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Ralph was born in Great Yarmouth in 1926 and spent his early working years as an apprentice in his father’s business before being called up for National Service. It was in the army that he joined their yacht club and this built upon his love of boats and sailing.
Although he never married it was his friendship with Wendy Turner which was to initially draw him to Hickling, often sailing from Potter Heigham to compete in races on the Broad. He goes on to tell how Hickling figured in his life because of his love of sailing and how he helped to form the sailing club and oversee its growth and the building of the clubhouse.
In addition to sailing Ralph remembers local people including Gwen Amis and Roland Green, and talks of other aspects of life on the Broad, including the Royal Family staying at the Pleasure Boat pub and wildlife seen in the area.
But it is sailing that is his first love and Ralph’s enthusiasm, coupled with his extensive knowledge, shines through throughout the recording