VNSC History

The VNSC was established in 1935 by Mssers Staples and Haig....

Queensland. Australia.  2 January 2011

It was very recently that I googled V.N.S.C. and was delighted with the response. Last year I finally got around to getting my old 1957 to 1963 35mm slides,8mm film  and photos out again and with new technology available decided to try and copy them to my PC.....I had tried this in 1992 with limited success!!
So far have copied the 8mm films which have faded somewhat and no doubt there will be someway of enhancing them.However it is good early history of the Club.
I left Adelaide, South Australia in July 1957 to take up a position in the Uganda Credit and Savings Bank.Kampala. It took some 5 days of flying to reach the capital.
The Bank was a fairly new venture between the Ugandan  and British governments to assist in  development.
Being the only batchelor on the staff I relieved around the countryside and was stationed in Jinja,Gulu,Fort Portal,Masaka,Arua at various times.
Whilst in Fort Portal in 1958 the local medical doctor had started building a Heron dinghy and I was interested so he helped me build my first boat,timber was local helped by the P.W.D!!!his was blue and white and mine red and white.Sails came out from England.A small club,The Saka Sailing Club, had been established on the edge of a volcanic lake about 6 km out of town.An old house was done up as the Clubhouse.I have quite a few slides to be copied of this era. There were 4 International Cadet dinghies 2 Herons plus a couple of other odd sorts.The Lake was in the shape of an E with variable winds.One of our members had sailed at V.N.S.C. and we challenged them to come up for some racing.They duly arrived and we had a great weekend winning all races....... our local wind knowledge helped tremendously.However several months later we went down to Kazi and got soundly thrashed!!!! Local knowledge, plus we had never sailed in such big boats as the sharpie.
Eventually I was stationed in Kampala and joined the V.N.S.C. and purchased E25, a Yachting Monthly Sharpie of which there was a fleet of around 20 plus.This type of 20 foot boat had been there for many years and originally were gaff rigged but non were in existance at this stage and had been modernised.They had a large sail area and a crew of 2 though 3 went on some rough days.There were other designs as well,Jubilee,2 GP 14's,Albacore,Firefly,Enterprise, and a replica of Slocum's boat plus a few others.  There was a fleet of 6 505's sailing out of Mombassa and had decided to upgrade them and we were offered them for a nominal sum.Transporting them to the Lake seemed a problem but one astute fellow did some research and found an old Railway regulation that boats going to Lake Victoria had to go at a very low rate. This was taken up with the Railways who agreed and placed a carriage on for their transport at about a cost of about 10 shillings each. I obtained no. 729.
This increased the fleet of boats considerably and a lot of good sailing was experienced and extremely popular with the spectators as well.
The photo of the shield I won was  a race for anyone who had not won a race that year!!! At last, success!!!!
I had to sell my 505 in 1962 due to a posting to Arua which was to be for an indeterminate time.
I departed Uganda February 1963.
I still have wonderful and fond memories of Uganda.
From your list of past Commodores those mentioned between 1953 and 1968 were all pretty good sailors and people I knew.
John Whiteford

Year Commodore
1935 - 1936 H.H. Hunter
1936 - 1937 H.H. Hunter
1937 - 1938 H.H. Hunter
1938 - 1939 Dr. J.D. Tothill
1939 - 1940 Sir Phillip Mitchell
1940 - 1941 H.R Fraser; D.H. Schackles; R.C. Marc; A.W Williams; R.E Rarratt
1941 - 1942
1942 - 1943
1943 - 1944
1944 - 1945
1945 - 1946 D.H. Schackles
1946 - 1947 Raymond Barret
1947 - 1948 Ralph Dreschfield
1948 - 1949 Ralph Dreschfield
1949 - 1950 Ralph Dreschfield
1950 - 1951 A.W. Williams
1951 - 1952 Ralph Dreschfield
1952 - 1953 J.F Griffiths
1953 - 1954 Ralph Dreschfield
1954 - 1955 G.F Dorrell
1955 - 1956 J. Redman
1956 - 1957 J. Titmuss
1957 - 1958 S.F. Ware
1958 - 1959 C.G. Andrews
1959 - 1960 F.J. Noyes
1960 - 1961 Gerald Coles
1961 - 1962 T.R. Condy
1962 - 1963 A.C. Stuart
1963 - 1964 G.V. Coles
1964 - 1965 M.A. Prentice
1965 - 1966 C.F. Harris
1966 - 1967 H.E. Ward
1967 - 1968 R.A.H Blackie
1968 - 1969 J.R. Mayne
1969 - 1970 O.J. Keeble
1970 - 1971 M.A. Prentice
1971 - 1972 R.G Whitehead
1972 - 1973 W. Prattley
1973 - 1974 B.Stedman
1974 - 1975 Prof William Brodie
1975 - 1976 Prof William Brodie
1976 - 1977 Prof William Brodie
1977 - 1978 Richard Polo
1978 - 1979 Richard Polo
1979 - 1980 William Thompson
1980 - 1981 Richard Polo
1981 - 1982 Richard Polo
1982 - 1983 Dr. Ray Gibbons
1983 - 1984 Dr. Ray Gibbons
1984 - 1985 Duncan MacGregor
1985 - 1986 Oskar Rothen
1986 - 1987 John Wyles
1987 - 1988 John Wyles
1988 - 1989 Peter Gudgeon
1989 - 1990 Donald Campbell
1990 - 1991 Donald Campbell
1991 - 1992 Graham Bush
1992 - 1993 Graham Bush
1993 - 1994 Gordon Bell
1994 - 1995 Keith Flowers
1995 - 1996 Knud Rasmussen
1996 - 1997 Roger Allen
1997 - 1998 Gordon Bell
1998 - 1999 Gordon Bell
1999 - 2000 Steven Luswata
2000 - 2001 Corrie Bell
2001 - 2002 Corrie Bell
2002 - 2003 Gerry Garvey
2003 - 2004 Gerry Garvey
2004 - 2005 Reint Bakema
2005 - 2006 Reint Bakema
2006 - 2007 Nick Roberts
2007 - 2008 Anni Fjord
2008 - 2009 Reint Bakema
2009 - 2010 Gordon Bell
2010 -2011 Robert Whitwam
2011 - 2012 Robert Whitwam
2012 - 2013 Steve Reynolds
2013 - 2014 Steve Reynolds
2014 - 2015 Steve Reynolds
2015 - 2016 Steve Reynolds
2016 - 2017 Diarmuid O'Brian
2017 - 2018 Reint Bakema
2018 - 2019 Annabel Bowerman

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