Rival Owners Association


ROA Autumn 2006 Itchenor Sailing Club

Our End of Season Dinner was enjoyed again at the Itchenor Sailing Club. A re-visit to a delightful club in lovely environs. Although it drizzled all day, the area is truly beautiful and a wonderful setting for Association members to say goodbye to the sailing season. The Member’s Room was all set for our highly polished and professional pre-dinner presentations. David Jones treated us to ‘Laying up in the frozen north’, an un-missable guide if you are planning to leave your boat in the Baltic over winter (Presentation here). James Pickford regaled us with a pictorial guide to changing a gearbox in ‘Torsional vibration and a Hurth gearbox’, showing a blow-by-blow dissection of what he did on Kalabash. Then we were entertained to a review of this summer’s trip around the UK by Sam Steele and Mags Campbell in R38 Ituna.

If good food, entertaining company and informative presentations make for a great evening then this certainly was one. Thirty-five members and guests made the trip, all by car with the exception of the crew of Preshaw Dreamer, braving the awful weather. B&B business was brisk as many members made it a weekend.

The Itchenor Sailing Club can provide all the facilities that we need for a successful meeting including inexpensive accommodation and state of the art presentation equipment. I am thinking of having the 2007 meeting at Itchenor again, so it would be good to hear other member’s views. James Pickford has been a great support in making sure the arrangements went well; having an ‘inside man’ makes for a hassle free event!

The Folly Meet is booked for the weekend of June 2/3. I look forward to being in touch nearer the time.