Welcome to edition 09/2013 of the Halyard
It has been a slow week in many ways and the most likely culprit is the Rock ‘n’ Roll party last weekend. It seems the Sunday after the night before was uncharacteristically quiet, one wonders why! It must have been a good party if the hang overs lasted all week!
- Reminder to all members who have not yet paid their club fees. Please contact Rodney Idris or Joan Barry to make arrangements for payment.
- Sunday 3rd March: Live music on the deck
- Monday 4th March: A four-part series of 45 minute DVDs on the history of the Royal Navy will be shown in the bar on Monday Evenings, March 4th – Up the Defeat of the Armada, March 11th – Up to Trafalgar, March 18th – Up to end World War 1, March 25th – To the modern Navy. Starting at 17H45 each Monday evening. No charges just come and have a beer (or Rum)
- 7th March 2013: On Wednesday 27th February a “Call to Arms” was sent out to members for boats on water and bums on deck in anticipation of Bay TV coverage. Proud to say our members responded and we had 7 boats participating in the fun In-Port Challenge. Thanks to Kerry and Jellybaby for accommodating the TV crew who have never sailed or even been on a boat before. If you have DSTV (& still awake) tune into BAY TV @ 2000/2030 Thursday 7 March. (WARNING: any criticism of the interviewee’s will be severely & painfully dealt with).
- 9th & 10th March 2013: GREAT CIRCLE RACE – A skippers briefing was called for 1800 Thursday 28 Feb. which had zero attendee’s. Given that and that the wind forecast (very very light) was not favourable for the race, the reserve week-end 9/10 March will be considered. SKIPPERS @ 1730 07 MARCH 2013 NB: There is no skippers over the telephone or @ your house/office or on the moorings. There are critical aspects that need to be discussed and require the input and attention of all concerned. The 7 day forecast looks favourable with a good return wind.
- 21 to 24 March 2013: Hobie 16 Nationals – Launching off Hobie Beach. HBYC will be open during the regatta.
- End of April 2013: ALGOA BAY WEEK – ABYC’s premier regatta is less than 2 months away!
The week-end of the 23/24 Feb. Ronnie Baer took a team of ABYC up & coming sailors with their Oppie’s to George Lakes for a Inter School. The team faired very well coming in 4th, which is fantastic considering that this is the first time they have competed in a regatta.
None this week but see a letter from one of our readers in “View from the Deck”.
View From the Deck
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Letter from one of our readers (Thanks MOM!):
Once again the house committee excelled themselves with a well organized “Rock & Roll” Party on Saturday night.
I for one got into to the swing of things, attributed in no small measure to the free flow of Bubble salad consumed, while watching 6 Nations and Super 15 Rugby, the “Proteas” had already hammered the “Pakistani’s”so watching that would have been merely academic, anyway the bubble salad tasted the same no matter what we watched.
My team having lost to the damn Sharks I had to drown my sorrows by quaffing copious amounts of brown frothy stuff.
Then a quick trip to the shower to don suitable”50s” gear strangely enough I can’t remember wearing stuff like that for real! (Did we really?), turned up stove pipe jeans, tight fitting tee-shirts slicked back Brylcream’d hair? Hair although greying, slicked back once again, but I digress.
I hit the deck. A good crowd filled the venue, but I feel there could have been more. But those that were there, dressed for the part! With the 50′s & 60′s music supplied by Lionel Hunt. His playing got the feet tapping and the brain cells sparking in the remembering of long distant tunes, melodies and those damned words??? “OK” so at times I just hummed along
Food served by the Catering staff was excellent; I would have expected nothing less!
Then for the surprise of the evening! Apparently “The King” is not dead but living in Port Alfred, memories, tunes, words came naturally as we were, treated to the best Elvis ever sang! “Heart Break Hotel” elicited the same response it did in the 60′s as did every other song played in tribute to “The King” I came to the slow but unavoidable conclusion that I was a closet Elvis fan!
The dance floor was full, so much so, that we resorted to dancing between the tables, it was either that or I was seeing double, after copious amounts of brown frothy stuff? Which I must admit had been flowing freely, and who was I to be denied such ambrosia of re-hydration!!
Sadly everything has to end, as did the Elvis era, the singing faded, the brown frothy stuff sadly finished. I headed home to bed, perchance to dream. In the morning, through a really bad bout of food poisoning, OK so how else you do explained the sweating, headache and nausea? I caught myself singing “Heart Break Hotel” and smiling, what a great evening!!!
Thank you for a lovely evening once again
Continuing the series of “Racing Rules Made Simple” in multiple parts. The idea is that you can read through each section when it is published and then copy and paste into a word a document of your own. Eventually you will have a complete guide to the Racing Rules at your disposal.
RACING RULES MADE SIMPLE . Lesson 7 – When Boats Meet. SECTION D – OTHER RULES
Note: -When, rule 22 or 23 applies, between two boats then “Section “A” rules do not.
22 STARTING ERRORS; TAKING PENALTIES; MOVINGASTERN
22.1 A boat sailing towards the pre-start side of the starting line or one of its extensions after her starting signal to start or to comply with rule 30.1 shall keep clear of a boat not doing so until she is completely on the pre-start side.
22.2 A boat taking a penalty shall keep clear of one that is not.
22.3 A boat moving astern through the water by backing a sail shall keep clear of one that is not.
23 CAPSIZED, ANCHORED OR AGROUND; RESCUING
If possible, a boat shall avoid a boat that is capsized or has not regained control after capsizing, is anchored or aground, or is trying to help a person or vessel in danger. A boat is capsized when her masthead is in the water.
24 INTERFERING WITH ANOTHER BOAT
24.1 If reasonably possible, a boat not racing shall not interfere with a boat that is racing.
24.2 Except when sailing her proper course, a boat shall not interfere with a boat taking a penalty or sailing on another leg.
Next week – Conducting a Race
Have a great week ahead,