Friday, 3 September 2010

More Sad

Rowing from Itchenor to East Head after work yesterday, I passed through the fleet of Solent Sunbeam keelboats racing in the declining sun. It was a perfect evening, but tinged with sadness.
Out with Langstone Cutters last Saturday, we had incuriously watched a little blob on the horizon - a helicopter hanging around off the coast. Little did we know that it was lifting Lt Col John Davies OBE, the Chichester Harbourmaster, off his beloved Solent Sunbeam Fleury. He had had a heart attack and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
He is a great loss to everyone who uses Chichester Harbour, from sailors, walkers, birders, kayakers to rowers.
Here's a video of the Sunbeams tacking back in the sunset.

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