Honour for yachtsman, 92

Just Regional
Jan 18, 2023 2 mins read

A veteran Wroxham yachtsman has proved that age is no barrier to getting out on the water.

John Redding, a former RAF pilot, regularly takes his boat out on the Broads at the age of 92, and the Northern Rivers Sailing Club has honoured him with a special award.

He has been a member of the club for the past 34 years, and to mark all his achievements it has awarded him the Bavaria Cup for exceptional service and made him a Life Member at their AGM.

They also presented him with a special VIP reserved mooring outside the clubhouse, the Anchorage, on the River Bure, near Acle, named “John Redding’s Dyke”.

Club Commodore Mark Collins said: “John is an inspiration to members of our sailing club.

“We believe he is the oldest sailor still out on the water, regularly taking the helm of his yacht, My Weigh.

“John enters our summer racing programme and, until the covid-19 pandemic, he frequently joined club members on our two-week sea cruise around the East Anglian coast.”

John, who won the Green Ranger Trophy in his Hunter Ranger 245 yacht in a pursuit race in 2022, said: “I was surprised and delighted by the presentation.”

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