A large format Erne picture book is now in an Enniskillen remainder bookshop for only £10.
The late Ian Hill had sailed in Fairy keelboats in his Enniskillen youth and asked LEYC for help to take Fairy photographs at our 2009 Autumn regatta. LEYC help included taking him and the photographer, Alain Le Garsmeur out in a RIB during what was a wet and windy regatta. The book was published in 2011, with a different text author, Keith Baker. Now in March 2015 the publisher’s remaining copies are for sale in an Enniskillen bargain book shop (opposite Easons).
A large format quality glossy book at half price, £10 it captures the ambience of that wet windy cold regatta in a cloudy rain picture on page 101, aptly featuring Fairy Storm and J/24 Jeriatrix, crews well clad against the upwind weather. Opposite on page 100 are two Yeoman spinnaker shots looking downwind north toward Inishdoney and Inishgarve. On page 102 is an intriguing view, the background our fleet moored in Gublusk Bay: contrasting foreground ponies in a weedy field.
There are loads of other great pictures from all around the Upper and Lower Loughs. This is just the saloon table book to have on board when cruising the Erne and seeing the scenes and sights in their various moods around both loughs - many examples are captured in this fine book.
There are odd errors. On page 108 a picture shows the memorial at Castle Archdale marina mole to a Catalina from RAF Killadeas (site of today’s LEYC) that crashed on 7 May 1941 –a couple of weeks before another Catalina flying boat from RAF Killadeas spotted the Bismarck. However the page text contradicts the picture text. It incorrectly states the Catalina flying boat was from Castle Archdale.
A more unfortunate omission, likely due to the text author replacement after Ian Hill’s untimely death, is that the acknowledgement Ian firmly promised to Lough Erne Yacht Club for our help to him and the photographer at the regatta is missing from the credits list on page 144.
Michael Clarke, Admiral LEYC
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