I THOUGHT I would write to you about the success Jeremy Strugnell had with his training week during the Easter Holidays (Club News, March Reflections).
Because of the lack of time, and various other reasons, most of the children who took part were Mengeham Rythe S.C. members and friends however. he ended up with 13 Mirrors. 34 children, a Vagabond, and his own Wayfarer sailed by another adult with the overflow of children from the Mirrors. Experience ranged from those who had never set foot in a boat to Juniors who regularly walk away with local prizes and ages ranged from 9 to 15. At the end of the week, the Juniors voted it a great success and asked Jeremy to do it again next year. Jeremy’s organisation was superb but he could have done with more adult male helpers. One or two Dads took a day off work to help but this was not really sufficient and Club Members who were trying to finish their new Club house nobly rose to the occasion and lent a hand. Jeremy’s wife, aided by several Mums did splendid service with soup and hot drinks. I know you will he saying “what did she do to help?” — I was the mug who sailed the Wayfarer!
Editor's note - This article is from Reflections No. 11 Autumn 1973, page 13 and has been captured by OCR, so typos & errors are possible.