Club Memories

Hi Peter , introductions first I guess, I was a member of the club in the early and late 1960’s. My Father ( Nelson Cullen ) was also a member. ( I think I dragged him along.) The clubhouse was originally over the other side of the lake among the trees. The club when I first joined was operating out of that clubhouse, I remember it well.. The history of the club recalls that there was some disquiet among members re: the piles at construction. I remember the piles being absolutely shot and the floor about to cave in plus the walls had holes in them. My yachts were the 4’6″ Dolphin and the marble head class was the “nautical” .. my dad’s Yachts were the 4’6″ Marlin and the Marble head class Victory.. There was of course no radio controlled nonsense in those days , it was all done by sail settings and off you go..  I was a helper at the construction of the new clubhouse .. although the roof was a different design.. the members built the roof with the sides done by a friendly brickie. I see that the roof is now a standard roof .. how did this occur ?? was there a fire ?? And what happened to all the old 4’6″ boats and the marble heads as well. In the history I read of two of the old members .. Jack Spencer and Burt George.. Both lovely Gentlemen .. long deceased sadly. Burt was an Englishman from Cornwall .. I think he was in the Royal Navy in World War 1 .. and came out here in the 20’s .. He had no car just riding a bicycle around.. I remember him telling me that he got the wood to construct his boats from the local dump.. He was a very talented craftsman.. May he rest in Peace.. I can remember spending many hours in the lake with it drained cutting weed.. we never got on top of it .. and don’t expect anyone ever will.

 

Kind Regards

Paul Cullen

06/06/2020

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