Please select your home edition
Product Feature
Harken 22mm Micro Block - 224
Harken 22mm Micro Block - 224
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

Sharing your capsize photos - part 1

by Martyn Bromley, George Finch & Tom Jeffcoate 23 Apr 18:12 BST
Wilson Trophy at West Kirby in the late 1970s © Martyn Bromley

In a new series celebrating the smiles that capsizes can bring (only after the event!) we start off with a lovely black and white shot from a prestigious team racing event in the UK. Thanks to Martyn Bromley for letting us reproduce it here.

This is an old one that I took at the Wilson Trophy at West Kirby sometime in the late 70s. I was sailing for Penarth Yacht Club and we had been knocked out already; it was the Sunday, so I turned to my camera.

I took and developed this picture myself and it actually won a photographic competition, and I was presented with a prize at the Boat Show.

I believe the folk whose desperate faces can be seen are Chris Maddock and Hilary Bradshaw. I remember it did not end well for either boat.

Next we have a romantic story from George Finch; an angle we certainly were not expecting!

I put Lucy off sailing in 2012 after a windy day in my Mirror dinghy but reintroduced her (gently) with Wednesday evening races in my National 12. We've now been through three National Championships, regatta holidays and numerous open meetings. We got married last May, despite the odd capsize!

Here we are, before marriage, in National 12 number 3513 at Royal Harwich Yacht Club, during a late summer race. There was a 180 degree windshift!

We finish part 1 with a sequence of photos which Tom Jeffcoate - a Scorpion and Fireball UK national champion - has found in our archives, which warrants inclusion here.

This was the Lark Inlands back in 2006. Not a capsize as such but certainly race over! I'm still glad they sent us out though.

This was a nasty breakage, and not a common occurence. Tom's attitude is a great example for us to follow though!

Related Articles

Gregory's Ghost
David Henshall's search for a rare 1960s dinghy has a happy ending Hailing from the early 1960's, the Ghost was a stretched out development of designer Greg Gregory's race winning Cherubs that carried more than a touch of the southern hemisphere in the rig. Posted on 3 Jun
The Great Escape
Planning for liberation after the outbreak, huh?! Planning for liberation after the outbreak, huh?! Well, a collection of New South Wales clubs has very much kept the spirit of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell alive. Posted on 31 May
Victor Diaz-de-Leon on the Happy Hour podcast
Stretch & Stirfry talk sunshine, sharks, spear fishing and serious sailing It's sunshine, sharks, spear fishing and serious sailing as we join J70 guru Victor Diaz-de-Leon aboard in Miami. Stretch gets tongue tied with the Venezuelan 'love pipe', and the internet lets us down... Posted on 31 May
Yes I, am the Great Contender
David Henshall gets excited in an overgrown field One boat that is not so much of a barn find, but a 'back of the field' feature, is a Contender, which has lain undisturbed for enough years for the brambles to claim it as one of their own. Yet this is a class that surely is worthy of a second look. Posted on 28 May
Savouring being back out on the water
But missing the karate sailing It seems I struck a chord when we published 'The great grass-roots revival?' a fortnight ago. Since then lockdown restrictions have been gradually eased in both Australia and England: we're allowed to go sailing! Posted on 25 May
In conversation with Grapefruit's Andy Yeomans
From large-scale events to social distance signage for your club or business The Covid-19 crisis has caused the cancellation of all large events, wiping out the core of Grapefruit's business, but Andy soon had the team at work producing the social distancing signage and equipment. Posted on 20 May
X2. Times three...
This is the third instalment of information about the exciting new X2 by Farr This is the third instalment of information about the exciting new X2 by Farr. Since its inception we have been excited about the project, if for no other reason than it stood up to be counted as a true racing boat. Posted on 17 May
Terry Hutchinson guests on the Happy Hour podcast
Executive Director and Skipper of America's Cup Challenger NYYC American Magic In this episode we hear from Terry Hutchinson, Executive Director and Skipper of America's Cup Challenger NYYC American Magic. We hear about hours of grinding, preparing for New Zealand amidst COVID-19, and Terry even tells the boys "to grow a pair"... Posted on 16 May
The Red Mist falls in THE splASHES
Brits and Aussies clash in virtual Portsmouth & Sydney Harbour There's nothing quite like the rivalry between the British and Australians in sport, exemplified in cricket, rugby and sailing; so with eSailing taking such a hold in the past couple of months during lockdown, it was time for the inaugural splASHES. Posted on 14 May
The great grass-roots revival?
We are all united by our passion for being on the water We've all been missing our sailing during lockdown, but the months we've been off the water have given us time to reflect on what it is about sailing that we really miss most. Posted on 10 May