After months of painstaking work John Panting finally brought ST924 (Sunset) to AQSC
on Sunday 25 April for her launching. John’s wife Brenda bought the SigneT self build
kit from Fyne Boats as a surprise 60th birthday present and John’s trials and tribulations
putting it together has been reported in past newsletters.
There was a lot of interest from members as Sunset was rigged. Brenda told me that
despite protests from their family John had requested that they stay away from the
initial launch as there would be a lot to do. I’m sure however they will be down
to Aquarius very shortly to inspect Dad’s handy work. In the event Sunset floated
off her launch trolley and after a couple of minutes was declared bone dry, not a
leak to be seen. John’s smiles grew even broader.
With Richard Cannon as crew John then took ST924 out for her initial sail. In the
afternoon Richard helmed and John crewed in ST924’s first race. There are a couple
of pictures of this auspicious event somewhere in this edition. On his return John
declared himself well satisfied with the boat although I think Richard may well have
suggested ‘a few’ tweaks and changes.
Congratulations to John for seeing his project through and to Brenda for choosing
such a splendid dinghy in the first place (okay I’m a little biased). We expect to
see quite a bit of John and ST924 on the water at Aquarius from now on, in addition
to the SIgneT class opens which I know he’s also keen to attend.