From the waterfront to the Regent

CHRISTCHURCH Sailing Club returns to the town’s Regent Centre for the eighth annual exhibition, From The Waterfront, on until 24th March.

The show reflects the coastal, river and boating subjects that are associated with the town and the club, which is Christchurch’s oldest sporting society.

Other subjects by members of the sailing club’s art and photographic group include landscapes, portraiture, floral arrangements and animal studies.

The art group is led by Howard Mackensie-Cook with  local dinghy sailor, professional artist and frame maker, Frank Tyhurst, and Mike Gardner with support from fellow professional artists, Pam Bedford and Joyce Lawrence, whilst the photographic group is led by cruiser sailor and professional lensman, Roger Allen, who taught photography at Twynham School.

Christchurch Sailing Club was founded in 1874, and is one of the oldest “non-Royal” sailing clubs in the UK.  It is a popular base for family cruisers, Topper dinghies, favoured by the younger members, and the high performance Finn class, for which the club has twice hosted the national championships.  It is also home to the quaint-looking Avon Scows.

Pictured: A painting by Frank Tyhurst and photograph by Roger Allen.