Round Bri­tain & Ire­land in 1970

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Colin Rose Rhi­w­bina, Cardiff

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

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