Pilot gig Young Bristol launched with all due ceremony and pomp

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Win Cnoops of the Underfall Yard and the Slipway Collective has been in touch with some photos of the launch of the pilot gig we first saw in a half-built state at the Beale Park Boat Show. It certainly seems as if both the local dignitaries and rowers treated the event with all the reverence the beautifully built new boat deserved. Thanks Win!

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Speaking of waterside loafers, land sharks and small cruising yachts


Writing shortly after the Great War, F B Cooke has every bit of the bluff, blokey do-exactly-as-I-say-and-everything-will-be-all-right style that was popular in his era, but today seems bossy and a little odd.

For Cooke the popular yachting harbours may have been full of good chaps but they were also home to waterside loafers and land sharks who would find a dozen ways to rob the poor innocent yachtsman. Rather like a sheriff in a Wild-West movie, Cooke could distinguish between them in a moment, knew exactly how to handle both types and briskly tells us how to [ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] Continue reading “Speaking of waterside loafers, land sharks and small cruising yachts”

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