Skipper thrilled to be part of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotillaBy Becky Barnes
June 18, 2012
A skipper who has sailed on the Thames for more than 50 years was chosen to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla.
Peter Hasler, 68, of Frobisher, was picked alongside his wife Dot, 66, who has run The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award schemes for more than 40 years.
The couple joined the pageant on Sunday, June 3, to represent The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in their Solar 32 motor cruiser Dandy Regent.
Peter, a motorbike dealer, said: “We were thrilled to be selected to participate in this opportunity – a glorious historical moment.
“It was lovely to hear the crowds cheering and see them waving – it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Peter and his wife were joined by granddaughter Summer, nine, and youngsters who are undertaking gold, silver and bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards
Peter said: “I was selected for my experience as a skipper as it is quite difficult to keep a convoy an exact distance apart at the same speed.
“I was a skipper from the age of 14 when I was crew for a blind man – there were no lights on the boat, which meant I learned to do everything in the dark.”
Peter is honorary auditor for The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs and a past president of Bray Cruiser Club.
He said: “Going on the Thames is all about tranquillity – it is a joy to get totally away from work. Unlike the sea you can go out at any time you like.”