral and as such its head, had been consulted before the letter had been sent out.
Chris Radford, who runs the Challenge Navitus campaign group, said: ‘Navitus is eight miles from the shore and the turbines could be 200 metres high.
‘This could damage an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a World Heritage site and a great public amenity. There are also potentially damaging effects on tourism, safe navigation, diving and fishing interests.
‘Nothing on this scale has previously been built so close to a tourist area. We think these risks are out of balance with the suggested benefits from wind power. This development could be further offshore or somewhere else with less impact.’
In the fall of 1974, We moved to the Isle of Wight, England, where I started work at Souter’s Shipyard, lofting and buildiing cold-moulded boats. The face at the right is of a by-gone era. I skippered a boat, the prototype of the Swan 41, called “Gunfleet of Hamble”, We were vying for a spot on the English Admiral’s Cup team. We practiced, the selection trials were fiercely competitive. Going into the final 200 mile race, we were tied for third with Yeoman, Robin Aisher’s boat. All we had to do was beat them and we were in. we could effectively ignore the other boats. The owner, got nervous and changed three of the crew, who had helped us get here, and listened to an “expert” weather consultant, claiming there would be light air all weekend. we left our heavy air sails ashore along with our steady crew. We did not make the cut.