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Ivan Danks Day

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Ivan Danks Day

for the Gove Boat Club is a fun family day where the main event is the Ivan Danks Yacht Race. Teams of 2 are given materials and 6 hours to build a yacht. The yachts are then raced around a short course – one sailing leg and one rowing leg

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IVAN HAYDN DANKS

As there was nothing for recreation but fishing and water while he was here serving on 42 Squadron Base in 1944-45 during WW2, Ivan Danks decided to build a small yacht out of whatever he could find.

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He scrounged sufficient boards from engine packing cases but they were too short. Then while unloading a supply ship he saw dunnage used in the storage hold that was a better length, using these and iron nails and screws he had gathered and with a welder to make gudgeons and pintails, a gooseneck and other fittings.

He had started to build his yacht, but he was beginning to run out of screws when a Navy boat which was refueling exploded in flames. When the boat sank in 4ft of water Ivan Danks walked out to the wreckage at low tide and in the bottom there were shovelfuls of screws and bolts.


He had started to build his yacht, but he was beginning to run out of screws when a Navy boat which was refueling exploded in flames. When the boat sank in 4ft of water Ivan Danks walked out to the wreckage at low tide and in the bottom there were shovelfuls of screws and bolts.