Storytellers – Hello Sailors

The Storytellers has a great record of very large attendance over the years particularly for the November meetings. Perhaps it’s due to being the last meeting for the year, summer nearly upon us, thoughts turning to the Summer of Fun or just plain wonderful storytellers):

2011 – Forbes (& Ursula) Carlile – “Sydney – Cradle of Australian Swimming”
2012 – John Coates – The Olympic Family
2013 – Ian Heads and Gary Lester – BBC Centenary Book
2013 – Jimmy Arnold, Jenny Hole, Cathy Mackay, Karen Panaretto – The famous Manhattan Island swim (some 46kms) on 10th August 2013
2014 – Jon Attwater, Jack Stening – The Three Sieges of Malta, By the Turks in 1565, By the Axis Powers during WWII, By BBC swimmers in 2014
2015 – Lauren Elder – Surf Lifesaving in Vietnam
2015 – Jon Attwater – Pictorial journey of Sicily
2016 – Lucas Webb – Film Industry
2016 – Jon Henricks – Gold Medals & Lane 4

As the convenor there is nothing better to wrap-up a year of stories than with a full house which is exactly what happened at the November 2017 meeting. We knew we were in for a big night when about 40 members and friends arrived for the pre-meeting BYO BBQ. As the top room started to fill there was much scrambling to bring up extra chairs from downstairs. In the end it was standing room only with over one hundred people in attendance keen to learn more about popular club identities Louise Stevenson and Doug Sturrock as they were interviewed by Kieran “Parkinson” Kelly. The focus was on their yachting backgrounds, achievements and stories which under normal circumstances they would be too modest to tell.

We were also treated to the premiere of a film that Kieran had shot immediately prior to beginning a course in cinematography at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, “The Girl in the Blue Helmet,” which celebrates Louise’s sporting achievements beyond yachting and examines the increasing reach and popularity of women’s sport.

All in all it was a wonderful evening with everyone marvelling at Doug’s knowledge and love of yacht’s and Louise’s ability to take control in precarious moments as she recounted the horrors of the 1998 Sydney Hobart race. One feedback from the evening summed it all up – “Kieran also complemented them both (Louise & Doug) with his inimitable interviewing style with some subtle wit. His foray into film making was far from amateurish.”

Kieran generously arranged for some very professional filming of the interviews so in due course it will be available for viewing on the club website and added to the club’s growing archives.

The evening also coincided with Louise’s birthday, so a cake was ceremoniously cut at the pre-meeting BBQ and best wishes extended.