Jul 7, 2021

Crash or Crash Through

Hullo Sailors,

Sorry about the American spelling (that’s not how you spell theatre, if you hadn’t figured it out for yourself) but the Fifties wasn’t a bad decade was it, and we are all legends in our own lunchtime, aren’t we?

 Some of us Boomers are pretty tech savvy, and some of us are definitely not, but this week we are going to give you all a chance to further enhance your IT skills by clicking on a link.

Yes, that’s right, we’re going to get you through the timewarp (it’s just a jump to the left!) into the twentieth century with a bit of online action (that isn’t related to visiting pawn sites) and, at the end of the day, you’ll not only have learned how to successfully click on a link, but will also have entered a yacht race that will give you the necessary excuse to avoid an entire weekend of grandfather duties that SWMBO would have otherwise lined you up for – how good is that?

 We’ll deal with dragging you into the 21st century next week.

 But before we get to that, can I invite you to exercise your newfound skills by going to the club website (click here at https://perth.rsawa.asn.au/ ) and finding the Club Classifieds (it’s behind the Information tab) and have a look at the Ten Rater that’s for sale there. It’s a nearly-finished Bantock designed boat, that just needs some sails to be race-ready. Sure, it’s an old design and may not be competitive against the latest but it would look beautiful on the water and, more importantly, would cost very little to get it racing. Seller Joe (a former club member) is open to offers before he reluctantly commits it to the rubbish skip. It would be a great little project for someone and would be a shame to see it go in the bin unfinished. I’m tempted.

 Now for your real clickercise … this weekend we have a big program facing us, with two full-day club IOM events, both of which require online entry and will therefore require you to move a mouse and bend a finger a number of times to achieve registration.

 (Before then, we have our regular Thursday sailing at Jackadder for IOMs and DF 95s, from 2.00 pm, with westerlies.)

 Saturday 10 July, 2021 – IOM Shootout, from 9.30 am (registration) at Maylands. Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 18, Slight (30%) chance of a shower, most likely in the morning. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the morning. Online entry required. Click here to enter - https://www.rsawa.asn.au/index.php?page=event&eventid=1712 .

 Please note that, while it is an RSAWA event (all Shootouts are), your Sailing Committee has designated it as a PRSC event and there will be NO alternative sailing events at Jackadder that day, and the duty team will be at Maylands helping out. It is your chance to sail at a different venue, that has different wind and wave conditions (and less wind-shadowing).

 Sunday 11 July 2021 – The IOM Perth Classic will be on at Jackadder, from 9.30 am (registration). Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 20, Late Shower Developing. Medium (40%) chance of showers later in the day. Winds northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning northerly 20 to 30 km/h during the day. Online entry required. Click here to enter - https://www.rsawa.asn.au/index.php?page=event&eventid=1713 .

 Entering the Classic means you are supporting your club’s premier IOM event and still sailing at your home lake against a class field of Western Australian sailors (including the current National Champion), while also being in the running to win a prize.

 If you have to choose between these events, because SWMBO is hovering and has already told you where you’ll be required to be, then Saturday will be an easier sailing day but Sunday will be in fresh water. (Just my perception of what might help you decide, not that it matters to me – I’m going to both days.)

 And I can’t finish off this lesson on clicking on links without mentioning that soon these juvenile meanderings will be restored to the club website under their previous heading of Bruce’s Banter but, don’t worry, I won’t be making you go there if you want to read it. That will be part of your transition to 21st Century skills and I’d like to bed your newly acquired click skills down first. The email version will continue to appear in your Inbox, at least for a while. J

 And finally, let’s finish with a quiz question – who said “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”?

 And the answer is not Mark Twain, as commonly misquoted, it’s club member Brent Field, now resurrected and making sailing appearances again at the lake, just when we were getting worried about him  – how cool is that?



 Bruce Robins


Perth Radio Sailing Club

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