Sanda SundSparkman and StehpensS & S 30Sail No.11Boat Length9.04mPaul UngerSingle-handedCruising and inter-club racing around NE UK coast
Coquet Yacht Club
Started sailing as a kid in the 60’s, Sunday’s during summer months, family days out, launched off the small beach within Shoreham harbour, with a home made one off design wood boat my Dad and me made. Although very basic it served it’s purpose and allowed me the opportunity to learn sailing skills and build confidence. Sailing progressed to larger boats cruising around the English channel ports and into Biscay. Competed AZAB’79 with a colleague and friend in “Pegasus” 26ft Stella. We were both marine engineer officers, serving at the time on BP tankers; so this gave us the chance when at sea to learn from the navigation guys the necessary skills using the only available equipment at the time Admiralty charts, sharp pencils, dividers etc., compass, a log and sextant, which was never a success trying to get a noon reading on the foredeck of small boat pitching about. However it gave us something to do over the ten day outward passage. We didn’t bother on the way back just relied on dead-reckoning. We managed first in our class going out but unfortunately lost that advantage after becoming becalmed off the Lizard; out of boredom we took to rowing the next few miles until a westerly picked up. We were more than pleased we’d achieved what we had in my friends small wooden boat and only two sails. To this day, although Sanda Sund is kitted out with all the electronic navigational “mod-cons” which run in the back ground I still use up to date charts, along with my 42 year old hand bearing compass when in coastal waters. My sailing now is in the North Sea, mainly off the NE England and Scottish coasts, based in Amble, which is a great little port, gives fabulous sailing around the Farne’s and Holly Island. Member of CYC, where along with other neighbouring clubs have a varied seasonal racing calendar. Sanda Sund being built in 1971 as with all boats does require annual maintenance scheduled upgrading and renew of gear/equipment: this all passes and consumes time as well as ensuring my wallet is usually always empty. Looking forward to competing again this year.
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