August 5th, 2012

Thanks Dad

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

I don’t see my dad nearly enough. He moved quite a distance away years ago and we’re lucky if we see him once a year.

The Olympics have reminded me of some special times with my Dad. Specifically the sailing.

My dad used to be a keen sailor, every weekend he was off sailing. He was a teacher and used to take the kids sailing, he organised sailing adventures and holidays during the summer breaks and although I didn’t go to his school, he used to take me with him.

He and a mate used to sail Ospreys, competitive sailing  at a club on the coast. It was a larger dinghy with a trapeze. I used to love going with him and getting out there on the trapeze, just like those folks this weekend in Weymouth.

By the time I was around 16 I used to go sailing on my own or with mates. We were quite lucky in the sixth form as sailing was a choice for the sports afternoons we used to get on Wednesdays. A group of us would head off to the nearest sailing club with a teacher in a minibus and spend a couple of hours.

Dad was a big fan of Rodney Pattison, an Olympic champion who won two golds and a silver at the 1968, 72 and 76 Olympics. He was Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor until Ben Ainslie won his third gold medal in Beijing.

I’ve been so glad that the BBC coverage has been widespread this Olympics, normally you’d only get to see some highlights of the Sailing, but I’ve been able to watch as much as I wanted. It is great to remember my childhood through these Olympics, and nice to think about my Dad a little more than I probably normally would.

I must give him a ring.

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6 comments

  1. Whinger says:

    Same here,

    Watching 10000 metres on Ssturday night brought back memories of me watching The Olympics in the early 70s with my dad, this was when the likes of Brendan Foster etc were racing!

    August 5th, 2012 at 22:41

  2. JR says:

    My dad was a fairly accomplished rower. When I was old enough (and much to my mother’s disapproval given no life jackets were involved) I too was cast adrift on the mighty river Clyde. Although I was never much good (my unbeaten record in one event was entirely due to my opposition reliably falling in) I do have many happy memories of splashing up and down various rivers. My dad’s introduction and irrepressible enthusiasm has furnished me with a strong understanding of the sport and it’s always fun being a DIY pundit when the rowing events are on as well as knowing some of the back stories in the boat. Thanks dad!

    JR

    August 5th, 2012 at 23:20

  3. Bill in Canada says:

    200, you are very fortunate to have your dad still around.

    I lost both my parents at age 26, and was an only child as well.

    That vacuum is nothing anyone can fill. :-(

    August 6th, 2012 at 18:46

  4. Oi says:

    Like Bill, both my parents have crossed the Great Divide. Its been a number of years now, but I still catch myself thinking “I must ring Dad/Mum and discuss this.”
    I wish I had spent more time ringing/visiting.

    Dont leave it too late, ladies and gents!

    August 6th, 2012 at 23:20

  5. grumps147 says:

    Lets also think of a lot of chldren who would right now be wishing they could have spent the odd day with their father/mother to watch some of their favourite Olympics sports. Yes, thats right, the serving officers who are fathers/mothers and have about as much chance of leave or a rest day before these Olympics finish in September as I do of winning the lottery. Then, it will be the lottery as to which of the throng gets leave mid term in october, because not all will. So they may be lucky and get two weeks in the UK at Christmas, that is if more restrictions than normal are not placed on Christmas leave.

    August 8th, 2012 at 10:23

  6. 200 says:

    grumps, and civilians. I’m not job anymore and I haven’t got any holiday at all. Over 25 applications so far this year refused.

    I also had Olympic tickets but couldn’t get time off work to go.

    August 8th, 2012 at 23:43

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