What we missed - the final race of the 2020 Winter Series

"non-race" report

Saturday 19 December would have seen the final races of the Winter Series for the Fettes cup with prizes presented by the Kelly family.  The cup has been presented at the end of the Winter series since 1958, in memory of Bernard Fettes.  The Winter series span many generations and harks back to the early years of the club in the 19th centurary.  Since the mid-1970s the series has been sponsored by the Kelly family.  American artist Francis Bob Kelly was club President 1983 to 1986.

1954 final race and the press are present

1954 final race and the press are present

Handicapper Arthur Goffrey calls the marks

Sid Levy gliding through, 1954.

Sid Levy gliding through, 1954.

Sid was club President during the 1964 centenary year.

Alan Lacy noted that Bernard Fettes was a dentist who would arrive at the Serpentine in his pride and joy, a Jaguar motor car.

The Kelly family have sponsored the Winter series since the mid 1970s

The Kelly family have sponsored the Winter series since the mid 1970s

Bob at the lake with Duff, Sean and Jess. The Hawaiian shirts were made by Bob's brother

In his professional life Bob was Francis

In his professional life Bob was Francis

Bob's art has been exhibited world-wide

Bob scoured the bottom of the lake with the aid of snorkel and flippers to collect vintage bottles

Bob scoured the bottom of the lake with the aid of snorkel and flippers to collect vintage bottles

A 1977 article on Bob

A bit more on Bob from Duff Kelly

From the SSC website, 31 October 2012

Website 31 October 2012

http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/news/50435/bob-kelly

Bob represented his adopted Great Britain in Triathlon

Bob represented his adopted Great Britain in Triathlon

1990

Jess was no average swimmer, achieving an Olympic qualifying time for the 200m breast stroke.

Jess was no average swimmer, achieving an Olympic qualifying time for the 200m breast stroke.

1984, Jess with Duncan Goodhew (now a fellow Serpie)

Duff pursued a career in the US Marines

Duff pursued a career in the US Marines

1990

In 2007 Duff was the first Serpentine SC member to be daft enough to swim an Ice Mile

Contemporary report:  Duff Kelly managed to swim a mile in the 37oF Serps water, whilst the air was only 33oF!!!!  He has been training for this for a while, and he writes:

"Well I came down to London on Thursday night and was considering making my swim attempt on Friday but decided that if I died doing it, I would miss the Madness Concert and party Friday evening so I put it off until Sunday since I was up all night on Friday.  It was 37F and air was 33F.  I was in a bit of a state after it and was a bit concerned but thanks to Jane Murphy who reassured me and helped me recover, I am still here so far.  Anyway, I know it's not the greatest achievement but it was a personal quest and feels good to have done it but my heart was not enjoying it as much as I was. "

2019 winner, John Craske

2019 winner, John Craske

John assures us the cup is being kept bright and sparkly

2009 winner Robin

2009 winner Robin

Final race

Robin Hunter-Coddington

Robin Hunter-Coddington

Cup presented by Bob

2018 and Matthew Johnson wins his first silverware

2018 and Matthew Johnson wins his first silverware

2010 and the final races were iced-off

Ice thwarted the competitors for the last Saturday of the series in 2010.  Gordon Brodie won on points harvested over previous weeks.

Sakura contemplating: to dip or not to dip.....

Sakura contemplating: to dip or not to dip.....

Gordon and the Kellys

Gordon and the Kellys

2010 presentation

The scene that greeted us

The scene that greeted us

1987 and after 20 years of trying Brian Thomas finally sneaks home

1987 and after 20 years of trying Brian Thomas finally sneaks home

1987 and some well remembered faces

1987 and some well remembered faces