Lyme Boat Building Academy Launches Boats

Boat Crowds

Boat Crowds

Although the skies were overcast the students launching a record twelve boats to celebrate the end of their course at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis didn’t notice.  The boats, led down to the harbour by Roy Gollop resplendent in bowler hat,  covered a vast range of construction types from traditional clinker to a glass, resin- infused rowing boat designed by Instructor Justin Adkin.  Around three hundred well-wishers gathered to watch the boats take their first voyage and cheer as Director Tim Gedge wished the boats well – and announced the birth of Ross and Elisabet Doherty’s first baby, born at four o’clock that morning.  Ross, who graduated from the Academy in December, and wife Elisabet have moved from London to Lyme Regis because they can’t think of a better place to bring up a baby.

After the launch the students were awarded with their certificates but there was no time to relax as boats and students then travelled to the Thames Boat Show in Berkshire to exhibit their boats and newfound skills.  The Academy exhibits there every year, it is an opportunity for the new boat builders to show their boats and sail with potential customers, employers and the curious.  They and their boats always cause a bit of a splash in the national boating press.  Yachting World, Classic Boat and Watercraft magazines will all carry articles on the Academy in the next few months.

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