Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Who started the Traditional Boat Association?

This is a question we have been asked many times, the years are passing and the memory may be fading, best we put this one out on my blog.

Picture by Roy McBride, using a Canon FT film camera.

The yacht the man  is helming is an Endurance 37 named Ocean Cloud. Jean McBride is in the cockpit to starboard, my dad, Rob McBride is to port, nearly out of sight,where is mother? (she is 87 years old today)

Who is the helmsman?

This is the man, its Alan Craxton of Ankon Yachts (boats?) who with the Paul Johnston designed Venus steel yachts being built in Alans factory (lease of floor space) by some really good boiler makers, Alan saw the interest in things traditional.

It was a number of steps by Alan and using the then SA Yachting magazine, that lead to the start of what became the TBA.

How nice is that!