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On Tuesday we had the pleasure of the company of children from Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove on board for a sail. The group who were accompanied by four members of staff and Neil, the comical driver of their bus, were staying at the Joey Dunlop Foundation.
This was the third year we have had the pleasure to take the special young people from this amazing school out sailing. This year was even more special as one young lady who used a electric wheelchair was able to come on board her chair and sit in it for the sail. Had we not had the courage and foresight to buy POMIII this young lady and others like would not be able to sail with us.
A good time was had by all and we look forward to seeing them again.
Two of our members Dave Vickery and Tony Lawton, who live in the UK visited the Island last week to sail on POMIII, for Tony it was a return to the land of his birth as he was born on the Island in 1945 when his father was stationed here with the RAF at Jurby.
After first trying out a couple of short sails we departed Douglas on Thursday morning in thick fog bound for Peel via the Point of Ayre. Entering Ramsey bay the fog cleared and we picked up a buoy to have lunch before proceeding on to Peel for the Thursday night. Leaving Peel on the Friday evening tide we headed south and overnighted in Port St Mary.
Saturday had us transit the Calf Sound three times with a circumnavigation of the Calf, lunch was had in Port Erin bay before on our final transit of the Sound Tony took the helm to take us through and onwards to Langness,before we headed for Douglas and disembarking on Saturday evening. What will come as a surprise to you is that Tony is blind and 70% deaf but this didn't deter this gent.
Dave and Tony are members of Burghfield Sailability in Berkshire where Tony is the awareness officer and Chairman. Dave who has a mobility disability is the Chairman local branch of PHAB in Reading and has been chair for 20 years. Dave acted as the eyes for Tony during their stay and took good care of "Baby Face"
It was a pleasure for the crew on this sail to have the company of Dave and Tony and both of the gents demonstrated that disability is no barrier to sailing. The crew were most impressed with both of them and are more enlightened after sailing with Dave and Tony.
On Saturday 20 June Skipper Gerry Kokke was the radiant Bride of Mann when she married member Steve Morley when they tied the love knot at Douglas Town Hall. After the ceremony they and their guests enjoyed the wedding breakfast at the Bradda Glen restaurant, which was also the evening venue for the celebration of the wedding.
For their honeymoon the couple will be sailing the warm waters of south west Italy.
We all at SFTD wish Gerry and Steve very best wishes and we toast them:
Slaynt as shee as eash dy vea, as maynrys son dy bra
Health and peace and length of life and happiness for ever
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Morley we hope your new life together brings you fair winds and smooth seas.
Member Peter Crebbin will be wearing number 329 when he sets out on Saturday in this years Parish Walk. This will be his second Parish and he is aiming to complete the 19 miles to Rushen Church and is being sponsored by his fans to raise money for SFTD.
Peter who is autistic works at the Port Erin Co-Op where he is well known for his smile and helpful attitude and there is still time to pop in and see him and to sign his form.
Please consider supporting Peter in the “Parish” this year and sponsoring his effort.
Give him a cheer if you see him on the road on Saturday.
Good luck Peter we are sure you will make your family and us proud.