Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
6 Boating New Zealand April 2014 Uncle Tom I HAVE JUST READ Harold Kidd’s Vintage Perspectives, March 2014. There was so much that none of us knew about our grandfather; my grandmother seldom mentioned him. Also I had no idea what an important part Uncle Tom [Townson] played in WJQ’s boating. Since the article, many stories have been told by various family members and many remembered. Something that has been said more than once is what a pity it wasn’t written 10 years ago – Laurel and my father would have loved to have been involved. Among the family stories that were told came one originally from Uncle Tom. He sailed to San Francisco and missed his 21st birthday because they crossed the international date line and lost that day. When I was at school we were taught that the reason some sailing ships disappeared, never to be seen again, was because they carried cargoes such as wheat which moved in a storm, causing the ship to roll under on its side. Uncle Tom said it had almost happened to him. There was a storm, the man at the wheel went to sleep, the ship keeled over and the captain, who was asleep, was thrown out of his bunk. He was able to right the ship with the help of other crew members just as it was about to go under. Another story he told me was that he applied for a position crewing a sailing ship and was told that a crew member was sick and if he didn’t recover in time the job would be his. The man did recover, the ship sailed and was never seen again. Jean Bateman email letterstotheeditor We welcome your letters and feedback for publication. Address to: The Editor, Boating New Zealand, PO Box 6341, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, or email email@example.com Dear Boating... BOATING NEW ZEALAND included an item about the Adventurer lifejacket in the March 2014 edition (page 22). Where can I learn more about this and why 50 Newtons is important? A R Branson Thanks MANY THANKS FOR including the match racing nationals in the March issue. These types of reports really help our class profile, with the added bonus of seeing young sailors getting a buzz from having their names in print. Brian Peet KIWI YACHTING REPLIES: Functional buoyancy aids are approved to 50N standard. This means that a buoyancy aid will keep you afloat with a good margin of safety but will not turn you onto the safe back position or support your head. Therefore 50N products are suitable only for swimmers and for persons weighing more than 25kg. Those who weigh less than 25kg or who are not able to swim should use a lifejacket. Marina Arnold Sales & Marketing, Kiwi Yachting Consultants Adventurer’s lifejacket The Engine Room Ltd Sole NZ Agents for: BETA MARINE PH: 09 480 2248 FAX: 09 480 2258 34 Enterprise St, Birkenhead, Auckland. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org If re-powering ask about our unique “Special Engine Foot” service • Fully factory marinised, heat exchanger cooled, lightweight diesels • Meets all current and projected exhaust emission regulations • 10hp to 105hp • Down angle and V drive gearboxes • 14 to 50hp Saildrive options available • 3 year “Self Service warranty” 0414-58 a total experience accommodation bar restaurant sport fishing charters helicopter access boat access moorings events and functions venue enquire about our special room rates for charter operators guests visitors welcome call in anytime during your trip ! reservations recommended even book your cooked breakfast or lunch hampers www.kingfishlodge.co.nz email@example.com 0800 100 546 or vhf channel 62 Lodge Kingfish 0414-70 REGULAR_Readers letters_April14.indd 6 19/03/2014 3:14:49 p.m.
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