This grove is for Ian Smith, legendary rescuer of boats, who prized wood above all other materials.
Thank you for looking after us.
Donated by Mike and Audrey
25th January 2016
Thank you Ian.
Donated by Michael
11th March 2015
Ian was happiest when he was surrounded by wood, preferably classic boat shaped wood. For most of his life he sailed and restored all manner of glorious vessels, from tenders to Dragon class racing yachts, fishing boats to 70ft ocean racers. Among his restorations was the 12 metre racing yacht Evaine (pictured with Ian aboard), which he rescued from the graving dock in Barry in Wales, plugged most of the leaks and sailed her, without an engine, to Inverness. He then dedicated the next five years, with help from fellow enthusiast Liz Taylor, to completely restoring Evaine. While Ian passed away on Monday 9 March, 2015, Evaine continues to grace the world's oceans and turn heads wherever she sails. Other notable restorations by Ian and Liz were:
Two International 8 metre yachts, Inamorata and Christina of Cascais;
Eisvogel (formerly Reiher and Gladeye) a 100sq.m windfall yacht built for the 1936 Olympics;
International Dragon Troll, which was built as a contender for the 1952 Olympics; and
Slainte Mhath, a ketch rigged motor sailer built in 1936 by Millers of Cockenzie.
Ian was educated at Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow and went to sea as a cadet with the Clan Line, gaining a master's ticket. On coming ashore, Ian served as a navigator on seaplanes flying from New Zealand to Australia and back. On returning to Scotland he continued his education at Glasgow University, going on to teach mathematics in Dumbarton.
On moving to north east Scotland, he taught navigation at Lossiemouth High School while taking command of the sail training schooner Robert Gordon.
Ian was a quiet, unassuming and kind man who never sought recognition or plaudits from the yachting fraternity for his achievements, but it is testament to his skill and sheer hard work that all the wooden vessels listed above are still sailing the world's oceans today.
Ian's wife Isabel outlived him only by two months. They were both remarkable human beings.
Liz Taylor died at the Accord Hospice in Paisley on 13 January 2016.
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