Deryn Glas (Keith Jones) on Sydney Harbour in 1966
|Date Born||27 April 1929|
|Date of Death (if Applicable)||2 December 2016|
|Club||Middle Harbour Yacht Club|
|Boat Owner of||Deryn Glas|
Keith lived in Katoomba until the age of 8. When he came to live in Sydney, he could not even swim, but still had a great affinity to the water.
He started his water activities sailing with Bev Bashford (father of Ian Bashford) in canoes. But soon the boys put masts on the canoes and decked them with calico sails. Keith's canoe even had a centreboard. I asked Keith how he learnt to sail, and he replied "You learnt yourself, but Buster Brown and a few others were quite helpful on giving us tips".
Keith and his forehand Bev, next graduated to the VJ's at the Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, sailing for a couple of seasons in a boat called Elf which leaked like a sieve. Keith's grandfather (Gordon) took pity on the boys and built a new VJ called Zip. He again sailed with Bev as his forward hand.
In his 20s, he bought a 16' Skiff called Monarch - it had a gold crown on the side. At the Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, they were thrown in at the deep end racing against greats such as Buster Brown (Zest), John Raisonth and others? It took them a whole season before they got even a place and this was a 3rd. They sailed in the 16's for 4-5 years.
For a few years after that Keith stopped sailing to study for his medical degree, working in Melbourne and then becoming the first Haematology head at Royal North Shore Hospital.
His first forage into yachts was early in the 1960's when he crewed on Arthur Hayne's boat Viking. Arthur owned a timber company at the time.
In 1963, Keith built a Bluebird (Deryn Glas - meaning Bluebird from his Welsh background) in his front yard in Mosman. It is quite steep and the boys had to lift it down to the street in order for it to be launched. The boat was kept on a mooring in front of his house at Balmoral.
Deryn Glass was a remarkable boat which won the scratch Pointscore at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the Bluebird Division for many years. They only lost one year by one point to John Conroy (Snr). Peter Cole designed and built the rigging which lasted many years before it broke in a storm. The Bluebird also had 2 backstays.
In 1979, Keith bought Deryn Gwyn as an empty steel hull. It was a good cruising boat for the family. His children were learning to sail at the time on dinghies. During the time they owned Deryn Gwyn, they took it on 4 trips up North. Helping them were famous MHYC members Gilbert Thomas (Tig), Martin Visser and Bill Lidich? (Boyna). He sold it about 4 years ago in 2012 to Jimmy ? and it went to Pittwater.
His son Gavin Jones was also a keen sailor and before concentrating on his career, won numerous titles.