Martin Ibbotson, a strong, tall, silent type not known for his excesses and often seen gathering firewood for his log burner, recently made a brave step out of his comfort zone. It could be argued that he moved out of an uncomfortable zone by ending his Streaker sailing days. A tadge over the weight and height limit for that racy little dinghy, Martin was severely disadvantaged in lighter winds.
Big boys need big boats and what more appropriate than a Finn. Not exactly sleek in its looks but the boat of choice by international squads, this sturdy hull is capable of high achievement. A rare sight at Beaver SC and with its PY rating of 1045 it has to be well managed to win a handicap race.
On that note and as if to prove a point just cutting his teeth, Martin indeed won the second handicap race on Sunday 17th. Well sailed Mr Ibbotson. Sorry to see your little wooden Streaker up for sale on the Club’s board but if you keep up the winning results we may find a few others wanting a Finn.