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with Captain Chaos
4 chicken breasts with crosscut on one
1 large onion sliced
1/2 cup mint leaves
1⁄4 cup coriander
1 teaspoon each of crushed garlic, ginger
1⁄ 2 glass of white wine
1 desert spoon of olive oil
Blend all the ingredients together and
then brush a little of the mixture on the
chicken. Place under a medium grill for
about 4 minutes per side. Serve with a
salad and the rest of the mixture.
Plenty of moaning at the bar
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Another Christmas has passed and I
notice the presents some kids are
getting are more expensive than
anything I have ever received or given.
My choice was a toy truck or a model
boat that could sail, but only on one tack.
You had to wade or swim after it so you
could physically change the direction.
Sometimes they got away from you.
Once in Sirius Cove my beautiful boat
had a wind change and headed straight
out into the harbour. As it cleared the
headland I heard a loud ship’s horn and
out of Mosman Bay came the Mosman
ferry. My cherished yacht sailed straight
into the path of the ferry.
A few years ago young Jack’s uncle had
given him a 20ft sailing boat for Christmas.
It wasn’t new; it had been sitting on a
mooring for about five years. The hull had
been scraped and painted but the interior
was a bit of a shambles. The motor started
so we filled the fuel tank and Jack wanted
me to come out with him and try it out.
“Come on Chaos! I’ve packed a lunch
and it’s a calm day; great for a quiet sail.”
“OK I’ll meet you down at the Co-Op
jetty in about an hour.”
When I got there, Jack had the boat
alongside. It looked alright with its main
and jib flapping in the wind. I jumped down
and pushed us off. As we turned into the
wind the mainsail filled and we took off
across the water. We went down between
the oyster racks and had a workout keeping
the boat from coming stuck on the many
pushed its way through the rising swell.
Suddenly we were lifted and were flying
towards the bar, which was now boiling
surf and white water.
“What will I do?”
“Hold her steady. Here comes a big
one. Ride it like a surf boat.”
The wave lifted the boat and speared
us in towards the bar as the motor roared.
“Hold her straight,” I yelled having
visions of the boat being turned upside
down. There was foam and spray all around
us. Then we slid across the wave and we
were over the bar and in calmer water. We
tied up at the jetty just as the major part
of the storm hit and watched as the waves
crashed down on the bar. h
“Let’s go out over the bar. It’s calm and
we have the rest of the afternoon,” Jack said.
“ We’ll just go a short way out. The
weather can change suddenly in summer.”
I though Jack would get sick of all the
work, the swell wasn’t high but you had
to correct your course all the time. We
tacked down the channel to the bar. The
bar was flat with just a little white water,
we seemed to rise a bit going over then
we were out into sea. I was very impressed
with how the boat was behaving. It was
sailing like a dream.
“ You’re uncle certainly knows boats.
You’re lucky to get this one. It’s a beauty.”
“ Thanks Chaos. Is that rain ... it’s
getting very dark down south? ” Jack asked
pointing to a very black front that was
bearing down on us. I knew what it was
a summer southerly. I looked around
and realised we had strayed up the coast.
“Quick! Bring her about and aim for the
bar. We have to beat that southerly buster
or we won’t get in. I don’t fancy trying to
run before it up the coast.”
I thought we could beat it but it would
have been better if we had run up the coast.
It was too late now. We were committed. I
noticed the waves were getting higher and
we would have to use the motor as the
wind had swung around and was coming
straight at us.
“Jack we’ll have to drop the main and
use the motor. I jumped up and started
to bring down the sail while Jack started
the motor and we headed for the bar. We
were copping a lot of spray as the boat
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