Aug 26, 2020

Magpie Swooping Season

Hullo Sailors,

I’ve just heard on the radio that it’s magpie swooping season already, and I’m not ready. Usually it’s a spring thing and I can lie in bed late right through August before I get out my gear and head out to swoop some maggies but apparently they’re out there now so it’s time to get serious.

dndOut with the drone, fix my cat’s photo on the front (he’s black and white) and get out there and swoop some magpies. Come at them from out of the sun and buzz their tail feathers. Teach them who’s boss of the skies around my place.

In theory I should have a drone licence to go magpie swooping but I filled in the forms months ago and sent them off and nothing’s come back yet so I’m just gonna go for it anyway – what can go wrong?

On a similar subject (of bureaucracy gone to sleep), our liaison with the City of South Perth seems to be frozen in time while an unknown number of local government employees argue over who can sign a permit allowing us to send our application to a state government bureaucracy in order for  it to send it back to us so we can then send it back to the City of South Perth as part of our application to sail on South Perth lake. Yes, that’s right, we haven’t even got to the point where we’ve submitted an application yet. And it’s a massive assumption on my part that, once the City signs the permit, things will happen rapidly after that. In the meantime, the Wanderers have wandered off into the wilderness and appear to have largely stopped sailing – with the exception of one or two, no Wanderers have been spotted responding to invitations to sail anywhere else, including Jackadder.

If they wanted to, they could even sail at Albany in the Great Southern Buster this weekend, though it’s starting to get a bit crowded on the water down there – between the locals and the visitors from the Big Smoke, we now have 22 starters listed for the Buster. Perhaps it’s time we reinvented the Albany Cup to split the fleet into more manageable chunks. For the stay at homes, we have:

Thursday 27 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing, at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Sunny! Max 25, Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the middle of the day.

Saturday 29 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Handicap Racing, at Jakadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Possible Shower, Max 19, Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower, most likely in the morning. Winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h tending southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon.

Note that it’s handicaps on Saturday, but not at South Perth (see above). And note that the Albany weather for Saturday and Sunday should allow at least some use of B Rig (maybe C) before lightening off, as a front goes through. Don’t forget your wet weather gear and your trannie cover. 

So this is the last weekend for Duty Team 3 to cover before switching  the gear and the September duty to Team 4 after that. Team 4 is Denton Roberts (Captain), Jeff Green, Ross Bennett, Craig Taylor, Ron Cole, Bruce Quail, Alan Spargo, Maurie Summers.

September includes the 10R Metro Championships at Champion Lakes, the DF 95 State Championships at Albany and the IOM Test Event weekend at Knotting Hill and The Plug, plus the Michael Bell 10R Memorial Trophy at Jackadder, so there’s lots to do. Get those batteries on the charger.

I’m sure there’s something else I’m supposed to tell you but I can’t think what and, with the days getting longer, I can still get out there and swoop a few maggies before it gets dark.



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