I seriously needed the dummy today as I wanted to award it to at least three sailors before a sailing session.
Yes, before we’d even said “Boats in the Water” the first time, three sailors has spat the dummy and two had packed up and gone home. Two of the dummy spits were well worthy of the award of The Dummy, but I didn’t have it with me and it wasn’t actually a PRSC event and they weren’t actually PRSC sailors, so I probably shouldn’t have awarded it on the spot anyway as it’s always been a PRSC Dummy.
So where is our Dummy? It should be in the starting box and in the care of the Duty Team, but I don’t recall having seen it, let alone having seen it being awarded, for quite some time. Which, on reflection, probably means that our Club members are largely behaving themselves in not causing or performing dummy spits. We must have improved in our behaviour and demeanour since earlier days …
While we don’t seem to need The Dummy right now (and long may that be true), I’d still like to know that it’s around somewhere, lurking in the background, waiting to be awarded to keep us all honest. So, if you have secreted it upon your person (as the police say), bring it back to the lake please so it can be restored to its rightful place in the team kit, ready to be awarded in the post-race beer circle for any behaviours deemed worthy of its award.
I won’t say any more about today’s events, not only to protect the guilty, but also to protect me from libel suits and accusations of fake news. It’s one thing to say something a bit cutting in a club newsletter, with a limited circulation, but it’s a bit different when the newsletter gets posted on the website in the public area. If you want to know more, and just who deserved The Dummy, you can press glasses of red wine upon me tomorrow to loosen my tongue.
By the way, I have now received the keys to the car (metaphorically speaking) and can drive the club website from now on, so soon I will be able to personally decide what’s libellous and what’s the truth and is in the public interest to know about, so watch out! The power may go to my head.
In the meantime, I shall go and put the handicap starting box on the charger, because it’s handicaps tomorrow and because I need to take a walk before the power does go to my head.
Thursday 22 May 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Handicap Racing, at Jackadder Lake from 2.00 pm. Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 25, Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending southeast to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.
Saturday 24 May 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing, at Jackadder Lake from 2.00 pm. Weather: Mostly Sunny, Max 29, Winds easterly 25 to 35 km/h turning south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then tending east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening.
Saturday 24 May 2020: A Class Championship Heat 5, at Maylands, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Mostly Sunny, Max 29, Winds easterly 25 to 35 km/h turning south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then tending east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening.
This last event, the A Class, is listed in the club calendar but if you are an A Class sailor, expect a phone call from the Commodore to see if you do want to sail, and when and where, before heading for Maylands with your big fat heavy boat.
I mention the ‘when’ aspect because the Maylands IOM sailors are currently discussing having their regatta early in the day (the morning) to suit both the prevailing breezes at that time of the day (easterlies) and the fact that there is a football match is on later that some may want to watch, which will interfere with club sailing time-wise. This is a first, that the f-bomb comes into discussions about sailing.
But there seems to be some interest in the idea, so we may have a discussion about it tomorrow at the lake and decide to do the same ourselves (or not), in which case you’ll get another email between now and then. Otherwise, assume our IOM/DF sailing is at the times and places listed above.
Lastly, some ‘good’? news – the City of South Perth says it is working on guidelines for the use of the lake before releasing the draft agreement. I can’t wait to see them.