Pushing the boat out for diamond jubilee

PUBLISHED: 09:57 04 July 2013

Axe Yacht Club President receives framed photo from Nigel Daniel, with photographer Jane Calvert

Axe Yacht Club President receives framed photo from Nigel Daniel, with photographer Jane Calvert

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Axe Yacht Club celebrates the 60th anniversary of the launch of its unique Axe One Design dinghy

Axe One Design yachts lined up in the River AxeAxe One Design yachts lined up in the River Axe

The Axe Yacht Club has been celebrating the diamond jubilee of its original ‘Axe One Design’ (AOD) sailing dinghy.

The 12-foot traditional clinker-built dinghies continue to thrive, competing in a series of river races throughout the summer months on the Axe estuary.

In celebration of their 60th anniversary, long time club member Nigel Daniel organised a special weekend regatta with a mixture of both social and sailing events.

Two river races were followed by a cocktail party for competitors and friends at Stepps House, in Axmouth. Unfortunately the weekend sea races were cancelled due to the unusually rough conditions. However, a third river race was held on the Saturday evening under demanding conditions - followed by the AOD class dinner at Axmouth’s Ship Inn.

On the final day the yacht club entertained the class to lunch followed by a prize giving. The awards were presented by Irene Drew, widow of the late Jack Drew who designed the dinghy in 1951. Jack was the driving force for the conception of the AOD and it was fitting that his boat Whimbrel No.1, launched in 1953, should take part in the regatta.

All seven of the AOD class took part in the racing, of which three were from the original batch of nine constructed between 1953 and 1954.

Overall results were: 1, Teal – Mike and Jane Calvert, 2 Swallow – Stephen Daniel, 3 Whimbrel – Nigel Daniel.

The Original Cup went to Swallow, sailed by Stephen Daniel, being one of the three original boats still sailing.

In conjunction with the regatta, the winning general handicap prize went to Peter and Di Taylor sailing their Burnham class dinghy Bumble.


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