Round Britain & Ireland in 1970
I noted with interest Andrew Simpson’s mention in his July article of his entry in the 1970 Round Britain and Ireland Race. According to the Amateur Yacht Research Society (AYRS) publication 75, my boat Ishkoodah a Trapper 28, also competed and came 12th overall, two places behind Three Fingered Jack.
I make no personal claims for glory though – I purchased Ishkoodah in 1987 and never knew the original owner, Mark Simmonds. She still has an active racing life, competing round the cans in the Bristol Channel nearly every Sunday from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
I wonder how many of the boats from that 1970 race are still around?
Ishkoodah sailing a couple of years ago on a breezy day in the Bristol Channel, the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm can just be made out
Ishkoodah on the day that I bought her on her mooring at Lawrenny Yacht Station in Milford Haven – very close to how she looked in 1970