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Flaghoist – April 2022

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Dear WSC Sailors, boaters and kayakers 

Hopefully by the time that you read this the boat park will be open (from April 1st) and you have had a chance to get afloat again for the season.

Writing this a week into the horrors of the Ukrainian conflict, I remembered the Ukrainian / Soviet Olympic Champion, Valantin Mankin. He was Jewish and born in Kiev. He scored his first Olympic triumph at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City when he dominated his 35 opponents in the Finn class, finishing first or second in five of the seven races to win the gold medal. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Mankin switched classes and teamed with Vitaly Dyrdra to win the Tempest class. At the  1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal  he added a silver with a new partner, Valdyslav Akimenko. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow at the age of 41 years with Aleksandr Muzychenko, he raced in the Star class. The contest went down to the final race, but Mankin pulled off the victory and won the Gold Medal.

At the end of the eighties he moved to Livorno, Italy, as technical director, and coach of the Italian Sailing Federation, where he trained a top generation of sailors. In Livorno, he also founded the Olympic Training Centre, dedicated to Beppe Croce (Olympic Sailor and President of Italian Sailing Federation).

Valentin Mankin remains the only sailor in Olympic history to win gold medals in three different classes. (Finn, Tempest and Star).

He died on 1 June 2014 in Viareggio, Italy. I wonder what he would make of the current situation?

I often will recommend sailors, to join the RYA (Royal Yachting Association). Currently, RYA membership is offering free third-party windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding insurance. Bishop Skinner Marine provide members of the RYA with free Worldwide Third Party Only insurance for the use of their windsurfing kit and stand up paddle board (SUP). This insurance covers members for their legal liabilities arising from their ownership of the board, as well as when you are out racing. I think that is one good reason to join.

At a recent WSC committee meeting, a suggestion was made to rebuild the Lido at Langdon beach. This was built in the 1960’s by John Stansell’s grandfather who used to own the foreshore before passing it on to the National Trust.

Lido, an Italian word for “beach”, forms part of the place names of several Italian seaside towns known for their beaches, such as Lido di Venezia, the barrier beach enclosing the Venetian Lagoon. The term may have found its way into English via English visitors returning from the Lido di Venezia, where people have bathed in the sea since the late 19th century.

The golden age of lidos in the United Kingdom was in the 1930s, when outdoor swimming became popular, and 169 were built across the UK as recreational facilities by local councils. Many lidos closed when foreign holidays became less expensive, but those that remain have a dedicated following.

At the height of lido culture, Britain had more than 300 outdoor pools. Today, there are more than 100 lidos in the UK, with more renovation projects in the pipeline.

In 2005 English Heritage published Liquid Assets – the lidos and open-air pools of Britain, by Janet Smith, produced as part of the “Played in Britain” series. The author had spent years researching (and swimming in) lidos around the country and her book explores the past, present and future of open-air pools. It led to two major conferences in 2006: “Reviving Lidos” and “Making a Splash”.

Plymouth is home to the Tinside Lido, a 1935 Art Deco seawater pool built on the limestone shoreline at the base of Plymouth Hoe, The semi-circular lido is Grade II listed, has three fountains and disabled access, and is open from May to September. It also currently features as a leader on the BBC News featuring the city’s “Real Steel Band”. 

Does anyone have the appetite to rebuild “our” Lido?

Stay safe on the water.           Andy Brown    Editor – WSC FH Wembury Review


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