"helping" Pep Manthorpe
work on Josephine (Nov 1959)
As a youth my Dad had been in the sea scouts and sailed in
heavyweight Sharpies at the Whyalla Yacht Club. He'd
sometimes go out sailing with Pep Manthorpe on his yacht
Josephine. I grew up reading the books of Sir Francis Chichester
and Joshua Slocum.
Thus in the
early 1970s, it wasn't a surprise that Dad decided to build a Heron for us to sail in.
By the way, Dad still has the Heron, Jurra, parked in the
driveway in Sydney. Of course, he'll never sell it. But maybe one day
soon it will be made ship shape again, and his grandchildren will
learn to sail in the boat he built and taught us to sail
in. That would have a nice symmetry.
Monday, 01 April 2013