Trevor Gore National OK Champion 1982-87
Trevor writes about his childhood playing Swallows and Amazons at Fell Foot, competing in Junior Championships as a keen SWSC Junior from 1969 to 1974 and moving on to become National OK Champion 1982-87.
When Trevor was asked "What makes a champion?" he answered "Working to improve every detail!"
He now lives in Australia just north of Sydney and 'lives the dream building some of the world's most advanced steel string and classical guitars'.
Sharing another message of support:
"Whilst not currently a member of SWSC, (I now live in Australia) I spent much of my youth there in the 1960's and 1970's along with a group of like-minded people who subsequently became world-renowned sailors who won many national and international championships based on their skills learned and honed at the South Windermere Sailing Club. It would greatly disappoint me if such opportunities were not available to the youth of today. SWSC was never a club reserved for the rich elite, but welcomed ordinary families who loved open spaces, wide waters and the mountainous scenery that Windermere provided. It built resourcefulness and resilience in the young people who went out on the water to race in small boats, often built by the owners themselves.
I went on to win numerous national championships and place in world championships in boats I built myself and with rigs that I substantially designed. The boat handling skills and nautical know-how developed on Windermere have served me well in the wild waters of the southern hemisphere in multiple Sydney-Hobart races and many other Australian East Coast sailing championships.
I would hate to see the opportunities that I had being denied to the youngsters of today who, like I did, dreamed of just "messing around in boats", unaware of the character building experiences soaked up whilst doing just that.
I sincerely hope that a stable future can be ensured for this delightful little club."
Trevor Gore June 2023
Last updated 12:11 on 14 November 2023