Mike Peyton – A tribute and the Club’s PEYTON cartoons.

Mike Peyton and wife, Kath

As all will know by now, Mike Peyton sadly died in the Spring of 2017. There have been many tributes to him in the sailing press and we will not repeat comments very eloquently voiced elsewhere. However, Mike was a some time member of the MLSC and, in tribute, the Club’s flag was flown at half mast. Also, we were proud to host his wake which was attended by many of Mike’s family and friends. He will be remembered as a wonderful story teller, a fantastic cartoonist and a fascinating man.  We were lucky to have him on the East Coast.

We’re sure that Dave Selby will not object to us re-publishing his own tribute that he posted to his facebook page when he heard the sad news:

Mike Peyton passes
I’m very sad to share the news that Mike Peyton, the greatest yachting cartoonist there ever was, passed away peacefully today. No one, either in pictures or words, expressed “the yachting condition” with such wonderful, dry wit, warmth and insight.
I spent a little time with him just before Christmas. At first he seemed terribly frail but then came to life as he told me some wonderful stories. In no time two magical hours had passed that I will treasure always. It was a privilege to be with him.
He also gave me a copy of his memoir, An Average War, which he signed though unable to see anything other than vague shapes. I read this remarkable story of a remarkable man in one evening, and gained an insight to a different time that forged the characters of those men lucky enough to survive and gave them a lust for life and a joy for living. That joy and the laughter was Mike’s gift to us.
He left me with these words: “Humour’s a funny thing.”
Mike, thank you for the laughter. Rest in Peace
Dave Selby
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The Club is proud to own two PEYTON original Cartoons which are displayed on the wall of the Upper Deck in the Clubhouse.
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“Do you think the Club will arrange another Cruise in Company next year Peter?”
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Peter Maynard (The Peter!), Past Commodore and friend of Mike Peyton, presented this PEYTON original to the Club at the Fitting Out Supper, April 2017.
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The Club’s First Continental Cruise was led by Peter Maynard, new as Commodore, and was advertised as heading towards Honfleur.  In the event, three boats, including Picaroon, a 25’ Sadler, which at the time belonged  to our present Commodore Sue Woods and husband Peter (complete with 3 year old and 15 month old) got to Honfleur. However, Peter Maynard and most of the other boats, although they got to Calais, progressed no further south.
Sue adds: ‘The weather was not kind!’

The MLSC NEWS strip on the cartoon reads:
A L’eau c’est l’Heure
Nine M.L.S.C. boats (38 members) sailed to France during the Club’s first continental cruise during August.
Despite adverse weather three managed to beat down to Honfleur, (Congratulations to Picaroon, Sabra and Miss Demine). Three went north to Nieuwpoort and Ostend. Three completed the cruise via Gravelines, the Swale and Suffolk. Twenty-seven members had never been ‘foreign’ before and all agreed they would go again.
Anyone for Holland 1979?