Congratulations to all competitors for a spectacular 53rd Folkboat Week, 18th - 25th August 2018. It's been a fun and uninterrupted week of racing in all weather conditions with great socials every evening.
With kind thanks to our wonderful hosts at The Royal Solent Yacht Club and to David and Theresa Fox for organising a brilliant week.
See the full race results and photos courtesy of the RSYC.
Thank you to all those who took part and we look forward to welcoming you back next year for the 54th Folkboat Week.
Save the date for 54th Folkboat Week: 24th to 31st August 2019
A Tribute to Robin Walters, written by Christine Hartley-Webster
A Tribute to Robin.
Robin, our Folkboat National President, sadly passed away on Tuesday 21st August with his family by his side. His son James and daughter-in-law Penny had been racing in Folkboat Week on Eala with Alistair Maclean, but abandoned the week to be with him.
It was of course very poignant and somehow appropriate that Robin should pass away during Folkboat Week, which he loved, but it was even more heartbreaking to know that it was his and Pauline’s 28th Wedding anniversary that very day. It was during Folkboat Week 1990 that they quietly slipped away to get married.
Robin had a passion for Folkboats and raced his wood classic boat Piasano in Cowes Week and around the Solent in the early 60s with the Husband boats, Tomic, and Blue Mist also others including Jack Riddle’s Svane . Blue Mist and Svane are racing this week. In the summer of 1965 Cowes Week refused to give Folkboats their own start so Robin and Tom Husband decided to move the event to Yarmouth to hold Folkboat Week at the RSYC. We have had an excellent and harmonious relationship with the club ever since.
Robin initiated ‘Folkboat UK’ in 1984 with Peter Nuding to facilitate importation of fibreglass Nordic Folkboats and they imported Strider, Cidron and Larkspur that year and Columbine the following year. The name of Robin’s own FB, Cidron, is formed from the letters Nordic in reverse!
As South Coast Area Chairman, Robin ran Folkboat Week for almost 50 years and worked closely with Bernard Turner for over 30 years planning and running it together. Although passionate about one design Nordic racing he always had a soft spot for the British Cruiser Classics and would include them in every event.
To increase the fleet, Robin kept an eye out for any abandoned boats and we remember his excitement finding an old wooden wreck near the Elephant boatyard which he restored, fitting a fibreglass deck, naming her ‘White Elephant’
Robin was a successful business man heading Walcon Marine. You will see his pontoons in Marinas around the world and every year they form the Southampton Boat Show.
He introduced ‘The Walcon Cup’, a team racing event, and invited his contacts from around the world to take part. Participants included Eric Andreasen, the Danish Folkboat builder and even a ‘United Arab Emirates’ team. He towed pontoons to Bouldnor Bay, anchored and rafted them, provided a bar, heads and seating for comfortable viewing. I was the bar maid at that event! Eric, of course, won and still holds the Trophy.
Although Robin has been ill for many years, it was wonderful to see him attend the 50th celebrations of Folkboat Week at Yarmouth in 2015, where he sailed Cidron with Pauline and John Tufnell. After a cracking start in one of the races, they went hard aground and Pauline bravely jumped overboard to try and push Cidron off.
At the celebration dinner, a 50th Anniversary plaque was unveiled in his honour at the RSYC.
We not only remember Robin’s passion, his vibrant personality, his warmth but also his shaggy dog stories and parrot jokes, which I couldn’t possibly repeat. They invariably went wrong, causing great hilarity.
Robin- Mr Folkboat- Walters, we will always remember you with affection and gratitude for everything you have done for the Folkboat and Folkboat Week.
By Christine Hartley Webster (Columbine)
Robin was a true gentleman with a ready willingness to share his time and knowledge with his many marina colleagues, associates and friends. He leaves a much loved family, his wife Pauline, son James and his wife Penny, daughter Vicki, her husband Sam and Robin’s grandchildren Emily, Nicholas, Alice, Eliza and Billy.