Thursday 6th September
At last the opportunity arrived to leave the ketch at home and so some
fun sailing, or so it was hoped!
Two gentlemen of retirement age "shoved off" from the La Collette
Marina pontoon shortly after 09:30 in the knowledge that all was not
It was clear that Bacchanal was in need of some serious TLC.
The Foresail could not be attached fully to the Forestay as some of the
fastners were missing or unusable and as the Mainsail was raised there
appeared a very neat square hole where there should have been a clear
plastic window. But that wasn't going to stop these intrepid sailors. Very
soon they joined the fleet of regular Retired Gentlemen and noted that
they had a big advantage over the white Etchell as they we all
motor-sailing up and down the "small roads" awaiting the "Start" sequence.
Now the race rules state that these retired gentlemen can use their
engines provided that their sails are down until they cross the Start
Line. Which is all very considerate of the rule book except that the white
Etchell does not have an engine. So we needed to bend Rule One.
It was decided that the white Etchell would merely have its Jib down
and at the ready but the Mainsail could be up in lieu of the lack of an
As the Start time approached Bacchanal hovered around the Start line
and listened intently to the start countdown. Five..Four..Three..(Up Jib)(
tack for the Start line) Two..One...we were off. Within the first hundred
yards it was obvious that all was not well as it appeared that the brakes
were still on!
Too much WEEEED.
Oh well! there always next time !