It’s been one of those days – a list as long as your arm of little things that need to be done before I run out of time, and SWMBO, in total ignorance of my far more important priorities, keeps adding things to the list. But she’s standing at the front door, waiting for her lift to her next Important Meeting (which is immediately followed by another Important Meeting elsewhere).
So I actually have time to write to youse all before I get back to my list, which may involve the burning of some Midnight Oil to complete the crossing-off of all my high-priority tasks.
(And that’s the only musical reference you’re going to get - - - I think.)
It’s important that I write to you today, dear readers, because I have to be sure that you have sufficient instruction to be able to survive a Whole Weekend without me. Yes, that’s right. Something other than radio sailing is going to take over my life for three whole days. And here’s a picture …
Luckily, the fixtures are pretty straightforward and Duty Team 3 (Roger Paul (Captain), Roger Paul (Captain), Chris Woods, Peter Buchanan, Simon Ellis, Richard Fielder, Max Mold, Brian Knuckey, Nigel Paul, Roger Paul. J ) has settled in well to the task so there’s not a lot that can go wrong. (Yeah, right.)
Thursday 06 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 18, Light Winds.
Saturday 08 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Windy, Partly Cloudy, Max 21, Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the evening. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h turning northeasterly 30 to 45 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 25 to 35 km/h during the afternoon.
Saturday 08 August 2020: 10R Club Championship Heat 3, at Maylands (in conjunction with MYC sailing), from 2.00 pm. Weather: Windy, Partly Cloudy, Max 21, Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the evening. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h turning northeasterly 30 to 45 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 25 to 35 km/h during the afternoon.
There is also Sunday sailing at Champion Lakes if you’re a DF 65 sailor.
Don’t forget that the A Class State Championships are on next Sunday 16 August at Austin Lakes and online entry is available.
Can I invite our DF 95 sailors to also bring their DF 95s to the lake on Saturday (as well as your IOMs if you can fit them both in the car) just in case some Wanderers sailors arrive for a sail. They have been invited to sail with us, as they are currently homeless while the ban at South Perth remains in place. This may become a regular thing if the ban becomes permanent. (I think they are still wedded to Sunday mornings but you never know, they might be desperate for a sail.)
On the subject of bans at South Perth, RSAWA representatives are meeting with the City of South Perth tomorrow at 1.00 pm and I hope to be the bearer of glad tidings when I arrive at Jackadder later, for a relaxing sail after The Clash of The Titans.
Maybe that should be titled The Grumpy Old Men Versus The Bureaucrats – only time will tell. If they really are bureaucrats (instead of Public Servants), then I’ll only arrive with news of a delay, and another process to go through, and a concern that the light we think we see at the end of the tunnel is really a train coming the other way. I’d better not get my hopes up.
For those wondering, Car 51 above is a little Italian cutie, a Lancia HF Integrale 16V with 4WD and a mighty little turbo. It won a World Championship in the early 90s but its current driver and navigator will settle for surviving the weekend and finishing the event unscathed. In this sport, the wind strength is immaterial, but the presence of rain makes a difference. And the forecast for Pemberton indicates a few showers (just to keep the road a bit greasy.)
Ask me next week.
Better get back to The List, before SWMBO turns up.