We are now operating from the yard area behind the existing shop, sadly 80 years after my father and uncle started on West Hendon Broadway, we are no longer a shop. We have a simple office and a massive store area, this has rather been forced upon us because of excessive running costs, so we are like a mini Screw fix. All the fittings, clothing, trailers, and rigging are all still available just go into the yard.
Well all the VX one trolleys were finished, we had dinghies in for a re-fit, and a break in thieves stole £2000 of Calor gas, Christmas 2018 hasn’t been dull.
Still living the dream!!
Its that time of the year, clocks go back or forward I can never remember
which way it is, anyway our steel order arrives, and this is exactly what 100 combi trailers look like!
People often ask what is the best way to deal with welding in a workshop in a heatwave. Simple avoid it.
Today all the ally 49er trolleys left the works on route to China, (not the easiest item to secure on a van) I hope they don’t start to breed out there.
Next week Flying Fifteens will be finished and sent off to the Lake District, I am confident that breeding is out of the question up there.
I am not sure who invented Fathers Day, I have a feeling that it might have been Mr Clinton of Clinton cards, probably not Bill Clinton although in truth he should have just stuck to sending cards.
Both my sons did me proud my eldest came up to work on Saturday and helped with the latest metamorphosis as the business changes. We started as a small caterpillar and developed into a butterfly during the 70’s we had five shop units full of everything you would need to go on the water. However as the new business rates takes effect and the total destruction of the high street gathers pace, we are turning back into a caterpillar, with very small premises.
My youngest son spent Sunday driving the rib for me and we photographed the Merlins, Fireballs, and Scorpions at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Conditions were bumpy with the short Hayling chop but in photographic terms perfect!
The most photogenic helm, and a man and who always looks brilliant in a Merlin is Mr O Turner. Hence the three photos, Olly we salute you!!!!
Its is a huge sport now, but having had an opportunity to sit on a beach and watch just normal people jumping high and turning in mid flight was very impressive.
I have absolutely no idea if it will ever be an Olympic sport but it certainly is very photogenic.
The firms outing this spring was to that very pleasant part of the country Aldeburgh Sufffolk, of course in life there is no such thing as a free meal, so we were delivering.
At this point I would like to thank Henry, David, Robin, Richard, Johnny, Nick, Bill, and Jerry for there custom in buying a Flying Fifteen trolley from us.
Well another Merlin Open at the Harp and it was freezing, took some photos, after the first race called it a day with third degree frostbite.
Very good turnout though, and some of the crews made very difficult conditions look easy.
All that build up and work and it was all over in a flash, now all the stands and equipment are all stored away, by Friday it will feel like it never happened. One of the problems working on the stand you really see very little of the show. I did however spend 30 minutes first thing Sunday morning with my camera and have a quick look round. The Ten Rater Model Yacht was for me the boat of the show, it was beautifully made and the engineering was amazing. I always enjoy looking at the old black and white photoes and thought the Ian Proctor tribute was very interesting. Finally I have always liked the deep blue colour of the carpet, and thought it would look really good in my office/mood room, well it does!!!!
Well in spite of the untimely return of the Ice Age we were pleasantly surprised how many punters turned up at Ally Pally, both our stands were busy.
The RYA did really well to keep there nerve, and go ahead, a very difficult decision, well done them!