Cruising With a Squib ‘Vindex’ in 1970

Past President of the Club, Bob Cole, led a full and active life, despite horrendous injuries in the War and hugely reduced mobility. He had one of the very first Squibs built, Vindex, Number 27 (they started at 11). He was a huge sports fan and went to nearly every Olympic Games and many Commonwealth Games over his lifetime, and during the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Scotland he decided to do a ‘trading voyage’ and cruise some of Scotland’s waterways… in his squib!Here is his log; a great read of adventures afloat (and getting there) and for those of you who remember Uncle Bob a great reminder of him and his character. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you to Mum (Jo Barker) for typing it up and sending it to us.

4 thoughts on “Cruising With a Squib ‘Vindex’ in 1970”

  1. Fantastic read. I never remember Bob talking about this but it really brings his memory alive. Many thanks.

  2. An incredible sailor. He looked after the United Hospitals Sharpies in the late fifties and early sixties for us students.
    I met him again at a Rotary meeting in Burnham on Crouch not long before he died. We talked and reminisced for two hours!
    He had been to every Olympic Games apart from China and was looking forward to 2012 .So sad he didn’t make them .

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