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These are the dreams we all savour
I have left Sydney ‘forever’ for the third time and am now a
member of Southport Yacht Club. Kevin Green’s article ‘Aloft on
Young Endeavour’ (Afloat Jun’18) brought back a memory of my
own very brief but memorable experience on a similar vessel.
Still living in Sydney back in the last century and a member
of the CYCA, I received an unrefusable offer from old friend,
Rosemary, of a day cruise on the One & All, the South Australian sail
training ship, in Sydney on her way home from a cruise up north.
Outside the Heads we turned to port, up the coast, port at
Barrenjoey and port again into Pittwater, where we went forward
to view the legendary broad bowsprit and a ‘crew only’ sign. Back
to the wheelhouse to spend five minutes successfully convincing
the skipper that we were both sober and experienced enough to
be classed as temporary crew, at least in still water and light airs.
Ten minutes later our seated viewing of the scenery was
interrupted by a discreet cough. We turned to see the ship’s
steward standing there and holding a tray containing two glasses
of champagne, a class act in any language.
We thought it may also have been a hint from the skipper
to close our crew status, so we sunk our drinks and headed
aft with our empty glasses. I have no photographic record (no
smartphones then), but in the words of a song still popular in
those distant days, thanks for the memory.
Mermaid Island, Qld.
start your car with a damaged remote. Roadside assistance or
NRMA probably won’t know either as every car is different.
They will probably organise a tow, which will set off the
David Ginty, Laser 163972,
Jervis Bay Sailing Club.
Floating container hazard
Some years ago I was told that sacrificial anodes were to be
fitted on all containers so if they went overboard the salt water
would eat out the anode in a couple of days and the container
would sink and not be a hazard to navigation.
I tried to check if this was true, but have found nothing to
Estimates vary greatly as to how many containers are lost each
year, but they number in their hundreds. It would be comforting
to know (apart from the pollution they may cause) that they are
sitting on the bottom and not floating around.
Based on the most recent survey results, the World Shipping
Council estimates that for the combined nine year period from 2008
to 2016, on average, there were 568 containers lost at sea each
year, not counting catastrophic events, and 1,582 containers lost
at sea each year including catastrophic events. On average, 64% of
containers lost during this period were attributed to a catastrophic
event. — Ed.
America’s Cup elite gravy train
David Salter hits the nail on its head when he posits that the
real issue with the America’s Cup is the professional elites that
rely on the gravy train it supports, which necessitates nobbling
the opposition as much as possible (Afloat May’18). Hence the
nit-picking minutiae of the ‘rules’ these days.
It is this same attitude to ‘winning’ that also afflicts Formula
1, NASCAR and, dare I breathe it, V8 Supercars, and which
makes them so damn boring to watch. The racing these days is
decided by whether or not a pit crew drops a spanner, rather than
whether or not one driver and car is faster than all the others.
Throw enough money at it, and you will win.
This attitude also leads to incidents of unsporting ‘play’ such
as nudging another competitor into a spin, or crossing their bow
to take their wind, and so on.
Far from being ‘sports’ extolling ‘sportsmanlike’ behaviour,
our elite competitors these days have absorbed the win at all
costs mentality that sees them behave in often appalling ways
(footballers of any code, anyone?) and does nothing for the
‘advancement’ of whichever ‘sport’ it is you happen to be watching.
Sport is not sport at this level – it is business – and exhibits
all the ruthlessness of business competition. Build a bridge and
get over it, or just stop watching. I have. To paraphrase Timothy
Leary, ‘ wise up, tune out, turn off’.
Maybe if more of us ‘turned off’ they would begin to notice
their ratings dropping, and seek direction from the fans as to
why they’re no longer watching. While we continue to watch, and
TV revenues continue to foot the ever-increasing and outrageous
bills, nothing will change.
West Kempsey, NSW.
Keel loss statistics startling
After inspecting some designer-label yachts that look like
racing things below the waterline, I wrote to Afloat about the
importance of proven seacraft features that are often left out
to reduce building costs or to improve speed in favourable
Several racing extremists who enjoy bouncing along on the
edge of disaster, responded with personal attacks and suggested
that my opinion wasn’t worth tuppence because I wasn’t a trophy
collector. So I gave up trying to help.
Since then, more than 70 keels have snapped off and at least
another 80 yachts have disappeared at sea.
That’s a tiny proportion of offshore sailboats. However, well-
travelled craft are mostly practical designs, and most production
yachts with high aspect ratio keels are owned by weekend sailors
who rarely go far offshore. Of those that clock up lots of sea miles,
150 is statistically alarming.
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