It is with deep regret that I report the death of Harry Dalby in mid-December. Harry was a member of Trent Valley for more than fifty years. He was the eldest of the four Dalby brothers and the first to become a TVSC member. He was an active and highly competitive dinghy sailor during the 1960s and 1970s. He competed at the Club and in open meetings locally and further afield, often with one of his younger brothers as crew.
He was a passionate National 12 sailor and a member of the 'Trent Valley Ditchcrawlers' along with Paul Turner and the late Clive Robinson. He designed and built his own National 12s, the names of the designs reflecting his business interests in industrial ovens – 'Gas-Fired', 'Hot Planks' and 'Red-Hot Shot', and where he lived - 'Oadby Owl'.
Harry continued his sailing interests into later life, keeping a yacht on the Hamble. His children attended the TVSC Junior Camp on a number of occasions and Harry had acquired his nephew Philip's Merlin Rocket with the intention, sadly unfulfilled, of teaching his grandchildren to sail at Trent Valley.
Harry was a Committee member during the 1970s and Rear and Vice Commodore towards the end of that time. He remained a Trustee of the Club until his death.
The funeral service will be at St. James the Greater, London Rd. Leicester at 12.30 on January 10th, and then moving onto the Masonic Hall, London Road.
"I am sad to report that my mother, Jean Gill has died aged 93. She sailed National 12's for around twenty years from 1950 till 1970. Her first boat was N580 called Phantom which she persuaded Dougie to pass onto her when she tired of crewing. After that she owned N1900, a Mk 8 called Champers, a nod to the hedonist 60's I think. Her last boat and the one she had most success in was a Starfish N2307 called Roundabout. She sailed actively at Trent Valley Sailing Club and competed in the Midland area circuit. I recall one championship at Llandudno around 1966 where she sailed in a fleet of well over a hundred boats. She was one of a very few lady helms in those days. Her final dinghy days were in Fireballs which on the River Trent was quite a challenge. After that she took up golf with similar enthusiasm. Off the water she ran Yacht Supplies in Breaston, a well-stocked chandlery, until the early eighties."
I first met Ken in the late 1960s when my sister crewed for him at TVSC. He was always great company and put so much time and effort into supporting sailing at Trent Lock but he also worked tirelessly at promoting the vintage wing of NTOA. A very kind and thoughtful man. So many happy memories and stories of incidents, including him winning a Derwent meeting only to have the Commodore of that Club pinch his opening joke that he had been rehearsing - but he rose to the occasion! We will miss you, Ken.
Greetings. Only 10 days to go and we only have seven entries for the Vintage Champs and the Sunday Open meeting at Trent Valley. Dust off that clinker yot that you have lurking in your garage/hiding in the dinghy park and sign up. We are welcoming any non-racers who just want to whiz round the bay/chat with other N12 sailors. The Sunday is an all comers standard open meeting. We are holding a Trent Valley rules skittles night on the Saturday evening (with food). So that we can organise catering, please let us if you are coming along even if just to watch and natter. RSVP email@example.com
Greetings. The Vintage Champs at Trent Valley on 14/15th May are not that far away now, Angus! Who is coming out to play? Graham Camm has already booked "Shotgun", Gerard Copsey "Mr Jones" (subject to dodgy legs), John Sears will be there with N1903 so who else is joining us (even if it's just to watch, eat drink and reminise? P
Hi Chopper. I have just been in touch with the owner of the CC and he is happy to donate the boat to you. He is digging out the rudder and centreboard, and he thinks that I have the sails and mast; I have serval booms for you to choose from. There is a tatty cover. The boat is at TVSC; we can sort pick up arrangements. Need to check boat number. P
Greetings. An early date for your diaries - 14th & 15th May 2022 Vintage Champs at Trent Valley. Usual format with three race Derwent Handicap on the Saturday, evening social and Open Meeting on the Sunday. It would be helpful to have an early indication of interest; there will be vintage boats from the Turner Collection available to sail by competent(!) helms. Px
Greetings. Pleased to see that we have a programme for NWNW but sad to see no Brancaster or Sunny Hunny. And looking at the N12 calendar I see that the week is not listed as part of the Vintage series as in previous years??? Was thinking about taking (the) Whisper N2492 so maybe (the) Cheshire Cat instead...? Px
I have just kitted out N2492 Whisper with a dangly pole and found another issue; the bobbles on the end of the dangly pole string and on the jib sheet where they attached to the jib eye often seem to catch on the knicker elastic running up the mast. Bright ideas welcome! Px
Yo. I intend to be there with one of my fleet. If any competent sailor wants to borrow a boat then please let me know. Usual terms: you collect yot from, and return to, Breaston, trailer provided but bring your own straps and lighting board and "you bend, you mend"! Boats are N1650 Smuggler, N2020 Starfish, N2359 Shotgun, N2399 Mr Jones, N2403 China Doll (I may well sail her), N2492 Whisper, N2750 Cheshire Cat and N3157 Perfect Kiss. Cheers, Px