Trevor McWade – ‘upon the seventh attempt, and lo . .’

A character he was. A myth built up around his non-finishes and spectacular break-ups on the Umko. The stories varied from “He completed his first Umko on his seventh attempt” – to “only on his tenth attempt did he finally finish an Umko”.

Actually, according to bro-in-law Ernest Alder, Trevor completed his first Umko in 1969, his second in 1970, then embarked on a series of mishaps starting in the high ’72 race and earning him the 1975  Wreckers Trophy at KCC. This started the myth of Trevor NOT finishing an Umko until FINALLY . . .

So now we know he actually broke up four consecutive times before completing his 3rd Umko.

He eventually did 12 Umkos in all. He was Trevor James McWade.

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Hi Pete

Trevor did 12 Umkos in 1969, 70,76,77,80,81,82,85,86,87,88,90.

He was awarded the KCC “Wreckers Trophy” in 1975 ( I think this was for wrecking from 1971 to 1975). (Ed: The 1971 race was moved to late summer, therefore into 1972).

Ernie

Author: bewilderbeast

It's about life, marriage, raising kids, paddling rivers, travel in Africa . . . re-posting thoughts written over decades - at random, I'm afraid.

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