Aug 16 2010

Thank you from Andrew Hannah & the Sprints

Published by at 11:07 am under Bilge

As Sprint captain, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped rescue Ian and Anita Douce last saturday. I didn’t learn the full story until I saw the Douces at church on sunday morning. I knew they had been rescued, but didn’t know how.
Special thanks to Chris and Paul Clarke, who jumped into the water to help them. They then sailed the Sprint back to shore. A further note of thanks to Steve Hopper who gave assistance.
The wind was light when they set out. But it steadily strengthened to F4-5. Too much for beginners. Beach cats are fairly stable. But Ian fell overboard, rather than capsize. The Clarkes forsook their own racing to assist others who were in trouble. A noble act indeed. Thanks to all.

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2 Responses to “Thank you from Andrew Hannah & the Sprints”

  1. Barry Duceon 18 Aug 2010 at 9:03 am

    well done boys, I hear you were in second position when you diverted to help, can I have a story for the next sandhopper mag please? paul did your porsche key work after your swim?

  2. Ian Douceon 30 Aug 2010 at 10:21 am

    Anita and Ian (the ‘rescued’), now recovered, would like also like to express our enormous thanks to Chris and Paul for their assistance, for safely getting us and the boat back to shore, and for putting us at ease after a somewhat traumatic experience. Also huge thanks to all those we met afterwards who kept our spirits up and made sure that the experience has not put us off sailing. A very special thanks to Steve Hopper for his advice and encouragement at our ‘difficult’ time.

    To Chris and Paul, we can’t thank you enough, and promise not to have any more ‘bad-hair’ days out on the water!

    Anita and Ian

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