That reminds me….

With the news that SURFRIDER has survived although in desperate need of a saviour, the other famous Bertram, Sam Griffith’s very own BLUE MOPPIE raced with Dick Bertram is languishing still at Universal Marine on the Hamble and we must now wonder if the prototype Glass Moppie rebuilt by Max Aitken with cabin is also still in existance…these Bertram 31′s were built like the proverbial brickhouse and the list of survivors is growing…Ultra Violet in the CI’s, Bertie ex Damian in Yarmouth,Thunderstreak 90% restored so where are the others including also Chasseur?

Flying boats!…..

I can fly, I can fly….. I can fly!!!!

I suppose when you have BA’s top pilot on board this sort of thing will happen?…seem to remember a similar shot when Jonathan’s Miss Daisy also took to the air..does he have levitation abilities?

Photographer unknown….

Levi Trophy

From the left Barry Sales, Charles and Mike James Commodore COPC

As previously announced Charles Lawrence was awarded the Levi Trophy at the Classic Rally in Cowes ….with his unique publications on the history of classic boats, their builders and their racing pedigree plus the magnificent recent publication documenting Fairey Marine he was judged a worthy winner by the gathered audience on the Saturday afternoon of the Rally and we look forward to his next publication with great interest….well done Charles keep up the good work!


In this modern age when so much clutter gets thrown out it is heartening to find that “history ” means a lot to some people. Take the Toll family for instance… Ian is famous for his boatbuilding and racecraft as is brother Tony, this has been inherited by Christian, part of the Dry Martini team and it seems the earlier you start the better…Christian has sent us a file of rare pics which include Ian’s SHARK 37, Tony’s ex Khashoggi Cigarette Adnania, Tim Powells Breathless,The Cougar Lethal Magic ex Richard Carr and how to train for your future as a powerboat racer . Here is a sample of the collection which I will get on site when possible. Also I have also been sent an enormous file of Ian’s Sidewinder the Magnum 27 that he has spent 4 years and an undislosed sum restoring that will appear in restorations soon.  Thank you Christian for sharing these unique pieces of history with everyone.



You have to start young !

Young Tony in training

RMYC Prizegiving