RBOD Class – on your marks for the 85th season
I trust you are all wintering well and are looking forward to a distraction from Brexit, Trump, exchange rates,etc etc. Well, as always your timeless, ever-reliable RBOD Class can offer relief by replacing Hacking and Fracking with Tacking, snacking and drinking (almost worked).
Not only are we now in the 85th year of the Class that still acts as a teenager but it is ONLY 15 years until the CENTENARY. Those of you who have survived the 60th, 70th, 75th and 80th Anniversary celebrations can imagine the 100th which will be bigger than big big. We have already reserved the organisers of the London New Years Eve firework display and asked them to put on a much more impressive display suitable for this landmark event.
Back to the present..... We start this years reporting by introducing you to the RBOD Officers who will guide the fleet through calm and choppy waters and crowded bars throughout the coming year (or longer if they don't escape office).
Class Captain David Smith
Owner of two Classic yachts - AMANDA and ALMITA and part owner of another that can't be mentioned before the watershed
Vice Captain Steve Herring
Co-Owner of RED JACKET, keeping up the longest standing family ownership of an RBOD - 85 years in the Herring family
Martin Smith AKA The Guardian of the fleet who is responsible for the existence today of 22 race-ready RBODs
Class Vice President Will Dallimore
Co-Owner of MANDARIN AKA William of Orange. Related to the designer so go easy on the comments when he is in earshot
Class Secretary Sylv Hastwell
The Class Secretary holds it all together and is required to have a Master's degree in herding cats
Class Scrutineer Rory Macnamara
Rory ensures an acceptable level of one-design-ness in the fleet full of individual characters.
SAVE THE DATE - 26 February - the amazing RBOD Lunch and Auction - full details in the next blog