Auction of Nostalgic Key Rings made from Heart of Hayling’s Keel band

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At last year’s World Championship’s the crew rowing the gig ‘Heart of Hayling’ were hampered in a qualifying race when the forward portion of her keel band broke loose and quickly created a massive artificial sea anchor made of seaweed.


The buckled portion of the stainless-steel band was removed by the Langstone bosun Matt Walton before the next seeding race.

Last week the Langstone Pilot Gig Club held a Christmas Dinner Dance and silent action and members were reunited with the keel strip.


Matt Walton had cut up the keel strip and transformed them into a series of Key Rings, each numbered and engraved as photographed, resulting in a combined action sale value of more than £300 for the club.


Who bought the first 6 key rings? The original Scilly’s crew members, who else.

Article Courtesy of Langstone Pilot Gig Club

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