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Many of you will remember the “Kirsty Anne” which was moored and sailed for many years off the clubhouse and owned and sailed by George Gall. What you may not know is that Kirsty Anne has already been famous See here. I asked George to write down a few memories of this great little boat.
I am always afraid of boring people with talk of the Kirsty Anne, however, here goes.
We had no boat when Maud and I joined Newburgh Sailing Club in 1968, we sailed a club Enterprise, but we had thought of buying a Wayfarer and were saving up for that. Then we went on holiday to Shetland and saw the Shetland Models, watched some regattas, thought they were so elegant. The boat was built in Lerwick, the boat builder was a keen sailor and had a very successful boat from which he took a mould to build glass fibre boats such as the Kirsty Anne. Discovering that the price for a new Shetland Model was much the same as for a Wayfarer - we bought one, it was delivered to Aberdeen. The boat was ordered in 1972 when we were in Shetland and went to see the builder.
As for sailing then we have had many trips;
- In 1975 we took it to Shetland on the ferry. We had the use of a house on Mangaster Voe for 4 weeks, so did some cruising in St Magnus Bay.
- Down the Clyde from Rhu was done in company with a larger boat, this was organised by others, included camping near Sannox.
- The Small Isles cruise, one of my Elmwood colleagues went with me,
- The first visit to Tobermory was meant to be a round Mull trip starting from Salen, my daughter Fiona and another chap went with me. Much bad weather curtailed that trip.
- Visiting Staffa and cruising in that area was done from a new marina near Bunessan, Maud and I stayed in a B&B, Fiona and her husband camped.
- Cruising in the Forth was done several times, most of the harbours in Fife have been visited, also Inchcolm( twice) and the May Isle, (several times), Hamish Dempsey in his single handed Phantom accompanied us once, but he had Andrew Morrison along with him. He used a smaller sail. On the way back from the May to Crail,an incoming steamer had to give way to him, that made the trip memorable for him. The Kirsty Anne has rounded Fife Ness 12 times.
- The second time in Tobermory I was accompanied by Jim Smyth with Tanya and myself, Jim camped beside the caravan we had at Fiunary
George wrote a wonderful short description of the life of Kirsty Anne entitled “I must be off” which you can find here .
© Copyright Simon Richards and Newburgh Sailing Club 2022