Guest Post from Will Simpson (Impulse, 1077)
Taking my inspiration from the tomes written by the Webstermeister...
The more vigilant of you last night may, perhaps, have been looking behind on the runs to see where the next puff was coming from. You may very well have pondered on why the boat with the blue spinnaker had dropped so far behind. The eagle eyed may have then spotted the tear in the foot of that very same blue spinnaker and said to yourself, ah. Bonus points and beer will be given to those who then realised that not only was there a tear but also that the kite was being flown freely, “sans pole”, as they say in France, under the careful eye of our middleman. (You would have been able to see the middleman only because our bowman had his head hung low ruing decisions made earlier in the heat of battle).
And that, intrepid readers, brings me on to the reason for turning to prose. Now I would dearly love to go into detail on how a tube might bend itself like a straw in a glass of coke, but my psychotherapist has advised me that it should be left to rest, and even going so far as to recommend motor-sport. So on that basis, and have taken up sailing as you don’t need the added cost of gas, it eventually leads to a request to borrow a spinnaker pole for a week or so whilst ours is in the tube hospital.
More than happy to provide recompense with beer, rum or mixed platter.
I also might take the opportunity to thank all for the welcome to the fleet and particularly for the encouragement, (or maybe it was continued harassment?), from Messrs Webster and Wills in getting us out there.
If anyone is reading this humming and hawing over whether to give it a go, Do It. We may be trailing at times but the smiles when we hit the dock say it all.
Results will be posted here (flight) and here (series).
Your usual correspondent was unable to sail last night. By all accounts the trial format with the RNZYS was a success and I look forward to hearing more feedback as we decide how to proceed. Please feel free to send me your thoughts / comments / suggestions: email@example.com
Alex Webster is Auckland Fleet Captain and runs this website, so blame him.