I am excited and happy to announce that I have the taken over the reins of Class Captain from Gavin Watson.
Most of you will never have heard of me so here’s a brief intro. My name is Malcolm Appleton and I ‘discovered’ radio sailing while walking around the Emsworth Slipper Pond one Thursday morning while waiting to meet my sister for lunch.
I got my first sailboat when I was six years old, a Bermudan rigged sloop…
well, that’s what it said on the box. It had a rubber band on the tiller connected to the mainsheet, which if set up properly was supposed to keep it on a constant heading, all things being equal.
It had nice lines and looked ‘proper’, which is about as far as it goes.
I find that using a transmitter is preferable!
An engineer by culture and training, and a working life spent at the commercial sharp end of business, quality, history, craftsmanship, and their related skills are close to my heart.
My next boat, (well, that is one you cannot sit in) a DF95 came a few? years later, followed by an IOM Kantun K2. I regularly race at Emsworth, and as often as I can at Gosport where I am also a member.
I believe that there is a bright future for the IOM class in this country and my job
is to enable the experts in their respective disciplines to make this happen. So I have built a team around me to this end, and welcome brace hearted souls with a shared vision to get in touch with me.