At the annual Mince Pies and Punch lunchtime get-together of members, Commodore Jerry Rook announced the award of Honorary Life Membership to popular veteran competitor Colin Walters. Presenting the certificate, Jerry said;
‘Colin is an inspiration to us all, still racing and working with youth members in his ninth decade’.
He praised Colin’s willingness to help with youth training at all levels, from knots and basic rigging with the youngest Optimists, to race tactics, seamanship and tuning with the older youth sailors. His current crew in his Albacore is a 14-year-old who has progressed to spend the weekend training at the Weymouth Academy in his Laser.
Colin was brought up in Lyme Regis where his father was Borough Surveyor. His first boat, pictured in 1954, was a Coot, of which there were then several racing regularly and berthed on moorings in our harbour.
Colin Walters helming his Coot in Lyme harbour, 1954. Photo: unknown
The production of moulded lighter weight dinghies changed the face of dinghy racing. Colin raced in various classes, including at national level, as he moved away from Lyme for his career. Later, he settled on the Albacore class, popular here partly due to it being so suited to Lyme’s rolling south westerly seas. Colin’s skill sees him continuing to win club trophies.
Colin and his wife Eileen are keen supporters of the club. Tuesdays will find them helping with youth training, Wednesday evenings and Sundays are for his own racing.
Members congratulated Colin and wished him many more years of sailing at his club.
Commodore Jerry Rook, right, presents Colin Walters, left, with his Honorary Life Membership. Photo: David Beer