KAYEM - UPDATE
ADDED 20 JULY 2006
my letter in the Digest issue 35, July 2006, regarding Ken and Madge
Robinson and their yacht ‘Kayem’, I mentioned that plans were already
underway to construct a larger vessel.
continued to build the new ‘Kayem’ in his spare time at the rear of
the garage until its completion and then in April 1988, Ken and Madge
retired after 30 years at Racca Green Garages.
1st June 1988 they set sail from Whitby in Kayem (the steel yacht which
Ken built) and embarked upon what was to become a life onboard for almost
the next eighteen years.
visited most of the Mediterranean countries on both coasts and in 1996
crossed the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados with a friend as
crew. They left him there and went on to cruise the Caribbean Islands,
Grenada and back to West Palm Beach in Florida USA.
there they sailed up the intra coastal waterway to Charleston in South
Carolina where they stayed for three-and-a-half months. Leaving Kayem
behind they crossed the eight states of America by train to Los Angeles
from where they explored the National Parks and Las Vegas before flying to
Australia to visit Madge’s sister and family.
after three months, they returned to Charleston where they stayed for
another three months before sailing up the ICW to Baltimore, calling at
Washington DC, and then up the Potomac River to investigate the capital
time, leaving Kayem in Baltimore, they travelled by train to the Niagara
Falls and across the border to Toronto, Canada. They took a plane to
Calgary and travelled the full length of the Rockies by coach. On their
return to Baltimore they sailed in Kayem to Annapolis to see the Naval
Academy and then back to Charleston for the winter.
May 1999 they sailed to Bermuda and after all the wonderful sights in the
US, crossed the Atlantic to the Azores and back to Gibraltar and the
April 2005, as they were approaching their 80th year, they set sail from
the island of Elba, heading for the UK via Corsica, Sardinia, Spain,
Portugal, the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel and Belgium, finally
arriving in Hull Marina in September 2005 after sailing 3000 miles from
ended their wonderful life aboard Kayem – 34,000 miles at sea and 37
years of sailing since 1968!
are now reluctant landlubbers back in their bungalow in Kelfield, looking
back on their travels and constantly in touch with their many yachting
friends from all across the world.
are both still fit and well and do not look a day older than they did on
the day I said goodbye to them as they set sail in Kayem. I left the
garage to start a family but they remained in touch with me throughout
their travels and adventures.
moved from Knottingley to the same village as Ken and Madge in 2002, and
they arrived home in September 2005. I see Ken and Madge quite often and
reminisce with them about our days working together at Racca Green Garages
and their travels around the world.
20 July 2006