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Footys help to launch a book

by Roger Stollery 16 Oct 15:04 BST
Footys help to launch a book © Roger Stollery

Apart from club radio sailing with few entries, the pandemic has wiped out big radio sailing events, like the Marblehead World Championship to be held at West Kirby and every MYA National Championship.

Radio racing competitors have to congregate at the start with race officers in order to be able to see their boats and to communicate with each other etc. The restrictions on gatherings down to 6 has destroyed our sport for the moment and Guildford Model Yacht Club was lucky to have sailed our big Marblehead open event, the Mermaid, as reported to Clubs and Classes, just before the lockdown.

With no events to organise I was free to support the Waldringfield History Group in the production of a 'coffee table' book that had been planned since 2016 about this remarkable village. The production of the book was very successful and the launch on 29th September involved launching the book into the River Deben. Not the book of course, but wingsail front and back covers powering my Footy models.

Here you can see the launching ceremony and the boats sailing, just to show that radio sailing models can be very useful in this context, where the original planned 'launch' gatherings of 30 for speeches etc. was banned.

It added a light touch to mark this special occasion of the launch of the book 'Waldringfield, a Suffolk Village beside the River Deben, waldringfieldhistorygroup.fws.store , which has been so successful that it is already in reprint.

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