The club has acquired a fleet of 5 Picos for use in its training activities. The boats will replace the oldest of the club’s Toppers. The Training Committee reviewed its strategy last year and identified that Picos would be a good option for teaching beginners in the Youth activities as they can take a crew of 2 and also for adult training as single-handers. An opportunity recently arose to acquire a number of boats at a good price from UKSA on the Isle of Wight. Thanks to John Hamilton’s renowned negotiating skills a deal was struck.
Collecting the boats was an interesting logistical challenge as UKSA agreed to deliver the boats to Calshot, which involved towing them across the Solent behind a RIB – given recent weather conditions there was some uncertainty about this but a small window of opportunity was identified for Sunday morning. The boats duly arrived after the UKSA team had an interesting journey as the wind remained at force 6 gusting 8 for the tow which took them an hour and a half including righting boats which flipped several times. None the less the mission was accomplished and the boats are now at the club to be prepared for the new season.
Thanks to the Main Committee for funding the project and to John, MIllie and Richard Haw for helping me collect the boats from Calshot.