I didn’t want to remove such a well known boat as Storm from the harbour without a word of explanation. After leaving my job in September, I noticed my income reduced drastically and rapidly down to approximately £nil. With some foresight, I had expected this would happen, and prepared a number of contingency plans, one of which is to move Storm to low cost storage for a few years, so she will be kept in Worcestershire until about 2019. I have bought a road trailer so we may get down to the odd meeting, but even if so, she will be a less common sight for a few years. I don’t really want to sell her, but I would do if somebody wants that exact boat for some reason.
We have had a wonderful seven years or so with the boat. I never really intended to end up in red fleet, but when Jim decided to sell Storm, I just loved everything about her, from the wood craftsmanship to the balance and the feel of the tiller in your fingers on a beat. Some of you will know, I have crewed for a number of really excellent helms, and, more commonly, pottered around with one of the family, trying to keep out of the way. I enjoyed both modes. The sound of sailing a lap planked boat is as nice as anything, and I hope for a few more of those sunny force 2 type days we seemed to get in the 70’s and 80’s.
Thomas Mason. Y168.