the forgotten olympian.
Have just read latest mag.(very good) and particularly enjoyed Pats article re. olympians. However, one guy has been overlooked. In 1970 ,David Robinsons crew in "Ghost Rider" was a certain Chris Davies, and they were 5th at the Nats. that year.A little later David was appointed Olympic coach and Chris was posted into the front of Rodneys FD. where in 72 they won the Gold at Kiel. Chris( largely through Rodneys efforts)only got his MBE a couple of years ago.Dont let our class add to the saga of the "forgotten Olympian"!
Chris Davies is one of my best mates' dad. A more unassuming gent it would he hard to find, yet I know how happy he was when he was finally invested. All without any triumphalism on his part.
I knew I was opening a can of worms!
James Ramus was probably more well known for his successes in FDs crewing for Stuart Jardine, although he crewed for Slotty Dawes at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Quote from the 1961 Dinghy Year Book: "One of the Lucas mainsails arrived at the eleventh hour and on being found to be 14 centimetres too big on a width measurement was altered by James Ramus, assisted by the Jardine twins (who were team reserves)and a chambermaid from the Hotel Royal where the team was billeted". How times have changed - not only in team accommodation but the ability of sailmakers to make sails the right size!
My favourite bit on the magazine is the logo on the cover. Genius!
Over a period of six years in the late 50s and early 60s Robin Judah had two Championship overall 2nds, one 4th and one 6th. I crewed Robin in Fireflies, Merlin Rockets, Hornets and Solings but unfortunately not in his Dragon at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.
David Tucker and Charles Reynolds crewed for him in Acapulco Mexico in the Dragon. Both were members of Royal Burnham.
I remember Dave Tucker. He crewed Ricky Walters to 2nd place in the in the 1961 Championship and 4th in 1962. He also crewed David Child when he was 3rd in 1965 the year of Barry's first win with Alan Warren.