The Tuesday Night Series begins in 3 weeks today. Are you ready? Probably not, but do not despair (yet) because we are full of good advice and it's amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it:
A good place to start. If you don't have one, then find one to buy here - there is something for everyone in this selection and it would be churlish to leave them on the hard-standing a moment longer.
Remember that 'to-do' list you had at the end of last season? Where is it? You have no idea. Best pop down to the boat mid-week and remind yourself which parts are missing or need fixing before the first race. Last season we spend the whole of the first evening dropping the rig to retrieve a lost halyard which had been there for 7 months. How we laughed.
If you had planned to get these fixed at the end of last season, it may not be too late to start now. If they are at the loft awaiting your unpaid account, you are off to a reasonable start. If they are sitting in the same wet, squalid heap in which you left them in April, now may be the time to splash out on the go-faster wardrobe you have long promised yourself. Do it. Willzy has young mouths to feed these days.
If your crew is lying in the same wet, squalid heap in which you left them at the end of last season I hesitate to commend their continued service - but in all events, help is at hand, because this season we will be running an Etchells crew-match-making service as between skippers and crew. Don't get too excited, most of you will need to generate significantly enhanced pulling-power to make an actual match, but this service may help you to find able crew of a Tuesday night. Here is how it works:
On FRIDAY NIGHT I'll circulate an email which will include a reminder to EMAIL ME if you are either (a) a skipper in need of crew or (b) crew in need of a berth. I will collate responses and circulate the results to all relevant parties on MONDAY MORNING.
If you are on this mailing list (and you really should be) there is nothing more to do. If you know someone else who ought to be on this list, then please get them aboard, pronto.
I would also urge you to 'like' us on Facebook - we are insecure and crave validation - but more importantly, this is a good way to stay current with news and forthcoming events.
Your Race Committee
We are indebted, once again, to the generosity of our volunteer race committee and to the Kensingtons and Masfens for the loan of boats. I am sure that no one takes this munificence for granted and, having seen quotes from the RNZYS for providing the same services, I can attest to the significant monetary quantum of their respective contributions.
Wait, There's More
This season, skippers and crew will find FREE BEER (if there are 2 sweeter words in the English language, I know not what they are) aboard every participating boat, courtesy of sponsor Coast New Zealand (in which I must declare an interest). Teetotalers are required to carry these, or refreshments of equal weight and fizzyness.
Results and race reports will be posted on this website and Sail World.
If you wish to contribute reportage, photographs (please) and/or sponsorship (in cash or kind) then please do not hide your lights under a bushel, the more the merrier.
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