Spitfire Merlin aero engine powered Dayboat?

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Brian Hendicott

Sadly we have to report that Brian Hendicott passed away on May the 11th. Funeral details will be advised when received.


Brian first came to notice racing with Ian Driver in Black Marlin in the early sixties then later with Pasco Watson, Norman Fletcher and later with Noel Edmunds… is very sad to learn of another racer passing on especially as he was the subject of discussion at the COPC May Rally dinner on the previous day. Brian lived his last years in Market Bosworth and spent every day by the waters edge at the Bosworth Water Trust regaling his friends with tales of his powerboating days.

The funeral will take place at Market Bosworth St Peters church at 14.30pm on the Thursday 22 May and afterwards a celebration at Bosworth Water Trust . They have a website and fb page, Nigel Riley is the owner and a good friend of Brian.


Lucky to be alive

Just a short piece to advise all club members that with summer coming be vigilant on the roads! Saturday May 3rd saw my car hit by a tourist’s 4×4, he came out of a junction on a main road without double checking for traffic!….the resultant collision saw my car flying off the road at 40 mph into a ditch 50 yards further on resulting in a total write off but mercifully no injuries bar whiplash….painful enough though!. I do not want to hear of any incidents involving members so as I said please take care.

Spring Rally

Ok so a Rally with no boats…in the conditions that prevailed on the 10th of May it is no wonder but at least we had a marvellous turnout for the visit to the Classic Boat Museum and despite 5 unfortunate cancellations 20 of us sat down to a cracking good meal at the Island YC in the evening with our President Ray Bulman entertaining member’s with a brief but very humourous reparte of his involvement with the sport of Offshore Racing.

If you are ever in Cowes the museum is well worth a visit not only for a very good mix of “classic boats” but an archive in which you could spend many hours researching anything maritime from the early 1900’s onward but the threat of losing their “home” still looms large. They are also heavily involved in the restoration of some old and rare craft and by visiting this volunteer run museum you would be increasing their visitor numbers which would bode well for their future!…but and there is always a but ! it transpires that even the iconic Columbine building once home to Saunders Roe / British Hovercraft Corp,  with the landmark Union Jack is under threat of demoltition….Cowes without that would no longer be Cowes lets hope sense prevails.

I think we can safely say that with a little fine tuning and some better spring weather!, the May Rally will become a regular event and guess what the heatwave I predited in January is about to come to fruition …if only the others would materialise also!…..


Possible Museum Location

Offering a myriad of opportunities both space wise and with its own slipway could the soon to be revitalised DAEDALUS AIRFIELD at Lee on Solent be the perfect location for not only a dedicated Powerboat Museum but also offer space for Classicboat Storage, a Restoration Centre and Archive Storage? The whole airfiled is to be developed into an area focused on Advanced Aero, Marine and Aerospace production to generate 1000’s of new jobs but there buildings aplenty standing empty also……is this an opportunity to good to be missed? As there is little or no accomodation this complex on the IOW surely such a location could be the next best thing and could encompass all the history of the Solent builders in one location and with easy access for all.

Classic Boat Storage..not only for winter storage but boats small and large completed ,undergoing repaints, repairs or saved and awaiting rebuilds all safely stored out of the elements.

Restoration Centre….utilising the experience of tradesmen who have been made redundant from the industry or have retired but would like to keep their “hands in” and at reasonable cost to people trying to save that oldie!

Archive Storage..we all know how much space magazines take up and so much is being all the paraphenalia associated with the sport (Graham are you listening)

and it would offer the Island based museum a chance to store and share exhibits…but the big plus if such a place could be established would be a genuine home for the most needy… SURFURY.

I would welcome any comments on the above before I put pen to paper and contact all heirarchy involved, is such a project achievable and could the backers and marine industry itself be tempted or found to make a dream come true…you tell me.