by Nick and Jenny Coghlan
The book is available from Amazon at the following link "Winter in Fireland"
REVISITING THE DUBHS RIDGE
A short film by Howard Steen
This book feature was published in the Scotsman newspaper recently about my disabled sailing friend, Roger Chisolm, who joined me at various times throughout my three year cruising to Arctic Norway.
After over a year without a Chairman the VYA has now appointed Andrew Dandridge to take on the position.
“As you gather my name has been put forward to take on the Chairmanship of the VYA. Having resisted this for over a year I have reluctantly agreed to accept the position. I say reluctantly as I believe there are other members eminently more qualified and equipped to perform this role than me and, as you will have been aware, I have been contributing to the VYA in three other roles. We now have a volunteer to take on one of these roles and Wendy Hewett-Sayer is now our Facebook Group Administrator which frees me of one of them.
I am the owner of "Pheon", a 1984 vintage Vancouver 32, and one of the founder members of the Vancouver class being son of John Dandridge, the original builder of Vancouver Yachts in Europe. I have sailed since the age of ten having a succession of racing dinghies including a Fireball. I come from a racing background and have competed in the Fastnet Race, The Cowes Dinard Race, many Channel races and the Round the Island Race. I was the technical director and designer in Pheon Yachts Ltd and was responsible for the class development and interior design of the Vancouver range and designer of the Vancouver Pilot.
My vision is to see the VYA become the first port of call for anyone interested in Vancouver yachts and for the Association grow into an internationally recognised and respected authority and centre for Vancouver yachts. We have already seen surge in membership as a result of the new website and the great success of our VYA Facebook Group connecting VYA members together all around the globe.
Vancouvers will never be built again from scratch as the moulds no longer exist so it is up to the VYA to endeavour to see that the many yachts that are out there are maintained and, hopefully, restored where necessary. Obviously the VYA has no control over that but can assist and encourage with knowledge, advice and guidance and maybe facilitate where possible. To that end I believe our technical Knowledge Base needs to be expanded and the experience of members is invaluable in that capacity.
I will be exploring what other benefits the VYA can offer to it’s membership and ask “What would the membership like to see from the VYA?” Conversely the VYA would ask it’s members “What can you do for the VYA?”
The VYA belongs to it’s members. It doesn’t belong to us, the committee. Our task is simply to facilitate the smooth running of the VYA.
It just remains for me to wish you all “Good Sailing wherever you are in the world”
Andrew Dandridge (Chairman VYA)
NEW CHAIRMAN FOR THE VYA