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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!

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