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Nothing’s quite as sad as the loss of a child, and SA’er BJ Porter shares some words about the 18 year old sailor and yacht crew Bethany.  We’ll save the blame and conjecture for another time (or the thread, of course), but for now, our most deep condolences to all who knew or loved her.  Photo from Bethany’s blog (That’s her in the middle). Title shout.

She was a really neat kid. When we where in Trinidad we caught up with them – Bethany was about Will’s age, and her younger brother is about my daughter’s age. They’d met very briefly in St. Martin, but hadn’t really connected there. But our first night in Trinidad we went out for dinner, and Bethany came up to us while we were sitting at the restaurant and made arrangements to hook up with our kids the next day. She knew what boat we were from and who the kids were even though they’d only really met once, briefly. They it it off instantly. So the four kids were hanging together literally every day we were there.

Bethany had one of those personalities that brightened any room she was in. A nice, sweet, cheerful young woman that you instantly liked. I know she also did some things like spend weeks away from volunteering to help with cleanup on another island after a hurricane hit and other things like that. While we were there, Bethany spotted smoke from a neighboring boat in the marina. Her quick action saved that boat, and maybe others. The boat owner took her and all her teenaged friends out for a pizza party.

She will be missed; her loss hits home in a lot of ways. Not the least of which is as parent of two kids of a similar age, with the family scattered around. Nobody plans for a funeral for a kid that age. And someone like Bethany, who was just such a lovely person, you don’t even think about anything but her future.

 

March 17th, 2017 by admin

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Despite the title, we promise you that this is NOT a video of our Senior Editor being born.

It is a video of a tiny Allen Brothers Block being produced from scratch by the UK rigging company, but more importantly, it gives us an excuse to remember a passionate sailor whose death went unnoticed by us last year.  Here’s a beautiful obit of Kim Allen from the folks at Burnham Week.

Kim was only eight years old when his father Glenn died. Glenn, together with brother Tony were the co-founders of Allen Brothers (Fittings) Ltd. After Glenn’s untimely death, Kim’s mother Vera remarried and Kim was sent to boarding school in Rutland, an experience he did not enjoy. Many of his formative years were spent with his Auntie Ann and Uncle Tony Allen, growing up with Elizabeth more as brother and sister rather than cousins. Kim completed his education at the local state school in Hornchurch, did a year’s business course at Ardleigh Green where he met Lindsay, and they married in 1993. Their two sons, Edward and Richard were born in 1991 and 1993.

Robert Coyle met Kim in their Cadet days, along with Alistair and Stuart Munro, Mark Wade, David Shapiro, John Lewis and many more. Kim’s boat was called Happy, in line with the family tradition of all boat names beginning with HA, although not a good name at the time! It was already clear that Kim not only loved competitive sailing but was good at it. His calls on the water became well known, most might use ‘starboard’ or ‘water’, but Kim normally preferred ‘xxxx off’ which seemed to work! After leaving Cadets Kim sailed 470s for a while, with other Corinthian members, especially the Wades.

Kim started working for the family business in the seventies, under Tony’s guidance and also became his apprentice for the Endeavour Trophy Championship and Icicle events, watching and learning how it all worked. As his competitive dinghy sailing tailed off he became increasingly involved with his company’s Soling, Dragons and Roller Coaster, a twin-masted ketch on which the whole Allen family spent many happy holidays.

Read on.

 

January 9th, 2017 by admin

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