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How many out there confess to being an ex-BN ?
ok this is going to cause all sorts of problems.... the very term 'BN' to day upsets so many....but the fact remains that in the late 70's though till the early 90's any self respecting winning race yacht had at least one if not an army of these hard working dedicated men/women.
Back before it was fashionable to go to sailing schools or take night courses on how be be a sailor, the only way to get in to the business was to hang around boat yards like Pilots point, Derkectors, Solent services, Southern Ocean Boat builders, looking for work on one of the new/ up coming IOR race yachts. If you where lucky you would get to strip and service winches for a day or so, perhaps strip antifouling, even polish it before launching etc.... a muiltitude of jobs needed completeing, and the way to save money was to hire partime young lads who wanted to work in return for a chance to race on the 'big' yacht....
Well many of us made a living from it, then to go on and become the head BN of a sizeable project,for example:- 1/2 deck Johnson on 'Passage', Whitless Whitmore on 'Boomer', Chaz from Taz on 'Kialoa' are but a few of the famous BN's of our time (very much unsung heros)... I was a BN and can say that it taught me all that I know now, from boat maintenance to Electronic service and yes even the skills to trim and race amongst the best of them.....
So perhaps its a curious question , but how many of us remember those days and confess to being there when sailing was about the Sport, the 'Corinthian Spirit' and who would get across the line first and to the bar, making sure your yacht had the best place in the harbor and looked 'TITS'.. as you gazed back at her with the owner over that first 'Dark and Stormy'...