St Margarets Mayfly


George Mees has written the following from St Margarets in Kent…

“I’ve been meaning to do this since the London Olympics! We have a Mayfly as our village centerpiece used as a flower planter on our little rounderbout – really! It is decorated to match the season or National occasion, for example the London Olympics when every medal won by our guys was represented by a medal of the right colour hanging on the boat.”How do I know what it is? I used to crew a Seafly with Barry Goodwins called Opuss1 no 410 at South Woodham Ferrers in the 80’s untill I got seduced by the Internationl Snipe and competed nationally and internationally in it. You never forget a chine line like the Seafly and when I first saw the boat in our village of St Margarets near Dover it I was shocked as it had the lines but was not a Seafly, I knew about the smaller design the Mayfly and a little detective work confirmed that is what I had guessied it is. Now the story does not end there. I teach in a public school (Dover College) and in the 60’s the school had a fleet of about 6 Mayflys so the chances is that the boat in our village is one of our old school boats.

“Some pictures are attached, the boat overlooks the channel and France and if the pictures were of a better quality you would be able to see France in them.”