Extract from “The Marlborough Express” dated 31st March,
On Thursday afternoon, a group of friends assembled at Mr. W. Neame’s
residence and carried his new boat, Skimmer, resplendent in red and
blue paint, to the shore. Before her launch, the boat was christened
in the time-honoured way, by Mrs. R. Chapman-Taylor. A considerable
number of people assembled to see the new boat, which was freely praised,
all agreeing that Mr. Neame had made a wonderful job. Skimmer is in
many respects, unlike any boat previously sailed in Havelock.
On Good Friday, in a light and failing breeze, a race was held for the Pennant, all boats going off the same mark. Skimmer led, but after rounding Cullen’s Point flag, the boats ran into a calm, and were all grouped together. Gradually, first Hermes, then Rana, and then Skimmer sailed ahead and left the others. From this point, Skimmer gained all the way to finish half a mile ahead. Hermes was second and Rana third. Miss Havelock fouled the winning post.
On Sunday, there was not enough wind to sail the three-round race
for the Kingi Cup. Hermes (R. Chapman-Taylor and F. Wells) established
a good lead in the light airs, but Skimmer (W. Neame and F. Neame) soon
made it up and was round the Chinaman’s flag a length ahead. Meanwhile
several boats had withdrawn and the wind had fallen to a flat calm.
At the time when they, too, decided to abandon the race, Skimmer and
Hermes were being swept out together by the tide.
The owner reports that she is remarkably stiff, and he has no doubt
that she will carry her sail (2 ft higher and wider then the “Idle-Along”
sail) as well as the best.
We are very grateful to Alan Neame (family historian and founding member of the Kent Genealogical Society) who for thirty years researched into our family history. He was ably assisted by the significant collaboration of Joyce Gibson nee Neame. It is really thanks to Alan that any of us are aware of the others' existence. Alan travelled the world meeting people and recording their data for the benefit of all of us.