2013 Update

A new season is just around corner although writing this in mid January may lead one to think otherwise, freezing temperatures with snow & ice; definitely not conducive to thoughts of varnishing and painting. This year sees the 60th anniversary of AOD No.1 Whimbrel. To celebrate the occasion the AOD class will hold a Diamond … Read more

2012 Season

The summer evening race programme is almost upon us, the river has been incredibly low for the time of year, yet as soon as the environmental drought was declared,  East Devon incurred a deluge and the river was once more in spate. Hopefully these un-seasonal fluctuations will settle down once we start this season’s river racing. … Read more

Review of 2011

Looking back over the 2011 season one could be forgiven for thoughts of not the best. But looking more closely perhaps the lack of sunshine in August (well below average) clouded our memories of what has been a reasonable sailing season – at least on the river. One race early on in the season was … Read more

The River Race Dinner

At the annual river race dinner, held at the Harbour Inn, trophies were awarded in a number of classes. These included recognition for the winner of the first harbour race, and the first time an AOD has been capsized for many years (the latter being won by the same crew who won the AOD cup … Read more

Latest News Flash for AOD 2010

During September the West Country contingent of AODs made an end of season visit to the Beaulieu River joining up with the two Solent based AODs Gannet & Swallow. Bucklers Hard provided an excellent launch site and the Beaulieu River a beautiful stretch of water to sail on. A warm welcome to the visiting boats … Read more

Show Day Racing

On the morning of the Axmouth show, Nos 1, 8 and 22 took part in a river race; no 22. Teal winning. Nigel Daniel presented Mike and Jane Culvert with a handsome posy of flowers in honour of their victory on the day of the Axmouth Flower Show. Several of the class will be on … Read more

2010 Launching

After almost a year since placing his initial order Chris Brown has launched his new Axe One Design – Gannet – No.23.  The severe winter weather was no deterrent, the launching went ahead on the 2nd January – an undeniably cold, clear and crisp morning.  With temperatures hovering around zero there was no requirement to chill the champagne!  … Read more

Autumn 2009

Another season has come to an end, the evening river races finally curtailed by the failing light as autumn draws on on. Overall the River Race series has been well sponsored and a good proportion of the races completed, the only notable non entrant this year was Swallow, she couldn’t be enticed westwards from the … Read more