Griff Rhys-Jones supports Oyster Boat ‘Terror’

A great lover of classic yachts and owner of restored Classic Yacht 'Argyll', Griff Rhys-Jones is lending his support to the team keeping Oyster boat ‘Terror’ afloat in Chichester Harbour.
EMSWORTH, U.K. - June 21, 2015 - PRLog -- Chris Clode, Chair of the Oyster Boat Terror Group, is delighted with the support and hopes Griff’s endorsement will see even more people taking trips in the Harbour.

Griff has written this about ‘Terror’ and the team;

“Here’s a very pretty boat. What a treat. We may seem well beyond the age of wooden boats and gaff rigs now, but whenever we see one we still have to stop to admire an age of elegance and simplicity. Terror was a working vessel’.

‘She did a dirty job, but nonetheless she had a ready elegance and practicability. Her design was totally thought-through. She was built for purpose and not a thing was wasted’.

‘In an age of fiberglass and steel and plastic sails, we may think that the wood that made terror is a romantic anomaly, but the very fact that she stands before us, lovely restored and ready for sea, is a testimony to the material’s lasting sustainability’.

‘New wood can be worked in, new planks bolted on, new paint applied, without compromising her originality one bit. That was the basis of the Georgian Navy. They expected to be bashed about in action and so took carpenters and oak to continually renew their wooden world. Here, Terror, fresh and ready and spankingly perfect’.

‘She is a testament to another age, perhaps, but unlike some antiques she is ready to be used and enjoyed, and admired, exactly as intended when she was conceived over a hundred years ago. The world has swept away so many historic boats’.

‘Too many have been left to rot or even burned. (“Ashes to ashes”. That’s wood for you. It goes back to nature rather better than some stuff we are leaving around today.)’

‘How wonderful, however, that this great, working testament to invention has been saved and restored and loved. Aren’t we lucky?’

‘I salute the team that did it’.

‘It is a little part of our shared maritime history. And fun. The easiest way to support this grand gesture is simply to enjoy her yourself. Book a trip around the Harbour and take part in a little bit of magic”.

Sail away in ‘Terror’.

Griff Rhys - Jones

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