Apr 23, 2020

Patrick owns a business in the industry and recorded this message.



“I import boats from several countries in Europe and sell to dealers. As for my own boat, I am moving on from a Searay 370 Sundancer to a Monaco from Parker.”

Patrick Hardy
BCI Marine





What a COVID tale

This story about Richard Reid in the Star is startling. Toronto area sailor, Richard is a champion in B36.7, also sails Farr boats, has has helmed a J/80 and more.

Katie Coleman Nicoll




Flagging interest

Hello John, good editorial today (CYOB April 9.)

A comment… the ‘days of naval ships’ are not past, they continue today.  We still use signal flags, partly for the reasons you list, but also because they are clear, immediate and direct.  

As I reckon you know, I operate a busy practice serving as technical adviser and historical consultant to film and television productions.  I’m just off 30 months working with Tom Hank’s and his team producing a feature film called GREYHOUND, set in the Battle of the Atlantic during the winter of 1942.  It’s based on CS Forester’s novel ’The Good Shepherd’… another film took that name so we couldn’t use it.

One of my jobs was making certain that the right flags were flying in various scenes… and of course that led to battles with regard to WW2 protocols vs what is used today.  But of course if they already knew, they wouldn’t need me, so I’m not complaining.

So where is the movie?  Release is delayed indefinitely due to the pandemic…
Keep wel
Gordon Laco



Olympic Observations

Starting in the 1980's I was a member of the IYRU. At that time I observed that President Paul Henderson and his VP's could be seen in the boat parks asking the sailors what they wanted. A bottom up management style appreciated by the rank and file. The sports strength rested with the yacht clubs and the class associations. The Olympics were only one leg on a three-leg stool.

London was and still is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

The move to Southampton not only was a prudent financial move. It was now next door to Cowes one of the world’s great sailing venues.

Moving back to London made no sense whatsoever.

For the last few years management has been top down. The very base of our sport, the clubs and class associations have been shoved aside while the lure of Olympic money has been the ill thought out focus of the present management. To suggest that boats that cost a quarter of a million dollars will lure the Olympic TV coverage is the height of absurdity.

There is an old saying, “If it ain't broke don't fix it".

Unfortunately it was likely never translated into Danish.
Dennis Toews
Oakville, ON



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