Graham Bridle Makes It 23 Boats For Pyefleet Week!

We have a secret we’ve been dying to share with you, and today we can finally reveal that….. drum roll…… two time Cherub National Champion and all round B’sea legend Graham Bridle is joining the BOD Fleet for Pyefleet Week 2014!

Thanks to the generosity of Nick Readings, Graham is going to be borrowing C43 Endeavour for Pyefleet Week and will be sailing with his lovely wife Claire and his equally lovely son Will.  Claire did a bit of sailing with Fi and the girls in Nan last year and Graham did a day crewing for Mark White at the end of last season (although insists he was too hung over to remember anything about it) so the family have clearly caught the bug.

Some of you will already be aware that Claire has limited mobility due to MS.  A keen sailor, Claire tested the practicality of sailing the BOD with the Nan girls last year and with the addition of a strategically placed beanbag to help keep her supported she discovered that a BOD can easily be adapted for her.  This year Graham and Will plan to add a trapeze harness with some additional handles to Claire’s sailing gear so they can more easily help her around the boat when tacking, etc.

We’re thrilled to welcome Team Bridle to the BOD fleet and this has the added excitement of taking us to 23 boats for Pyefleet Week!  It’s going to be a record breaking epic people!

Here is the current anticipated Pyefleet Week Entry List (you can make your actual entry at

C55 – James Anderson
C54 – Storm Petrel – Alan Hicks
C53 – White Spirit – Mark White
C51 – Grethe – Fi Brown
C43 – Endeavour – Graham Bridle (on loan from Nick Readings)
C32 – Avocet – Jeremy Newman
C31 – Blue Peter – David & Celia Charlton (on loan from Adrian & Judith Gibbons)
C30 – Sarah Louise – Rob White (on loan from Jack Wills)
C29 – Panic – Bob Richardson + Alistair Burt
C27 – Rebel – Chris Matthews
C26 – Krystina – Richard and Mary White
C25 – White Magic – Brian Walker
C24 – Nan – Dan King  (on loan from Nick Readings)
C20 – Ruff – Mike Rees/Trevor Stone/Jim Bray
C18 – Gelasma – Mike Hempstead
C16 – Dulcet – Phil Rust
C14 – Aina – Steve Heppell
C11 – Grayling – John Payne
C9 – Bidi – Colin and Dan Willett
C8 – Egret – Danny Fox
C6 – Jumbo Too – Tom Sergeant
C4 – Cormorant – Malcolm Goodwin
C1 – Jean – Barry Newman (on loan from Malcolm Goodwin)

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