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KAYEM

ADDED 20 JULY 2006

In the April 2006 Knottingley Digest (issue 32) you featured an article in the Years in Focus section about Mr. Ken Robinson taking three and a half years building a sloop. The boat was ceremonially launched, and named KAYEM, at Harkerís Shipyard, Knottingley, by Madge Robinson in 1968 before being sailed to Whitby.

I worked for Ken and Madge Robinson at Racca Green Garages, Knottingley, for six years and during that time their yacht KAYEM was sailed by them, on their days off work and at holiday times up the Yorkshire and Northumbrian coasts and to Scotland.

In 1970 they crossed the North Sea to Holland (with a young friend as crew) where they cruised the canals. Later, in 1974 they had a long trip via Heligoland to Curhaven, Germany up the Kiel Canal and cruised the islands in the Baltic Sea. They said it was a wonderful trip!

After returning to the United Kingdom, KAYEM continued to sail up and down the coast for several years and explored the River Thames estuary. In 1978 they sailed through Scotlandís Caledonian Canal to the West Coast. There the holiday was over and they had to return south to Whitby,

Plans were then being made to build a larger steel yacht!

Ann Thompson
20 July 2006


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