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Re: S&A influence on boating

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Posted by Martin Honor on June 26, 2020 at 05:59:02 user MartinH.

In Reply to: S&A influence on boating posted by Alex on June 25, 2020 at 19:50:02:

I was first introduced to S&A at about the age of 4 or 5 when my mother read Swallowdale to me at the rate of a chapter a night. That started a lifelong love of boats and the sea. Unfortunately we lived beside the Bristol Channel , which, with a tidal range of 45 feet, is not a safe piece of water to learn to sail on. We later moved to Hythe on Southampton Water and there I joined Sea Scouts and learnt to sail and went camping.
I was a Naval Reservist and navigated minor war vessels all around the UK and western Europe. I became a dinghy sailing instructor and hope I manged to pass on some of my passion for small boats and sailing to another gneration.
Until my back became too painful to lift and shift boats on land I regularly raced dinghies and picked up the occasional trophy at out local club.

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